Cultural Festival organizers want to extend the event to other cities

Chong Chun Heng, vice-president of MIYCAA, told the Times that over the 17-day period, almost 200,000 Hefei residents visited the Cultural District to take part in the Festival. Mr Chong observed

Law amendment focuses on building maintenance fund

The acting president of the Housing Bureau (IH), Ieong Kam Wa, claimed yesterday that the amendment of the Regulation of Condominium Common Areas Management would focus on improving management of

Corporate Bits | Conrad Macao Facebook fan wins stay by uploading #travelbear photo

Throughout August, Conrad Macao, Cotai Central invited fans to win a free luxury Macao getaway; all they had to do was upload a photo of one of the hotel’s bears

Survey: Foreign companies in China feel ‘targeted’ 

Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a U.S. business group said yesterday. The American Chamber

Mozambique | Japan supports competitiveness of over 200 products

More than 200 Mozambican products are being made more competitive for national and international markets as part of a program supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), according to

Angola | Completion of Benguela Railway will boost economic growth

The project, which is being carried out by China Railway Construction, one of China’s largest construction groups, involved reconstruction of 1,344 kilometers of the railway and took around 10 years

HONG KONG | Xi’s hard line shows no tolerance of challenges

President Xi Jinping’s uncompromising stance on limiting democratic reforms in Hong Kong marks a public show of strength that signals to the world - and China’s own citizens - that

HONG KONG | Support for Occupy Central waning, Benny Tai says

A leader of the pro-democracy group that threatened to occupy Hong Kong’s financial district said its strategy to win concessions from China on election reform had failed and that support

PAKISTAN | Parliament meets over political crisis 

Pakistan’s lawmakers held an emergency session yesterday over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remained camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister

MYANMAR | Dethroned beauty queen blasts pageant boss 

A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said yesterday she won’t return her bejeweled USD100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. May Myat Noe —

JAPAN | Tokyo and Delhi pledge to strengthen ties as Beijing rises

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged an upgrade of economic and security ties with India, saying Japan would double investment and expand defense cooperation amid concerns about China’s growing influence in

PHILIPPINES | Anti-China group nabbed for planned Manila attacks

Philippine authorities said yesterday that they arrested three men linked to a group that was planning to set off firebombs at Manila’s international airport and a major mall in the

UKRAINE | Russian forces in major rebel cities 

A Ukrainian official said yesterday that Russian forces have been spotted in both of the major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine. The claim by Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s national security council,

SYRIA | Rebels issue demands for captive UN Fijian troops 

Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group’s removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for

this day in history: 1939 Britain and France declare war on Germany

He said the British ambassador to Berlin had handed a final note to the German government this morning saying unless it announced plans to withdraw from Poland by 1100, a

Offbeat | | Report: Water shortages crimp China fracking plan

More than 60 percent of China’s vast shale gas deposits are in regions with scarce water resources, complicating plans by the energy-hungry country to tap the natural gas, according to

North Korea athletes on mission for political gold

It’s a hot, sunny morning at the newly refurbished Sosan Football Stadium in Pyongyang. Two women’s soccer teams head to the sidelines of the artificial turf, leaving only a row

FOOTBALL | Record English spending dwarfs rivals in Europe

English Premier League clubs spent a record 835 million pounds (USD1.38 billion) on players during the summer transfer window, almost twice as much as any of Europe’s other top leagues. A

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