Hours after the Pakatan Harapan opposition alliance stormed to victory in Malaysia’s historic May 9 election, newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivered his first foreign policy message: all deals made with foreign powers by the previous administration would be scrutinized and reviewed. The message was seen as a warning in particular to China, which has poured massive sums into Malaysia’s economy in recent years under former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s rule. But if history is a guide, Mahathir will strike an adroit balance between the China and the US, with an aim of maximizing benefits from both sides. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox At a press conference on Thursday, Mahathir said that his government would have no problem with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), though it might bid to renegotiate some terms of already signed agreements. Mahathir also stressed that he would consider deals “with … [Read more...] about Will Mahathir look past China to the US?
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By Bruce Arthur Sports Columnist Thu., April 26, 2018 “I usually used to say, if you’re (still) playing on my birthday (on April 29), you’ve had a good year, that means you’re starting the third round. I haven’t seen a third round since I can’t remember how long. I miss you media guys so much, we’re going to play longer this spring.”—Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, Sept. 14, 2017. BOSTON—There are things to fix, but there are always things to fix. The Toronto Maple Leafs season ended in Boston Wednesday night with a free fall at the end; four third-period goals by the Bruins in a Game 7 the Leafs led after two periods. It was a competitive series against one of the best teams in hockey; of course, we said that last year, too, when the Leafs played five overtime games in their six-game loss to Washington. April 29th isn’t the third round anymore; it’s the second. But the Leafs … [Read more...] about The coach’s gift will have to wait another year for Maple Leafs
BRUSSELS: A Belgian court on Monday sentenced the sole surviving suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, to 20 years in prison on terror charges over a bloody gun battle with police in Brussels days before his capture in 2016. Abdeslam's co-defendant Sofiane Ayari received the same sentence after the pair were convicted of terrorism-related attempted murder over the shootout in which four police officers were wounded. Judges at the court in Brussels said that "there can be no doubt about their commitment to radicalism" as they handed down the maximum jail term demanded by Belgian prosecutors at the trial in February. Neither Abdeslam, 28, a Belgian-born French national, nor Ayari, a 24-year-old Tunisian citizen, was in court to hear the verdict. Abdeslam is being held in jail in France pending a separate trial over the November 2015 Paris attacks, claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, in which 130 people died. The pair were convicted of opening fire on a team of Belgian … [Read more...] about Last Paris attacks suspect sentenced to 20 years over Brussels shootout
caption President Donald Trump. source Getty Images/Pool March 19 through March 25 was a particularly tumultuous week in a particularly tumultuous presidency – marked by more turnover at the White House, contentious words with China over trade policy, another Republican loss at the ballot box, a budget bill President Donald Trump hated and his base resented him for signing – capped by more revelations about Trump’s personal behavior and developments in the investigation of his campaign. The headlines themselves were eye-catching, but they have added weight in light of the current state of affairs in the US and abroad – producing what Ian Bremmer, president of geopolitical-risk firm Eurasia Group, called “the most significant and dangerous week of geopolitics” in the past 20 years. “All the stuff that happened in the last week almost feels like politics as usual these days, but the … environment in which it hit is so … [Read more...] about Ian Bremmer reveals why last week was ‘the most significant and dangerous week of geopolitics’ in 20 years
Microsoft president Brad Smith and EVP of AI and research Harry Shum have coauthored a new book about AI called “The Future Computed.” Smith and Shum told Business Insider that Microsoft is in a position to lead AI research and development, and that they are working to “democratize AI” by sharing what they learn with competitors and the public. They said that the ultimate manifestation of AI in 20 years will be in a digital assistant that will serve as an “alter ego.” The jobs AI and automation create will further compel the need for post-high school education. As artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming both more sophisticated and more integrated into our lives, Microsoft is positioning itself at the forefront of artificial intelligence research. Business Insider spoke with Microsoft president and CLO Brad Smith and EVP of AI and Research Harry Shum about … [Read more...] about Microsoft execs say in 20 years we’ll all have digital assistants that will be our alter egos — and we need to set ground rules while we still can