Beijing sets national holiday to mark 70th anniversary of Japan defeat

China declared Sept. 3 a national holiday this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the allied victory over Japan, the latest move by the Communist Party to focus attention

Beijing concerned about possible US patrols around islands 

China yesterday expressed “serious concern” about reports that the U.S. is considering sending military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to islands it is building in the South China

Workers at machinery plant protest poor management 

More than 10,000 workers at a state-owned machinery manufacturer in southern China are protesting low wages and company plans to lay off thousands of staff after posting losses for three

Nepal | Relief effort faces renewed challenges; US helicopter missing

Officials with bullhorns walked through the quake-damaged streets of this small Nepal town yesterday, calling for people to leave buildings in danger of falling after a second major earthquake in

Philippines | Dozens feared dead in slipper factory fire

A fire gutted a rubber slipper factory in a suburb of the Philippine capital yesterday, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping

South Korea | Military says shooting spree leaves 2 dead

A South Korean reserve soldier went on a shooting spree during a mandatory training session in Seoul yesterday, killing a fellow reservist and injuring three others before killing himself, officials

North Korea | Kim executes defense chief with anti-aircraft gun for ‘sleeping during meeting’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his defense chief executed with an anti-aircraft gun for complaining about the young ruler, talking back to him and sleeping during a meeting

Pakistan | Gunmen kill 45 in bus attack

Gunmen killed at least 45 people yesterday aboard a bus in southern Pakistan bound for a Shiite community center, in the latest attack targeting the religious minority. The attack in the port

Malaysia | Another refugee boat located off Penang

A boat crammed with more than 500 refugees, likely Rohingya and Bangladeshis, was found yesterday off the coast of Penang island in northern Malaysia, a person involved in the situation

Migration | EU urges solidarity on refugee wave, plans to enforce rules

Prince Charles’ secret letters to government officials are set to be released to the public after a long court battle. The 27 contested letters have been called the “black spider”

USA | After train derails, killing 6, investigators seek why

Daylight revealed mangled train cars yesterday after an Amtrak passenger train derailed and overturned in Philadelphia, killing at least six people and injuring dozens of others, some of whom had

Burundi | Army general says president is ousted

An army general said on a private radio station in Burundi yesterday that President Pierre Nkurunziza’s mandate is over, however whether he had the support of the military was unclear as gunfire echoed in

This Day in History: 1957 Cheers as petrol rationing ended

There were loud cheers in the House of Commons when the Paymaster General Reginald Maudling made the announcement that restrictions had been lifted because stocks were “at a satisfactory level”. Rationing

Offbeat: Stockholm transit boss fined for shoplifting in Hong Kong

The chief executive of Stockholm’s public transit company has been caught shoplifting at Hong Kong’s international airport. Swedish public radio says Anders Lindstrom yesterday was fined the equivalent of 5,000 Swedish kronor

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – edition no. 2313

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Boxing | Injured Pacquiao returns to Philippines

Manny Pacquiao returned home to the Philippines yesterday nursing his right shoulder after surgery and weighing up whether to retire or push for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao, wearing

Football | Champions League: Barcelona reaches final despite 3-2 loss at Bayern

Neymar scored two goals and Barcelona did enough to advance to the Champions League final despite losing the second leg of its semi­final 3-2 to Bayern Munich yesterday. Neymar's first-half goals

HK Observer: Punishing the old and poor

When a 73-year-old Hong Kong man was locked up for using a fake identity card, which he did in order to work beyond the retirement age and avoid being a

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