Month: March 2019

Pioneering architect Tao Ho, known for designing Hong Kong Bauhinia flag and buildings such as Arts Centre, dies at age 82

Pioneering Hong Kong architect Tao Ho, who designed the city’s post-handover flag and emblem, has died at age 82.Ho died in Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai on Friday morning, three days after he was admitted with pneumonia, his daughter Noëlle Ho Ying and son-in-law Lam Wai-shan said on Saturday.Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor…

At Hanoi summit, Donald Trump asked Kim Jong-un to hand over North Korea’s nuclear weapons

On the day their talks in Hanoi collapsed in February, US President Donald Trump handed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a piece of paper that included a blunt call for the transfer of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States, according to a document seen by Reuters.Trump gave Kim versions in Korean…

At Hanoi summit, Donald Trump asked Kim Jong-un to hand over North Korea’s nuclear weapons

On the day their talks in Hanoi collapsed in February, US President Donald Trump handed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a piece of paper that included a blunt call for the transfer of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States, according to a document seen by Reuters.Trump gave Kim versions in Korean…

‘It was horror’: captain who rescued migrants feared death when they hijacked his ship

African migrants who hijacked an oil tanker after it rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea seized metal objects and began smashing the ship and threatening crew members after they realised they were being returned to Libya, the ship’s captain said Friday.Nader el-Hiblu, the 42-year-old Libyan captain of the El Hiblu 1 ship, said he and…

‘It was horror’: captain who rescued migrants feared death when they hijacked his ship

African migrants who hijacked an oil tanker after it rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea seized metal objects and began smashing the ship and threatening crew members after they realised they were being returned to Libya, the ship’s captain said Friday.Nader el-Hiblu, the 42-year-old Libyan captain of the El Hiblu 1 ship, said he and…

Nicolas Cage files for annulment four days after surprise marriage to Erika Koike, without even leaving Las Vegas

Nicolas Cage was married for the fourth time last weekend – for four days anyway, before calling it off.According to court documents obtained by People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight, the actor and make-up artist Erika Koike applied for a marriage license in Las Vegas on Saturday. But by Wednesday Cage had filed for an annulment,…

Donald Trump’s Twitter use is ‘liberating’, Rupert Murdoch has ‘less influence’, says ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull

Right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch is widely described as one of the architects of the rise of Donald Trump, Brexit in the United Kingdom and the ousting of Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull last year.But Turnbull believes that the influence of news baron Murdoch – who owns pro-Trump broadcaster Fox News in the United States,…

Redacted Mueller report will be released by mid-April, says US Attorney General William Barr

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is to be released by mid-April, Attorney General William Barr said Friday.Barr, in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, said he was currently redacting sensitive material from the eagerly awaited report.He said Mueller, a former FBI…

Amid US-China tensions, Washington gallery exhibit highlighting Chinese empresses’ lives serves as cultural bridge

Chinese and American art curators have gotten involved in efforts to shore up strained US-China relations, and have enlisted some Qing dynasty empresses in the process.“Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912”, an exhibit organised by museums in China and the US, will be on view at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington from…