North Korea | 2 detained Americans whisked back home

Two Americans held by North Korea were on their way home Saturday after their release was secured through a secret mission by the top U.S. intelligence official to the reclusive

Philippines | Year after Haiyan, some move on, others agonize

Four months after she lost her husband and home to Typhoon Haiyan’s fury, Agnes Bacsal gave birth to their sixth child — a sprightly boy, whose company has eased the

Germany | Berlin marks 25 years since fall of the Wall

German Chancellor Angela Merkel led celebrations yesterday marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, calling it an example of the human yearning for freedom and honoring

Mexico | ‘Enough, I’m tired’ comment rallies protest

An off-the-cuff comment by the attorney general to cut off a news conference about the apparent killing of 43 missing college students has been taken up by protesters as a

US | airstrikes target Islamic State leaders in Iraq

The U.S.-led coalition conducted a series of airstrikes targeting a gathering of Islamic State leaders near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a senior U.S. defense official said Saturday. The

this day in history: 1960 Lady Chatterley’s Lover sold out

DH Lawrence’s sexually explicit novel was published in Italy in 1928 and in Paris the following year. It has been banned in the UK - until now. Last month, after

Offbeat | Canadian man offers free trip around the world

Jordan Axani, 28, said he and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth Gallagher, booked heavily discounted round-the-world air tickets in May, but their relationship has ended and he doesn’t want her

GOLF | Bubba Watson wins a thriller in Shanghai

Bubba Watson captured his first World Golf Championship with a stunning turnaround yesterday when he holed a bunker shot for eagle on the 18th hole to get into a playoff,

Boxing | Bob Arum believes Zou Shiming the ‘engine behind activity in China’

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum suggested that it is boxing star Zou Shiming, not Manny Pacquiao, who is “the engine behind all of activity in China.” A report by Newsday

Ask the Vet | 7 Reasons to Spay and Neuter Cats

Male cats are neutered, so the testicles are removed. Female cats are spayed; the ovariohysterectomy procedure consists of the removal of the uterus and the ovaries. The procedure is a

Climate change inspires rise of ‘cli-fi’ flicks

The giant, inflatable whale in this Gulf Coast city signals not only the arrival of one of the world’s biggest documentary festivals, but also the emergence of film as a

Rear Window: True colors

And so…the gathering of a few dozen Yellow Ribbon students and political activists at UMAC’s Hengqin Island campus, born as a protest and later announced as an assembly, which although

Reinvention and rejuvenation – Foshan seeks new model for success

In 1968, He Xiangjian spent 5,000 yuan on a workshop to make bottle tops in a township of Foshan, Guangdong province. From this humble beginning grew the Midea Group, one

Monday, November 10, 2014 – edition no. 2187

* Berlin marks 25 years since fall of the Wall * 1,800 people join Sands China Macau Eco Trailhiker * Young talent emerges on local art scene * Xi supports democracy ‘within law,’

The Buzz | Almada dance troupe draws thousands on China tour

An unprecedented 6,000 people in all attended four shows staged so far in China by the Companhia de Dança de Almada, one of Portugal’s handful of professional dance troupes, its

Music | Flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata dies

His great nephew, Ricao Bissiere, confirmed his death to The Associated Press, calling him a “great guitarist and a beautiful man who opened the doors for gypsy music.” Bissiere said the

World briefs

CHINA Officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog says in a report that

Grand Prix ticket sales beat expectation

Mr Costa Antunes said that the earnings from ticket sales this year are already 20 percent higher than two years ago. However, he still cannot provide a final figure, since

Residents complain GP stand obstructing jogging path

Lam U Tou, a member of the government’s Central District Advisory Committee for Community Services, said that he has already written to the Grand Prix Committee. But the Committee only replied that

SOCIAL SECURITY | Gov’t wants later pension withdrawals

According to the Social Security Fund (FSS), about 40 percent of recipients who have withdrawn their pension in advance also have jobs. In response, it will retain the current scheme 

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