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In an unexpected outcome, people of the United Kingdom voted in favor of leaving the European Union in June 23rd referendum. For so many months, we have kept our readers updated on the referendum through our "Briferendum Series". Now with the referendum in place, we can hardly call it an end, instead, it's a new beginning of an era of greater uncertainties. With this non-binding referendum, there are so many possible scenarios that may play out including a second referendum. In this series, we once again vow to keep our readers up to the minute as the path ahead unfolds.

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit calls for free trade are a convenient smoke screen for more corporate tax privilege

Nov 22, 2017 05:34 am UTC| Insights & Views

Liam Foxs call for Britain to champion the cause for free trade in the wake of Brexit and increasing trade barriers, needs to be examined against further revelations of the so-called Paradise Papers scandal, and other...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit: why Macron has more room to manoeuvre than May and Merkel

Oct 29, 2017 14:41 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Despite the valiant efforts of both the EU and the UK to uphold confidence in the Brexit negotiations process, its clear the talks have been deeply unsatisfactory for both sides. Fundamental conflicts of interest and...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit Series: Juncker assures of deal to diffuse media reports of Theresa May begging

Oct 24, 2017 10:19 am UTC| Commentary

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and his team rushed for damage control after a German media reported on his dinner with the British prime Minister Theresa May, where she is described as begging to the...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit: what the EU and UK still don't agree on

Oct 23, 2017 15:34 pm UTC| Insights & Views

As expected, the leaders of the EU27 decided at a summit in Brussels on October 20 that there had not been sufficient progress in the negotiations on the UKs withdrawal from the EU to move on to talks about a post-Brexit...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Why a 'guest worker' visa system is not the answer for Britain after Brexit

Sep 25, 2017 12:08 pm UTC| Insights & Views

At the 2017 general election, the UKs two largest political parties both agreed that the current system of free movement would end when the country leaves the European Union. The Labour Party has since shifted to a...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit negotiations: here's where we're at so far

Sep 21, 2017 14:27 pm UTC| Insights & Views

While many have enjoyed a summer break, the Brexit negotiating teams in Brussels and London have been busy. But has there been any progress? In terms of substance, the answer is short: not really. There have been three...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit Series: No decisive progress on Brexit negotiations after third round of talks

Aug 31, 2017 12:41 pm UTC| Commentary

The European Unions top Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier said during a press conference at the conclusion of the third round of talks on Thursday that no decisive progress has been made so far. Speaking alongside his UK...

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Economy

Governor eyes ‘hydrogen pipeline’ for Tokyo

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike plans to build a hydrogen supply network of pipelines to receive green hydrogen in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Koike considers green hydrogen as a pillar to achieve...

Burger King Japan adds matcha pie to the menu

Burger King Japan has included My Winter Matcha Pie in its series of new desserts aimed at adults under the name Watakushi no, which translates to My. This dessert uses Uji matcha from Morihan, Kyotos long-established...

McDonald’s Japan to offer Fuwatoro Tamago Noko Demi Gurakoro this winter

McDonalds Japan is adding an extra-tempting version to the croquette burger lineup, dubbed the Fuwatoro Tamago Noko Demi Gurakoro. Gurakoro is a mashup of the Japanese pronunciations of gratin and croquette, since this...

Singapore’s Charles & Keith launches its first store in North America

Singaporean footwear and accessories brand, Charles Keith, has opened a store in Mexico in its first foray into the Americas. The store, located at the Artz Pedregal Mall in Mexico City, follows the brands latest...

Hanwha, DL Chemical split Yeochun NCC joint venture as their partnership ends

Hanhwa Solutions and Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. have decided to part ways after being partners for more than two decades, 23 years to be exact. They have set up the YEOCHUN NCC Co., Ltd. chemicals company in 1999 through a...

Politics

North Korea: Kim Jong-un vows to have the most powerful nuclear force in the world

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that his ultimate goal was to make the isolated nation the most powerful nuclear force in the world. Kims comments follow the nations multiple weapons tests this year. North Korean...

Afghanistan: UN says Taliban's treatment of women may amount to crime against humanity

A group of experts from the United Nations said last week that the Talibans treatment of women so far, including its recent restrictions, can amount to a crime against humanity. This followed the recent policies that would...

Taiwan President steps down as head of governing party following local elections

Taiwans President Tsai Ing-wen has decided to step down from the governing Democratic Progressive Party following the results of the recent local elections. Tsais efforts to frame the upcoming races as a way to show...

Russia-Ukraine war: UK says Russia likely removing nuclear warheads from missiles and firing at Ukraine

The British defense ministry said that Russia was likely taking out the nuclear warheads from its aging nuclear missiles and firing the unarmed ammunition at Ukraine. The ministry also said that this is a sign of Russias...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

‘Gran Turismo’ PC port is possible but not without some compromises, series creator confirms

Sony has made it clear that more of its first-party games for PlayStation will be released to PC, and that could include Gran Turismo. Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the racing sim series, confirmed the possibility of...

‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’ is getting a spin-off campaign about Ghost, leaker claims

Infinity Ward is reportedly developing a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II spin-off campaign focused on the fan-favorite character Simon Ghost Riley. But it might not be an entirely standalone premium game. Leaker...

Nintendo breaks sales record with new Pokemon games

Nintendo Co. set a record pace for game titles after global sales of its latest Pokemon games surpassed 10 million units in the first three days of their release. Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, which were released...

Samsung Galaxy S23 features: Satellite connectivity that supports text and image transfers is in development

The launch of the Galaxy S23 series is only a few months away, but Samsung is reportedly still working on adding satellite connectivity to the upcoming phones. Samsung is expected to catch up with Apple and Huawei soon...

PlayStation 6 launch: Sony fans may have to wait longer for PS5’s successor

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently published documents filed in relation to the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger, including Sonys official responses. And Sony appears to have confirmed plans to...
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