48 Hours In: Macau

The former Portuguese colony is the Las Vegas of the East – but you can bet that's not all the territory offers. By James Palmer

Casino jackpot that has a family at odds

The 'King of Macau' is ceding control of his vast gambling empire – so who will replace him? Clifford Coonan on a dynastic battle

Italian truffles fetch $330,000

A casino mogul bid $330,000 (£211,000) for a pair of white truffles, including one weighing about 2lb (900g), matching the record price he paid at the same event three years ago for one of the giant fungi.

Dear Leader's other son decries succession

The political anointment of North Korea's heir apparent, Kim Jong-un appears to have received the thumbs down from an unusual source: his outspoken big brother.

5,000 held in World Cup gambling probe

More than 5,000 people have been arrested across Asia in a crackdown on illegal gambling on World Cup football matches, with police seizing nearly $10m (£6.5m), Interpol said.

Politicians among thousands at mobster's funeral

Senior Taiwanese politicians were among a crowd of 20,000 attending the funeral of one of the island's most prominent mafia bosses yesterday.

Victor Chandler: Pick up a few tips from the king of the bookies

The Business Interview: The punter's favourite sits down to a game of poker and talks about betting with James Moore

For a flavour of South-east Asia, eat local

Look for the long queues and order seasonal dishes. Andrew Spooner offers some tips for budget diners

China's bridge of size

It's 30 miles long, will cost £6.6bn to build, can handle earthquakes of magnitude 8.0, and withstand the impact of a 300,000-tonne vessel

Asia's Las Vegas celebrates 10 high-rolling years

Macau celebrated 10 years of Chinese rule yesterday, a frantic decade that has seen the once sleepy Portuguese colony transformed into an Asian gambling hub that makes more money from the tables than Las Vegas.

Cable & Wireless plans split after unveiling shock profits warning

Demerger is back on after markets recover

Counterfeiting: Notes on a scandal

As the US edges towards engagement with North Korea, it will be forced to address Pyongyang's booming trade in fake American currency. David Samuels investigates how 'supernotes' are funding crime - and a dictatorship

China's sin city: Inside the world's biggest gambling den

Gamblers in the casinos of Macau do not drink cocktails like they do in Las Vegas, they drink tea. For these are serious punters, concentrating on the serious business of playing baccarat and blackjack in the world's biggest gambling den.

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