Portugal’s financial sector arouses China’s interest

Chinese companies are now positioning themselves to acquire the main assets of the beleaguered Espirito Santo group, a part of the Portuguese banking system for over a century, with arms

Mozambique | World Bank lends USD110 million for poverty reduction

The World Bank approved a  USD110 million loan  to support the Mozambican State Budget and the country’s official plan to reduce poverty for 2014, the World Bank said in a

TAIWAN | Pro-independence protests break out as top mainland negotiator arrives

Supporters of Taiwan’s opposition were protesting the arrival of Chinese official Chen Deming, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, as he arrived in Taoyuan, Taiwan, yesterday

Report: Ivory prices soar on new demand

Street prices for illegal ivory are soaring in China, where newly wealthy middle and upper class citizens are buying carved ivory and whole tusks as a status symbol of their riches,

Leaders stress ‘new normal’ theme at key economic meeting

China’s leaders gathered for an annual meeting to map their economic plans for next year under the theme of “new normal,” a phrase adopted by President Xi Jinping to reflect

Hong Kong police: protest camp shutdown tomorrow

Police warned Hong Kong pro-democracy activists that they have until tomorrow to leave a sprawling protest camp which has blocked traffic in the Chinese financial hub for more than two months.

Uighur scholar Tohti’s students sentenced to up to 8 years

China sentenced seven students of incarcerated scholar Ilham Tohti, a member of the country’s Uighur minority, to three to eight years in prison for separatism, Hong Kong government broadcaster RTHK

India | Police question Uber after rape allegation 

Indian police questioned an Uber executive yesterday about the company’s claim it conducts comprehensive background checks and a top official called for the taxi-booking service to be banned nationwide after

Philippines | Storm exits, sparing huge losses 

A storm that began as a frighteningly powerful typhoon started to blow away from the Philippines yesterday after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than 1.6 million into shelters. Typhoon

US Senate report: Harsh CIA tactics didn’t work

U.S. Senate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA practices yesterday, accusing the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners beyond legal limits and deceiving the nation with

South Africa | Prosecutor disputes Pistorius murder acquittal, sentencing

Oscar Pistorius’s acquittal on murder charges for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was wrong and an effective 10-month prison sentence for manslaughter is “shockingly inappropriate,” Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said. Nel presented

This Day in History: 1981 Mystery disease kills homosexuals

The unknown condition, which consists of two separate diseases - a form of pneumonia and skin cancer, has been found in 180 patients in 15 states since last July. It has

Offbeat | US record-setting cat with 2 faces dies at 15

A feline named Frank and Louie after he was born with two faces, two mouths, two noses and three blue eyes has died at the age of 15. The Telegram of

Cricket | Tribute to Hughes: Warner notches 10th test century, Clarke out hurt

Opener David Warner, calling it the best innings of his career, scored his 10th test century in an emotional tribute to former teammate Phillip Hughes as Australia ended the first

Boxing | ‘Money’ wants more vs Manny says Sports Illustrated

The popular American sports magazine reported this week that Mayweather would only agree to fight Pacquiao if he gets two-thirds of the revenue in a super fight that is likely

Artifacts: The real China dream

While I was getting a foot massage in Zhuhai over the long weekend, as I was chatting with one of my friends a travel show was playing on TV in

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – edition no. 2208

* Li Gang calls for diversification, gaming operators willing to help * Macau third most expensive in world accommodation * ‘There’s a whole correction in the market’ * HK Police: protest camp shutdown

THE BUZZ: Israel accuses Palestinians of looting antiquities

Six Palestinians were charged in an Israeli court yesterday of digging illegally for antiquities in a remote desert region where archaeologists believe undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls are buried, Israel’s Antiquities

MUSIC | Count Basie Orchestra gets the Venetian Theatre swinging

“The secret is that Mr Basie wanted to keep it going and therefore I believe his spirit is always with us on that stage. I can feel it. The DNA,

World briefs

CHINA An earthquake struck southwest China, collapsing a wall of a house and killing a 9-year-old boy sleeping inside, state media reported. The official Xinhua News Agency said the quake

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