Straits Herald January 28, 2020

Qatar’s ruler appointed a new prime minister on Tuesday, the state news agency reported, replacing veteran regime insider Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.  No reason was given for the change and it is unclear if Sheikh Abdullah remains the interior minister after stepping down as prime minister. New Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin […]

Straits Herald January 28, 2020

Malaysia banned visitors from the Chinese city of Wuhan and its surrounding Hubei province on Monday, in a bid to contain the spread of a deadly virus. A statement by the prime minister’s office said the authorities will temporarily halt all issuance of visas for Chinese citizens from the area with immediate effect. “The government has […]

Straits Herald January 27, 2020

Fears over the global economic impact of a deadly new SARS-like virus sent oil prices plunging more than two percent on Monday to extend last week’s sell-off, while safe-haven assets including the yen and gold rallied. As the death toll from the Chinese epidemic jumped to 80 with those affected worldwide approaching 3,000, analysts said […]

Straits Herald January 27, 2020

Goth-inspired pop innovator Billie Eilish cleaned up at Sunday’s Grammys, winning all four major awards including the prestigious Album of the Year prize. The 18-year-old beat out stiff competition from viral hitmaker Lil Nas X and the year’s most-nominated artist Lizzo. Eilish soared to mainstream stardom over the past year, after having won a fervent […]

Straits Herald January 27, 2020

by Rob Woollard NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday when a helicopter crashed and burst into flames in foggy conditions in suburban Los Angeles, killing all nine people on board and plunging the sports world into mourning. Bryant, 41, was travelling with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers and crew when their Sikorsky […]

Straits Herald January 26, 2020

by Sébastien Ricci China on Sunday expanded drastic travel restrictions to contain a viral contagion that President Xi Jinping said posed a “grave” threat, as the death toll reached 56 and Shanghai reported its first fatality. China has locked down the worst-hit province of Hubei in the country’s centre in a massive quarantine affecting tens […]

Straits Herald January 26, 2020

After identifying the first three cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Malaysia, the Health Ministry now announces the fourth case. This fourth case is independent from the first three. The 40 year-old man is a resident of Wuhan, China, and entered the country through Johor Bahru, via Singapore, using a tourist bus. He exhibited […]

Straits Herald January 25, 2020

Hong Kong on Saturday declared a mystery virus outbreak as an “emergency” — the city’s highest warning tier — as authorities ramped up measures aimed at reducing the risk of further infections spreading. “Today I declare the lifting of the response level to emergency,” chief executive Carrie Lam told reporters. Lam held emergency meetings with […]

Straits Herald January 25, 2020

A SARS-like virus that has claimed 41 lives since emerging in a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan has spread around the world. Here are the places that have confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus: China As of Saturday, almost 1,300 people have been infected across China, the bulk of them in and around […]

Straits Herald January 23, 2020

Singapore on Wednesday denied claims by a Malaysian rights group that it used a brutal “coup de grace” to finish off botched executions and ordered Yahoo and other sites to correct reports of the matter. The Malaysia-based Lawyers for Liberty alleged last week that Singapore prison officers had been instructed to manually break the necks […]

Straits Herald January 21, 2020

by Nina Larson More than 470 million people worldwide are currently unemployed or underemployed, the UN said on Monday, warning that a lack of access to decent jobs was contributing to social unrest. The global unemployment rate has remained relatively stable over much of the past decade, according to the UN’s International Labour Organization. But […]

Straits Herald January 20, 2020

Malaysia has sent back 150 shipping containers of plastic waste to mostly wealthier nations, with the Southeast Asian country saying Monday it would not be the world’s “garbage dump”. The region has been flooded with plastic from more developed economies such as the United States and Britain since 2018, after China — which previously boasted […]

Straits Herald January 20, 2020

by Aurélia End Like others approaching middle age, the World Economic Forum turns 50 insisting it has matured, that it has moved on from hard partying and wants more meaningful relationships. The focus for this week’s annual meeting in Davos will be as much on hearing from climate change activists as on rapid-fire corporate dealmaking […]

Straits Herald January 20, 2020

An award-winning investigative team published a trove of files Sunday allegedly showing how the daughter of Angola’s former president — dubbed Africa’s richest woman — syphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts. The New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) worked with newspapers such as Munich’s Suddeutsche Zeitung to […]

Straits Herald January 19, 2020

France’s prestigious Michelin Guide is among the world’s most influential references on gourmet dining, its star ratings highly coveted and sometimes controversial. Amid shock in France after it dropped one of the three stars held by the restaurant of the late world-renowned chef Paul Bocuse for 55 years, here is some background. 120 years old […]

Straits Herald January 18, 2020

by Patrick Lee Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, a solar-powered barge named the “Interceptor” is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world’s waters of plastic. Trash is being dumped into seas and rivers in enormous quantities, polluting vital habitats, endangering a kaleidoscope of marine life […]

Straits Herald January 16, 2020

by John Biers Goldman Sachs reported a drop in fourth-quarter profits on Wednesday following a mixed performance in its operating businesses as it set aside $1.1 billion in anticipation of settlements in the 1MDB scandal. Chief Executive David Solomon said the “preponderance” of the $1.1 billion was related to 1MDB, a scandal-plagued Malaysian investment fund […]

Straits Herald January 15, 2020

OPEC on Wednesday raised its 2020 estimate for growth in global demand for oil, while noting that increased output from non-OPEC members would probably more than make up for it. The oil cartel now expects demand for crude oil to grow by 1.22 million barrels per day from last year’s level, a slight increase of […]

Straits Herald January 15, 2020

Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will not face charges over claims he sexually assaulted a male former aide, prosecutors said Tuesday, the latest such scandal to tarnish the veteran politician’s career. Muhammed Yusoff Rawther last month accused Anwar of trying to force him to have sex and filed a police complaint, but officials said there was […]

Straits Herald January 14, 2020

The United States on Monday removed the currency manipulator label it imposed on China last summer, in a sign of easing tensions between the two economic powers after nearly two years of conflict. Just two days before President Donald Trump is set to sign a “phase one” trade agreement with China, the US Treasury said […]