Former adviser of British PM in full panic mode

A former adviser to Gordon Brown is in full-blown panic mode over China’s Black Monday, and has urged people to stock up on canned goods and bottled water as stock markets around the world slide.

Damian McBride appeared to suggest … Read the rest

British banks most exposed to Chinese market instability

Disclosures from two of Asia’s largest lenders showed that British banks are among of the most vulnerable to the current market troubles in China.

In its latest report, HSBC said outstanding loans to China grew 12 percent in the past … Read the rest

Thai police identify Bangkok bomb attackers on CCTV

An explosion close to Erawan shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, killed at least 21 people including seven foreigners.

The tally of foreign tourists killed by the blast now stands at seven, Thai police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri has told AFP.

According to … Read the rest

SA schools to introduce Mandarin next year

South African state schools will introduce Mandarin lessons next year in a bid to bolster cultural relations with China, its largest trading partner, a government official said on Wednesday.

Basic Education spokesman Elijah Mhlanga told AFP that South Africa hopes … Read the rest

Hiroshima: Killing on an industrial scale

It has been 70 years since the United States became the only nation in history that deployed two nuclear weapons against civilian populations.

On August 6, 1945, a B-29 known as the Enola Gay took off from Tinian island, north … Read the rest

Another wall goes up in Europe

Nearly three decades after US President Ronald Reagan issued his much-celebrated challenge to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, some Eastern European countries have once again begun floating the idea of building up walls in Europe, … Read the rest

Russians hack US Joint Chiefs of Staff

Investigators say they believe the same Russian hackers that carried out attacks on the White House and State Department last year and the attempted penetration of the Pentagon last month were responsible for a major cyberattack that shut down the … Read the rest

US ambassador to Vietnam promotes gay marriage

Since their December arrival in Vietnam, U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius and his mulatto husband have become the most prominent gay couple in the Southeast Asian country.

Osius and Clayton Bond landed with their toddler son shortly before the government abolished … Read the rest