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14 September 2017 10:07 AM Boys 'cried from barred windows' as Islamic school blaze kills 23 in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A blaze at an Islamic boarding school in the Malaysian capital killed at least 23 people on Thursday, most of them teenage boys who cried for help from barred windows, officials and witnesses said. The fire broke out at around 5.40 a.m. in a top-floor dormitory in the three-storey building, firemen said, where most of the students 22

14 September 2017 6:40 AM On standards in public life, and Jian Yang

My honeymoon was paid for by a week or so helping an arm of the expansionist and repressive Chinese government (the IMF was paying, and it involved helping run a course in some obscure provincial city on liquidity management and the implementation of monetary policy). In more recent times, I've also done a couple of lectures on New Zealand economic management 34

14 September 2017 3:27 AM Why Russia props up the dangerous North Korean regime

As North Korea continues to develop a nuclear-weapons program, threatening the U.S. and neighboring countries while starving and enslaving much of its population, the regime of Kim Jong Un continues to receive an increasing amount of both public and private support from Russia. But why? “Putin is weakening sanctions against North Korea to weaken the concept 46

12 September 2017 12:09 AM Ban on foreign house buyers will need renegotiation on FTA

Sept. 12 (BusinessDesk) - A Labour-led government’s ban on sales of existing homes to foreign buyers will require a renegotiation of the Korean free-trade agreement, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern confirmed this morning. But she claimed it would not require renegotiation of the FTA between New Zealand and China after claims by the New Zealand Institute 24

12 September 2017 12:09 AM Labour's ban on foreign house buyers will mean renegotiating Korea FTA

A Labour-led government's ban on sales of existing homes to foreign buyers will require a renegotiation of the Korean free-trade agreement, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern confirmed this morning. But she claimed it would not require renegotiation of the FTA between New Zealand and China after claims by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research that the relevant 28

5 September 2017 7:37 PM North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal Threatens China’s Path to Power

Other major hurdles litter China’s path. The United States, despite signs of retreat in Asia under the Trump administration, remains the dominant military power. And India and Japan, China’s traditional rivals in the region, have made clear that they intend to resist its gravitational pull. Yet North Korea — an outcast of the international order that Beijing 114

5 September 2017 1:05 PM Indian universities fall behind in global rankings: Study

LONDON: India slipped in world university rankings as its share of such institutions marginally fell from 31 to 30 in the global 1,000 list topped by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, according to a new assessment. The annual World University Rankings released by Times Higher Education found India's flagship Indian Institute of Science fell from previous 29

4 September 2017 1:37 PM Palace announces Prince William, Kate expecting third child

LONDON (AP) — Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace said Monday. Kensington Palace made the pregnancy announcement as they said that the former Kate Middleton was not feeling well enough to attend an engagement later in the day. As with her other two pregnancies, the duchess is suffering 58

4 September 2017 11:15 AM Prince William's wife, Kate, pregnant with third child

LONDON (AP) -- Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace said Monday. Kensington Palace made the pregnancy announcement as they said that the former Kate Middleton was not feeling well enough to attend an engagement later in the day. As with her other two pregnancies, the duchess is suffering 70

1 September 2017 7:02 PM Ariana Grande Wraps Up First Tour of Mainland China

Ariana Grande wrapped up her first-ever tour of Mainland China this week, following up her performances in Beijing and Shanghai with a final show in Guangzhou on Wednesday (Aug. 30). The multi-platinum superstar shared her love and gratitude for her Chinese fans on her Instagram page, posting, "Shanghai, I love youuu sooo much !!!!! Thank you thank you thank 62