South Korea | Son, brothers of ferry owner convicted

A South Korean court convicted three relatives of the sunken ferry’s owner and other associates for corruption yesterday, about four months after the tycoon was found dead on the run. The

North Korea | Kim Jong Un walks without cane as troops applaud

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first appearance without a cane since emerging from a six-week seclusion that prompted speculation about his health and grip on power. Kim clapped

Singapore | Infinity pool draw crimps casino take

Tourists wanting to float in an infinity pool 57 stories in the sky are paying the most ever to stay at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. The hotel’s owner would rather

Australia | Gov’t to staff Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone 

Australia’s prime minister said yesterday that his government expects to staff a British-built Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone by the end of the month after reaching a deal with Britain on

Australia | Ex-PM Whitlam commemorated in Sydney

Australia’s reformist Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who lost power in a constitutional crisis in 1975, was commemorated yesterday at a packed state memorial service at Sydney Town Hall. Whitlam died in Sydney

Mexico | Residents in ‘forgotten state’ hail arrest of fugitive mayor

The elected mayor is under arrest, the police chief is on the run and city hall is a fire-ravaged shell of a building. This is the southern Mexican city of

USA | Republicans take Senate in voter rebuke to Obama

Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate and bolstered their majority in the House of Representatives as Americans delivered a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama in elections Tuesday. Obama

This Day in History: 1968 Nixon wins close contest for president

It was not until midday EST (1800 BST)) that Democrat Vice-President Hubert Humphrey conceded victory to the Republican candidate. The announcement came after a full 24 hours of waiting when

Offbeat | Manet, Chagall at NYC art auction

A celebrated portrait of a Parisian actress by Edouard Manet was slated for the auction block at Christie’s during the second day of a major fall sale of big-ticket impressionist

Italian tennis player Bracciali admits to fixing

Italian tennis player Daniele Bracciali partially admitted to match-fixing during a hearing last week with judicial authorities, a prosecutor said yesterday. “He admitted a few things and he denied a

Ronaldo receives Golden Boot

Ronaldo shared the award with Luis Suarez, who also scored 31 goals. At a lavish ceremony in Madrid, Ronaldo said he was surprised so many people got up early for the

Comaneci donates gymnastics bib to museum

It’s a perfect choice for the Olympic Museum — as in a perfect 10.0. Gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci has donated the numbered bib she wore at the 1976 Montreal Games

Hk observer : Plus ça change?

How useful it would be to be able single out, among the many messages coming from China about Hong Kong’s political future, those which really count. And given the massive

Thursday, November 6, 2014 – edition no. 2185

* André Couto dubs Guia Circuit as ‘one of the world’s best’ * Gaming industry bound for worst streak * Hong Kong: Patten urges concessions to protesters * Rod Experience: ‘The Classic Never

The Buzz | Spanish registered jobless up 3rd month in a row

The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain rose by nearly 80,000 in October compared with the previous month, suggesting a bump in the economy’s recovery but also due

World briefs

CHINA-JAPAN Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid for formal talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a regional summit in Beijing next week is unlikely to succeed, a commentary by

Thai man convicted of defaming king on Facebook

A Criminal Court judge found 24-year-old Akkaradet Eiamsuwan guilty of violating Thailand’s lese majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy. The ruling said Akkaradet used an

Gaming | Casino revenue plunges record 23 pct – it’s official

Macau’s casino revenue has had its largest decline since the city started monthly records in 2005, as China’s crusade against corruption prompted gamblers to cut back on lavish spending. Total casino

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