Mozambique | Japan supports competitiveness of over 200 products

More than 200 Mozambican products are being made more competitive for national and international markets as part of a program supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), according to

Angola | Completion of Benguela Railway will boost economic growth

The project, which is being carried out by China Railway Construction, one of China’s largest construction groups, involved reconstruction of 1,344 kilometers of the railway and took around 10 years

HONG KONG | Xi’s hard line shows no tolerance of challenges

President Xi Jinping’s uncompromising stance on limiting democratic reforms in Hong Kong marks a public show of strength that signals to the world - and China’s own citizens - that

HONG KONG | Support for Occupy Central waning, Benny Tai says

A leader of the pro-democracy group that threatened to occupy Hong Kong’s financial district said its strategy to win concessions from China on election reform had failed and that support

PAKISTAN | Parliament meets over political crisis 

Pakistan’s lawmakers held an emergency session yesterday over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remained camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister

MYANMAR | Dethroned beauty queen blasts pageant boss 

A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said yesterday she won’t return her bejeweled USD100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. May Myat Noe —

JAPAN | Tokyo and Delhi pledge to strengthen ties as Beijing rises

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged an upgrade of economic and security ties with India, saying Japan would double investment and expand defense cooperation amid concerns about China’s growing influence in

PHILIPPINES | Anti-China group nabbed for planned Manila attacks

Philippine authorities said yesterday that they arrested three men linked to a group that was planning to set off firebombs at Manila’s international airport and a major mall in the

UKRAINE | Russian forces in major rebel cities 

A Ukrainian official said yesterday that Russian forces have been spotted in both of the major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine. The claim by Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s national security council,

SYRIA | Rebels issue demands for captive UN Fijian troops 

Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group’s removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for

this day in history: 1939 Britain and France declare war on Germany

He said the British ambassador to Berlin had handed a final note to the German government this morning saying unless it announced plans to withdraw from Poland by 1100, a

Offbeat | | Report: Water shortages crimp China fracking plan

More than 60 percent of China’s vast shale gas deposits are in regions with scarce water resources, complicating plans by the energy-hungry country to tap the natural gas, according to

North Korea athletes on mission for political gold

It’s a hot, sunny morning at the newly refurbished Sosan Football Stadium in Pyongyang. Two women’s soccer teams head to the sidelines of the artificial turf, leaving only a row

FOOTBALL | Record English spending dwarfs rivals in Europe

English Premier League clubs spent a record 835 million pounds (USD1.38 billion) on players during the summer transfer window, almost twice as much as any of Europe’s other top leagues. A

Our Desk: The neglected population

I was interviewing the owner of a paper sacrifice offering shop last month when several of her customers came in and asked for some paper sacrifices. When the owner was looking

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – edition no. 2143

* Single mom leads labor protests against casinos * Jason Chao: ‘I don’t think I’m safe in Macau’ * Report says LRT could save over 30 minutes on daily commute * Support for

The Buzz: Oslo police suspect base jumping death at ski jump

Norwegian police say they suspect that a base jumper was killed at the Holmenkollen ski jump in the capital, Oslo. Egil Kulseth from the Oslo Police says a Norwegian man, wearing

CASINO DECLINE | Showboat closes after 27 years in Atlantic City

The show is over for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. The Mardi Gras-themed casino shut down Sunday after 27 years on the Boardwalk. It was one of three casinos

World briefs

NEW ZEALAND A man suspected of killing two unemployment-office workers and critically injuring a third was taken into custody yesterday following a manhunt that lasted seven hours and kept a

Online taxi group publishes blacklist, plans to form association

Meanwhile, the group has released a “blacklist” and a “white- list” of taxis yesterday in an effort to help fix issues with the system in Macau. During a telephone interview yesterday, Mr

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