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World's first fully electric plane takes off in Canada


The world's first fully electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight on Tuesday, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver where tall mountain peaks edge the Pacific Ocean.

Philippines offers low-cost solution to China's growing English teacher demand

The Philippines has become a fast-growing source for China's burgeoning English teaching market with many Chinese online platforms starting to look for language teachers in the country.

Is Singapore's upcoming leadership up to the challenge?

Lee Hsien Loong once said the PAP's new committee was a “major step forward in our political renewal.” As the potential leader and “a safe pair of hands,” Heng Swee Keat shoulders great responsibility.


India launch

A spectator watches as the Indian Space Research Organisation launches the surveillance satellite RISAT-2BR1 along with nine other commercial nano-satellites for the US, Israel, Italy and Japan onboard the Polar ...

Argentina's new leaders

Argentina's new President Alberto Fernandez (left) and his Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner flash victory signs during his inauguration ceremony at the Congress in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.


NSW 'smoky period' triggers fire alarms, halts ferries

Smoke from Australia's fierce bushfires settled over Sydney in still conditions on Tuesday, setting off fire alarms, and halting ferry services as famous landmarks disappeared behind some of the worst haze seen in the harbor city.
Source: Reuters | 2019/12/10 19:23:41

Hotels in US sued for sex trafficking

Landmark US legal action was filed on Monday accusing several major hotel groups of profiting from sex trafficking on behalf of 13 women who claimed they were sold for sex in hotel rooms.
Source: Reuters | 2019/12/10 18:08:40

From karate to pepper spray, sexual assaults prompt Indian women to fight back

Instructors demonstrate self-defense techniques to women at a training ... India strengthened its laws on sexual violence after the 2012 gang rape and ... to everything from karate lessons to pepper spray to take back control.
Source: Reuters | 2019/12/10 17:53:40

Putin says Russia has every reason to appeal against sports ban

Russian President Vladimir Putin said here Monday the ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to ban Russia from international sporting events for four years violates the Olympic charter and Russia has every reason to go to court.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 15:15:29

Iraq's Mosul shows signs of recovering after 2 years of IS defeat

After two years since Iraq announced full liberation from the Islamic State (IS) militant group, Mosul, the second largest metropolis of Iraq, is showing signs of recovering.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 14:10:53

US House judiciary panel holds 2nd impeachment hearing against Trump

The Democrat-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee held its second hearing here on Monday after taking over a months-long impeachment proceeding against U.S. President Donald Trump.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 14:01:57

Normandy Four Summit concludes with hope of full ceasefire in E. Ukraine by year-end

Ukraine and Russia have agreed on a full and comprehensive implementation of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine before the end of 2019, announced leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany announced here on Monday evening.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 13:50:17

3 Australians believed among dead in New Zealand volcano eruption: PM

With 11 Australians still unaccounted for in New Zealand's volcanic explosion, three of those are feared to be among the five who have already been identified as deceased, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 13:35:48

2 Chinese nationals among those injured in New Zealand volcanic eruption

Chinese nationals are among those injured in New Zealand's White Island volcanic eruption on Monday, according to a briefing of the Chinese Embassy to New Zealand. Five people have been confirmed dead so far and eight others are still missing, presumed dead, in the volcanic eruption with more casualties likely, according to the police.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 12:30:05

US Justice Department's watchdog releases report on origins of Russia investigation

The US Department of Justice's watchdog released a report on Monday examining the origins of the FBI's investigation into possible ties between US President Donald Trump's campaign and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 12:06:11

Nature reserves in war-ravaged Yemen face risk of abandonment

Photo taken on Dec. 9, 2019 shows general view of the Huswah Nature Reserve in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen. During the past years, the Huswah Nature Reserve received large swarms of migratory birds with around 150 different species but recently the number of migratory birds dwindled until 50 species, according to local officials. (Photo by Murad Abdo/Xinhua)
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 11:44:34

96 killed, 90 wounded by Tanzanian wild animals in one year

At least 96 people were killed and 90 others were wounded by wild animals that raided farms and residential areas in Tanzania from July 2018 to July 2019.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 11:37:37

Chile military aircraft disappears with 38 on board

A Chile military aircraft with 38 people on board went missing on its way to a base in Antarctica late Monday, local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 11:12:47