Asia Today: New Zealand reports first local cases in 102 days

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of

Russia clears virus vaccine despite scientific skepticism

Russia today (Tuesday) became the first country to clear a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use, despite international skepticism. President Vladimir Putin said that one of his daughters

China to restart outbound tourism in time for Golden Week

The National Immigration Administration of China has set a date for the general resumption of tourist visas for traveling to the Macau SAR. From September 23, any resident of the mainland

Japan’s #FreeAgnes campaign shows support for detained Hong Kong activist

While the world focuses on the detention of Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, it’s the plight of 23-year-old activist Agnes Chow that has made the battle over human rights

Briefs | Bidding opened for infectious diseases building superstructure work

  Superstructure works on the city’s planned infectious diseases building is estimated to start in the first quarter of next year. Yesterday, the Infrastructure Development Office opened bidding for the construction

Crime | Matchmaker makes 60,000 patacas from fake marriage

A broker made 60,000 Macau patacas from a bogus marriage between a Macau permanent resident and a mainland resident, the Public Security Police Force (PSP) said yesterday during the joint

US lifts sanctions on Delta Asia Bank

The Federal Register of the United States has announced the lifting of special measures imposed on Macau’s Delta Asia Bank, and the withdrawal of the Notice of Finding involving the

Chang’s defense says Prosecution roundly failed to prove accusation

The defense lawyer of former Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) president Jackson Chang has refuted the Public Prosecution’s statements made during the closing statements phase of the trial

Lawmaker no longer tolerating marketing calls

Lawmaker Leong Sun Iok is appealing to the city’s authority to ban marketing phone calls. The lawmaker thinks that the local government must develop new ideas and legal tools to regulate

Macau notes 10,700 decrease in non-resident workers

Some 10,700 non-residents have left the Macau SAR as at the end of June 2020 amid the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. According to data from the Statistics and Census

‘Pirates in the Waters of Macao’ exhibition launches this month

An exhibition about piracy and the legacy it left on the historic city of Macau is set to open next week. Organized by the Archives of Macao, under the auspices of

Gaming Summit postponed to 2021

  The 4th edition of the ASEAN Gaming Summit, which was to take place later this year, has been postponed to the second quarter of 2021. According to a statement issued by

Macau tourism visas restored for Zhuhai residents

Residents of Zhuhai will again be allowed to apply for travel permits for the Macau SAR starting from tomorrow, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center announced yesterday. The move is

Baby swallows swab in virus testing accident

A nine-month-old baby girl is said to have swallowed the cotton head of the sample collection swab at the Taipa Maritime Ferry Terminal’s Provisional Covid-19 Test Station yesterday morning. Information released

China sanctions 11 US politicians, heads of organizations

China yesterday announced unspecified sanctions against 11 U.S. politicians and heads of organizations promoting democratic causes, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who have already been singled out by

This Day in History | 1982 Krays let out for mother’s funeral

Violet Kray, 72, died of cancer last week. It was the first time the Krays, 49, had been seen in public since being sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in 1969. Security

Hong Kong bankers move to suspend accounts on US sanctions

Banks operating in Hong Kong are stepping up scrutiny of their customers and at least one U.S. bank is moving to suspend accounts to avoid running afoul of U.S. sanctions

Swedish furnishing retailer IKEA publishes 2021 catalog

Swedish furnishing retailer IKEA has released its annual product catalog for year 2021, aiming to provide customers with more inspiration and ideas. According to IKEA, the catalog is intended to help

AirAsia teams up with China’s biggest OTA

Winner of the world’s best low-cost-carrier title, AirAsia, has recently announced its strategic partnership with China’s largest online travel agency (OTA),, in the hope of further boosting tourism in

Cold War rivalries split the Olympics in Moscow in 1980

With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the

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