US | Congress unites behind Hong Kong special status bill

  Congressional committees in the House and Senate approved legislation supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, warning China that any crackdown could revoke the city’s special trading status with the U.S. The

Hong Kong | Battered stock market is poised for a turnaround

Hong Kong stocks will end the year on a high note after handing investors the world’s worst returns this quarter. That’s according to analysts in a Bloomberg survey, who say attractive

Baidu plans to unload $1 billion in shares of online travel site

Baidu Inc. is selling about a third of its stake in online travel site International Ltd., generating around $1 billion to counter a slowing economy and intensifying competition in

Corporate Bits | Beer fest returns to Sheraton Grand Macao

Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel is restaging its “German Beer Festival” in the lobby at the Palms Café and Bar from October 1 until the end of the year. The festival

Hong Kong protests threaten billionaires’ ties with Beijing

Less than a decade ago, Hong Kong’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, was granted an exclusive audience with China’s then-President Hu Jintao, a rare honor. State television lauded the September 2010

Japan welcomes US trade pact, but automakers appeal for help

Japanese automakers yesterday urged the government to do more to support the industry after their government signed a trade deal with the U.S. that kept auto tariffs unchanged. Japan’s Prime Minister

North Korea-born YouTubers offer peek into lives in homeland

Wearing a fedora, Jang Myung-jin shouts “Hello, comrades!” as he starts his YouTube broadcast, titled “A North Korean man, Tango.” Then, he talks about whether North Koreans raise pet dogs,

Brexit Boris Johnson faces backlash over confrontational tone

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a backlash from furious lawmakers on yesterday over his use of charged and confrontational language in Parliament about opponents of his Brexit plan, as

Ukrainian leader bristles at release of Trump transcript

Ukraine’s president says his comments in a conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump shouldn’t have been publicly released, and is playing down Ukraine’s investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The

This Day in History | 1968 – Musical Hair opens as censors withdraw

The American hippy musical “Hair” has opened in London - one day after the abolition of theatre censorship. Until yesterday, some of the scenes in the musical, written by out-of-work actors

Offbeat | Egg roll: Over 136K eggs fall off semitrailer onto roadway

Police say more than 136,000 eggs splattered on a road when they shifted and fell out of a tractor-trailer driving through Pennsylvania. The Republican Herald reports 11,340 dozen eggs and 2,260

Melting down

  * Movies: Abominable * Books: Letters from Hollywood by Rocky Lang and Barbara Hall * Music: Terms of Surrender by Hiss Golden Messenger

A yeti prompts a China travelogue in ‘Abominable’

Abominable” is just about the most cuddly piece of East-West synergy a corporation could dream up. The first co-production between DreamWorks Animation and the Shanghai-based Pearl

‘Letters from Hollywood’ is a movie nerd’s dream

Paul Newman passes on an offer to co-star with Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl,” saying he can’t carry a tune or dance. Col. Tom Parker suggests a story line

Hiss Golden Messenger delivers music with a purpose

The new album by Hiss Golden Messenger is one to play on repeat, immersing in every nuance. It’s Americana music with a purpose. Like the North Carolina band’s earlier

News of the World | New climate report: Oceans rising faster, ice melting more

Climate change is making the world’s oceans warm, rise, lose oxygen and get more acidic at an ever-faster pace, while melting even more ice and snow, a grim

Taste of Edesia | Playful Take on Kaiseki

Wynn Guest Chef Series is one of the most exciting food and beverage programs that is happening in Macau right now, as celebrity chefs from all around

Top chef upset by loss of third star takes Michelin to court

Chef Marc Veyrat, known for his black chapeau and his mountain cuisine, is taking the Michelin Guide to court to find out why he lost his third star this year

Coming soon: Alexa in your ear and on your finger

Amazon wants Alexa everywhere. The online shopping giant said yesterday that it will soon start selling wireless earbuds, finger rings and prescription eyeglasses with its Alexa voice assistant built in. The

Rugby | Argentina has to deliver against Tonga in must-win WC game

Saturday, 12:45pm Argentina v Tonga H 1.04, D 81, A 19 Saturday, 15:15pm Japan v Ireland H 13, D 67, A 1.08 Saturday, 17:45pm South Africa v Namibia H 1.01, D 201, A201 Argentina has done the self-criticism following

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