North Korea | Kim Jong Un reportedly executes 10 officials for watching soaps

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seeking to erase the remaining influence of his dead uncle, executing about 10 senior Workers’ Party officials on charges from graft to watching

Sri Lanka | 10 dead, over 250 missing in mudslide

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers’ houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka yesterday, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official

Zambia | White VP named acting president as leader dies in London hospital 

Zambian President Michael Sata, once dubbed “Mr. King Cobra” for his sharp-tongued remarks, died in a London hospital after a long illness, the Zambian government said yesterday. Vice President Guy

Islamic State offensive | Peshmerga fighters arrive in Turkey for Kobani battle

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters armed with mortars and Katyusha rocket launchers arrived in Turkey today on their way to the Syrian town of Kobani, where they’ll join the fight against

Space | US supply rocket headed to space station explodes

An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening (yesterday morning, Macau time), with debris falling in flames over the launch site

this day in history: 1957 Lords to admit first women peers

Under the scheme, male and female life peerages will be created to ensure a balanced representation of the different political parties. Expenses are also to be paid to peers. The idea

Offbeat | Norway TV on tenterhooks, impending rockslide

For days, local media have focused webcams on the isolated, rubbly mountainside of Mannen in western Norway. National broadcaster NRK is streaming it live on its website. Last week, 11 people

GOLF | New father Billy Horschel ready for CIMB Classic

Setting out to defend the FedExCup title in Malaysia this week, Billy Horschel is doing so as a changed man. It’s not the fame, the money or the added pressure that

FOOTBALL | FIFA gives Nigeria last chance to avoid ban

FIFA has given Nigeria one last chance to avoid a “lengthy’ ban that would prevent the reigning champion from defending its title at next year’s African Cup of Nations. FIFA wants

World Views: Obama shouldn’t pivot away from China’s Asia Bank

Take that, Barack Obama! Even if Chinese President Xi Jinping hasn’t uttered these words publicly, that certainly seems like the message of China’s new superbank. On Friday, representatives from 20 other

Thursday, October 30, 2014 – edition no. 2181

* Beijing punishes Hong Kong tycoon for criticism * Steve Wynn ‘confused’ by Macau revenue drop * Porto Mayor winds up visit to town * Paul Phua’s case: FBI impersonated repairmen in ruse   PDF

The Buzz | Italy president to testify in Mafia trial

Prosecutors and judges have arrived at Italy’s presidential palace for an unprecedented hearing to take testimony from the head of state in the trial of a former government official accused

World briefs

N KOREA South Korea’s spy agency says it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s 6-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation

European Union | Barroso gets special Portuguese language send off

There was a special send off for José Manuel Durão Barroso, the outgoing President of the European Commission, with Portuguese-speaking countries ambassadors to Brussels holding a farewell lunch earlier this

Iranian vice-president says tourism a way to counter ‘illegal sanctions’

After international sanctions were applied to Iran over its continued nuclear activities, the country’s economy could no longer rely on the oil industry alone, and tourism is now playing a

Interview with Arthur de Haast: ‘There’s plenty of people wanting to invest in Macau’

Macau Daily Times (MDT) – How do you see the development of Asia’s hospitality industry in the past few years? Arthur de Haast (AH) – I’ve been coming to Macau for

Pansy Ho: China’s HK visa restrictions also affect Macau

Co-chairperson of MGM China Holdings, Pansy Ho, believes that mainland China’s visa restrictions to Hong Kong have had an impact on the tourism flow to Macau too, TDM News reported.

App developer seeks to improve dining info

You may be familiar with mobile applications such as OpenRice and TripAdvisor, which allow people to search for restaurants in their cities. But Gilberto Camacho believes that it takes a

Unions accuse Melco Crown of breaching mass floor smoking ban

“In the first two weeks, we were very satisfied with the new ban’s implementation, but now there have been some changes that impose a bigger threat to casino workers’ health,”

Briefs | Jaime Carion retires from DSSOPT

The Director of the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT), Jaime Carion, is retiring after working 36 years as a civil servant. DSSOPT’s current deputy director Chan Pou Ha

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