Sundar Pichai announces Google’s $1 bn good neighbour plan

Google has pledged to commit more than $1 billion to help address the severe housing crisis in the region that includes its headquarters and Silicon Valley. Chief executive Sundar Pichai announced the initiative, saying the Internet colossus wants to be ‘a good neighbour’ in the area bursting with technology companies. Continue Reading

Theresa May to formally resign, act as PM until new leader elected

Prime Minister Theresa May will formally resign as the leader of the UK’s ruling Conservative Party on Friday, paving the way for a keen contest to decide a new British premier who will take charge of the Brexit negotiations. Continue Reading

Bangladesh airlines pilot flying to bring PM caught without passport

A Bangladeshi pilot, who flew a special plane to bring Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina back from Finland after her three-nation visit, was caught without his passport at Qatar’s international airport, according to media reports. Continue Reading

Police raids on Aussie media fuel calls for journalist protections

Australia’s democratic credentials have been called into question following police raids on major media organisations this week, sparking urgent calls for greater protection of journalists and their sources. Continue Reading

12 Indians among 17 killed in Dubai bus accident

At least 12 Indians were among the 17 people killed in a horrific bus accident in Dubai when the vehicle, coming from Oman, rammed into a low-clearance sign, police and the Indian mission here said on Friday. Continue Reading

‘State actor’ behind oil tanker attacks off Emirati coast: probe report to UNSC

United Nations: A “state actor” was most likely behind the attacks on four oil tankers off the Emirati coast which and bore the hallmarks of a “sophisticated and coordinated operation”, an international investigation has informed the UN Security Council. Of… Continue Reading

Baby gene experiment by Chinese researcher ‘foolish and dangerous’: Experts

The first people to be gene-edited, a pair of baby twin girls in China, may have been mutated in a way that they are likely to die young, researchers said, calling the action “very dangerous” and “foolish”. Continue Reading