Manufacturing rebound relieves growth concerns in China

A Chinese manufacturing gauge unexpectedly increased this month, suggesting export demand is helping the economy withstand a property slump. The preliminary Purchasing Managers’ Index from HSBC Holdings Plc and Markit Economics

Corporate Bits | Portofino launches Sunday all-you-can-eat lunch

“The awards received so far by Portofino motivate us to continue striving to do better and better,” said Katia Soujol, Portofino’s Senior Chef. “With our ingredients imported direct from Italy

World Bank finances family farming in Angola

Aniceto Bila said in Andulo district, 130 kilometers north of Kuito, that the funding allowed the consolidation of all activities including training of farmers, supplying seeds, fertilizer, and agricultural production

Funding to increase fishing in Mozambique

The World Bank funding, which involves the French Development Agency (AFD), is part of the SWIOFish program (“South West Indian Ocean Fisheries”) underway in the southwest Indian Ocean. The funding will

Angola | Sumol+Compal Group increases investment

The Angolan subsidiary of Portuguese group Sumol+Compal plans to increase its investment in Angola by building a USD51 million factory, as part of a project launched in 2013, according to

Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti gets harsh life sentence 

A Chinese court imposed a life sentence yesterday on a moderate scholar who championed the country’s Uighur minority, the most severe penalty in a decade for anyone in China convicted of illegal

Amnesty blasts mainland torture tool industry 

Chinese production and export of police equipment primarily used for torture, such as electric shock wands and neck-and-wrist cuffs connected by a chain, has grown dramatically, enabling human rights violations

CLIMATE CHANGE | Mainland surpasses EU in per-capita pollution for first time

The findings led by scientists at two British universities show the scale of the challenge of reining in emissions damaging the climate. They estimate that humans already have spewed into

KOREAS | Together at Asian Games, North and South still far apart 

When the first world record fell at the Asian Games — to a North Korean weightlifter — elated South Korean fans pounded drums and stood to cheer. Away from the stadiums,

AUSTRALIA | Abbott warns jihadists they face prison 

Australia’s prime minister warned yesterday that Australians who fight with the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be “jailed for a very long time” when they return home

INDIA | Tiger kills boy who climbed zoo enclosure

A white tiger killed a young man who climbed over a fence at the New Delhi zoo and jumped into the animal’s enclosure yesterday, a spokesman said. Despite repeated warnings that he shouldn’t

28 dead in landslides, floods in northeast India 

Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain have killed at least 28 people in India’s remote northeast, officials said yesterday. At least 14 people have been killed

USA | Ammunition and machete found on White House intruder

Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a

US, Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq

Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes hit Islamic State group military strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and a simultaneous U.S. strike targeted an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting assaults on American and

This Day in History | 1988 – Gold for Johnson in 100m sprint

Johnson’s American rival Carl Lewis - chasing his 1984 Los Angeles medal tally of four golds - could only manage silver. Third place was claimed by Britain’s Linford Christie who

Offbeat | Woman struck by cyclist in Central Park dies

A woman struck by a bicyclist while walking in New York’s Central Park has died, according to her husband, CBS Corp. executive Michael Wittman. Jill Tarlov, 58, of Fairfield, Connecticut, “has

Cuban baseball opening runs into trouble

Cuba’s unprecedented effort to stop a devastating baseball talent drain doesn’t seem to be working, with a string of stars leaving for the major leagues in the year since the

David puts on a squash clinic for Olympic watchers

Nicol David has done just about everything she can to win over the Olympic movers and shakers. Now the squash luminary from Malaysia is hoping her performance in the finals

Sun wins 400 as China dominates Asian Games pool

Sun Yang powered to gold in the men’s 400-meter freestyle as a resurgent Chinese swim team cleaned up in the Asian Games pool yesterday, winning six of seven gold medals

Our Desk | Breaking up is hard to do

It’s not only teenagers and twentysomethings who like to post their relationship status on Facebook. Countries are doing it too. Last week’s Scottish referendum caught the attention of parodists who

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