IRAN | Plane crashes after takeoff, killing 39 

A regional passenger plane assembled in Iran crashed yesterday while taking off from the capital, killing 39 and injuring another nine onboard, according to a senior transportation official and state media. The IrAn-140

World Bank announces USD75 million financing for Mozambique

In the first case, the donation is meant to assure more transparency and efficiency in spending to supply, store and distribute medicines, and in school management, indicates the statement released

Brazil open to strengthening agricultural cooperation with Angola

Brazil is open to more extensive cooperation with Angola so that the latter can once again become one of Africa’s top agricultural producers, the Brazilian ambassador in Angola, Ediuliza Fontenele

Police arrest four for spreading online rumors amid clampdown

Chinese police arrested four people on suspicion of spreading online rumors as authorities tightened regulations on instant-messaging services. The suspects used social-networking services to spread rumors or had forwarded rumors published

IRAQ | INTERVENTION: Thwarting Islamic State militants a ‘long-term project’

President Barack Obama justified the U.S. military's return to fighting in Iraq Saturday by saying America must act now to prevent genocide, protect its diplomats and provide humanitarian aid to refugees

PHOTO SHOP | Nitro Circus Live thrills at The Venetian Macao

Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live delivered a live action sports show at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena Saturday evening, with a second show following yesterday. Led by extreme sports icon,

Motorsport | NASCAR’s Stewart hits, kills driver at NY track

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said his department's investigation is not criminal and that Stewart was "fully cooperative" and appeared "very upset" over what had happened. "He was visibly shaken by

This Day in History: 1982 – Krays let out for mother’s funeral

The notorious East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray have been allowed out of prison for their mother's funeral. Violet Kray, It was the first time the Krays, 49, had been

Offbeat | US: Woman, 78, caught with cash in girdle at airport

A 78-year-old Florida woman tried to fly on an international trip to the Philippines from Detroit Metropolitan Airport with almost USD41,000 in cash hidden inside her girdle, bra and carry-on

Africa | Ebola starting to take an economic toll in region

Caterpillar has evacuated a handful of employees from Liberia. Canadian Overseas Petroleum Ltd. has suspended a drilling project. British Airways has canceled flights to the region. ExxonMobil and Chevron are

ASK THE VET | Ear Mites in Dogs and Cats

by Dr Ruan Du Toit Bester Ear mites are extremely contagious. They can be passed from the mother animal to her offspring. Additionally, the mites are easily spread to

Monday, August 11, 2014 – edition no. 2126

*  EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MEL HANSEN | MGM Cotai obtains full building plan approval * Next wave of casino resorts may increase problem gambling * Guangzhou-Macau by helicopter * Obama says Iraq intervention

Japan architects sell lifestyle on a global stage

A new generation of Japanese architects believes the world has fallen out of love with the 20th century steel and concrete skyscraper. They are pushing a human-friendly alternative that some

Rear Window | TUI cum laude

The ruling that the MSAR’s Court of Final Appeal (TUI) made on the negative answer that the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau gave the Open Society in response to their

The buzz: Billy Joel, Maria Shriver featured in baby boomer doc

PBS announced yesterday that "American Masters: The Boomer List" will air Sept. 23 on member stations. The 90-minute production, directed by filmmaker-photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, will include 19 notable public figures.

Gaming alert | Atlantic City: Revel casino bankruptcy auction postponed a week

The bankruptcy auction of the Revel Casino Hotel that was scheduled for today (Macau time) has been postponed until next week because lawyers need more time to review the bids

World briefs

CHINA An activist says one of China’s best-known rights lawyers and fiery government critics has been released from prison but appears to be under close supervision by the authorities. Hu

Melco Crown 2Q results show year-on-year decrease in net revenue

Net revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was USD1,199.5 million, representing a decrease of approximately 7% from US$1,295.0 million for the comparable period in 2013. The decline in net

Organizer disappointed with casino workers’ protest turnout

The Forefront of Macau Gaming (FMG) has once again staged a protest against casino operator Sands China. The protest took place yesterday, this time outside the group’s Sands Macao property. There

UM takes part in study highlighting smart devices’ vulnerability

A collaborative study joined by the University of Macau (UM) has found that hackers, when seeking to steal passwords entered on a smartphone or tablet, can readily exploit smart devices

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