Flight 8501 | Indonesia cracks down on aviation sector after AirAsia crash

  Highlighting the depth of Indonesia’s air safety problems, the transportation ministry announced harsh measures yesterday against everyone who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits — including

Afghanistan | Suicide bomber hits European police in Kabul, 1 dead

  A suicide car bomber struck near the headquarters of the European police training mission in Kabul yesterday, killing one Afghan civilian and wounding five others nearby, police and EUPOL said. The

Singapore | Office rent to gain most in four years

  Singapore’s prime office rents are set to post their biggest increase in at least four years in 2014, and may extend gains this year in a supply-constrained market. The office rent

Myanmar | Catholics pleased to welcome first local cardinal

  Church colleagues yesterday welcomed home Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, a day after his appointment by Pope Francis as Myanmar’s first Roman Catholic cardinal. Bo, the archbishop of Yangon, was one of

Analysis | Mexico scandals expose government without answers

  As he heads to Washington to meet with Barack Obama, Enrique Pena Nieto leaves behind a year that was hardly what he had envisioned. The Mexican president and his team started

This Day in History: 1977 EMI fires Sex Pistols

In a statement, the company said: “EMI feels it is unable to promote this group’s records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the past two months.” The move follows

Offbeat | At med school, ‘Seinfeld’ about more than nothing

“Seinfeld” may have been a show about nothing, but a psychiatry professor is using it for much more than that. Medical students at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New

Football | European roundup : Madrid loses, Manchester clubs through in FA Cup

  After a perfect end to 2014, Real Madrid opened the new year with its first loss since September. Madrid slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Valencia to end a 22-game winning

Tennis | Halep survives tough opening match in Shenzhen

Top-seeded Simona Halep overcame 10 double faults and a tough challenge from Germany’s Annika Beck to advance to the second round of the Shenzhen Open with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Our Desk: School of democracy

I read a news article last month about a group called Citizens for Objective Public Education who lost a court case against the Kansas State Board of Education in the

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 – edition no. 2222

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World briefs

CHINA A senior Chinese diplomat has been removed from his position and is being investigated for an unspecified disciplinary violation. A two-sentence statement from the Foreign Ministry did not offer

THE BUZZ: ‘Goodbye to Language’ top pick of NYC film critics

The National Society of Film Critics has chosen the 3-D movie “Goodbye to Language” as the best picture of 2014 in their 49th annual awards meeting in New York City. Society

Plane engine dies just before takeoff from Surabaya

In the latest incident to hit an AirAsia flight departing from Surabaya, the engine of a plane failed just before it took off from Juanda International Airport in the Indonesian city,

Smoking ban in bars, nightclubs in force

A joint operation by the Tobacco Control Office, Health Bureau and the Public Security Police Force found 27 people smoking in prohibited areas following inspections of 25 venues. 18 were

CE acknowledges challenges ahead in New Year’s message

Chief Executive Chui Sai On has acknowledged that Macau will face “difficulties and challenges” in the near future. He pledged to address the city’s major issues building “a brighter future

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | ‘This is now a major issue in Macau’

Much was my surprise when I saw my daily copy of Macau Daily Times on the last day of 2014. “Person of the Year” - me?? Wow, that was totally

Gaming | Melco Crown to delist from Hong Kong bourse on low trade volume

The company, which also trades on the Nasdaq Stock Market, hasn’t found opportunities to raise additional funds in Hong Kong since listing there in 2011, it said in a statement

Beijing’s call to develop Hengqin is now an ‘order’

Gambling revenue in Macau dropped by 2.6 percent to MOP351.5 billion, according to data released by the government on Friday. Beijing has made it clear: Macau needs to diversify its

A decade of gambling expansion ends

Macau’s casinos recorded their worst year, ending a decade of expansion that turned the former Portuguese enclave into the world’s biggest gambling hub. More tough times are ahead. Casino revenue in

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