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  1. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    US media interviews with Americans held in North Korea may signal opening

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:55pm by Reuters

    ... citizens detained in North Korea have appealed to the US government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with US media that were set up by the North Korean government and may signal ... Washington's approach. The interviews suggest that North Korea is looking for a way to reopen a long-stalled dialogue with Washington. CNN reporter Will Ripley said North Korean authorities ferried his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583926/us-media-interviews-americans-held-north-korea-may-signal-opening
  2. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Top N Korean official heads to Europe in apparent diplomatic gesture

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by KYODO, AP

    ... Agencies in Pyongyang Top Pyongyang official heads to Europe A prominent figure in North Korea's foreign affairs departed for Europe yesterday, amid signs that Pyongyang has started ... officials in Beijing on the way to or from Europe. His trip comes as North Korea seems to have been undertaking a diplomatic offensive. In addition to being in official negotiations currently ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586737/top-n-korean-official-heads-europe-apparent-diplomatic-gesture
  3. News - World - Ebola

    West Africa Ebola toll passes 1,200, quarantine victims to receive food

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 07:02pm by Reuters in Geneva

    ... Reuters in Geneva Cases in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll ... such as Gueckedou in Guinea, Kenema and Kailahun in Sierra Leone and Foya in Liberia. While Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and No 1 oil producer, appears to be containing its smaller outbreak, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577005/west-africa-ebola-toll-passes-1200-quarantine-victims-get-food
  4. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea tightens grip on phone SIM cards used by tourists

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 09:50pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul State tightens grip on SIM cards used by tourists In a move to limit access to the internet, North Korea allows mobile phone SIM cards used by tourists to be active only for the duration of their visit, tourism sources say. Unlike North Koreans, foreigners visiting the isolated country can browse social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter freely, using the Koryolink ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583109/north-korea-tightens-grip-phone-sim-cards-used-tourists
  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea blasts British TV drama about its nuclear programme

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 04:23am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Pyongyang blasts British TV drama North Korea has slammed a new British TV drama about its nuclear weapons programme, urging the UK government to scrap the "slanderous farce" if it wants to maintain diplomatic ties. Opposite Number, from Channel 4, features a British nuclear scientist captured in the North during a covert mission and forced to help ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1582464/north-korea-blasts-british-tv-drama-about-its-nuclear-programme
  6. Sport - Rugby

    ‘Lucky’ Springboks edge Pumas in thriller

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 02:16pm by AFP

    ... to snatch victory. The scrums were a particular problem for the two-time world champions. Success on a hot, clear afternoon in north-western Argentina lifted leaders South Africa to eight points ... Agence France-Presse in Salta, Argentina Lucky Springboks edge Pumas in Salta thriller Fly-half Morne Steyn kicked a penalty three minutes from time to earn South Africa a lucky 33-31 win ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1580380/lucky-springboks-edge-pumas-thriller
  7. Magazines - Post Magazine - TRAVEL

    Travellers' checks

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 10:37am by Adam Nebbs

    ... in South Africa. The renovated Mont Rochelle (which opened a couple of days before Virgin Atlantic announced it would stop flying to Cape Town from next April) dates back to the 17th century, and is surrounded by some of South Africa's most striking scenery. Until the end of the year, guests booking four nights or more will get their last night free, with rates starting from a reasonable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1588607/travellers-checks
  8. Business - Commodities - OIL

    Sinopec unit books world’s largest ship to store crude

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 10:46am by Reuters

    ... from West Africa, Europe and other regions. North Sea Brent crude oil futures, the international benchmark, have fallen by 15 per cent since June. The TI Europe was one of four ULCC vessels ... and independent Swiss-based commodity traders such as Mercuria, have been moving oil into storage in South Africa or into tankers off Asia. South Africa's 45 million barrel Saldanha Bay storage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1588487/sinopec-unit-books-worlds-largest-ship-store-crude
  9. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Japanese wrestler-politician ready to rumble in North Korea- but will Kim Jong-un attend?

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... "Antonio" Inoki kicked off his brand of sports diplomacy in North Korea yesterday ahead of an unusual two-day event featuring martial artists from around the world. Inoki, 71, an opposition member ... and Pyongyang. He met with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam yesterday, hours before the first night of the "International Pro Wrestling Festival" was to kick off ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1582031/japanese-wrestler-politician-ready-rumble-north-korea-will-kim-attend
  10. Comment - Letters

    Diversify LNG sources and pricing mechanisms to reduce supply risks

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 02:44am by LETTERS

    ... Kong shall also look into sourcing LNG from East Africa, where LNG plants will start up later than North America's. The shipping distance from East Africa is less than half of that from ... Australia (its price is in the range of typical LNG prices in Asia), the city could, by sourcing LNG from North America, enjoy somewhat diluted gas costs. In the US, seven LNG liquefaction plants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1574517/diversify-lng-sources-and-pricing-mechanisms-reduce-supply-risks

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