Industrial Park enters new phase | Forty local projects withdrew from Hengqin park

Forty of the investment projects for the Guangdong-Macau Co- operation Industrial Park in Hengqin withdrew from the park without ever being launched, within four years of

North Korea’s ‘Singapore shops’ expose gap in sanctions push

Despite the unwanted publicity of a criminal trial for one of their main suppliers, business is booming at Pyongyang’s ‘Singapore shops,’ which sell everything from Ukrainian

China to hasten approvals for foreign financial firms

China will speed up approvals for securities firms and fund-company joint ventures in which foreign investors have majority stakes, a senior official said, another sign that policy

Wife of human rights lawyer protests his treatment

The wife of a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer who went on trial last week was blocked Friday from submitting a petition protesting her husband’s treatment.

Nine-month freeze on video-game licensing, FT says

China has ended a nine-month freeze on video games, approving 80 new titles for commercial release, the Financial Times reported, citing the country’s top media regulator. Beijing has

China’s disappeared: A look at who went missing in 2018

It’s not uncommon for individuals who speak out against the government to disappear in China, but the scope of the “disappeared” has expanded since President Xi

Hui poet fears for his people as Beijing ‘Sinicizes’ religion

Cui Haoxin is too young to remember the days of his people’s oppression under Mao Zedong. The 39-year-old poet was born after the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76,

Bangladesh | Polls seen as referendum on resolute PM’s authoritarian rule

People in Bangladesh voted yesterday in parliamentary elections seen as a referendum on what critics call Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s increasingly authoritarian rule, amid complaints from

Indonesia | Anak Krakatau volcano now a quarter of its pre-eruption size

Scientists say Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano island, which erupted and collapsed a week ago triggering a deadly tsunami, is now only about a quarter of its

Russia | Putin scores some wins but tensions with the West mount

It’s been a mixed year for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin may look like a winner after an abrupt U.S. decision to pull out of Syria.

Egypt says its security forces killed 40 militants

Egypt said Saturday its security forces have killed 40 militants in raids on their hideouts in the Sinai Peninsula and the Greater Cairo area, just hours

Offbeat | Montana lawmaker proposes state rock and roll song

Montana has a state song, a state ballad and a state lullaby. And, for goodness sake, Democratic Rep. Jacob Bachmeier of Havre would like to see the

This Day in History | 1999 – Putin takes over as Yeltsin resigns

Boris Yeltsin has resigned as Russian president, taking the country and the rest of the world completely by surprise. Mr Yeltsin made the shock announcement live

Boxing | Mayweather promises entertainment, not a knockout, in Japan

Floyd Mayweather is promising entertainment when he fights Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in three rounds of exhibition boxing on New Year’s Eve, but not necessarily a knockout. “If

Football | Ronaldo speaks out on racism after chants aimed at Koulibaly

Cristiano Ronaldo has come to the defense of Kalidou Koulibaly after the Napoli defender was the target of racist chants during a match at Inter Milan.

Tennis | Serena welcomes rule change on players back from pregnancy

Serena Williams has welcomed the extra protection given to new mothers when they return to the women’s tennis tour. “It’s great,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion

World briefs

JAPAN-S.KOREA Japan released video footage it said proved a South Korean warship locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese warplane off the northeastern coast in the latest move of

The Buzz | Acclaimed author Amos Oz dies at 79

Israeli author Amos Oz, one of the country’s most widely acclaimed writers and a pre-eminent voice in its embattled peace movement, died on Friday after a battle with

Presley’s ‘Comeback Special’ still relevant, 50 years later

Elvis Presley wanted an honest answer. Steve Binder gave him one. Presley was meeting Binder for the first time in Binder’s office in Los Angeles

Rear Window | Coming of age

At first glance, we would not dare to say that MSAR was clearly roaring its engines and taking the fast lane to race towards its 20th anniversary in

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