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

Education | Parents protest tuition fees at Colégio Diocesano

A group of parents of students from Colégio Diocesano de São José (5ª) (CDSJ5) delivered a letter requesting a meeting with Bishop Stephen Lee to the Bishop’s office yesterday, to

Technology | Crowded smartphone market heads for an epic shakeout

The startup Dakele looked pretty smart when it released a phone in China four years ago. The market was doubling annually, and the company put brand-name components inside a device

Anti-graft measures extended to officials’ families

The move follows revelations in the Panama Papers document leak showing family members of eight past or present leading officials owned shell companies registered abroad. While no Chinese laws are known

How four AP reporters got the story ‘Seafood from Slaves’

The Associated Press expose on slavery in Southeast Asia’s fishing industry, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday , was born of a painstaking investigation by four reporters who

Aftershocks rattle Japan as deaths from quakes rise to 45

Japan’s southern quake-hit area was rattled by a strong aftershock yesterday and searchers found a woman’s body buried under landslide rubble, raising the death toll from the twin earthquakes to

Brazil | President defiant after impeachment vote, won’t quit

Expressing outrage over the congressional vote to open impeachment proceedings against her, President Dilma Rousseff says she will not resign and vows to keep fighting the forces arrayed against her. The

Olympics | Sports federations concerned about Rio venues

International sports federations expressed concern yesterday over problems with venues for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, including power failures at the gymnastics arena this week. Members of the Association of

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