Islamic State | Diplomats worldwide target militants 

A global fight against Islamic State militants will likely take years to fully succeed, but nations are prepared to engage “for as long as it takes” to defeat the bloody

This Day In History: 1961 Birth control pill ‘available to all

“It is not for me to indicate to doctors when they should decide for medical reasons to prescribe for their patients,” he said. However some GPs are in a dilemma

Offbeat | Singer-turned preacher investigated for blasphemy

Police in Pakistan say they have opened a blasphemy investigation against a pop singer-turned Islamic preacher accused of insulting one of the wives of Islam’s prophet. Police officer Sheraz Majid

Russia not happy about mixed gender synchro events

Swimming world governing body FINA voted last weekend to introduce mixed-gender duets to synchronized competitions. Not everyone is happy about it in Russia, the sport’s undisputed superpower. “I’d probably have decided

Athletics | Coe presents IAAF presidential campaign program

Outlining his vision for the future of track and field, Sebastian Coe called yesterday for an overhaul of the sport’s “disjointed” competition calendar and for the creation of a global

HK Observer: Moving on

Occupy Central may not have fulfilled its intended goals but it has occupied the minds and hearts of Hong Kong’s youth.  It has also created a new driving force in

Thursday, December 4, 2014 – edition no. 2205

* Residents angry with new trash collector placements * Winter in Venice returns with acrobatics * Scholars look into Macau’s role in US-China relations * China among biggest losers in corruption ranking   DOWNLOAD

The Buzz | Atlantic City: Taj Mahal casino closes hotel tower, ends credit

Trump Entertainment Resorts is closing its newest hotel tower and is no longer issuing credit as it prepares for a Dec. 12 shutdown of the Taj Mahal, its lone remaining

World briefs

TAIWANESE President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that he is stepping down as chairman of the ruling Nationalist Party following stinging defeats in local elections over the weekend that cast a

Bill Cosby leaves Temple University trustees board

Bill Cosby, the popular face of Temple University in advertisements, fundraising campaigns and commencement speeches, has resigned from the board of trustees following renewed accusations that he drugged and sexually

ANALYSIS | NEW CABINET LINEUP: ‘There’s insufficient political talent from outside the public service,’ says scholar

“This is Macau’s political reality: we do not have sufficient political talent outside public service (…) so if senior officials continue to be chosen within the public administration, I would

Courts ‘Blue card’ revoked over drink-driving

A non-resident worker has had his visa revoked after being charged for driving under the influence. The Court of Final Appeal (TUI) recently rejected his request seeking to maintain his

Taiwanese airline kicks off Macau route with ultra-cheap fares

The low-cost carrier, a joint venture between Taiwan’s China Airlines and Singapore’s Tiger Airways, said yesterday the ultra-cheap tickets would go on sale at noon today. According to Central News Agency,

Taxi passenger group hands thousands of signatures to DSAT

The Macau Taxi passengers Association (MTPA) yesterday submitted a petition containing 5,470 signatures to the Transport Bureau (DSAT), urging the government to improve taxi services in the city and reduce

Handout cards to warn against negotiation

Andrew Scott said the MTPA is preparing some handout cards with messages and the DSAT complaint hotline on them, warning people not to negotiate fares. The messages are written in

European Union Short Film Challenge today

The first European Union (EU) Short Film Challenge will be held at the University of Macau today (Building E4, Room G078) at 6.30 pm. A total of eight films, up

BNU and First Data sign agreement

Yesterday, First Data Merchant Solutions (FDMS) Macau and Banco Nacional Ultramarino (BNU) announced an agreement to provide merchant services and payment solutions to merchants in Macau. The agreement allows FDMS, through

Heritage restoration to reshape city’s cultural space

The Cultural Heritage Committee took a look back at the major cultural heritage preservation projects that were carried out by the Cultural Bureau (IC) during this year, including the restoration

Manuel Cardoso dies

Macanese photographer Manuel Cardoso has passed away at the Conde de São Januário public hospital. He started working as a professional photographer during the 1960s and worked for several local

Bubble soccer arrives to town, mixing sports and laughs

In a game, the players have to wear a giant inflated bubble that envelopes more than half of their bodies. The only exposed body parts are the players’ legs, allowing

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