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Computer coding is child's play in China

Business / Tech Dec 13, 2019

Computer coding is child's play in China

Wearing a pair of black-rimmed glasses and a red T-shirt, an 8-year-old Chinese boy is logged in for an online coding lesson — as the teacher. Vita has set up a coding tutorial channel on the Chinese video streaming site Bilibili since August and has ...

Scotland's future in spotlight again after U.K. election

World / Politics Dec 13, 2019

Scotland's future in spotlight again after U.K. election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may be celebrating a stunning election victory, but another leader also scored an emphatic win — and it is one that promises to set up a renewed clash over the United Kingdom's future. The Scottish National Party was on course ...

Business / Corporate Dec 13, 2019

SoftBank-backed OneConnect sees valuation tumble in U.S. IPO

Ping An Insurance Co.'s OneConnect Financial Technology said Thursday it raised around $312 million in its U.S. initial public offering, valuing the company at around $3.7 billion. OneConnect sold 31.2 million American depositary shares (ADS) at $10 each. Earlier this month, it had aimed to ...

New Zealand retrieves six volcano fatalities amid further eruption threat

World Dec 13, 2019

New Zealand retrieves six volcano fatalities amid further eruption threat

Elite soldiers retrieved six bodies from New Zealand's volatile White Island volcano on Friday, winning praise for their "courageous" mission carried out under the threat of another eruption. At first light, two military helicopters set off from Whakatane airport for the offshore volcano, where an ...

Boeing drops 2019 timing for 737 Max return after CEO meets with FAA

Business Dec 13, 2019

Boeing drops 2019 timing for 737 Max return after CEO meets with FAA

Boeing Co. on Thursday abandoned its goal of winning approval this month from the Federal Aviation Administration to unground the 737 Max after Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg met with senior U.S. aviation officials. The announcement came after a congressional hearing on Wednesday in which numerous ...

Part of Rugby World Cup windfall to be spent on legacy projects

Rugby Dec 13, 2019

Part of Rugby World Cup windfall to be spent on legacy projects

Ticket revenue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup totaled some ¥37.3 billion ($343 million), outstripping estimates by around ¥2.3 billion, the local organizers said Thursday. Around 1.84 million tickets were sold for the Sept. 20 to Nov. 2 World Cup, the first edition of the ...