Burundi | Rival army generals claim control as gunfire continues

Sporadic gunfire rang out in Burundi’s capital yesterday, the day after an army general announced he had ousted President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose decision to seek a third term in office had provoked

This Day in History: 1954 Queen returns after lengthy voyage

Thousands flocked to the banks of the River Thames to see the Royal Yacht Britannia bringing the Queen home. Ships’ sirens and factory hooters welcomed the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh

Offbeat | Swedish peace group launches gay sonar against Russian subs

In a publicity stunt dubbed “Operation The Singing Sailor,” the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society placed a sonar device in the Stockholm archipelago sending out a Morse code message saying

Champions League | Juventus draws 1-1 with Madrid to meet Barcelona in Berlin final

Juventus came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Real Madrid yesterday and line up a Champions League final against Barcelona with a 3-2 victory on aggregate. Former Madrid striker

Football | Court suspends strike in Spanish league ahead of last rounds

A Spanish court yesterday suspended a strike called by the soccer players’ union, allowing the final two rounds of the season to be played. The National Court announced its decision in

Kapok | Embrace a full ban!

When conflicts of interests are too blatant, public debate can only be farcical, and yet it is revealing of the challenges confronting the new government. The recent exchanges between some

Friday, May 15, 2015 – edition no. 2313

* From tycoons to state bosses: Who’s who in Chinese business In a state-dominated economy, President Xi Jinping has more influence over business than any entrepreneur or state company

Who’s Who – Running China’s Big Business

* Books: Solitude Creek by Jeffery Deaver * Music: Pitch Perfect 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Wine: The mediterranean heart * Food: The secret garden – Jack Black by Paulo Coutinho – Tea Leaks

Times Square by Rodrigo

Tea Leaks by Talkers

Mr Vong Hin Fai, Chui’s tireless lead campaigner, is about to leave his position as partner at Rato, Ling, Vong, Lei & Cortês Advogados, to lead a new “law firm”

Jack Black

Girl power! ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ hits those sweet notes

Who run the world? GIRLS!” sing those irrepressible Barden University Bellas, channeling Beyonce, in “Pitch Perfect 2.” And yes, they sure do run the world. The highly anticipated sequel to the 2012

‘Solitude Creek’ is outstanding thriller by Jeffery Deaver

What begins as a fun outing for a mother and her daughter turns terrifying in “Solitude Creek,” Jeffery Deaver’s latest thriller. They go to a small concert venue that brings in

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ soundtrack not so perfect

There is such a thing as being too clever. The Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers, who return in the film “Pitch Perfect 2,” have found a way to cram even more

The Mediterranean Heart

Prior to the Age of Discovery, the Mediterranean area had for centuries remained the centre of Europe and its history. Owing to their geopolitical locations, if Crete and Cyprus were

Food | The Secret Garden

Gentle breezes brush through the trees, making a soothing sound while touching the leaves. Breathing lightly, I feel unusually relaxed. My eyes are hypnotized, fixed on the bubbles of the

Exclusive | From tycoons to state bosses: key people in Chinese business

The most successful of China’s entrepreneurs have created some of the world’s biggest companies and amassed stunning fortunes. Often they are little known outside of China, but that is changing

SCREEN PEOPLE | Last Show – David Letterman on retirement: it’s time, but he’s torn

Perched on a stool in a fast-food restaurant beside the Ed Sullivan Theater, where he has hosted “Late Show” for two decades but will do so only a bit longer,

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