HONG KONG | Protest leaders may walk away from talks

Hong Kong protest leaders said they will consider pulling out of discussions should the government continue to ignore their key political demands. The government’s decision to base formal talks on the

HONG KONG | ‘Silent majority’ critical of protests

When Beijing cracked down on student protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989, Bobby Yim was among many in Hong Kong who sympathized with the demonstrators and angrily denounced the Chinese

8 detained before ‘umbrella’ poetry event 

Chinese police detained a well-known poet and seven other people ahead of a poetry reading planned in Beijing to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, relatives of the detained said

NORTH KOREA | Official publicly admits existence of labor camps 

A North Korean official publicly acknowledged to the international community the existence of his country’s “reform through labor” camps yesterday, a mention that appeared to come in response to a

AUSTRALIA | Gov’t plans ban on foreign ‘hate preachers’ 

Australia will soon introduce a system to ban foreign “hate preachers” from entering the country and will attempt to outlaw the radical Islamic group Hizb-ut-Tahrir under proposed tougher counterterrorism laws, the

INDIA-PAKISTAN BORDER DISPUTE | 3rd night of gunfire leaves 4 dead

Troops traded heavy fire between Pakistan and Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least four civilians and worsening tensions between the long-time rivals, officials on both sides said yesterday. The fire exchanges — which

SOUTH KOREA | Captain apologizes for leaving doomed ferry

The captain of a doomed South Korean ferry yesterday apologized for abandoning passengers but said he didn’t know his actions would lead to the deaths of more than 300 people,

ISLAMIC STATE OFFENSIVE | Syrian rights groups call on world to save Kobani

Several Syrian human rights groups called on the world to save the embattled Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from falling into the hands of the Islamic State group as new

NOBEL PRIZE | 3 win accolade for giving microscope sharper vision 

Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell won the Nobel Prize in chemistry yesterday for developing new methods that let microscopes see finer details than they could

This Day in History | 1967 – Che Guevara ‘shot dead’

A statement issued by the commander of the Eighth Bolivian Army Division, Colonel Joaquin Zenteno Anaya, said the 39-year-old guerrilla leader was shot dead near the jungle village of Higueras,

Offbeat | Hunt on for huge gargoyles missing from US church

Church officials and preservationists are trying to figure out what happened to several 1.5-ton gargoyles from a Massachusetts church. The church in Worcester is a one-fifth scale replica of Notre Dame

Football | Feast of goals expected in Euro 2016 qualifiers

The first "Week of Football" in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship could be a feast of goals for the continent's major powers. The second and third rounds of games in

Briefs | Cricket: England rocked by Pietersen allegations

Kevin Pietersen was made to wait eight months before having his say on the termination of his turbulent international career with England. The wait is over — and the ramifications

HK Observer | Yes to dialogue and young hope

Finally genuine dialogue has been promised between protestors and the government. C.Y. Leung’s number two Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor is due to meet students for a series of talks, on political

Thursday, September 9, 2014 – edition no. 2166

* IFT graduation: finding a compromise in society to solve human resources issue * Policy address delivered in two installments * Chinese tourists occupy Macau during golden week * Report: residents more pessimistic

THE BUZZ | Strong earthquake shakes southwestern China, one killed

A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern Yunnan province last night, killing at least one person, sending thousands fleeing into the streets and damaging buildings, officials and reports said. The U.S. Geological

World briefs

CHINA The dengue virus has killed six people and infected more than 23,000 in southern China’s worst outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted disease in about two decades, officials said yesterday. The

Analysis | Macau casinos go smoke-free – will it hurt revenues?

Macau’s latest measure, introduced on Monday, will see all main gaming floors in its 35 casinos go smoke-free. Casino operators are allowed to build smoking lounges but installation of gaming

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