Xi says gov’t will champion new media groups

China will create several media groups that are strong, influential and credible while promoting the integration of new and traditional media, the official Xinhua News Agency cited Xi as saying.

Authorities release foreign news site contributor

A Chinese man detained more than three months ago on charges of fabricating stories that disparaged the Chinese government was released on parole yesterday, authorities said, in a sign that

TIBET | Groups say 2 dead after police shooting

Two people have died in a Tibetan region of southwestern China after they were injured by police gunfire while protesting the detention of a local leader, overseas Tibetan rights groups said. One protester

INDIA | Poachers now threaten lesser-known animals 

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India’s efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller. And activists say scores of the country’s lesser-known species are vanishing from

AUSTRALIA | Tycoon lawmaker calls Chinese ‘bastards’ and ‘mongrels’ in TV tirade

A larger-than-life Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker, Clive Palmer, was widely accused yesterday of threatening Australia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner through an extraordinary tirade against China. The 60-year-old multi-millionaire called

PAKISTAN | Opposition gears for march on parliament 

Tensions rose in the Pakistani capital yesterday as an opposition rally prepared to march toward the Parliament and government headquarters in Islamabad later in the day and authorities beefed up

USA | Ferguson police use tear gas, stun grenades in clashes

Police fired stun grenades and tear gas at protesters in a St. Louis suburb rocked by violence after police shot and killed an unarmed black teen 10 days ago. Lines of

CYBERCRIME | Chinese hackers steal data for 4.5m patients from US hospital group

The attacks occurred in April and June, the Franklin, Tennessee-based company said Monday in a U.S. regulatory filing. The hacker group originated from China and bypassed the company’s security system,

this day in history: 1978 Two dead after El Al crew ambushed

The bus was taking staff of Israeli airline El Al on a stopover in London to the Europa Hotel in Mayfair when it was fired on. An air hostess and a

Offbeat | Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

Passers-by can swipe their smartphones on a tag or type in a web address to get an instant call from the characters depicted. Actors including Patrick Stewart and Downton Abbey’s

FOOTBALL | Spanish league keeps growing star power

Two months after Spain’s national team flopped at the World Cup, the country’s domestic league is ready to shine with even more star power. Already boasting the sport’s two biggest names

Suarez pledges to not bite again with Barcelona

Luis Suarez is ready to put his biting days behind him. The Barcelona striker was officially presented to fans yesterday at an event delayed for more than five weeks because

Our Desk: Curious decisions

Attempting to launch an unofficial referendum on universal suffrage, three pro-democratic groups faced another setback this week, as the Court of Final Appeal (TUI) rejected the Open Macau Society’s plea

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – edition no. 2133

* Chui apologizes for chaos on the campaign trail * Hundreds demand more benefits from SJM * Galaxy to add 8,000 jobs for new casino * Jackie Chan’s son detained in Beijing drug

the buzz | South Africa: 8 killed in building collapse

South African officials say one person died and another seven are presumed dead from the collapse of a building under renovation. Luyanda Majija, a spokeswoman for emergency responders at the scene,

UN sees some progress in Iran nuclear probe

Iran is now answering questions about suspicions that it worked secretly on nuclear weapons, The U.N.’s chief nuclear inspector said yesterday, but he did not indicate whether he was happy

Robbers ambush Saudi prince’s convoy in Paris

Armed robbers ambushed a Saudi prince’s diplomatic convoy on its way to an airport commonly used for private jets, raiding a Mercedes for valuables then torching and abandoning the vehicle,

World briefs

CHINA Russian army helicopters have landed in northern China to take part in multinational anti-terrorism drills, underscoring continuing close ties between Beijing and Moscow despite tensions with the West over

EDUCATION | GAES opens applications for International Student Identity Card

The Tertiary Education Services Office (GAES) has opened applications for the International Student Identity Card, addressing both foreign and local students attending universities in Macau or overseas. Students are able

New Rotary Int’l president seeks to enlarge Chinese membership

The new president of Rotary International (RI), Gary C. K. Huang, the first RI president of Chinese descent from Taiwan, visited Macau last week and met local officials, as well

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