TL;DR: WEEK OF 19 AUGUST

Written by Millegram

TUE: SINGAPOREAN SHUTTLER SMASHES SINGAPORE’S RECORDS

Singapore’s world no. 32 shuttler Yeo Jia Min scored a sensational upset against Japan’s world no. 1 Akane Yamaguchi in the round of 32 at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships in Basel, Switzerland. Yeo would advance to the quarterfinals, but bowed out to Thailand’s world no. 6 Ratchanok Intanon. Regardless, Yeo’s achievement is Singapore’s best result in the women’s singles to date.

The Full Story @
The Straits Times – Further details about her round of 32 match
The Straits Times – Further details about her quarterfinal match

 

WED: POLIO – 0, NIGERIA – 1

While misinformation about polio vaccine some 16 years ago brought polio eradication to a halt, education provided to the community has revived the broken trust amongst Nigerians, As such, Nigeria has almost completely eradicated polio. Nigeria is one of three countries that is polio-endemic, and if it remains free from any cases in the next few months, it would be declared the last African nation to be free from Polio.

The Full Story @
Foreign Policy – The fight for a polio-free Nigeria
BBC – The success in the wider context of Africa

 

THU: FIGHT OR FLIGHT – TAIWAN’S NEW FIGHTER JETS “USELESS” AGAINST CHINA?

China warned that it would take “serious” countermeasures against the US, after US President Donald Trump approved the sale of 66 F-16V fighter jets, worth US$8 billion, to Taiwan. Meanwhile, Senior Colonel Cao Yanzhong, a researcher at China’s PLA Academy of Military Science remarked that the fighters would be “useless” against China’s military.

The Full Story @
South China Morning Post – Details about US’ arms sale to Taiwan
South China Morning Post – Article about China’s snide against US’ arms sale

 

SAT: TRUMP ADDS OIL TO THE FIRE – US AND CHINA TRADE TARIFFS

Trump has yet again raised tariffs on Chinese imports  in response to China increasing duties on a wide range of US imports by 5%. Tariffs on US$250 billion of Chinese imports will be increased from 25% to 30%. Another US$300 billion of imports, including electronics and clothing will also be taxed at 15%, up from 10% before the announcement. Unsurprisingly, the US futures market has been taking a huge hit.

The Full Story @
BBC – Full details on the tariff hikes, including China’s retaliation
MarketWatch – Sharp drop in US’ futures market

 

SAT: G7 SUMMIT OPENS WITH SQUABBLES

The G7 meeting kicked off on Saturday (25 Aug) with disagreements. Global trade tensions, Brexit and the fire in the Amazon rainforest were some of the topics discussed during the meeting. With tensions rising in the summit, US President Donald Trump denied claims that its trade war with China is causing the friction. Controversial issues of protectionism and tax were central to the discussions, with Trump annoying the other leaders by insisting that Russia be let back into the G7.

The Full Story @
Channel News Asia – Debates in G7 meeting among world leaders
Reuters – More details about the discussion

 

SUN: FIRST CRIME IN SPACE

On first glance, this reads like an all too familiar divorce case: a marriage gone wrong with claims of financial theft. However, there is a twist – the crime was committed in space. While on a 6-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), astronaut Annie Mclain was accused of identity theft and improperly accessing her estranged wife’s financial records. The case has raised unexplored questions on what happens if a crime is committed in orbit.

The Full Story @
AsiaOne – More details

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

  1. National Day Rally 2019
  2. Cathay Pacific CEO steps down while refusing to give list of employees who protested
  3. Japan’s late emperor stopped from expressing remorse over WWII, new documents show
  4. SG Universities halt all HK student exchange programmes
  5. Trending #PrayforAmazonia hashtag
  6. Record number of Amazon fires this year
  7. PM Lee’s wife, Ho Ching defends PM Lee’s pay on Facebook
  8. Japanese bullet train ran with doors open, no injuries reported
  9. Trump signs memorandum to cancel student loan debt on disabled veterans
  10. Palestinian authorities ban LGBTI advocacy groups from organising events in West Bank

 

Contributors: Bryan Goh, Chu Yao Quan, Clement Ng, Jong Ching Yee,  Joseph Ong, Terrence Tan

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