Asia Today: Australia lets woman travel to see dying sister, Japan emergency eases

A New Zealand woman has been reunited with her dying sister in Australia after gaining an exemption from pandemic travel restrictions on compassionate grounds. Australia had rejected Christine Archer's request for

China focused on jobs as national legislature meets

As job losses surge, China is joining the United States and other governments in rolling out stimulus spending to revive its virus-battered economy. How much is Beijing ready to spend? Companies

Health authorities back PSP decision on June 4 vigil

Health authorities at the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center, have backed the Public Security Police Force’s (PSP) decision of not authorizing the annual June 4 vigil in Senado Square. Questioned

HK public broadcaster to halt show after police complaint

  Hong Kong’s public broadcaster said it would suspend the long-running satirical television program “Headliner” after the Communications Authority reprimanded it for its portrayal of the city’s police. Radio Television Hong Kong

HK, Macau Affairs Office boss leaves national position

Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong & Macau Affairs Office, has left his post at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Xia had just been appointed to the SARs’

Organizer to appeal police ban on 31-year-old Tiananmen vigil

Au Kam San, lawmaker and co-organizer of the annual June 4 vigil in the city, has informed the Times that he will file a judicial appeal in response to the

Briefs | Chinese doctor advises Trump not to take medicines

  A Chinese doctor has said he does not recommend that people take medicines when they have not been prescribed them. Doctor Alvis Lo from Macau’s Conde de São Januário Hospital

Crime | Couple charged with fraud, laundering of 3.3 million patacas

The Judiciary Police (PJ) has charged a local couple with money laundering, the police department announced during a press conference yesterday morning. The couple consists of the husband, surnamed Lei, 39,

Crime | Man accused of selling elderly neighbor’s e-voucher

  The Public Security Police Force (PSP) has charged one man with the sale of another person’s e-voucher. The victim is a senior citizen aged in his 70s. During yesterday’s joint police

Anti-corruption report highlights document forgery in 2019 review

The 2019 Annual Report of the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC), published yesterday in the government’s Official Gazette, details instances last year where several public officials from different government departments and

Portuguese consulate expresses gratitude for local fundraising

On behalf of the Portuguese government, the Portuguese Consul-General in Macau and Hong Kong has expressed its gratitude towards the local community for donating personal protective equipment to the country’s

Democrat lawmaker calls on parliament to enter digital age

The website of the Legislative Assembly (AL) is poorly designed and not user-friendly, lawmaker Sulu Sou told a press conference yesterday, as he called for more work to be done

Visitor spending falls 70% in first quarter

Visitor spending plummeted in the first quarter of 2020 in proportion to the decline in the number of arrivals, new data from the Statistics and Census Service shows. Excluding gaming spending,

MGTO to launch free tours in overnight visitor push

The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) will provide free half-day tours for overnight visitors as part of an ambitious plan to revive the local tourism sector. The measure, which is part

Virus looms over China’s national legislative session

When China convenes its National People’s Congress tomorrow, will the 3,000 delegates stand shoulder to shoulder? Will they wear masks? This year’s version of China’s biggest political meeting of the year

This Day in History | 1991 Bomb kills India’s former leader Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi, the 46-year-old former Indian prime minister, has been assassinated. He was campaigning for the Congress Party on the second day of voting in the world’s largest democratic election when

‘New normal’ anything but as countries continue to reopen

Hundreds of thousands of high school seniors in South Korea had their temperature checked and rubbed their hands with sanitizer as they returned to school yesterday, many for the first

Analysis | Crisis reminds us that nothing beats dollars

There is something about America that tends to shed fear. Its citizens occasionally tremble, but America as a whole exploits fear. It may do anger or retribution, or internal divisions

One Good Thing | Donation brings a bit of Mardi Gras to hospital workers

Emily Bauman is a believer in the power of music. So when she got her stimulus check, she put that power to work -- for New Orleans’s hospital workers and

The Buzz | Taiwan President Tsai takes stock of pandemic

Taiwan’s president said the coronavirus pandemic has changed the global political and economic order, accelerated and expanded the reorganization of global supply chains, restructured the global economy, and changed the

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