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  1. News - Asia

    United States, Philippines hold exercises close to disputed South China Sea shoal

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 11:26pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Manila US, Philippines hold exercises near disputed shoal Philippine and American troops are set to hold naval exercises this month near a disputed shoal that will almost certainly anger China with tension already high in the South China Sea. C ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536464/united-states-philippines-hold-exercises-close-disputed-south-china-sea
  2. News - Asia - KOREA

    UN chief urges North Korea not to conduct nuclear test

    Posted Feb 08th 2013, 10:29am by Associated Press at the United Nations

    ... Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appealing to North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test and do more for the well-being of its people who face a “dire” humanitarian situation. He told a group of journalists on Thursday that the United Nations has been trying to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea, but because of the crisis over a possible nuclear test and tensions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1145911/un-chief-urges-north-korea-not-conduct-nuclear-test
  3. News - World - EDWARD SNOWDEN

    Former United States vice-president Al Gore says Snowden performed an important service

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:13am by GDN

    ... The Guardian Former NSA man was more a whistle-blower than a traitor, former US vice-president says Gore says Snowden performed vital service Edward Snowden secured his highest endorsement yet in the US when former vice-president Al Gore described the lea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1530401/former-united-states-vice-president-al-gore-says-snowden-performed
  4. Business - Commodities - ACQUISITIONS

    Kingdream buys China Petrochemical unit for 1.6b yuan

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:57am by Eric Ng

    ... machinery business into its Shenzhen-listed drilling equipment and chemicals manufacturing unit, Kingdream, for 1.6 billion yuan (HK$2 billion). Kingdream had agreed to buy all of China Petrochemical's Sinopec Petroleum Engineering Machinery unit, Kingdream said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange. "Upon completion of the deal, Kingdream's product line will expand from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1594869/kingdream-buys-china-petrochemical-unit-16b-yuan
  5. News - World

    Uncertainty over Islamic State numbers clouds threat analysis

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:55am by WASHPOST

    ... adversary. But the trajectory of those numbers also helps to explain Obama's decision to go to war against an Islamist group that has yet to be linked to any plot against the United States. In his speech, Obama laid out a rationale that leaned heavily on what-ifs. The United States had "not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland", Obama said. But Islamic State ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1592645/uncertainty-over-islamic-state-numbers-clouds-threat-analysis
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on Islamic State

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 12:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington President secures congressional backing for policy to 'degrade and ultimately destroy' Islamic State as he warns militants and jihadists 'our reach is long' Barack Obama and US lawmakers ratcheted up the pressure on the Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday, with the president declaring there was no hiding place for the jihadists ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595312/obama-and-us-lawmakers-turn-heat-islamic-state
  7. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Australia commits troops and aircraft to campaign to defeat Islamic State

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:55am by Reuters

    ... be deployed to a US military base in the United Arab Emirates. A number of countries have responded to US President Barack Obama's call to join a coalition against Islamic State, but Australia ... Reuters in Perth Australian aircraft and 600 troops will be sent to a US base in the United Arab Emirates, but premier says they will not operate in Syria Abbott commits troops ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1592644/australia-commits-troops-and-aircraft-campaign-defeat-islamic-state
  8. News - World - UNITED STATES

    77,000 foreign banks agree to share tax information with United States

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 10:07am

    ... Associated Press It will soon get a lot harder to use overseas accounts to hide income and assets from the US tax collectors. More than 77,000 foreign banks, investment funds and other financial institutions have agreed to share information about US account holders with the Internal Revenue Service as part of a crackdown on offshore tax evasion, the United States Treasury ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1524333/77000-foreign-banks-agree-share-tax-info-united-states
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Misperceptions dog United States, China regional intentions

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 03:25am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Misperceptions dog US, China intentions People are puzzled by China's (mis)behaviour in the South and East China Seas. Why are they risking so much for so little? Numerous theories have been advanced, ranging from the plausib ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1523390/misperceptions-dog-united-states-china-regional-intentions
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Tiger mums and pussy parents can both be right, according to United States study

    Posted May 31st 2014, 04:43am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Tiger mums, pussy parents are both right Tiger mum vs pussy parent. You can't get a more heated debate in education and parenting these days. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it. But it turns out both sides can be right, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1522214/tiger-mums-and-pussy-parents-can-both-be-right-according

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