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Macau casino dealers take industrial action for first time

Casino dealers working in one of the most popular casinos in the gambling hub of Macau started industrial action on Saturday for the first time in the Chinese territory as discontent over salaries and working benefits spreads. More than 1,000 dealers working for SJM Holdings, the gaming company run by ...

Erupting Papua New Guinea volcano quietens

Aug 30, 2014

Erupting Papua New Guinea volcano quietens

A volcano that has erupted in Papua New Guinea was Saturday spewing fragments from its crater and rumbling loudly, but its activity appeared to be subsiding, a seismologist said. Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount ...

In India, rice replaces ice in charity bucket challenge

Aug 30, 2014

In India, rice replaces ice in charity bucket challenge

The famous “ice bucket” challenge is inspiring thousands of Indians to follow suit, but with a twist- they are replacing ice with rice in a bid to help the country’s vast population of poor, hungry people. The challenge, going viral on social media, involves ...

Chinese military shows off newest helicopters, tanks

Aug 30, 2014

Chinese military shows off newest helicopters, tanks

China showed off the growing sophistication of its defense industries Friday by featuring its newest attack helicopters and main battle tanks at a multinational live-firing military exercise in the country’s north. State media said the new hardware performed to expectations in the “Peace Mission-2014″ ...

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown

Aug 30, 2014

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown

A Myanmar beauty queen who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has run off with the $100,000 jeweled crown, a South Korea-based pageant said Friday. Myanmar, which only recently emerged from a half century of military rule and self-imposed ...

Macau panel set to 're-elect' leader

Aug 29, 2014

Macau panel set to 're-elect' leader

Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui is widely expected to be “re-elected” on Sunday after the pro-China government stifled an unofficial referendum on democracy, taking a much harder line on the gambling hub than leaders have in neighboring Hong Kong. The election in the tiny ...

Aug 29, 2014

China's top judge says foreigners to be allowed into Chinese courts

China’s top judge has said foreigners will be regularly allowed into courts to listen to cases, state media reported on Thursday, as the government embarks on legal reform at a time of public discontent over many perceived miscarriages of justice. The announcement by Zhou ...