Angola | Ambassador announces investment by Chinese companies

Several Chinese companies will invest this year in Uige in socio-economic sectors and infrastructure, the Chinese ambassador to Angola announced at a hearing granted by the provincial deputy governor for

Alibaba offers young Hong Kong entrepreneurs HKD1 billion

Alibaba Group is planning to pump HKD1 billion into a not-for-profit foundation aimed at boosting entrepreneurship among Hong Kong’s younger population, international IT website ZDNet reported yesterday. According to an article

CCTV to take its New Year TV gala to a global audience 

  China says its annual Lunar New Year gala TV show is all set to go international. State broadcaster China Central Television says it’s making rights available to foreign broadcasters for the first time, and

Minsheng Bank falls as president resigns after probe report

  China Minsheng Banking Corp. shares fell after President Mao Xiaofeng resigned and a magazine reported that he’s being investigated by Chinese authorities. Mao stepped down for “personal reasons,” the bank said

Gov’t executes 2 from banned sect for murder at McDonald’s

China and India reaffirmed their warming ties Friday following U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi that underscored Beijing’s complicated relationship with both countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed India’s External

Myanmar | Gate Suu Kyi spoke from to go up for auction

  The iron gate that stood in front of the home of Myanmar’s formerly imprisoned democracy icon, separating her from throngs of cheering supporters as she made speeches challenging the country’s

Australia | Contrite prime minister won’t appoint knights

  Prime Minister Tony Abbott, facing down a revolt from within his own government ranks, promised yesterday he would never again choose who gets an Australian knighthood and officially ditched his

Japan | Abe defends handling of hostage crisis

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his policy toward terrorism, as the flag at his official residence flew at half-staff yesterday in a mark of mourning for two hostages killed

Thailand | 1 hurt as small blasts rattle Bangkok mall shoppers

Police in Thailand yesterday were investigating a pair of bombings outside a luxury shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok, the first such violence reported in the capital since last year’s army

Ebola | Vaccine trial starts in Liberia

A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia’s capital yesterday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has

France | Pimping trial to start for ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is going on trial for sex charges in France — the nation where he once was considered a top presidential contender. The former head of the International Monetary Fund,

Egypt | Al-Jazeera reporter freed from jail wants colleagues released

For more than a year, the parents of jailed Al-Jazeera English journalist Peter Greste kept up a relentless, resolute campaign to free their Australian son from an Egyptian prison. Yesterday,

Ukraine | Rebel leader aims to call up 100,000 as conflict intensifies

  A Ukrainian separatist leader ordered a full military mobilization as the conflict with government forces escalated after peace talks failed to secure a truce. The call-up in 10 days’ time seeks

This Day in History: 1988 Nurses protest for better pay

In the House of Commons Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher condemned the health workers’ strike saying it was prolonging waiting lists and deserting patients. But just 200 of the 9,000 operations planned

Offbeat | Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave

Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Tampa, Florida. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor

Preview | Rugby: Ireland the team to beat in open Six Nations

  For Irish rugby, it turns out there is life after Brian O'Driscoll. The international retirement of O'Driscoll following Ireland's title success in last year's Six Nations left a major hole in

Football | Australia rising in Asia, on and off the field

Australia's victory over South Korea in the Asian Cup final over the weekend capped a remarkable period for a nation which is only just awakening to the possibilities that membership

Our Desk: Macau – Loulan

During our geography class in high school, our teacher would sometimes share with us his travelling experiences, especially his journeys to mainland China. He went to places like Guangxi and

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – edition no. 2242

* City of Dreams Manila opens * Multidisciplinary medical teams are key * Casino revenue slumps an eighth straight month * Alibaba pledges one billion to support HK youth startups   DOWNLOAD

THE BUZZ: Sumptuous seaside hotel sells for record-shattering USD360m

An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping USD360 million. That price tag for the Montage Laguna Beach — which comes to $1.4 million per

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