Sporting Digest: Snooker

Ali Carter collected the first title of his career at the Benson & Hedges Championship in Malvern yesterday after defeating Simon Bedford 9-4 to collect a pounds 5,000 first prize and a wild card invitation to next year's B&H Masters. The Essex professional can now look forward to a meeting with Steve Davis and a guaranteed pay-day of pounds 10,000.

Racing: Peslier goes on tour

OLIVIER PESLIER has set off on a winter tour of some of the world's leading racing countries, having already sewn up the jockeys' championship in France for the third time. The French Flat racing season does not end until 5 December but Peslier has already ridden 148 winners and has a lead of 30.

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City Life: Macau: After 450 colonial years, the locals go all Portuguese

ON THE DOT of seven minutes past nine, the nine o'clock flag-raising ceremony began. Here in Macau things are relaxed; even events to mark the last Portuguese National Day on Chinese soil were not to be rushed.

George hints that further cuts may be needed

EDDIE GEORGE, Governor of the Bank of England, said the strength of the pound had allowed interest rates to be cut, echoing the signal in the Bank's Inflation Report that further rate cuts might be needed. But the cost of borrowing would have to rise at some point if sterling weakened as much as the Monetary Policy Committee expected, Mr George warned in a speech in Macau.

Militias bring new fear to Timor

TENSIONS ARE rising in the East Timorese capital, Dili, as thousands of pro-Indonesian militiamen pour in for a show of force today. At dusk yesterday the streets were empty as people hurried home to avoid militia patrols, some escorted by Indonesian soldiers.

Golf: Westwood breaks Macau record

LEE WESTWOOD shot a first round 66 to take joint leadership in the Macau Open yesterday and break the course record.

Bickering as the sun sets on Portugal's 450 years of rule in Macao

OUTSIDE the picturesque Leal Senado (loyal senate) building in Macao is a shop selling bottles of port. "You better buy now," advises the shopkeeper, "we may have no stock soon." Why not? "Don't you know?" she says. "The Portuguese are leaving." Why would that mean no more port? "I don't know," she reluctantly concedes. "This is Macao, we don't know where we are."

Taiwan and China restart unity talks

AFTER FIVE years of nervous stand-off, Chinese and Taiwanese negotiators will resume reunification talks tomorrow in Shanghai.

Triad boss takes starring role in court drama

IT IS like a gangster movie saga only it happens to be real and the movie about the saga is being paid for by the king of Macau's gangsters, "Broken Tooth" Koi.

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