Afghanistan | Media outlets protest curtailed access to information

An Afghan media watchdog urged the government yesterday to heed a demand for more media freedoms after 30 local media outlets said in a joint statement that authorities were increasingly

Australia | Former official in court for taking secrets home

A former senior Australian intelligence official appeared in court yesterday charged with illegally taking secret documents from his Canberra office to his home two decades ago. Roger Uren, 72, appeared in

Climate change | Scientists dive into ‘Midnight Zone’ to study dark ocean

A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean — into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches but life still thrives. Scientists from

This Day in History | 2001 – Sharon sweeps to power

The leader of the right-wing Likud party, Ariel Sharon, has won a landslide victory to become the new prime minister of Israel. He called for a government of national unity to

Offbeat | Package labeled ‘Bag Full of Drugs’ leads to Florida arrests

Two men charged with drug trafficking could have done a better job hiding their wares than using a package labeled “Bag Full of Drugs,” Florida authorities said. Ian Simmons and Joshua

Management of Aretha Franklin’s estate still unsettled

A lawyer for a son of Aretha Franklin asked a judge to keep an eye on professional fees paid by the late singer’s estate, the latest jab in a dispute

No good vibrations for Beach Boys, split by hunting concert

One of the co-founders of The Beach Boys has joined a boycott of his own music to protest it being used by another band member at an animal hunting convention. Brian

Football | Schalke looks into racist abuse at German Cup game

Schalke is investigating racist abuse from fans aimed at Hertha Berlin player Jordan Torunarigha during a German Cup game, the club said yesterday. Schalke said it would work with police to

Football | Koreans win compensation for Ronaldo no-show; more to come

Compensation awarded to two South Korean fans for the cost of tickets and for so-called “mental anguish” because Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t play in a pre-season exhibition in Seoul last July

The Buzz | Wuhan newborn tests positive for coronavirus 30 hours after birth

A Chinese baby has been diagnosed with coronavirus just 30 hours after a woman who had tested positive for the deadly disease gave birth in Wuhan, state media has reported. Doctors at

Trump uses State of Union to campaign; Pelosi rips up speech

Standing before a Congress and a nation sharply divided by impeachment, President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address to extol a “Great American Comeback” on his watch,

World Briefs

HONG KONG Cathay Pacific Airways is asking its 27,000 employees to take turns in taking three weeks of unpaid leave while the Hong Kong carrier struggles with plunging revenue due

Made in Macao | The bright and dark side of Mahjong

Facing the almost apocalyptic situation in China now, citizens are experiencing a state of isolation. The emptiness on the streets is one that has not been seen for over a

Thursday, February 6, 2020 – edition no. 3466

  * Stores citywide close following casino ban * Japan quarantines cruise ship, two Macau residents on board * Gov’t hospital assured pregnant residents that sufficient measures are in place to ensure their

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