Donald Trump gives Roger Stone “get out of jail free” card

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump commuted the 40 months prison sentence of his ally and advisor Roger Stone on Friday (local time), days before Mr Stone was due to report to a federal prison to start serving his sentence for lying under oath to the US Congress investigating Russian interference in the 2016…

Singapore ruling party hopeful for election win

By Helene Fung Singapore held elections on Friday after it’s emerged from a lengthy lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to tallies on Saturday, the ruling party, People’s Action Party (PAP), set to retain power; however, it also appeared the opposition is set to gainsome new ground. While there had been COVID-19 outbreaks, predominantly…

Donald Trump denounces “left wing cultural revolution” and promises more American heroes statues

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump warned on the eve of Independence Day, that the racial inequality demonstrations targeting statues of historic figures perceived to have benefited from slavery, a “left wing cultural revolution”, threatened the foundations of American society. “Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history … and…

75,000 evacuating and more than a dozen missing as heavy rain floods Japan

By Helene Fung 75,000 residents in western Japan have been ordered to evacuate on Saturday, due to record heavy rainfall overnight causing floods and landslides. Many have been left stranded on rooftops to escape the flood water, and 13 people have been listed as missing. Japan’s weather agency issued the highest emergency level of heavy…

Texas Governor halts state reopening out of COVID fear

Story By Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Greg Abbott Social Media Page Texas is a US state that’s been at the forefront of effort to reopen the economies which have been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however its governor, Greg Abbott, has decided to hit “pause” on the state’s reopening, after over 6,000 new…

UK local government declared “major incident” as thousands ignore social distancing to flock to beach

Story By: Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council Thousands of people have ignored social distancing requirements and flocked to the beach at the beachside town of Bournemouth, causing the local council to declare a “major incident”, and urged people to leave the town. This happened on Thursday (local time), on the second…

Pakistan Airlines pilots grounded in “fake pilot license” scandal

By Helene Fung Under circumstances which sound more like a movie plot than reality, Pakistan International Airlines grounded 150 pilots, after investigations into a crash in May which killed 97 people dug up allegations of “fake pilot licenses”. Pakistan’s Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarqar Khan, stunned Parliamentariansa day prior by revealing that 262 out of 860…