Asia Today: S.Korea reports 110 cases, half in Busan hospital

South Korea has reported 110 new cases of the coronavirus, half of them linked to a hospital in Busan. The numbers released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on

Police raided Hong Kong media tycoon’s private offices, executive says

Media tycoon and activist Jimmy Lai said Hong Kong police raided one of his private offices, months after he was arrested under a new national security law and the

Judicial year opening | Ho Iat Seng commits to improving rule of law

In his speech to mark the opening of this judicial year yesterday, Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng assured the public that the rule of law is a core value in

Xi Jinping wants Macau, HK youngsters to move to China

President Xi Jinping called for new measures to encourage young people from Macau and Hong Kong to move to China, part of measures to integrate the semi-autonomous territory with the

Briefs | Polytec drops appeal to avoid further litigation costs: Alves

Lawyer Leonel Alves, when asked about property developer Polytec Group’s withdrawal of appeal in the Pearl Horizon case, estimated that the enterprise made the decision on the grounds of saving

Xi urges development of economic zones to better integrate mainland with the SARs

President Xi Jinping vowed to press ahead with plans to gain the global lead in technology and other strategic industries, despite expanding efforts from the U.S. and its allies to

Analysis | Macau casinos might be fertile ground for digital yuan

Macau might have an important role to play in the launch of China’s digital yuan if the city’s casinos adopt the currency instead of the Hong Kong dollar, according to

Crime | Police bust case of drug trafficking by post

A case of drug trafficking in which express courier services were used has been busted by the Judiciary Police (PJ), with MOP1.64 million worth of cocaine seized. Besides the seized substance,

Lawmaker report | Sulu Sou still calling for more gov’t transparency

Pro-democrat lawmaker Sulu Sou is still dubbing the closed-door meetings of the committees of the Legislative Assembly (AL) as ‘secretive,’ stressing that there is a lack of transparency in the

Air Macau’s concession contract extended for three years

The concession contract of Macau’s flagship airline, Air Macau, has been officially extended for a period of three years. The extension was announced yesterday on the government’s Official Gazette. According to

Education | DSES: Growing number of students interested in mainland universities

Some 33.3% of final year high school students were interested in choosing mainland universities last year, 2.4% more compared with the previous year, according to statistics revealed by the Higher

SMG hoisted Signal No.8 for nearly 12 hours

The Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) hoisted Signal No.8 for nearly 12 hours on Tuesday as Typhoon Nangka moved westward through the South China Sea, eventually making landfall in Hainan. At

Gov’t completes Iec Long firecracker factory retrieval process

The interdepartmental eviction group led by the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) yesterday finalized the retrieval process of the land plots associated with the venue formerly known as

IMF forecasts economy to shrink by 52.3%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has updated its forecast of the performance of Macau’s economy this year. According to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook for Macau, the local economy is likely

China’s quiet experiment let millions view long-banned websites

In a quiet experiment of just two weeks, China provided millions of people access to long-forbidden foreign websites like YouTube and Instagram. The trial appears to signal the Communist government is moving

Pompeo defends 12 Hong Kongers detained in Shenzhen

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the 12 Hong Kong residents who were detained by China while allegedly trying to flee to Taiwan by boat in August, saying that

China and Russia win seats on UN rights council, Saudis lose

China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the U.N.’s premiere human rights body despite opposition from activist groups over their abysmal human rights records, but another target, Saudi Arabia, lost. Russia

This day in history | 1964 Khrushchev ‘retires’ as head of USSR

Nikita Khrushchev has unexpectedly stepped down as leader of the Soviet Union. The official Soviet news agency, Tass, announced that a plenary meeting of the Communist Party Central Committee had accepted

Cyprus cancels maligned ‘golden passport’ scheme

Cyprus scrapped a lucrative program granting citizenship to wealthy investors amid new allegations that a top state official and a veteran lawmaker were implicated in attempts to bypass strict vetting

IMF envisions a sharp 4.4% drop in global growth for 2020

The International Monetary Fund foresees a steep fall in international growth this year as the global economy struggles to recover from the pandemic-induced recession, its worst collapse in nearly a

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