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A volunteer displays a banner on a street to raise awareness of an unofficial referendum in Macau on Aug 24, 2014. (AFP/Dale de la Rey)

Hong Kong's political atmosphere casts cloud over Macau

Fewer than 9,000 people have voted in an unofficial referendum in Macau on its political future. Despite the low turnout, organisers say their aim was also to increase political awareness in the territory governed by China.


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Pro-democracy lawmakers display placards reading "Break a promise" and "Shameful" against Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress' Standing Committee, during a briefing session in Hong Kong on Sep 1, 2014. (AP/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong activists in fightback after China vote decision

Hong Kong activists launched their fightback on Monday (Sep 1) against Beijing's landmark decision to limit voting reforms, heckling a senior Chinese official in angry scenes after hopes for full democracy were crushed.



Screengrab of the MOH website featuring the total operation fees data for common procedures.

MOH publishes total operation fees for 65 common procedures

The Ministry of Health says publishing the data on its website will provide additional transparency on the cost of performing the surgery, which then helps empower patients to make informed decisions.



British Prime Minister David Cameron. (AFP/Luke Macgregor)

Britain to outline tougher anti-jihadist measures

British media reported that the measures could include a "temporary bar" on Britons suspected of fighting in Syria and Iraq from returning home.

Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege

Iraqi forces, aided by US air strikes, have broken through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies.



File photo of workers at a factory in Shenzhen, China. (AFP)

China manufacturing growth slows in August: surveys

Growth in Chinese manufacturing activity slowed in August, two closely watched surveys showed on Monday (Sep 1), losing momentum as a declining property sector and waning stimulus effects weigh on the world's second-largest economy.



Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain during their men's singles third round match on Day Seven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug 31, 2014. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP)

Tennis: Federer shines in New York rain, Ferrer crashes

Five-time champion Roger Federer sat out a two-hour break for torrential rain to race into the US Open fourth round on Sunday (Aug 31) on a stormy, humid New York day which saw David Ferrer crash to defeat.



Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" world premiere at Jacob Javits Center in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images/AFP)

Apparent Hollywood hack attack nabs stars' nude photos

Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna, bounced around social media Sunday (Aug 31), in an apparent massive hacking leak, US media reported.



File photo: An image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news allegedly shows Islamic State militants clashing with Iraqi soldiers at an undisclosed location close to the Iraqi-Syrian border. (AFP)

US cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter

The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm.



File photo: A MSF medical worker wearing protective clothing at an MSF Ebola treatment facility. (AFP/Carl de Souza)

Prototype Ebola drug clears early test hurdle

A prototype drug that has been urgently given to a handful of patients with Ebola has cleared an important test hurdle, showing that it cured lab monkeys with the disease, scientists said on Friday (Aug 29).



File photo of a couple walking towards a check-in counter at Terminal 1 of Singapore's Changi Airport. (Photo: Francine Lim)

Singapore travellers' worst nightmare? Flight cancellations

However, about 55 per cent polled say they would rather risk it than buy travel insurance for peace of mind, according to a Zuji survey.

Russian train-surfers, extreme sport or social problem?

A growing number of young Russians train surf everyday, risking their lives for an adrenaline rush by defying speed, the elements and the authorities. They call themselves "zatseperi", from the Russian word to cling, and take pride in their risky feats.