Entertainment | ‘Le French May’ hopes to involve locals

The 24th edition of “Le French May” is set to commence in May and run until June with more than 120 programs in Hong Kong and Macau. In a press conference

Xi moves to take more direct command over military

Bolstering his status as China’s most powerful leader in decades, Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role as head of the country’s powerful armed forces with the

Hong Kong | Journalists question dismissal of top editor

Journalists’ unions in Hong Kong said yesterday they were troubled by the dismissal of a veteran editor of a newspaper that published a report on the Panama Papers document leak revealing offshore business

Nepal | Virtually no gov’t rebuilding one year after quake

The violence of the 7.8-magnitude earth quake left countless towns and villages across central Nepal in shambles. Almost one year later, in shambles they remain. The country has made almost no progress in rebuilding hundreds of thousands of homes, schools and government

Indonesia | China asks Jakarta to extradite Uighur prisoners

China has asked Indonesia to extradite four Uighur men in exchange for returning a graft fugitive recently arrested in Shanghai, the top Indonesian security minister said yesterday. Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan said

Environment | Paris climate deal on track for early start

  About 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change today in a symbolic triumph for a landmark deal that once seemed unlikely but now appears on

Olympics | Flame for Rio is lit at birthplace of ancient Games

  The flame for South America’s first Olympics was kindled yesterday at the birthplace of the ancient games in Greece, heralding the start of a 15-week journey that will culminate with the

Taiwanese lawmakers criticize China, Macau customs

Several Taiwanese lawmakers slammed China for Macau customs officials’ recent decision to refuse entry to a Taiwanese woman whose passport bore a sticker that read “Taiwan is my country.” The woman,

Panama Papers | Economist: Local offshores bring ‘no real benefit’ to Macau

Next to Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong, Macau is one of Asia’s biggest global offshore banking centers. The issue was  highlighted recently by the Panama Papers leak, which revealed around

Art | Tibetan art exhibition to open in renovated gallery

A Himalayan-themed art exhibition will open tomorrow night to coincide with the formal re-opening of the iAOHiN Gallery, following its three-month refurbishment. The exhibition, titled “Tibet Revealed: an in depth

AL plenary | Infectious diseases building location up for more debate

  Lawmakers passed three motions during yesterday’s debate in the Legislative Assembly (AL) requesting further debate on the location of the infectious diseases building, which was planned to be built near

Hong Kong malls search for new identity after golden decade ends

After 27 years of serving rib-eye steak and apple pie to American cuisine lovers in Hong Kong, Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill has closed its doors at the city’s Pacific Place mall. Taking

Electric carmaker enters US market by selling buses

The Chinese automaker that sold more electric cars last year than Tesla, Nissan or GM is taking a back road into the American market on a battery-powered bus. Detouring around the

Indonesia | New mill raises doubts about APP’s forests pledge

  A landmark commitment by one of the world’s largest producers of tissue and paper to stop cutting down Indonesia’s prized tropical forests is under renewed scrutiny as the company prepares

Japanese whisky at USD920 a bottle driving rice farmers to drink

Japan’s burgeoning whisky business is driving rice farmer Hiroshi Tsubouchi to hit the booze. With domestic rice consumption sliding, Tsubouchi, 36, says he’s getting on the whisky bandwagon - or,

Possible next Brazil leader is dealmaker and scandal-tainted

The man who may become Brazil’s next president is almost as unpopular as the leader facing impeachment now, and stained by scandals of his own. Vice President Michel Temer, who hasn’t

Cricket | Australia schedules day-night tests v South Africa, Pakistan

Cricket Australia (CA) has scheduled day-night test matches against South Africa and Pakistan in a revamped southern summer that will break with tradition by starting in Perth. CA yesterday released a

Tourism | Tam spearheads ‘mega promotion’ in Seoul

The Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam, led a delegation this week to organize what the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) describes as a “mega promotional event,” in

Education | Child learning difficulties: Macau, HK parents insist on child development testing

Hong Kong experts have warned parents in the territory that they are still holding unrealistic educational expectations for their children. This comes after the HKSAR government and private agencies reported

Idle land plots | ‘Lack of complaints from population’ delays gov’t action

The culture of the public administration and the fact that there are few complaints from the community, led the government not to act in a timely fashion,” said Ho Ion

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