Australia | Smoke blankets Sydney as wildfires spread

Hazardous smoke blanketed Sydney yesterday as wildfires burned across eastern and southern Australia. Thick smog shrouded Australia’s most populous city, leaving its iconic skyline barely visible two days after smoke created

Esper doesn’t regret delaying drills, despite N. Korea snub

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said yesterday he does not regret postponing a U.S.-South Korean military exercise, even though the gesture was rejected by North Korea as not enough to

This Day in History | 2003 England win Rugby World Cup

England have won the Rugby World Cup, beating Australia 20-17 in a game which is already entering the history books as one of the country’s great moments of sporting triumph. The

The Baroque Connection

• The fifth edition of the Baroque Music Festival is titled ‘Connecting Worlds,’ to connect different cultures, peoples, and Macau’s heritage with beautiful music, over four concerts   * Movies: 21 Bridges *

Young priest confronts mysteries of past in Harris’ thriller

Fairfax quickly finds out things are different than they seem at first blush. The reader does, too, when Harris introduces a significant twist early in the

‘21 Bridges’ puts New York on lockdown

  How excited James Brown would have been for “21 Bridges.” Take you to bridge? How about 21 of them? But I suspect even the Godfather of Soul would give

Tom Waits’ songs shine on female-focused tribute

Hard-times troubadour Tom Waits gets the Great American Songbook-style treatment in “Come On Up to the House,” a classy collection of covers performed by two generations of

MDT Review | Macao Baroque Music Festival V: Connecting Worlds

Baroque music is all too rare in Asia. Several years ago when the Alliance Française of Macao decided to create a baroque music festival, supported by the Macau Foundation,

F&B | From kitchen tools to books, gifts for young chefs

Do you have a kid in your life who loves a good baking session?  Who really wants to use your chef’s knife? Who is addicted to

Offbeat | Pet shop owner says suspects threw stolen guinea pig at him

A Kentucky pet store owner says two women stole a pair of guinea pigs, lobbing one of the animals at him during their escape. News outlets report 21-year-old Isabelle Mason and

Alcatraz occupier calls events a ‘day of smiles’

About 150 people are now gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists. Original occupiers, friends, family and others assembled yesterday

Bei Bei arrives at giant panda base in China’s Sichuan province

After a transcontinental flight on the “Panda Express,” a furry American darling arrived early yesterday in his new Chinese home. The Washington-born giant panda Bei Bei was a beloved figure at

Football | River and Flamengo in Lima for Copa Libertadores final

Sunday, 04:00 River Plate v Flamengo H 3.5, D 3.25, A2.6 Defending champion River Plate was “a little nervous” about the Copa Libertadores final Sunday according to midfielder Nacho Fernández. He added, though,

Tennis | Davis Cup start times changed to avoid late finishes

Organizers at the Davis Cup Finals in Spain are switching to earlier start times to minimize the chance of late finishes. The change comes after the series between Italy and the

The Buzz | Macau-HKIA direct bus connection expected to launch next month

A direct bus connection between Macau and the Hong Kong International Airport is expected to be operational by mid-December, according to the director of the Transport Bureau (DSAT), with the

Trump | Impeachment hearing takeaways: A ‘fictional narrative’

The final testimony of an extraordinary week of impeachment hearings came from a former White House national security adviser who wrote the book on Vladimir Putin — literally — and

World Briefs

CHINA’s ruling Communist Party’s newspaper has published surveillance video, which it says proves the guilt of a former British Consulate employee in Hong Kong who was detained for 15 days

World Views | Google’s micro-targeting ban won’t improve political ads

Google says it will limit the targeting of political ads to make it harder to sneak misinformation to impressionable voters. That puts the company ahead of the pack when it

Friday, November 22, 2019 – edition no. 3422

  * Medal for bravery premature but anticipated * Light festival returns with largest-ever edition * The fifth edition of the Baroque Music Festival * Lawmaker Sulu Sou is asking difficult questions about

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