Philippines | Hard-talking mayor Duterte leads unofficial vote count

Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has a strong lead in an unofficial count of votes for the Philippine presidential elections while a son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was leading

Once unthinkable in US, drug shoot-up rooms get serious look

Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints — because no one was around to

Football | Barcelona and Madrid to fight for Spain title in final round

The Spanish league title race will go down to the final round, with rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid still in contention. Barcelona routed city rival Espanyol 5-0 yesterday to increase

Art | ‘ChinAware’ porcelain design exhibition opens

The exhibition “ChinAware” by Portuguese artist Bruno Carvalho was launched last week at Casa Garden, and features ceramics representing traditional Chinese themes. Funded by the Orient Foundation, the project was inspired

Gaming | Proxy betting banned as mobiles excluded from VIP tables

The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) has announced a ban on proxy voting at VIP tables through mobile phones. The regulator told GGRAsia that as of today VIP operations

Association says same-sex couples excluded from domestic violence bill

Rainbow of Macau, Macau’s first pro-LGBT and sexual minority advocacy group, criticized the local government for allegedly failing to include same-sex relationships in the scope of domestic violence legislation due

Donation to Jinan University stirs controversy

The New Macau Association (ANM) is calling for the resignation of Chui Sai On amid claims of the Chief Executive’s “poor integrity and alleged involvement in corruption,” after news broke

Disney lifts veil in sneak preview of USD5.5b Shanghai park

Walt Disney Co. employees and guests received a sneak preview of Shanghai Disneyland over the weekend, as the world’s largest entertainment company gets set for next month’s official opening of

Gucci quits US anti-counterfeiting group after Alibaba joins

Gucci America has quit the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, the second defection since the Washington, D.C.-based group allowed Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to become a member in April. Michael Kors walked out

Kim says North Korea won’t use nuclear weapons first

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country will not use its nuclear weapons unless its sovereignty is invaded and announced a five-year economic plan at a milestone congress of North Korea’s ruling

Philippines | Candidates make final push for votes as campaigns end

All five contenders held their final rallies in the capital, Manila. By 7 p.m. local time, police said about 300,000 supporters of front-runner Rodrigo Duterte, the firebrand mayor of Davao city,

Canada | Massive Alberta wildfire expected to burn for months

The images are ones of devastation — scorched homes, virtually whole neighborhoods burned to the ground. And Canadian officials say they expect to fight the massive wildfire that has destroyed

Football | Bayern secures unprecedented fourth straight Bundesliga title

Bundesliga top-scorer Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Bayern Munich to clinch an unprecedented fourth successive title with a 2-1 win at Ingolstadt on Saturday. The Poland striker opened the scoring with a penalty

Education | Um signs collaboration agreement with Porto University

The University of Macau (UM) yesterday signed an agreement with the University of Porto (UP) to promote their collaboration in humanities, science and technology, a statement from UM informed. The

Wong orders immigration clearance system review

The Secretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak, has ordered a review of current arrangements and an update to contingency plans in order to avoid a repeat of the technical failure

Hotel Central to be restored to ‘its former glory’

The owners of Hotel Central are making preparations to “restore the hotel to its former glory,” according to law firm Manuela Antonio, which represents the owners. However, accusations that the

Gaming | Macau stake cut stoking Crown buyout speculation

The sale of Crown Resorts’ USD800 million stake in its Macau venture, reported yesterday by the Times, is fueling speculation that James Packer is preparing to buy back some assets in

Disney CEO meets Chinese president ahead of park opening

The head of entertainment giant Disney had a rare official meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday, a month before the opening of its USD5.5 billion theme park in the

Some howl over Alibaba’s place in anti-counterfeiting group

The prospect of sitting in a Hyatt Regency ballroom in Florida and listening to Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, deliver the keynote for the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition’s

Philippines | Corruption allegations hound Binay in Monday’s presidential election

In a poor Southeast Asian country with a soft spot for the underdog, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has tried to turn online jokes about his dark complexion and small

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