AFGHANISTAN | 89 killed in suicide blast in eastern city of Urgun

A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing 89 people and wounding more than 40 in

NICARAGUA | Diplomats discuss obligations on aiding refugees

Officials from the U.S., Mexico and Central American nations began a two-day meeting in Nicaragua tomorrow at which they are expected to discuss the possibility of treating Central American migrants

SOMALIA | Hundreds arrested in security sweep

A Somali police official says more than 200 suspects have been arrested in a security sweep aimed at stemming a wave of militant attacks in Mogadishu, the capital. Col. Ahmed Ali

This Day in History: 1945 Allied leaders gather at Potsdam

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Harry S Truman and leader of the Soviet Union Josef Stalin, accompanied by senior ministers and military staff, are conducting a systematic review

Offbeat | Man claims kingdom so daughter can be princess

An American man says he has claimed a kingdom in Africa so his daughter can be a princess. Jeremiah Heaton tells the Bristol Herald Courier ( that he recently trekked to

BRAZIL’S UPSIDE-DOWN CUP | Bad on field, good off

For Brazil, it was the upside-down World Cup. Brazilians lost at what they were certain they would win — soccer — and won where so many expected failure — organization. For years,

Ticket-scalping suspect surrenders

A top figure in an alleged illegal World Cup ticket-scalping scheme surrendered to Brazilian officials yesterday, four days after police labeled him a fugitive, his lawyer said. Ray Whelan, a British

Germany prints victory stamps before final

Germany's Deutsche Post AG took a gamble on the outcome of the World Cup final — and it paid off. Before the match even began the former state monopoly had printed

Vox Parva: Neutrality of a football match

Football fever has been spreading across the world. This time, being held in Brazil – the football kingdom – the World Cup was seized by Germany last Sunday, defeating Argentina in

FITCH RATINGS | Revenue growth estimate lowered due to VIP softness

“YTD though June, Macau revenues are up 12.6%, which is still above our initial full-year forecast of 12% in place since December 2013. While some weakness can be attributed to

Tourism master plan opens to int’l bidders this year

According to Helena de Senna Fernandes, MGTO director, the master plan will be open for bidding in the second half of the year. The bidding document is currently being drafted. Ms

Third Global Tourism Economy Forum to take place in October

A press conference was held at the Tourism Activities Center yesterday to present the initiative. The third edition features the “Maritime Silk Road” (MSR) as its theme, exploring strategic intercontinental

ACADEMIC FREEDOM | Sautede accuses the Catholic Foundation and GAES

In a farewell letter sent to all staff, students and alumni, the former lecturer of Asian Politics at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) gave his version of the facts

World briefs

CHINA Part of a railway tunnel has collapsed in the southwest of the country, trapping an estimated 14 workers, Xinhua says. According to the official news agency, the collapse happened

AL PLENARY | Gov’t slammed for lack of long-term plan on public housing

Although the government has recently announced a plan to build 28,000 public housing units in reclamation Zone A, lawmakers have still raised criticism over the lack of a calendar, as

HOUSING | Sore rental leads to further shortage supply

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) believes that the housing market will continue to experience a shortage in supply due to the increase in rental prices. It was also suggested that the

GAMBLING | Singapore ad backfires thanks to Germany Cup run

In the TV version of the ad, which debuted last month when the World Cup kicked off, a sullen young boy named Andy tells his friends in the playground that

THE BUZZ: Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

Church of England has voted to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops. The Church’s national assembly, known as the General Synod, approved the historic measure at its meeting

Gov’t ponders increase on tobacco tax to tackle youth smoking

Lawmakers have vowed for a more efficient smoking prevention amongst young people, claiming that the supervision over the selling of tobacco to minors and actions to raise awareness on the

Gov’t account surplus reaches MOP60b with low execution rate

The Financial Bureau has released the central account of the Macau government. It shows a MOP60.4 billion surplus in the first half of this year, which sees an increase of

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