Corporate Bits | Sands China continues supporting SCMM Welfare Shop

The project, launched by the Fraternity in early 2013, has succeeded in helping out thousands of needy families with food and essentials to counter inflation and higher cost of living.

Cape Verdean central bank wants more lending to the economy

  The Bank of Cape Verde wants commercial banks operating in the archipelago this year to supply more credit to the economy, thus contributing to the growth of gross domestic product

Angola plans to receive 4.6m tourists by 2020

Angola’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism wants the country to receive over 4.6 million tourists by 2020, in view of the increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the diversification

New year dilemma for mainland’s ‘home-fear tribe’

A week away from the Chinese lunar new year, Xu Jun frets over the idea of homecoming. Xu, a 32-year-old white-collar working in Beijing, said while he misses his loved ones

Xi plans to make 1st state visit to US

The official China Daily newspaper quoted China’s ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai as saying Chinese and U.S. officials are discussing the visit. Cui told Chinese reporters Sunday that no

Mafia boss tied to disgraced security czar executed for leading crime gang

  A former mining tycoon who led a mafia-style crime gang that ran casinos and killed rivals has been executed along with four of the gang’s members, a court in central

‘Crouching Tiger’ actress Zhang Ziyi accepts drone proposal 

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi who gained international fame for her role in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” has accepted a marriage proposal delivered by drone. Zhang, who turned 36 yesterday, was celebrating

Authorities convict man of 1996 crime for which teen was executed

The parents of a man executed for murder and rape and then posthumously exonerated 18 years later watched yesterday as a court in northern China convicted and sentenced another man

Afghanistan Officials: IS commander killed in drone strike

A Japanese surfer was mauled to death by a shark yesterday in the second attack off Australia’s east coast in two days, prompting authorities to close beaches. The man, who

Australia | Abbott weakened after surviving party challenge

  Australia’s beleaguered Prime Minister Tony Abbott emerged politically wounded after withstanding a leadership challenge from within his own party yesterday, with many analysts doubting he can survive to lead his conservative

MUSIC | Sam Smith wins 4 Grammys, Beck takes home album of the year

  Sam Smith was the king of the Grammys, taking home three of the top four awards, including song and record of the year for “Stay With Me,” and best new artist,

Ukraine | Germany says ‘no guarantee’ of peace as talks planned

    Germany sounded a cautious note over prospects for peace talks on Ukraine, while the government in Kiev claimed more Russian troops entered the conflict zone and Russian President Vladimir Putin

France | Gunmen open fire in tense Marseille same day as PM visits

Gunmen exchanged fire in a Marseille housing project known as an open-air drug market yesterday, prompting police to close off the area in a search for the shooters the same

Iraq | Suicide attack, bombing kill at least 22 in Baghdad

Attacks in Baghdad killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens yesterday, just days after the government lifted a nighttime curfew that had been in place in the Iraqi capital

This Day in History: 1952 India passes first test of democracy

The Congress Party of India, led by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, has won an outright victory in the country’s first general election. The party has won 249 of the 489 seats contested

Offbeat | Grammys: The woman from the domestic violence segment

After President Barack Obama made a video appearance calling on musicians to pledge to stop domestic violence, Brooke Axtell took to the Grammy stage to speak about her own experiences.

Egypt football violence revives scrutiny of police

  The killing of more than 20 soccer fans outside a Cairo stadium in a melee with security forces has revived scrutiny of police tactics in Egypt less than a month

Football | Ivory Coast wins African Cup in shootout against Ghana

Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry saved the day, and then he scored the winner. The 35-year-old veteran blocked a penalty attempt from opposing goalkeeper Razak Braimah and then stepped up to

World Views: Be west-coast American, or east-coast Chinese

A very senior journalist at the Financial Times once said to me: “Be American.” The person meant be positive. Don’t fear failure. Don’t worry about setbacks. Have the courage to

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* Interview | Top Rank producer Brad Jacobs: ‘We found an incredible home with wonderful people in Macau’ * 31,012 non-resident workers forced to leave * Frank Stallone plays in town this

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