US looks to calm South China Sea tensions 

The United States will be looking to calm tensions stoked by recent Chinese oil drilling in disputed waters of the South China Sea at an upcoming meeting of the region’s foreign ministers,

McDonald’s says mainland meat scandal hurting sales

McDonald’s said Monday that a scandal over a meat supplier in China is hurting sales in the region and its global sales forecast for 2014 is “at risk.” The world’s biggest hamburger chain

Rising lakes formed by quake threaten flooding 

Rescuers raced yesterday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed 410 people and has left thousands homeless. Rescue teams

Gov’t to ban all coal use in Beijing by 2020 

China’s smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities. Beijing’s Municipal Environmental

Authorities investigate 2 Canadians for secret stealing 

Chinese authorities are investigating two Canadians citizens on suspicion of stealing state secrets about China’s military and national defense research, state media said. The official Xinhua News Agency said in a one-paragraph report

PHILIPPINES | 12 Chinese convicted of poaching

A Philippine court yesterday convicted 12 Chinese men of poaching after their boat carrying frozen meat of protected pangolins ran aground in a marine park. The Regional Trial Court in Puerto

BANGLADESH | 125 presumed dead in ferry sinking

More than 200 people were believed to be on board the M.V. Pinak when it capsized Monday. Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan told reporters yesterday that at least 125 were presumed

AFGHANISTAN | ‘Insider’ attack at base kills 1, wounds 15

  A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire yesterday on foreign troops at a military base, killing at least one NATO soldier and wounding 15, including a German

JAPAN | China top worry in annual defense report

China’s growing airspace and maritime activities have escalated tension in area waters, Japan’s Defense Ministry said in an annual report yesterday, stressing the need for its military to play a greater

Japanese scientist in research scandal found dead 

  A senior Japanese scientist embroiled in a stem-cell research scandal died yesterday in an apparent suicide, police said. Yoshiki Sasai, who supervised and co-authored stem-cell research papers that had to be

ISRAEL | Temporary truce sets stage for talks on Gaza

Israel and Hamas began observing a temporary cease-fire yesterday that sets the stage for talks in Egypt on a broader deal on the Gaza Strip, including a sustainable truce and the rebuilding

UKRAINE | Gov’t troops edge closer to rebel city

Ukrainian troops took control of a checkpoint yesterday on the western edge of the pro-Russian rebel-held city of Donetsk as the government makes further gradual advances to quash separatist forces

This Day in History: 1945 US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

President Harry S Truman, announcing the news from the cruiser, USS Augusta, in the mid-Atlantic, said the device was more than 2,000 times more powerful than the largest bomb used

Offbeat | Missing from New Zealand’s ski slopes? Snow

Winter has rolled into its third month in New Zealand, and Nick Jarman says he’s going stir crazy as he stares out at the driving rain on the small ski

From Bolt to unknowns, games united Commonwealth

From Bolt to unknowns, games united Commonwealth They traveled in search of recognition, knowing they were unlikely to return with medals. At the Olympics, Norfolk Islanders must settle with being part

Clermont’s female coach loses 1st match in charge

Corinne Diacre became the first woman to coach a men’s professional football team in a competitive match in France on Monday but saw her Clermont side lose 2-1 at Brest

World Views: Why Emerging World Leaders Are So Like Putin

The leaders of some of the biggest developing nations - China, India, Turkey, South Africa - are increasingly acting like Russian President Vladimir Putin. It may be that democracy as

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – edition no. 2113

* Future Mozambique consul allegedly expelled from Portugal in diplomatic row * MGM announces interim results * Paul Phua due to appear in US federal court * Major shareholder leaves recently-launched weekly DOWNLOAD

THE BUZZ: Snowden’s asylum status in Russia ending

Edward Snowden’s temporary asylum status in Russia will expire at 4am Friday (Macau time), but the former U.S. National Security Agency systems administrator appears set to stay on until authorities

Former enemies unite for WWI commemoration | Forgive not forget

Former enemies united yesterday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, with Belgium, France, Britain and Germany standing together in a spirit of reconciliation. Belgian King

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