JAPAN | It’s not just Hello Kitty: Cute chr craze

Hello Kitty, whom many learned last week is a girl and not a cat, may be the queen of Japan’s cute characters, but she’s hardly the only one. There are thousands, and

Japan finds 19 more dengue fever cases

Japan reported more patients with dengue fever after last week finding the country’s first domestic cases of the mosquito-borne disease since the 1940s. Nineteen people in Japan have been confirmed to

JAPAN | Modi visit draws pledges of support from Tokyo

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi courted Japan’s government and business leaders yesterday, winning pledges of help for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy. Modi is visiting Japan with a

IRAQ | Germany sends 16,000 rifles to stem Islamic State

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is sending 16,000 assault rifles, plus anti-tank weapons and armored vehicles, to Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State militants, lifting a German taboo on shipments into war

UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes 

Iraq’s government asked the U.N.’s top human rights body yesterday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern

UKRAINE CRISIS | Moscow: Talks must back cease-fire now 

Diplomats at a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine must push for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists, Russia’s foreign minister said yesterday. The

this day in history: 1951 Designers prepare to dazzle Venice

Last week, they showed off an array of 40 ladies’ outfits at a London restaurant before packing them up for the Venice show. The collection aims to demonstrate the versatility of

Offbeat | For sale: Century-old cards of Ty Cobb, Cy Young

Now, the trove of more than 1,400 tobacco cards featuring a slew of Hall of Famers like Cy Young and Ty Cobb — the legacy of a teenage smoker whose

Football | FIFA opens talks on 2022 World Cup dates in Qatar

FIFA will step up the search for new dates to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at talks with football officials next Monday. Consultation was promised last year after

World Championship | Marin stuns Li to win world badminton final

Ninth-seeded Carolina Marin pulled off a huge badminton upset by defeating Li Xuerui, the top-seeded Olympic champion, in the world championship women’s singles final on Sunday. The 21-year-old lefthander came from

Tennis study finds unusual bet patterns in 3 Wimbledon matches

Swings in betting odds suggest an average of 23 professional tennis matches might be fixed each year, according to a study that found suspicious patterns in three matches at Wimbledon. The

Falcao heading to Man United on loan

Radamel Falcao is set to join Manchester United on loan after the Premier League club agreed to a loan deal with Monaco, a person with knowledge of the deal said

Our Desk: Awakening Macau

The campaign has gone beyond organizers’ expectations, and also beyond the expectations of outsiders. The former Portuguese enclave has long been considered less concerned with politics than its neighbor Hong

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – edition no. 2142

* Back to school with extra buses, traffic smooth * Online taxi group publishes taxi blacklist * Siza Vieira: Macau’s growth is ‘absolutely extraordinary’ * HK: Beijing anti-dissent playbook may fail   DOWNLOAD

EBOLA OUTBREAK | Experimental drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once

the buzz: Militia says it ‘secured’ US compound in Libya

The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital has “secured” a U.S. Embassy residential compound there, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing