Asia Today: Australia to restart flights to New Zealand

Canberra Airport opened a register for travelers interested in flying from the Australian capital to New Zealand on July 1 in a proposed resumption of international travel. The proposal to restart

Hong Kong outlaws insulting China’s national anthem

Hong Kong's legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition lawmakers tried to disrupt the vote.

Group demands gov’t prepare for ‘imminent war’

Macau People Power has demanded the local government create measures and instructions in preparation for an “imminent war,” and have called on the Macau authority to announce the plans within

China easing airline access amid conflict with Washington

Chinese regulators said Thursday more foreign airlines will be allowed to fly to China as anti-coronavirus controls ease but it was unclear whether the change will defuse a fresh conflict

MGTO: Returnee retrieval operation unlike regular travel

Further details need to be negotiated and confirmed before the retrieval operation for returnees can commence, Inês Chan, an official from the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) explained at the

Higher education | MUST scores 32nd best among Asian Universities

The Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) has placed 32nd among the top 100 universities in Asia according to Times Higher Education’s (THE) ranking. The ranking, revealed yesterday, includes the

Briefs | Lawmaker proposes schools join pensions fund

  Lawmaker Ella Lei has proposed for the local government to include schools in the non-mandatory central provident fund. In her most recent interpellation to the government, Lei suggested that all

Macau Pass made 35.6 million patacas profit last year

Local e-payment service provider Macau Pass has announced a profit after tax amounting to 35.6 million patacas for the 2019 financial year. The company has also announced that it handled 16%

Macao Foundation hotline, website ready to respond to employee subsidy questions

The Macao Foundation is launching both a hotline and a website to answer the public’s questions regarding the government’s 10-billion-pataca Covid-19 relief subsidy. Zhong Yi, vice-president of the foundation, spoke about

Health authorities say they assist patients formerly receiving treatment elsewhere

Macau health authorities have taken over treating patients who were formerly receiving medical consultations in other jurisdictions, Alvis Lo Iek Long, clinical director of the public Conde São Januário Hospital

Animal welfare struggling amid Covid-19

An animal welfare charity in Macau says its adoption program and fundraising efforts have been hindered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Wing Lee, convener of Macao Animals’ Angels, said that her organization’s

Boris Johnson pledges UK will let in Hong Kong citizens if needed

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom stands ready to open the door to almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens, as the city’s leader arrived in Beijing yesterday

HSBC, Jardine voice support for China’s security law

HSBC Holdings Plc’s top executive in Asia has come out in support of a controversial national security law drafted by China’s central government for Hong Kong. Bank executive Peter Wong signed

Crime | Police dismantle illegal gambling scheme

The Public Security Police Force (PSP) has dismantled an illegal gambling scheme involving betting on Mahjong, a tile-based game similar to the western card game Rummy, and detained the main

Crime | Man charged for aggravated bodily harm during house visit

A non-resident worker from Vietnam has been charged with assaulting another man during a visit to an apartment he hoped to rent, the Judiciary Police (PJ) informed. According to the PJ

Greater Bay ‘travel bubble’ unlikely to happen until late summer at earliest

The Greater Bay Area ‘travel bubble’ remains an uncertain prospect after Hong Kong extended its border restrictions in response to detecting a new cluster of Covid-19 cases. This week, Hong Kong

Ho Iat Seng in talks with Guangdong officials to facilitate cross-border travel

Macau Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng and Guangdong’s governor Ma Xingrui are in agreement over the benefit of resuming cross-border visitor movements, but no arrangement has yet been finalized over

Singapore’s long lockdown challenges leaders facing election

Singapore’s approach to the virus is set to become a defining issue in upcoming elections, with lockdown curbs set to drag on past most of Asia’s after its original, less

Wuhan tests 10 million people, finds few infections

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected late last year, has tested nearly 10 million people in an unprecedented 19-day campaign to check an entire city. It

South Korea reopening schools despite spike in cases

South Korea yesterday reported 49 new cases of COVID-19, continuing a weekslong resurgence of the virus as the government defended its decision to reopen schools despite health risks. The figures announced

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