Briefs | Political commissar leaves Macau

Zhou Wugang, political commissar of the Macau garrison of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, has been promoted to a position at China’s Eastern Theater Command. Before leaving Macau,

National security | Gov’t to expedite work on message interception, immigration controls

Macau’s Secretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak, said yesterday that the local government was committed to expediting work on laws and regulations that will lead to the implementation

Hengqin | 24-hour construction to meet Macau’s 20th anniversary deadline

Zhuhai is likely to continue carrying out 24-hour construction in order to prepare several projects in time for the 20th anniversary of the Macau handover. According

Septuagenarian plunges to death at Fai Chi Kei

A 75-year-old local resident plunged to his own death in the Fai Chi Kei area on the evening of April 12 in case of suicide. According to

Crime | Authorities change tack on prostitution, treat it as illegal work

In an apparent and unexplained change of approach, Macau police authorities are now charging the suspects in three recent prostitution cases for illegal work. This

Indonesians, Filipinos cast votes ahead of elections

A group representing the Indonesian community has described the remote voting process of its upcoming presidential election as disorganized, with a few community members also reporting some technical

Health | Two more rubella cases bring total to 19

Two new cases of rubella were found in the region, totaling 19 cases since the start of the year, the Health Bureau (SSM) confirmed. The

Economy | Tourist prices edge up in Q1 on rising food costs

The city’s tourist price index edged up 0.72% year-on-year to 137.92 during the first quarter of 2019. This is attributable to dearer prices of local food

Gama Aviation latest firm eyeing Macau in GBA expansion plan

After starting to build its network in the Asia-Pacific region with its aircraft management services, U.K.-based Gama Aviation is eyeing the possibilities brought about by the

Guangzhou | China’s largest trade fair opens with strong Belt and Road presence

The 125th China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, opened yesterday in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province, with over half of

Shenzhen spends big on R&D in 2018

China’s tech hub Shenzhen saw a robust growth in research and development investment in 2018, which accounted for 4.2 percent of the city’s GDP last year, according

Jack Ma draws controversy by lauding overtime work culture

Billionaire Jack Ma again encouraged tech workers to embrace the industry’s extreme-overtime culture, defying a growing social media backlash just days after he made the first

Corporate Bits | Melco resorts releases sustainability report

Melco Resorts & Entertainment has released its latest sustainability report for 2018, bringing together its social and environmental achievements and ambitions under a new strategy - “Above &

Paul Ryan says rest of the world should be more like Taiwan

The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, said yesterday that the U.S. wants the rest of the world to be more like Taiwan

Gov’t says US treats Latin America like its ‘backyard’

Beijing fired back at the U.S. on yesterday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized China’s role in Venezuela as prolonging the crisis there. Pompeo’s

China wins allies for web vision in ideological battle with U.S.

A swathe of the world is adopting China’s vision for a tightly controlled internet over the unfettered American approach, a stunning ideological coup for Beijing that would

Red Cross, New Zealand hope for info on nurse held in Syria

New Zealand’s foreign minister confirmed yesterday that a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years,

Malaysia | Gov’t says revised China deal shows costs were inflated

Malaysia’s prime minister said yesterday a Chinese company building a rail link across the Southeast Asian nation will jointly help to manage and operate the network,

Sudan | Activists say military attempted to break up sit-in

The Sudanese military attempted to break up an anti-government sit-in yesterday outside its headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, but backed off, organizers behind the protests said.

Germany | Former Volkswagen CEO charged with fraud

German prosecutors have indicted former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four others on charges of fraud and unfair competition, saying he failed to prevent the

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