UKRAINE | Gov’t troops edge closer to rebel city

Ukrainian troops took control of a checkpoint yesterday on the western edge of the pro-Russian rebel-held city of Donetsk as the government makes further gradual advances to quash separatist forces

This Day in History: 1945 US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

President Harry S Truman, announcing the news from the cruiser, USS Augusta, in the mid-Atlantic, said the device was more than 2,000 times more powerful than the largest bomb used

Offbeat | Missing from New Zealand’s ski slopes? Snow

Winter has rolled into its third month in New Zealand, and Nick Jarman says he’s going stir crazy as he stares out at the driving rain on the small ski

THE BUZZ: Snowden’s asylum status in Russia ending

Edward Snowden’s temporary asylum status in Russia will expire at 4am Friday (Macau time), but the former U.S. National Security Agency systems administrator appears set to stay on until authorities

Former enemies unite for WWI commemoration | Forgive not forget

Former enemies united yesterday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, with Belgium, France, Britain and Germany standing together in a spirit of reconciliation. Belgian King

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CHINA McDonald’s will start selling beef and chicken burgers in some Chinese cities again, resuming its full menu almost two weeks after a supplier came under investigation for using expired

CUBA | US sent Latin youth undercover in secret pro-democracy operation

Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed to Cuba by a U.S. agency to work undercover. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how

This Day in History: 1975 Deadly tree disease spreads

Tests on a tree in Wakefield have confirmed the blight is now present in Yorkshire in the north of England. Previously it had been confined to the south of the country. Three

Offbeat | Big tortoise found strolling in Los Angeles suburb

The Alhambra Police Department joked on its Facebook page that the 68-kilogram reptile was captured Saturday afternoon after a brief pursuit. “The tortoise did try to make a run for it;

THE BUZZ: Emirates halts flights to Guinea over Ebola fears

Emirates, the Mideast’s largest airline, said yesterday that it halted flights to the West African nation of Guinea because of concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus there. The

ANALYSIS | Hong Kong retailers sandwiched by slower sales, high rents

Retail stores in Hong Kong’s commercial districts have been having a difficult time as rents stayed high but sales slowed due to the changing spending patterns of mainland tourists. An average

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CHINA A suspected dust explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors has killed at least 69 people and injured more than 180 others, state media report,

ISRAEL| Strike near UN school in Gaza leaves 10 dead

A United Nations school sheltering displaced people in the southern Gaza Strip was hit yesterday by what a U.N. official said appeared to be an Israeli airstrike, as the military

REVIEW: A look at the recent revival of South African wine’s with the new kids in town

Born and raised in Sheffield, UK Richard worked as a chef before moving to the wine trade while often listening to the Clash. Richard got a basic winemaking diploma by

This Day in History: 1964 Three civil rights activists found dead

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation found the three young men - two white and one black man - about six miles from the town in a wooded area

Offbeat | Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors

The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online. Farmer Christoph Huttner, who owns the wheat field near Weilheim, couldn’t be reached

THE BUZZ: Packer said to seek Las Vegas return in Oaktree Deal

Billionaire Australian casino operator James Packer is in talks to develop a Las Vegas Strip resort on land once occupied by the New Frontier Hotel & Casino, according to people

MACAU | REPORT : Religious freedom is respected

The document, which the Times has accessed, shows that there were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious belief, affiliation or practice throughout 2013. In order to conduct

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CHINA Police in northeastern China said two people were killed and one injured yesterday in a pair of apparently related shooting incidents. The shootings in Lanxi county took place about

SIERRA LEONE | Health emergency amid Ebola

The president of Sierra Leone declared a public health emergency as the Ebola crisis blamed for nearly 700 deaths deepened across West Africa, vowing to quarantine sick patients at home

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