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Apple's surprise sales warning pressures futures

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 20:05
U.S. stock index futures dropped on Tuesday as investors returned from a long weekend to a sales warning from Apple Inc that highlighted the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on global supply chains.

Gridlock in Athens as transport staff strike over pension reforms

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 20:05
Traffic was gridlocked in parts of Athens on Tuesday as transport workers joined a strike over planned pension reforms, while thousands marched peacefully through the city centre demanding the draft law be scrapped.

New Qualcomm chips aim to connect phones to disparate 5G networks

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 20:00
Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday introduced new chips designed to connect mobile phones to 5G networks that operate differently around the world.

Football: Late Leandro stunner breaks Perth hearts on Asian debut

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:54
Leandro's fine late strike gave FC Tokyo a 1-0 victory over debutants Perth Glory, as former Arsenal forward Park Chu-young scored FC Seoul's winner against Melbourne Victory in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

Rugby: England prop Mako Vunipola to miss Ireland game

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:49
England's Mako Vunipola has not been named in the 33-man squad for their third Six Nations match against Ireland on Sunday after the prop travelled back to Tonga for family reasons, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Tuesday.

20 years after dot-com peak, tech dominance keeps investors on edge

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:43
As Wall Street approaches the 20th anniversary of the piercing of the dot-com bubble, today's decade-old rally led by a few small players shows some similarities that cautious investors are keeping an eye on.

England prop Mako Vunipola to miss Ireland game

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:41
England's Mako Vunipola has not been named in the 33-man squad for their third Six Nations match against Ireland on Sunday after the prop travelled back to Tonga for family reasons, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Tuesday.

StanChart commits US$75 billion toward sustainable development goals

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:41
Standard Chartered on Tuesday said it will provide US$75 billion in financing by 2024 toward sustainable development and clean energy projects, as it expands on its aspirations to support the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Palestinians channel protests through dawn prayers

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:36
Before sunrise, thousands of Palestinians streamed towards the mosque in Nablus's Victory Square, swelling the usual crowds of morning worshippers to launch a new front in their protests against Israel and the United States.

Vietnam F1 Grand Prix gets go-ahead despite COVID-19 fears

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:35
HANOI: Vietnam's inaugural Formula One Grand Prix will take place in Hanoi in April as planned, organisers told AFP Tuesday (Feb 18), avoiding the fate of the Chinese Grand Prix which was postponed over the deadly coronavirus. The race will be held as "scheduled" on Apr 5, Le Ngoc Chi, CEO of ...

Football: Spurs' Son to undergo surgery on fractured arm

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:34
Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min will have surgery this week after fracturing his right arm in the weekend's win over Aston Villa and is expected to be out for a "number of weeks", the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Taiwan to evacuate citizens from virus-stricken cruiseship in Japan

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:32
Taiwan said on Tuesday it would charter a plane to evacuate its citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise liner quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Philippine workers allowed to travel to Hong Kong, Macau amid COVID-19 fear

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:24
The Philippines on Tuesday allowed Filipino workers to travel to Hong Kong and Macau, relaxing the travel ban it imposed on China and its special administrative regions to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Russia to consider making ex-presidents immune from prosecution: RIA

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:04
Russian presidents could be made immune from criminal prosecution once they leave office under proposed constitutional reforms, a senior lawmaker said on Tuesday.

Fitness app Strava finds love-hate relationship with running

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:00
LONDON: Only a fraction of people who run do so because they love it, and most are motivated by boosting their body image and improving their heart and mental health, according to a global survey by the fitness-tracking app Strava. Strava, which tracks the sports activity trends of some 50 million ...

1-year-old baby among 5 COVID-19 patients discharged, 4 new cases: MOH

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:00
SINGAPORE: Five more COVID-19 patients have been discharged after making a full recovery, including a one-year-old baby, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Feb 18). This means 29 cases have now been discharged from hospital. The one-year-old baby is Singapore's 76th case. He was among ...

Syria presses assault amid fears over mass displacement

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 18:55
Syrian troops pressed an offensive Tuesday on the country's last major rebel enclave where the mass displacement of civilians is sparking fears of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Bloomberg qualifies for next debate, and rivals are getting ready

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 18:43
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday qualified for this week's Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, his campaign said in a statement, putting him on the same stage as his rivals in the race for the party's nomination for the first time.

UN rights boss denounces attacks, deaths in northwest Syria bombings

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 18:32
Nearly 300 civilians have been killed in attacks this year in northwest Syria, 93per cent of them caused by strikes by the Syrian government and its ally Russia, the top United Nations human rights official said on Tuesday.

Budget 2020: Up to S$350m for social service agencies to tap on through new trust

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 18:15
SINGAPORE: Social service agencies will be able to tap on up to S$350 million in funds through the set-up of a new trust, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said in his Budget speech on Tuesday (Feb 18). This year, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and National Council of ...