Jack Ma retires as Alibaba’s chairman

HANGZHOU — Jack Ma officially stepped down as group chairman of Alibaba Tuesday, handing over the position to the company’s CEO, Daniel Zhang. It is a special day for both the Chinese billionaire and the e-commerce giant he co-founded. Ma, a former English teacher, turns 55 Tuesday, which also marked the 20th anniversary of Alibaba … Read More

Violent protests in Hong Kong hit economy hard

HOUSTON — The violent protests in Hong Kong are losing support and are battering the city’s economy, Jon Raymond Taylor, a US academic has said.  “When you start doing things that are of a very violent nature, you’re going to lose the support of people. You’re going to scare people. You’re going to impact Hong Kong’s … Read More

Typhoon Lekima leaves 44 dead, 16 missing in China

HANGZHOU/JINAN — Typhoon Lekima has left 44 dead and 16 missing in two Chinese provinces, wreaking havoc there with torrential rains and strong gales. By Monday morning, the death toll in Zhejiang Province has risen to 39 while nine others remained missing, said the Zhejiang provincial flood control headquarters. The ninth and strongest typhoon of the year … Read More

New studies show diverse benefits of eating blueberries

LOS ANGELES — New studies have added fresh evidence on how blueberry consumption contributes to healthy aging, the latest release of the Gerontological Society of America said. “Since the 1990s, research on the health benefits of blueberries has grown exponentially,” said an opening editorial of The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. … Read More

Kevin Durant officially joins Nets

WASHINGTON — NBA All-Star forward Kevin Durant has officially joined the Brooklyn Nets on a four-year, USD141-million deal after three seasons with the Golden State Warriors. The perennial All-Star and two-time NBA champion, ranking third among active players with 22,940 points, has been NBA top scorer on four occasions, but last season suffered a calf injury … Read More

6.4-magnitude earthquake hits Southern California

LOS ANGELES — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck 12 kilometers southwest of Searles Valley in the US state of California (17:33:48 GMT) on Thursday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The epicenter, with a depth of 8.68 km, was initially determined to be at 35.70 degrees north latitude and 117.51 degrees west longitude. The quake was felt … Read More

ASEAN welcomes Trump-Kim meeting in Panmunjom

BANGKOK — Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Thursday said that ASEAN welcomes the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on June 30. The ASEAN foreign ministers said in a statement released by Thailand’s foreign ministry that … Read More

600K ordered to evacuate in SW Japan due to torrential rain

TOKYO — Around 600,000 people have been ordered to evacuate in the city of Kagoshima in Japan’s southwest, public broadcaster NHK said here Wednesday. The evacuation order came as torrential rain continues to pummel southwest Japan, with Kyushu Island, which comprises Kagoshima City, the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture, one of the hardest-hit regions. Japan’s Meteorological Agency … Read More

San Francisco first US city to ban sales of e-cigarettes

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to outlaw the sale of electronic-cigarettes across the city, which also includes online delivery of vaping products to an off-line recipient. The legislation made San Francisco the first US city to approve an ordinance that bans the distribution and sale of e-cigarettes in brick-and-mortar stores … Read More