Diplomacy | Flag-raising by Taiwan in Washington riles Beijing

The U.S. State Department said yesterday it was not given advance notice about a New Year’s flag-raising ceremony at the residence of Taiwan’s representative to Washington that has angered China. Taiwanese

Petco pulls Chinese treats amid fears they sickened pets

Petco said it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000

Media reports on N Korea ties after soldier killed four people in border town

Papers and experts discuss Beijing-Pyongyang ties following reports that a North Korean soldier killed four people in a Chinese border town. The soldier crossed the border in late December, stealing money

Flight 8501 | Strong currents force expanded search area for AirAsia plane

  Strong currents forced Indonesia to expand the search area for the crashed AirAsia plane yesterday, as rough seas and bad weather pushed debris and made it difficult to reach suspected

Australia | Swelters through its third-hottest year in 2014

Australia sweltered through its third-hottest year on record in 2014, following a record hot 2013, weather authorities reported yesterday. The southern spring from September through November last year was Australia’s hottest on

Myanmar | Army arrest more than 100 foreigners for illegal logging

The Myanmar army has arrested more than 100 foreigners and 20 Myanmar nationals for illegal logging near the Chinese border, the defense ministry said yesterday. It said the army also seized

Philippines | At least 20 rebels killed in southern province: military

At least 20 members of a renegade Muslim rebel group were reportedly killed as government forces shelled and assaulted their training camp in southern Philippine province of Maguindanao, the military

Thailand | Police nabs fugitive convicted in 1995 India bombing

Thai police said yesterday that they have arrested a fugitive convicted in India for his involvement in a 1995 bomb attack that killed a chief minister of a northern Indian

Iraq | Clashes with IS kill 23 troops, allied fighters

  A suicide blast targeting Iraqi security forces and subsequent clashes with Islamic State extremists yesterday killed at least 23 troops and pro-government Sunni fighters in the country’s embattled western province

SpaceX calls off launch to space station at last minute

  SpaceX called off its planned flight to the International Space Station yesterday because of rocket trouble. The unmanned Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off before sunrise. But the countdown was

This Day in History: 1990 Leaning Tower of Pisa closed to public

Over the past 100 years the belfry at the top of the mediaeval tower has moved 9.6 inches (nearly a quarter of a metre). The tilt is currently 16ft (4.9m) off

Offbeat | Escaped emu turns motorists’ heads running on Israel roadway

In the central Israeli town of Herzliya near Tel Aviv, an escaped emu ran through traffic Sunday on a main road between cars in the rain. Local authorities say the

Football | Analysis : Lampard NY deal creates credibility issue for MLS, new team

Major League Soccer expected the alliance between Manchester City and the New York Yankees to “elevate the league to new heights.” MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s forecast at the 2013 launch now

Cristiano Ronaldo could make move to the United States, says agent

  Cristiano Ronaldo could move to play in the United States after his Real Madrid career has come to an end, the player’s agent Jorge Mendes has told Telefoot. Ronaldo, 29, signed a

World Views: The Rise of Bitcoin

Bitcoins introduced a lot of people to the idea of computerized money. Now the digital currency, which set off a minor frenzy when it broke into public consciousness in 2013,

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 – edition no. 2223

* At cost of grieving families, China manages public emotions * Extra year given to Health Bureau director useless * Secret probes of officials may end up in court * Strong currents slow

THE BUZZ | Rapper Joey Bada$$ charged in Australia with concert assault

New York hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ has been charged in an Australian court with assaulting a security guard before a performance last week, officials said yesterday. The 19-year-old Brooklyn performer was

World briefs

TAIWAN Former President Chen Shui-bian was granted a one-month medical parole yesterday for treatment of neural degeneration, more than four years into his 20-year prison sentence for corruption. More on

Las Vegas airport preps for tech-savvy travelers

While the gadgets of the future are only just arriving in Las Vegas for the annual International CES show, officials at the city’s main airport are updating a decades-old terminal

2015 outlook | Prospects unpredictable as coin toss

While analysts last year correctly forecast Macau casinos would suffer a first-ever revenue drop, prospects for 2015 are looking as uncertain as a coin toss. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News were

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