US AIRSTRIKES | ISIS oil sites hit in Syria

  U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group overnight and early yesterday, killing nearly 20 people as the militants released dozens of detainees in their

EXTREMISM | Hunt on for militants who beheaded French mountaineer

France’s defense minister said yesterday that Algerian forces are hunting for the Muslim extremists who beheaded a French mountaineer over France’s airstrikes on the Islamic State group. Jean-Yves Le Drian also said France, which has

SIERRA LEONE | Gov’t to cordon off 3 areas to stop Ebola

Sierra Leone restricted travel yesterday into and within three more “hotspots” of Ebola where 1.5 million people live, meaning that more than a third of the country’s population is now

This Day in History | 1984 – UK and China agree Hong Kong handover

In a ceremony at the Great Hall of People in Beijing the document was initialed by the UK ambassador to China, Sir Richard Evans, and the head of the Chinese

Offbeat | Donkeys reunited at Polish zoo after sex scandal

Napoleon is now back with his Antosia. The two amorous donkeys who were separated because of an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland. The couple,

Asian Games | China stays top amid hijab flap

China widened its lead in the Asian Games medal race yesterday as the competition was overshadowed by the Qatari women’s basketball team withdrawing because of a ban against wearing Muslim

Bizcuits | Are you being served?

Governance is often not well understood by the average man on the street but what we frequently take for granted in the structure and norms of organisations are mechanisms to

Friday, September 26, 2014 – edition no. 2159

* CTM confident of competitive advantage as new player emerges * Macau casino stocks slump * Residents question light rail transit fire safety * 50 killed in weekend xinjiang attacks   DOWNLOAD

Port wine in Portugal and Douro River vineyards

* Movies: Tracks * Books: Tennessee williams: mad pilgrimage of the flesh by john lahr * Music: Partners  by barbra streisand * Wine: The Carthaginian Resurgence III * Food: Red for passion white for

‘Tracks’ leaves a mark

The movies, it seems, are increasingly headed down paths in the woods, out to open water and, in the case of John Curran’s excellent new film “Tracks,” into the deepest

Brilliant new biography of Tennessee Williams

When “The Glass Menagerie” opened on Broadway in March 1945, the actress cast as Southern matriarch Amanda Wingfield got so drunk before the show that a bucket was placed in

Streisand’s timeless ‘Partners’ soars

Barbra Streisand’s “Partners” isn’t just about star-powered duets, but partnerships of love and family. It’s a love album for the ages, as fit for your anniversary as your parents’ or

TRAVELOGUE |Port wine in Portugal and Douro River vineyards

Ribbons of bright green grape leaves alternated with golden stone walls as far as I could see along the steep banks of Portugal’s Douro River. Cantilevered steps led up hand-stacked

The Carthaginian Resurgence III

(Continued from “The Carthaginian Resurgence II” on 11 July 2014) Located at the northern tip of Africa, Tunisia is merely 155km away from the Sicilian city of Marsala, or 225km away

RED FOR PASSION, WHITE FOR ROMANCE

Martin’s company was set up in 2008 to offer clients the privilege of acquiring bottles of “VDP Grosse Lage” Riesling and Pinot noir wine from the Nahe region, one-hour southwest

The Buzz | Tribes from US, Canada sign bison treaty

Native tribes from the U.S. and Canada signed a treaty Tuesday establishing an inter-tribal alliance to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions of

World briefs

CHINA and Japan resumed high-level talks on maritime issues this week, in a sign that they want to improve relations badly strained in recent years by territorial disputes and wartime

ART | Rare Warhol paintings headed to NYC auction

“Triple Elvis (Ferus Type)” and “Four Marlons” rate among Warhol’s most famous portraits. The monumental paintings, each nearly 2.1 meters high, have never appeared at auction before and could bring

Hong Kong air pollution hits highest level

The pollution, as measured by the Air Quality Health Index, recorded the highest reading of 10-plus at three monitoring stations, according to the Environmental Protection Department website. Nitrogen dioxide levels

CCAC says Wynn land deal probe still under way

Macau’s anti-graft agency said it’s still examining a land deal by Wynn Resorts Ltd., a day after the U.S. company’s chairman Steve Wynn said he thought the probe was over. “The

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