IMF frets on sidelines while global economic divides widen

As crisis-weary finance ministers and central bank governors from around the world kick back in Washington this week, on the sidelines of the twice-yearly International Monetary Fund meetings, they...

Chinese become world’s biggest-spending tourists

Chinese tourists have overtaken Germans as the world’s biggest spending travellers after a decade of robust growth in the numbers of them holidaying abroad, according to the United Nations...

North Korea enters ‘state of war’ with South

North Korea has said it is entering a “state of war” with South Korea in the latest escalation of rhetoric against its neighbour and the US. A statement promised...

Earth Hour: World Landmarks Switch Off Lights

Buckingham Palace, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower and the Kremlin – along with a slew of other landmarks around the world – went dark to draw attention...

Coronavirus victim’s widow tells of grief as scientists scramble for treatment

The widow of the first person to die of a deadly new Sars-like virus in the UK has told the Guardian of the tragic circumstances of his death. Azima...

Boot up: brains v games, Windows 8 v the 90%, shrinking tablets grow, and more

A predicted surge of smaller, lower-priced devices in the tablet market has led International Data Corporation (IDC) to increase its 2013 forecast for the worldwide tablet market to 190.9m,...

Aspirin may lower melanoma risk: U.S. study

WASHINGTON, March. 12 (PNA/Xinhua) — A new study in the United States has found that women who take aspirin have a reduced risk of developing melanoma, and that the...

Mexico City blast at Pemex headquarters leaves at least 14 dead

At least 14 people died and scores more were injured in an explosion at the main headquarters of Mexico’s state-owned oil company in Mexico City Thursday. The blast damaged...

US Company Plans To Mine Asteroids For Metals

A company has unveiled plans to send a fleet of spacecraft into the solar system to mine asteroids for metals and other materials. “Using resources harvested in space is...

Stocks slide on Fitch warning about U.S. debt

Stock markets slid Tuesday after Fitch ratings agency warned it might downgrade U.S. government debt and new figures showed Germany’s economy contracted last quarter. The Dow Jones industrial average...

Philippines wins “Best tourist destination” award in China

MANILA, Jan. 12 — The Philippines won one of the “Best Tourist Destination” awards at the 2012 Oriental Morning Post’s annual World Travel – Special Trips Awards. A statement...

China approves tighter rules on internet access

China has tightened its rules on internet usage to enforce a previous requirement that users fully identify themselves to service providers. The move is part of a package of...

Boeing uses potatoes instead of people to test wi-fi

US planemaker Boeing used an unusual substitute for passengers to test its in-flight wi-fi system – potatoes. Passenger seats on a decommissioned plane were loaded with huge sacks of...

US Shooting: Gunman Had Hundreds Of Rounds

The gunman in America’s worst school shooting was carrying hundreds of rounds of ammunition during his killing spree, police said. Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire with a high-powered rifle...

Juan Manuel Marquez stops Manny Pacquiao in round six in Las Vegas

Juan Manuel Marquez avenged his two previous defeats to Manny Pacquiao by producing a devastating sixth-round knockout in Las Vegas. Both men touched the canvas early in the fight,...

UK’s Hague confirms ‘evidence’ of Syria chemical arms plans

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK and the US have seen evidence that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons. Mr Hague told the BBC there was...

PHL team bags bronze, excellence awards in ASEAN Skills Competition

MANILA, Dec. 1 (PNA) — The Philippine team took home a bronze medal and four medallions of excellence in its re-entry in the recently-concluded ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC) in...

Fruit Fly Research Gives Clue To Infertility

Scientists have identified a gene which could help solve the problem of infertility in humans. The team at the University of Edinburgh conducted a study with fruit flies, during...

ASEAN leaders launch institute for peace, reconciliation

PHNOM PENH, Nov. 18 (PNA/Xinhua) — The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched on Sunday the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), aiming at...

The Philippines: The world’s budget English teacher

The Philippines is fast becoming the world’s low-cost English language teacher – with rapid increases in overseas students coming to learn English or study in English-speaking universities. There might...