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THE BUZZ: Japan trade deficit at record USD75B in first half

Japan’s trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen (USD74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported. Japan’s bulging import bill was partly due to a jump in demand as

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Pacino, Dafoe set for Venice Film Festival

This year’s Venice Film Festival will tackle topics from the financial crisis to drone warfare, and feature performances from Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino, Jennifer Aniston and Ethan Hawke. Organizers yesterday announced a 20-strong competition lineup that includes Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani’s subprime-mortgage drama “99 Homes,”

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World Briefs

TAIWAN Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane and five on the ground, the airline said yesterday. SOUTH KOREA Seoul unveiled stimulus

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Who do I call?

I live above the 20th floor in a building in Taipa, opposite Near Hengqin. From my windows, I have quite a view overseeing HQ mountains with its vivid green at this time of the year – of course those parts of the mountain that have

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Anti-gas-station residents demand CCAC’s probe

A group of Taipa residents rallied outside the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) yesterday, urging the organization to look into a recent dispute over plans to build a gas station in Taipa. The government plans to build a new gas station near the Regency Hotel, in

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IACM to financially support Lusofonia Festival concerts

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) has promised that it will financially support all concerts taking place at the Lusofonia Festival. IACM had considered making changes to the festival’s scheme, suggesting that the Bureau would no longer fund all music groups coming to town

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Macau Peninsula LRT section to begin construction in 2016

The Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT) has released more information on the Macau Peninsula Northeastern section of the Light Rapid Transit (LRT). This new information includes some details concerning the planned improvement of the Areia Preta Park, and data regarding the noise generated by the LRT.

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FOOD SAFETY | Group petitions at McDonald’s over rotten meat scandal

A grassroots group petitioned at a McDonald’s canteen in Avenida de Horta e Costa, asking McDonald’s Macau to explain the Husi incident to the public. “As a big fast-food chain in Macau, McDonald’s is liable for guaranteeing consumers’ rights. (…) It should explain the incident

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