Monday, February 17, 2020



‘Parasite’ director Bong Joon-ho gets hero’s welcome in South Korea


Victoria Beckham’s black dresses, chunky platform boots stage ‘gentle rebellion’ at London Fashion Week

LONDON (Reuters) – Victoria Beckham chose black dresses paired with distinctive belts and chunky thigh-high platform boots for a collection she characterized as a “gentle rebellion” at London Fashion Week on Sunday. The former Spice Girl pop star turned designer, who has also launched a beauty line, opened her show with a series of black…


Who needs an Oscar? I’m popular in U.S. now, jokes Ukrainian leader

MUNICH (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comic actor, joked on Saturday that after dreaming of Oscars and popularity in the United States, he had achieved at least the fame part through President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Asked at the Munich Security Conference about Ukraine being dragged into U.S. politics, Zelenskiy reverted to his…


Hand sanitizers as London Fashion Week opens amid coronavirus disruption

LONDON (Reuters) – Hand sanitizers and face masks were the new must-have accessories as London Fashion Week opened on Friday, in what was expected to be a subdued gathering hit by the absence of many Chinese attendees because of coronavirus. Fashionistas queued for catwalk shows sporting face masks in different shades of pastel as buyers,…



Hong Kong protesters rally against planned virus quarantine centers

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hundreds of demonstrators rallied for a second day in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against plans to turn some buildings into coronavirus quarantine centers, reviving anti-government protests in the Chinese-ruled city. The virus has opened a new front for protesters after months of demonstrations over the perceived erosion of freedoms…


Americans to fly home from coronavirus-hit cruise; China says new cases slow

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. officials in hazmat suits boarded a cruise liner on Sunday to fly home Americans quarantined for two weeks off Japan, while China said measures such as locking down megacity Wuhan had at last slowed the pace of new coronavirus cases. After being held on board the Diamond Princess since Feb. 3,…


Taiwan confirms first coronavirus death on island, cases at 20

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A taxi driver has died from the coronavirus in Taiwan, marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that has curbed travel and disrupted global supply chains. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said during a news conference on Sunday that the deceased person…

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Thailand raises $3.2 billion at 5G license auctions

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s telecoms regulator raised 100.52 billion baht ($3.2 billion) in 5G spectrum auctions on Sunday, with operators snapping up 48 licenses ahead of an expected commercial rollout later this year. Thailand’s top mobile operator, Advanced Info Service Pcl (ADVANC.BK), emerged as the biggest winner with 23 licenses across all three spectrum bands…


Thailand’s AIS wins 23 spectrum licenses for 5G, True bags 17: regulator

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s Advanced Info Service Pcl (ADVANC.BK) won 23 spectrum licenses for 5G in auctions on Sunday, while True Pcl (TRUE.BK) won 17, the country’s telecoms regulator said. Thailand’s telecoms regulator raised over 100 billion baht ($3.21 billion) for 48 licenses for 5G services on Sunday, ahead of an expected commercial rollout later…


Twitter says Olympics, IOC accounts hacked

(Reuters) – Twitter (TWTR.N) said on Saturday that an official Twitter account of the Olympics and the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) media Twitter account had been hacked and temporarily locked. The accounts were hacked through a third-party platform, a spokesperson for the social media platform said in an emailed statement, without giving further details. “As…


Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

PARIS (Reuters) – Europe may have lost the battle to create digital champions capable of taking on U.S. and Chinese companies harvesting personal data, but it can win the war of industrial data, Europe’s industry policy chief said on Saturday. Vast troves of data from how fast we drive our cars to how much time…


Google in talks with publishers to pay for premium news content: WSJ

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google is in talks with publishers on paying a licensing fee for content that would be packaged in a premium news product, the Wall Street Journal reported here citing people familiar with the matter. A source close to Google confirmed the talks were still in early stages and that there was…



‘Ghost’ ancestors: African DNA study detects mysterious human species

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists examining the genomes of West Africans have detected signs that a mysterious extinct human species interbred with our own species tens of thousands of years ago in Africa, the latest evidence of humankind’s complicated genetic ancestry. The study indicated that present-day West Africans trace a substantial proportion, some 2% to 19%,…


Oddly shaped celestial body Arrokoth sheds light on planet formation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A vaguely hourglass-shaped icy object called Arrokoth residing in the far reaches of the solar system – the most distant body ever explored by a spacecraft – is giving scientists intriguing clues about the formation of the planets including Earth. Scientists on Thursday offered the fullest description yet of the composition and…