Gov’t moves to boost lending, reverse slowdown 

China yesterday cut the minimum level of reserves its banks are required to hold in a new move to reverse a deepening economic slowdown. The reduction will make more money available for

Taiwan | Crashed plane hoisted from river; 25 confirmed dead 

  Rescuers used a crane to hoist a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan’s capital late yesterday as they searched into the night for 18 people missing in

North Korea | Regime rules out any talks with US ‘gangster’ state

North Korea said it won’t agree to talks with the U.S. and is now focused on its ability to destroy the country with conventional, nuclear and cyber-warfare attacks. Kim Jong Un’s

Kim Jong Un executes army general in latest purge of officials

General Pyon In Son, head of operations in the Korean People’s Army, was killed for expressing an opinion different to that of Kim, a South Korean official told reporters in

Bangladesh | Police say ex-PM instigated deadly firebombing 

  Police yesterday accused Bangladesh’s former prime minister and an opposition alliance leader of instigating a bus firebombing that killed seven people and injured 16 others as political violence is surging in the

Australia | Abbott backed by Cabinet as lawmakers publicly break ranks

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann both publicly backed Abbott yesterday, a day after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop issued a statement saying she wasn’t campaigning for Australia’s top job. “The

ISIS TERRORISM | Jordan executes 2 al-Qaida prisoners after IS kills pilot

  Jordan executed two al-Qaida prisoners before dawn yesterday, just hours after an online video purported to show Islamic State group militants burning a captured Jordanian pilot to death in a cage. The

Argentina | Prosecutor considered call for president’s arrest

  Investigators examining the death of a prosecutor who accused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez of agreeing to shield the alleged masterminds of a 1994 terror bombing said Tuesday (early yesterday, Macau

This Day in History: 1982 Laker Airways goes bust

After a four-hour board meeting at London’s Gatwick Airport, company chairman Sir Freddie Laker asked Clydesdale Bank to appoint a receiver. All 17 Laker aircraft have been ordered to return to

Offbeat | The Ross brothers redefine the Western

Documentary directors and brothers Bill and Turner Ross have made a career out of examining microcosms in the modern American landscape, from their first film, “45365,” about their middle-class hometown

Rugby | 6N : England picks new centers, recalls prop Cole for Wales

  England selected another new center partnership, recalled prop Dan Cole, and put Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani on the bench in an injury-hit lineup for the Six Nations (6N) opener

NBA | Fans struggle with Seahawks’ Super Bowl loss

As shocking as it was, the Seattle Seahawks' last-minute loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl was probably not even the worst loss in the city's sports

HK Observer: Occupy Fallout

We can surely expect keener monitoring of political dissent here. As another consequence of Occupy Central, we should also expect a ratcheting up of pressure on media and academics to

Thursday, February 5, 2015 – edition no. 2244

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The Buzz | Divers retrieve 6 more bodies from AirAsia crash

Indonesian divers have discovered six more bodies from the wreckage of the crashed AirAsia plane, bringing to 90 the total number bodies retrieved from the jetliner. AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed

World briefs

CHINA Already the world’s largest, China’s online population grew last year but drifted away from Twitter-like microblogs, with the number of microblog users falling by 32 million. The decline shows

Organized crime | NYC to pay USD5m to kin of man killed in ‘Mafia cops’ case

Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother’s home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he’d been mistaken for a mobster with the

Gaming-related crimes rise by 16 percent

The number of gaming-related crimes soared by around 16 percent year-on-year in 2014.  This is possibly due to the industry’s “readjustment phase,” as suggested yesterday by the director of the

Newly formed group intends to scrutinize UM administration

A group that refers to itself as “Umac Watchdog” announced its official establishment yesterday. Jason Chao, one of the founding members said that the objective of the group is to

Social Welfare Bureau increases subsidies

The Social Welfare Bureau (IAS) has increased the total subsidy amount to be granted to private social services institutions by 6.8 percent. IAS said in a statement that it hopes

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