China virus silences Macau’s bustling casinos, forces two-week closures | AFP

Macau announces it will temporarily close down all casinos as the gambling hub battles the new coronavirus, cutting off the lifeblood of the city’s economy. : Macau before casino closure announcementN°1OL7O2

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How a Brit got Asia to fall for Macau’s Portuguese egg tarts | AFP

With their flaky pastry casing, creamy custard filling and brulee topping, Macau’s Portuguese egg tarts are as much of a part of the Chinese enclave’s fabric as its casinos — but their origin is surprisingly British.

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Macau sees future in Portuguese past

Learning Portuguese fell out of fashion in Macau after it was handed back to China in 1999, becoming a semi-autonomous territory loyal to Beijing and growing into the world’s biggest gambling destination. But Portuguese is back in vogue as China forges business ties with lusophone nations such as Brazil, Angola and Mozambique and casts Macau as a key link because of its cultural ties and history.

VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – August, 26 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Brazilian authorities negotiate end to deadly prison riot, Russia plans to send another ‘aid convoy’ into Ukraine, India’s ‘untouchables’ forced to clean human waste, and Macau’s casino workers demand better pay.

Deadly Prison Riot Ended in Southern City
Officials agree to transfer prisoners after two inmates were decapitated and two were pushed off the roof of the building in Cascavel.

In the Name of Aid, Another Act of Russian Defiance
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced plans to send a second convoy of trucks carrying what his government claims is humanitarian aid.

‘Untouchables’ Forced to Clean Human Waste
Human Rights Watch report claims people who belong to the lowest caste face threats of violence if they don’t perform the job.

Macau’s Casino Workers Want More Money
Employees make about half as much as their counterparts in Las Vegas despite the industry’s massive growth.

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