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Leading Asian cardinal calls for Vatican foreign minister to resign over China dealings

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong cardinal who has spearheaded opposition to the Vatican's rapprochement with China called on Thursday for the Pope's secretary of state to step down, saying any deal with Beijing would amount to a betrayal of the Catholic faith.

Bursa rises for second day on easing trade tensions

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia stayed in positive territory for the duration of the morning session, lifted by improved sentiment over the impact of the trade war.

Beijing allocates more roads for self-driving vehicle tests

China's capital city has designated 11 more roads for self-driving vehicle testing, state news agency Xinhua said on Sept 19, to try to speed up the technology's development.

The test driver in the autonomous car must have received no less than 50 hours of training and be able to take over the vehicle at any time during the test, Xinhua said. — Reuters

At the heart of yoga ball murder case was a deeply unhappy marriage, trial hears

Love triangle, while not relied upon by prosecutors, was a key feature of trial that saw Khaw Kim Sun, 53, convicted of killing his wife and teenage daughter with deadly gas

In a world of robots, carmakers are hiring more humans

Car-industry employees concerned that robots will put them out of work needn’t worry – at least for now.

Carmakers in China and other emerging markets, where growth is strongest, favour human labour because it requires less upfront investment, said analysts. — Bloomberg

Do you know ... facts about typhoons?

Typhoon Mangkhut is the powerful storm that hit the Philippines, Hong Kong and southern China. It is one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in decades. Here are some facts about on what a typhoon is all about.

Kian Meng-Pei Jing turn on the heat in opener

PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing displayed one of their best performance in recent times to reach the second round of the China Open in Changzhou.

Way to go: Tan Kian Meng (left) and Lai Pei Jing beat Niclas Nohr-Sara Thygesen of Denmark 22-20, 21-18 in the first round of the China Open in Changzhou yesterday.

Primus files appeal over NY court’s refusal to hear claim

PETALING JAYA: Private equity firm Primus Pacific Partners has lodged an appeal over a New York court’s refusal to hear its US$500mil claim against Goldman Sachs for issues related to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal in Malaysia, reports the Financial Times (FT).

Hong Kong-based Primus alleged that it was disadvantaged by advice Goldman gave concerning the December 2009 sale of EON Capital Bhd, a Malaysian bank that Primus had a 20% stake in.  EON Capital was sold to a domestic rival Hong Leong Bank Bhd

AirAsia's Fernandes supports half-yearly financial reporting

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Group Bhd head honcho Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes says he agrees with US President Donald Trump’s view that half-yearly financial reporting is better than quarterly reporting.

“One of the few things I agree with Donald Trump is quarterly reporting is null and void.  “Should be six months. Analysts driving to much short-term decision,” Fernandes wrote.

S-E Asian airports dominate flight connectivity

SINGAPORE: Six of Asia-Pacific’s largest airports are among the Top 20 most connected airports worldwide according to OAG’s International Megahubs Index 2018, which ranks the airports with the highest ratio of scheduled international connections to the number of destinations served.

In the International Low-Cost Megahubs section, ongoing low-cost airport infrastructure development, route network expansions and seat capacity growth enabled Kuala Lumpur International, home of Asia’s largest low-cost carrier AirAsia, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International and Singapore Changi to retain the Top 3 global rankings.