South Korea | Samsung heir apologizes for MERS spread at company hospital

The heir of the Samsung business empire bowed deep in apology yesterday as criticism mounted over a Samsung hospital’s role in spreading Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea. Lee Jae-yong,

Famous novelist admits to plagiarizing Japanese author 

One of South Korea’s most influential writers admitted yesterday to plagiarizing a well-known Japanese author in a short story she published almost a decade ago. Shin Kyung-sook, 52, said in an

Japan | Abe heckled at 70th anniversary of Battle of Okinawa

Heckled by local residents, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined about 5,000 people including the U.S. ambassador in a memorial service marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, one

Syria | Kurds take town, base near Islamic State stronghold

Syrian Kurdish fighters and their allies yesterday captured a town once held by the Islamic State group, inching closer to the main IS stronghold in Syria and the de facto

Rwanda | General arrested in the UK on Spain’s behalf

A Rwandan military general was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport and will appear in court later this week, British police said yesterday, prompting an angry response from Rwandan leaders. Police said

USA | Lawmakers’ changing tone on flag follows 15 years of refusal 

For 15 years, South Carolina lawmakers refused to consider removing the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, insisting renewing the debate would unnecessarily expose divisive wounds. But opinions changed within five days

This Day in History | 1983 US astronaut Sally Ride returns

Ms Ride, a former tennis champion, decided to become an astronaut in 1977 after she saw a Nasa advertisement in the campus newsletter while studying English and physics. She was one

Offbeat | 60 pizza-makers create nearly mile-long ‘pie’ in Milan

Allez Paris: French capital launches bid for 2024 Olympics

Declaring they have learned from their past mistakes and failures, French officials launched a bid yesterday to bring the Olympics to Paris in 2024 — 100 years after the games

Norwegians release mockumentary assailing stereotypes

Several Norwegian players teamed with Norway’s national TV broadcaster NRK to produce a “mockumentary” addressing sexist stereotypes and critics who say the women’s game is no match to the men’s. During

Artifacts | To ‘Om’ or not to ‘Om’?

Apart from being the longest day of the year, last Sunday was also special for another reason. It was the first ever UN international day of yoga. Promoted enthusiastically worldwide

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – edition no. 2341

* Documentary currently filming traces Chinnery’s path * BNU marks 113th anniversary * New info on idle land parcels * Greece defends reforms promised to creditors   DOWNLOAD

The Buzz | 66 surfers set record for most people riding a board at once

Sixty-six surfers have set a world record for most people riding a board at once. Surf champions and local heroes were among those who hung loose on a custom built, 42-foot

Strauss-Kahn shifts focus from sex trial to hedge-fund probe

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was acquitted in France on pimping charges this month, but his legal headaches may not be over. While Strauss-Kahn will try to put the

World Briefs

AFGHANISTAN A Taliban suicide bomber strikes the entrance to the Afghan parliament and gunmen try to storm the heavily guarded compound, setting off a gun battle with police that leaves

BRIEFS | Typhoon signal 1 hoisted

The Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) yesterday raised typhoon signal number 1 as typhoon “Kujira” approaches Hainan Island. SMG had said that raising a higher signal was unlikely. Kujira is

‘Macau is really the market of the world’

  For the past two and a half centuries, “Hennessy” has emerged as and remained the ultimate cognac, travelling from a tiny region in France to five continents. Hosting the cognac

Local athletes asked to miss World University Games in Korea

South Korea’s Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak has apparently resulted in Macau’s withdrawal from the World University Games (Universiade) to be held in Gwangju next month. Some of the

Fosun recovers investment made in buying insurer Fidelidade

The Shanghai-based conglomerate Fosun has confirmed that it has recovered a EUR1.1 billion-investment, in which it had previously applied to buy Portugal’s largest insurer, Fidelidade, that already operates in Macau

Gaming | Think tanks warn of ‘growing risk’ of concession non-renewal

The Daiwa Institute of Research, a think tank based in Japan, believes that there is a “growing risk” that one or more Macau gaming concessions will not be renewed, or

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