Michael Bloomberg

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg named UN climate envoy

Michael Bloomberg

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was appointed Friday to be the U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change, a position that will give the billionaire businessman and philanthropist an international stage to press for action to combat global warming.

Saturday, 1 February, 2014, 7:41am

Bloomberg leaves rich public health legacy in NYC

Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a naturalization ceremony in New York. Photo: AP

Michael Bloomberg steered New York City through economic recession, a catastrophic hurricane and the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but he may always be remembered, accurately or not, as the mayor who wanted to ban the Big Gulp — a super-sized soda drink.

22 Dec 2013 - 9:13am

Bloomberg hits China roadblock over reporting of sensitive issues

Michael Bloomberg

Champagne flowed last week as Hong Kong's business elite gathered with top Bloomberg executives at a dinner for 100 guests.

26 Nov 2013 - 12:04pm 3 comments

Bloomberg takes drink ban fight to New York's top court

The law would have banned the sale of soft drinks larger than 473ml. Photo: AFP

New York's top court has agreed to hear mayor Michael Bloomberg's appeal against the striking down of a ban on large sugary drinks in New York city, setting up the final showdown over one of the outgoing mayor's most controversial policies.

The state Court of Appeals did not give reasons why it had agreed to hear the appeal.

18 Oct 2013 - 9:03pm

Huge gun seizure proves tough police line works, says Bloomberg

New York Mayor uses biggest haul of firearms to back up his 'safest city' philosophy. Photo: AFP

More than 200 firearms, from .22 calibre pistols to a submachine gun, have been seized in what New York called the biggest seizure of illegal guns in the city's history.

21 Aug 2013 - 2:30am

Hong Kong's CY Leung meets Bloomberg in New York, but no mention of Snowden case

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

On Tuesday Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who exposed classified US surveillance programmes leaked by Snowden, said there would be more “significant revelations” to come from the documents.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Actress charged with sending Obama poison letter

Shannon Richardson is taken away after appearing in court in Texas accused of sending Barack Obama a ricin-tainted letter. Photo: AP

Shannon Guess Richardson, 35, appeared in court after being charged with mailing a threatening communication to the president. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:19am

Notes to Obama and Mayor Bloomberg 'contained gun threats'

Michael Bloomberg. Photo: AP

A suspicious letter mailed to the White House was similar to two threatening, poison-laced letters on the gun control debate sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most potent advocates of stricter gun laws in the US, officials said on Thursday.

31 May 2013 - 11:18am

Bring sanity to US gun debate

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Photo: AFP

The latest attempt to bring some sanity to Americans' right to bear arms came down to one measure - expanded background checks to stop the sale of guns to criminals and the mentally ill. Political lobbying in the US senate killed proposals to control automatic assault weapons and online sales. But even that did not satisfy opponents, led by the National Rifle Association.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:23am 1 comment

US hacker jailed for 41 months for exposing AT&T security flaw

Andrew Auernheimer in his police photograph. Photo: Reuters

A US judge has ordered a 41-month prison sentence for a self-described "security research" hacker for breaking into the AT&T online network in a case criticised by digital rights activists.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:24am

A Bad Week for … , March 17, 2013

Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai

Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai

The Hong Kong delegate to the National People's Congress drew a relatively modest vote as she was re-elected to the NPC Standing Committee. She saw the number of votes against her re-election increase almost threefold to 124, from 42 in 2008. Still, she was never in any danger of defeat - 95 per cent of delegates did support her.


17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am

Who said it?

Yu Zhengsheng

We need to more strictly follow the socialist path of political development with Chinese characteristics.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am

Who said it?

Activist Gilbert Goh

I think I have a little bit more guts than your average Singaporean and I love my country a lot

Activist Gilbert Goh


Don't worry: The doggie bag and the coffee cup will survive just fine

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg on his plan to ban Styrofoam cups


16 Feb 2013 - 5:19am

Who said it?

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

When you look at these great investments that have transformed US higher education, it's Rockefeller, it's Carnegie, it's Mellon, it's Stanford - and it's Bloomberg

Johns Hopkins University president Ronald Daniels, on donations by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg


Do not relax

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

New York City forced to ration petrol

People queue up for petrol in snowy Brooklyn. Photo: AFP

New York City began rationing petrol yesterday for the first time since the 1970s, in response to a persistent fuel crisis that has shuttered hundreds of fuel stations and forced desperate drivers to wait hours in line to fill their tanks.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:00am