Japan says export step not aimed at hurting ties with Seoul

Japan’s government spokesman says his country’s downgrading of South Korea’s trade status is not intended as retaliation for disputes over court rulings ordering Japanese companies to pay compensation for their

Thailand | Health ministry receives cannabis oil for medical use

Thailand’s health ministry received its first batch of legal medical marijuana yesterday to be distributed in state-run hospitals. Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul presided over the ceremonial handing over of 4,500

Sri Lanka PM: Country must prepare for new terrorism phase

Sri Lanka’s prime minister told a parliamentary committee investigating the Islamic State-inspired Easter Sunday bomb attacks that the country should prepare itself for new types of terrorism. Existing policing, investigative agencies

Kim says North Korean launches were warning to US, South

North Korea said yesterday leader Kim Jong Un supervised a live- fire demonstration of newly developed, short-range ballistic missiles intended to send a warning to the United States and South

Some skeptical as Trump prepares to visit sites of shootings

President Donald Trump is bringing a message aimed at national unity and healing to the sites of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. But the words he offers

Russian couple face losing custody of child after protest

Moscow’s children’s rights ombudsman and other public figures have reacted with outrage to Russian prosecutors’ moves to remove a 1-year-old boy from his parents because they allegedly took him to

This Day in History | 1974 – President Nixon to resign from office

Richard Nixon has announced he is stepping down as president of the United States - the first man ever to do so. He has announced his departure in the face of

Offbeat | Florida woman says toilet explodes after lightning strike

A Florida woman says lightning destroyed her septic tank and caused a toilet in her house to explode. Marylou Ward tells television station WINK News that the sole toilet in her

Popular ‘Bachelorette’ finale boosts ABC in ratings

Summer’s most popular entertainment series, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” had a little competition last week. ABC’s “The Bachelorette” delivered its best ratings for the franchise in two years along with a

Rhiannon Giddens to get Americana award

Grammy-winning folk singer and musician Rhiannon Giddens and pioneering composer Francis “Frank” Johnson will be the first recipients of the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award. The Americana Music Association announced the

Football | Man City looking to make it a hat trick of league titles

One thing Pep Guardiola does not tolerate is complacency. After his formidable Manchester City side powered to the Premier League title with a record-equaling five games to spare in 2018, Guardiola

Lampard set to steer new era at Chelsea

Chelsea has a new manager but the curious case of Jorginho and the team’s midfield metamorphosis might still come to define Frank Lampard’s first season in charge. Italy midfielder Jorginho was

Made in Macao | Autumn Commences already?

Two of the 24 Solar Terms in Autumn are surprising. 立秋 (Lap Cau), or Autumn, commences on August 8, and 處暑 (Cyu Syu), End of Heat, on August 23. If

The Buzz | Australian ex-publisher gets 13 years on Myanmar drug charge

A court in Myanmar yesterday sentenced an Australian journalist who was a pioneering publisher in Southeast Asia to 13 years in prison for possession of illegal drugs. Ross Dunkley was arrested

Latest deforestation data in Brazil show significant surge

New data from the Brazilian space institute published Tuesday point to a surge in deforestation in the Amazon in the last quarter, fueling fears that President Jair Bolsonaro’s pro-agrobusiness policies

World briefs

 said yesterday that it was banning Chinese movies and actors from participating in Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, one of the Asian film industry’s most prestigious honors, as Beijing ramps up

Thursday, August 8, 2019 – edition no. 3349

* Lawmakers fire last shots at dropped bill* Macau chosen to host priest college * The gaming regulator said that casino operators can install surveillance equipment, they just need permission first *

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