Philippines | Strong earthquake shakes south

A strong earthquake shook parts of the southern and central Philippines yesterday, frightening people but causing no serious damage or injuries, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured

Korea | South offers talks with North over unification

  South Korea yesterday proposed talks with North Korea to discuss what it calls a range of issues needed to prepare for the unification of the divided countries. It’s unclear if Pyongyang

5 dead, 2 injured | Italian premier: Evacuation of Greek ferry is complete

  Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says that the evacuation of the Greek ferry that caught fire off Albania has been completed, and that only the vessel’s captain and four Italian sailors remain on

Ukraine drops nonaligned status

The Ukrainian president yesterday signed a bill dropping his country’s nonaligned status but signaled that he will hold a referendum before seeking NATO membership. The bill, which Parliament adopted last week

This Day in History: 1958 Castro’s rebels edge closer to capital

The capture of Las Villas is a key goal for the rebel force, known as the 26 July Army, before they advance on the capital, Havana. Despite being heavily outnumbered by

Offbeat | German police hunt stolen pigeon worth USD184,000

Police in Germany are looking for a missing pigeon, and any finder could be in line for a 10,000-euro (USD12,250) reward. Duesseldorf police said last week that the 6-year-old male homing

Football | Chelsea, Man City held as Arsenal wins in EPL

  Chelsea retained its three-point lead at the midpoint of the Premier League season over the weekend despite being held to a draw by Southampton, thanks to Manchester City collapsing against

Skiing | Shiffrin fastest in 1st run of World Cup slalom

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin led a women’s World Cup slalom after the first run yesterday, positioning herself for a first podium finish in the discipline this season. The OIympic champion finished

Boxing | Amir Khan visits Pakistan school massacre site

British boxer Amir Khan has visited the school in northwestern Pakistan where Taliban militants massacred scores of children. Khan went to the school in Peshawar yesterday as part of a

Our desk: Happy New Year to the one forth amongst us

An unkempt man stopped in front of a shelf that holds several rice pudding cans, reaching out his hands for one. Surrounded by an array of desserts and snacks at

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 – edition no. 2219

* AirAsia search fails for second day with jet suspected in ocean * Man detained for ‘sextorting’ teen girls * December to remember: casinos down 30 pct or more * S Korea offers

Breaking News: Casinos 30pct down in December, 2.5pct over the year – report

Macau’s casinos are going to end December with a year-on-year fall of somewhere between 30% and 32% and an annual drop of about 2.5% compared with 2013, operator data collected

The Buzz: Striker Torres to join Milan on permanent deal

Chelsea says striker Fernando Torres will join AC Milan on a permanent basis in the January transfer window. Torres joined Milan on a two-year loan deal in August, and Chelsea

At least 60 journalists killed in 2014

At least 60 journalists around the world were killed in 2014 while on the job or because of their work, and 44 percent of them were targeted for murder, the

World briefs

CHINA Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant

37 percent of the social housing applicants rejected

  The Housing Bureau has released the list of residents granted social housing units, having approved over 3,800 applications. However, about 37 percent of the applications were not approved. Applicants who

New heads of PJ and PSP take office

New heads of the Judiciary Police (PJ) and the Public Security Police Force (PSP) were sworn in on Friday. Chau Wai Kuong moved from the PJ deputy director to the

Xi demands MSAR prepare for the unexpected

  The Chinese President Xi Jinping said that he wants the Chief Executive Chui Sai On and the new MSAR administrative team to bear responsibilities and prepare for the unexpected. Meanwhile,

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