Hong Kong | 3 protest leaders to surrender to police 

Three of the founders of Hong Kong’s protest movement called yesterday for an end to street demonstrations to prevent further violence and to take the campaign for democratic reforms to

Taiwan | Ma quitting as party chief after polls

Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist Party said yesterday that President Ma Ying-jeou would step down as party chairman following stiff defeats in local elections over the weekend that cast a shadow over

South Korea | Thanksgiving deals shift shopping habits 

South Korea does not celebrate Thanksgiving, but the hot deals at U.S. online retailers during the holiday season are changing the shopping habits of South Koreans who are aggrieved at

S. Koreans to light new frontline DMZ Christmas tree 

South Korea said yesterday it had approved a Christian group’s plan to set up and illuminate a large Christmas tree near the border with North Korea in spite of the almost certain fury it

North Korea | FBI investigates hacking of Sony Pictures computers

The FBI has joined the investigation of a possible North Korean cyber attack that crippled computers at Sony Pictures and led to the theft of some new movies. “The FBI is

South Korea | Over 50 missing after fishing vessel sinks in Bering Sea

South Korean officials expressed fear yesterday of a huge death toll after rescuers failed to find any of the more than 50 fishermen who went missing when their ship sank

Kenya | Somalia’s Islamist rebels slay 36 workers 

Islamic extremists from Somalia killed 36 quarry workers in northern Kenya early yesterday, targeting non-Muslims just like an attack 10 days ago on bus passengers. The killings happened in Mandera County

Lebanon|Wife of IS leader al-Baghdadi detained

Lebanese authorities detained a wife and suspected son of the leader of the Islamic State group several days ago, and she is being questioned, two senior Lebanese officials said yesterday. A

VATICAN CITY | Pope’s anti-slavery drive gets multi-faith support 

Religious leaders from a half-dozen faiths have signed on to a new Vatican initiative to end modern-day slavery by 2020, declaring that human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution are crimes against humanity. Pope

This Day In History: 1989 Malta summit ends Cold War

At a joint news conference held on board the Soviet cruise ship, Maxim Gorky, the two men announced they had set the stage for big reductions in troops and weapons

Offbeat | Who’s behind Christmas tree at Paris’ Notre Dame?

Amid high tension between Russia and the West over violence in Ukraine, Russia’s ambassador to France says the “tree is a message of peace.” When the rector of Notre Dame told

Tennis| Australian Open tweaks Extreme Heat policy

Australian Open organizers have tweaked the extreme heat policy for 2015 in the wake of complaints from players about dangerous conditions during a heat wave in Melbourne during the last

Football | Mario Balotelli faces FA investigation over post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is facing an investigation from the English Football Association after a post on social media site Instagram was criticized for being racist and anti-Semitic. Balotelli uploaded a

Vox Parva: Legacy of a great saint of the East

Like the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19, today also used to be a big feast in Macau. On December 3, 1552, a missionary who died at the age

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – edition no. 2204

* Bubble soccer arrives to town, mixing sports and laughs * Lack of political talent * Taxi Passengers Association submits petition * Tan Dun’s music of ‘Hope and Love’   DOWNLOAD

The Buzz | Ronaldo, Messi, Neuer up for Ballon d’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo will be challenging Lionel Messi and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to retain the Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo won the 2013 honor to end Messi’s three-year run as the world’s best player

World briefs

S KOREA The U.S. Osan Air Base in South Korea lifts a lockdown that had been ordered as a precaution after someone reported an unscheduled “active shooter drill” at the

Travel | Art festival lights up Amsterdam in dark winter

As a canal boat slides along Amsterdam’s elegant Herengracht canal, a man walking over a bridge pushes down and pulls up on a bicycle pump. As he does, a model

New Government | Fresh faces amongst top gov’t officials

The five new Secretaries chosen by Chief Executive Chui Sai On for his second term were finally announced yesterday in a press conference held at the government headquarters. As hinted on

New Government Macau casino revenue drop might affect economic structure, says Lionel Leong

In a press conference held yesterday, Lionel Leong professed that his office’s priorities hinge on three main strategies, namely ensuring economic stability, developing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well

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