Japanese PM names five women to new cabinet

Japanese PM names five women to new cabinet
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named five women to his new cabinet on Wednesday, leading by example in a country economists say must make better use of its highly-educated but underemployed women. The five make up nearly a quarter of the 18-strong cabinet and come close to matching his declared aim for the percentage of women in senior...


Final trial confirms efficacy of Sanofi’;s dengue vaccine

Final trial confirms efficacy of Sanofi’;s dengue vaccine
French drugmaker Sanofi, developing the first vaccine against dengue fever, said its product reduced disease cases by 60.8% in a large final clinical trial. Sanofi has invested more than 1.3 billion euros (RM5.44 billion) in the project, undertaking two decades of research on the world's fastest-growing tropical disease. The final study –...


Germany, Argentina set for World Cup final rematch

Germany, Argentina set for World Cup final rematch
Fifty days after winning the World Cup for the fourth time, the German national team assembled in Duesseldorf on Monday for Wednesday's repeat of the final against Argentina.


UN voices ‘serious concern’; on human rights in Thailand

UN voices ‘serious concern’; on human rights in Thailand
The United Nations said Wednesday it was "seriously concerned" about growing restrictions on human rights activists in Thailand after a string of curbs on freedom of expression in the junta-ruled nation. Since seizing power from the elected government in May, the Thai army has stifled dissent by hauling in anti-coup protesters, muzzling the...


China brooks no opposition in Hong Kong clampdown

China brooks no opposition in Hong Kong clampdown
Beijing's denial of open elections for Hong Kong's next leader demonstrates the ruling Communist Party's desire for complete political control and its resolve to quash any opposition, whatever the cost, observers say. The standing committee of China's rubber-stamp parliament on Sunday ruled out public nominations for Hong Kong's next chief...


ANA, Lufthansa announce cargo business tie-up

ANA, Lufthansa announce cargo business tie-up
Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Lufthansa of Germany on Wednesday announced an air cargo tie up as they look to fight off intense competition from budget airlines on passenger routes.


Japan PM names five women to new cabinet

Japan PM names five women to new cabinet
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named five women to his new cabinet on Wednesday, leading by example in a country economists say must make better use of its highly-educated but underemployed women.


Australia to play enhanced Nato role

Australia to play enhanced Nato role
Australia will accept an invitation to boost its role within Nato at the group's summit in Wales, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday, saying it was in the country's national interest. While not a member, Canberra is a close US ally and has played an increasing part in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation operations over the past...