Corporate Bits | Hotel Shilla wins Macau Airport duty free bid

Sky Shilla Duty Free Limited, a consortium comprised of the Samsung affiliate and Hong Kong-based Sky Connection, will start operating the 1,122-square-meter space for five years starting Nov. 7, the

FEATURE | Jia Rui – From teenage athlete to gold medalist

With his casual wear and nice manners, Jia Rui looks like just any young person in Macau. But the 27-year-old is in fact a champion of martial arts, specializing in

Authorities ban books by pro-Hong Kong protest author

Authorities in China have ordered books by Chinese-American scholar Yu Ying-shih to be removed from sale, as Beijing expresses its displeasure with writers showing support for pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong and

Spider-Man may swing over Beijing in new theme park 

Spider-Man could soon swing over Beijing, chasing Optimus Prime and despicable minions through a USD3.3 billion Universal theme park aimed at capitalizing on China’s rising middle class and growing demand for all

Hong Kong | Police and protesters in tense standoff 

Dozens of pro-democracy protesters were in a tense standoff yesterday night with a large number of riot police near Hong Kong’s government headquarters. Television stations showed hundreds of police wearing helmets

Pro-protest HK newspaper besieged as deliveries disrupted

As many as 300 men have besieged the printing plant of a pro-protest Hong Kong newspaper, delaying delivery of Apple Daily and other papers printed at the site including the

South Korea | Identity thefts forces ID overhaul 

After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea’s national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID

North Korea | Kim reappears publicly – with cane 

After vanishing from the public eye for nearly six weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back, ending rumors that he was gravely ill, deposed or worse. Now, a new,

Ebola | Defense stepped up in Europe as UN aid worker dies in Germany

Europe stepped up its efforts against the spread of the Ebola virus as screening began for passengers arriving at London’s Heathrow airport and an infected Sudanese aid worker evacuated to

Turkey | Warplanes hit Kurdish rebel targets

Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said yesterday, the first major airstrikes against the rebel group since peace talks began two years ago

South Africa | Pistorius prosecutor knocks athlete’s charity at sentencing

The prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius’s trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp said the athlete’s charity work was aimed at self-promotion and shouldn’t influence his sentence for manslaughter. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel

This Day in History: 1964 Khrushchev ‘retires’ as head of USSR

Mr Khrushchev, who is 70, took over as First Secretary of the Central Committee soon after Stalin’s death. He has held the role of both party leader and prime minister

Offbeat | Finnish authorities ban whisky from expo name

It’s a whisky trade fair. But it can’t say it is. Authorities in Finland have ordered the “Beer and Whisky Expo Finland 2014” to change its name, arguing it violates

Australian jockey dies in training accident

Australian jockey Carly-Mae Pye died yesterday from injuries sustained when the horse she was riding broke its front legs during a training run, throwing her head-first into the track. The

Rio Olympics bet on flip-flops, cuddly mascot for USD420m

Organizers of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are banking on the popularity of flip-flops and a yet-to-be-announced cuddly mascot to help meet a target of 1 billion

Hiddink under pressure after another Dutch loss

Only three months after the Netherlands reached the World Cup semifinals, the team is crumbling. And Guus Hiddink, the man who guided the team to the 1998 semifinals but only

Neymar scores all 4 as Brazil beats Japan 4-0

Say “Neymar,” and say no more. The 22-year- old Brazil striker scored all four goals yesterday — and hit the post once — in a 4-0 friendly rout of Japan. “Neymar really

World Views: China slowdown? Not something to fret about too much

An increasing number of people are afraid that the economic slowdown in China is bad news for the rich economies of the West. Lord Turner, the former head of the

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – edition no. 2170

* Gulbenkian Choir plays today at St. Dominic’s Church * New organic food store caters to a healthier diet * ‘The EU is trying to be closer to China’ * South Korea identity

The Buzz | Cambodia detains 3 after journalist is killed

Cambodian police said yesterday that they have detained three men, including a timber trader, believed to be linked to the weekend shooting death of a local journalist who was investigating

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