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Wave of investments precedes first Xi Jinping visit to Brazil

A wave of large Chinese investments is preceding the long-awaited first visit to Brazil by the President of China, Xi Jinping, which is expected to seal a number of important

BRIEFS: Angola linked to neighboring countries

Road links between Angola and neighboring countries will be in place by 2017, the director-general of the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA) said. António Resende, speaking to Angolan news agency

ECONOMY | Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales

Youkyung Lee, Technology Writer, Seoul Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in

US-CHINA | Strategic talks get test this week

Bradley Klapper, Beijing The United States and China will spend time over the next couple of days testing whether their annual "Strategic and Economic Dialogue" can produce tough compromises or just

MYANMAR | Camp baby a brief chapter in painful story

Esther Htusan, Sittwe Hours after Shamshu Nahad gave birth to her second child, a beautiful baby girl, her husband was digging its grave. The tiny corpse, wrapped in white cloth, was placed

MERKEL TO CHINESE YOUTH: German chancellor argues for sustainability, economic growth

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Chinese youth yesterday to help protect the environment and conserve energy, telling a group of elite university students that sustainability does not have to

Chinese scenic spot plans to sue over ‘Transformers’

A company that operates a scenic landscape area in southwest China which features in the latest "Transformers" movie says it will sue its producers for breach of contract. It is the

Australia, Japan sign free trade, defense deals

Kristen Gelineau, Sydney Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe met with his Australian counterpart yesterday to sign agreements bolstering defense and trade ties between the countries. The defense deal, which involves the transfer

INDONESIA | Country divided in close presidential race

Niniek Karmini, Jakarta As the world's third-largest democracy prepares to elect a new president today, Indonesians are divided between two very different choices: a one-time furniture maker and a wealthy ex-army

VOX PARVA | Hopeful invocation of the Feast of the Chinese Martyrs

The church sets July 9 as the Feast of the Holy Martyrs and Blessed of China, or in shorter terms, the Feast of the Chinese Martyrs. It is a relatively

JAPAN | Powerful typhoon pounds Okinawa islands

A powerful typhoon pummeled the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa yesterday, paralyzing transport and prompting U.S. forces based there to cancel all outdoor activity. The Okinawan government said 10 people were

Alexis Tam calls democracy referendum ‘illegal’ and ‘invalid’

Grace Yu Three groups – the Macau Conscience, the Macao Youth Dynamics and the Open Macau Society – are joining forces to form the “Electoral Affairs Commission on the Civil Referendum

Geopolitics Expedience, pragmatism shape new Asian alliances

Eric Talmadge Moscow is cozying up to its old rival China. China is holding hands with Seoul. Tokyo is striking deals with Pyongyang. In the ever-shifting game of Asian alliances, where just

Asia-Pacific tourism ministers meet in Macau

Over 500 guests, including tourism ministers or representatives from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members, will participate in the tourism meeting that will take place in Macau from September 8

Gandhi to join Churchill, Mandela in London square

Katy Daigle, New Delhi A statue of India’s pacifist freedom fighter Mohandas K. Gandhi will be placed in London’s Parliament Square alongside other famous statesmen, including his political adversary Winston Churchill,

Offbeat: Loch Ness monster it ain’t: 6-foot croc in… Greece!

Greece has its own lake monster — and it’s no Nessie. The Fire Brigade and authorities on the resort island of Crete say a 6-foot crocodile was spotted last week in

This Day in History: 2001 Scientists discover why we are here

A Californian University has thrown more light on why the Big Bang works after nearly 40 years of world-wide research. Most scientists accept that the universe began with the Big Bang

Corporate Bits | Conrad Macao named on the Expedia Insiders’ select list

The 2014 list names only 650 hotels as Insiders’ Select hotels from among the more than 290,000 bookable properties available on Expedia, Inc. websites worldwide. “We’re very pleased to be included

Gov’t sets up a talent database

Grace Yu According to the Talent Development Committee, the official body created to manage the “talent issues,” the data is collected based on voluntary registration. The committee encourages local residents with

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