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 2018-01-17 06:58 

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China must bring household debt under control, banking regulator says...

China's banking watchdog has publicly acknowledged that household debt levels are becoming a cause for concern.In an interview published in Monday's People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, Guo Shuqing, chairman o...

 2018-01-17 06:56 

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France's Macron visits Calais and walks a fine line with new migrant policy: humanity with a firm hand...

President Emmanuel Macron travelled Tuesday to Calais, the epicentre of France's migrant crisis, to lay out a new approach to immigration: help for those who want to stay, expulsion for those using France as a transit point and sanctions for security ...

 2018-01-17 06:53 

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Primary student's adventurous letter to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

A primary school student's long-shot attempt at getting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's attention has paid off.Posting to Facebook, Ardern revealed she received a letter from a young student who was part of a "How connected is New Zealand"...

 2018-01-17 06:34 

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#MeToo movement spreads to Pakistan as celebrities speak out over child rape after death of young girl...

Three Pakistani celebrities have revealed they were sexually abused as children, using the #MeToo hashtag, amid a national outcry over last week's rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl.As Twitter users responded with an outpouring of support, other...

 2018-01-17 06:31 

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Tracing South Korea's earliest recorded music...

By Cheryl MagnantWhen was the first recording of Korean music made? Suk Ji-hoon, who recently earned his master's degree in Korean Modern History from Yonsei University, has the answer.He traces the early history of recording music here to Western sch...

 2018-01-17 06:23 

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Shenzhen exchange to clamp down on claims of blockchain expertise by listed firms...

Shenzhen Stock Exchange, one of China's two major bourses, issued a warning notice on Tuesday evening saying it would punish any company that uses the buying of blockchain-related stocks, or falsely claims to be developing blockchain business models t...

 2018-01-17 06:17 

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Another Chinese city admits releasing 'fake' economic data...

A northern industrial city in China said its fiscal revenue last year was significantly less than it had earlier estimated partly due to "fake" additions, making a revision just days after reports of similar incidents fuelled scepticism over offic...

 2018-01-17 06:15 

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Self-determination views could lead to by-election ban, government advisor says amid debate over Agnes Chow's Legco bid...

Calls for self-determination, while not the same as pro-independence views, could still give a returning officer a reason to invalidate a candidate, a legal expert and government advisor said on Wednesday, amid a debate over whether pro-democracy activist...

 2018-01-17 06:11 

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Police search underway for man who sexually assaulted boy, 16, in Hong Kong public toilet...

A citywide police search is underway in Hong Kong for a sex attacker after a 16-year-old boy was indecently assaulted in a public toilet on Tuesday night.The 1.72m-tall attacker, believed to be a local man between the ages of 30 and 40, was still on the r...

 2018-01-17 05:58 

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Adolf Hitler's wartime car, the most 'historically significant ever,' is up for auction in the US...

By David ReidA "super Mercedes" parade car built for and used by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during World War II is set to be sold at auction on Wednesday.The dictator's Mercedes-Benz 770 Grosser Offener Tourenwagen, which the U.S. Army seized af...

 2018-01-17 05:48 

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For Southeast Asians, Zuma's South Africa is disturbingly familiar...

Back in the mid-1990s when I was a young corporate lawyer, I used to do a lot of work in South Africa.At the time, the "Rainbow Nation", under the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) chief and global icon Nelson Mandela was emerging ...

 2018-01-17 05:48 

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13 malnourished siblings rescued from California 'torture' house, face tough road to recovery...

Thirteen malnourished siblings, confined by their parents in a suburban California home where three of them were chained to the furniture, face a difficult road to recovery, police said Tuesday, as investigators struggled to piece together what fuelled th...

 2018-01-17 05:41 

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Two Hong Kong flats catch fire in separate incidents, with first blamed on cigarette butt...

Two homes in the New Territories caught fire on Wednesday, with a cigarette butt believing to have caused the early-morning blaze in Tin Shui Wai, resulting in an elderly man being sent to hospital and 300 residents fleeing a public housing block.At lunch...

 2018-01-17 05:06 

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Walkin' wardrobe: British Airways rejects passenger who tried to board flight wearing everything he packed...

There are many approaches to avoid paying a fee for excess luggage when travelling by air these days.You could pack light, cramming all your belongings in an approved carry-on bag.You could book with an airline that doesn't charge for baggage.Or, in t...

 2018-01-17 04:52 

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Chinese man accused of trafficking drugs hidden in an orange...

A man has been arrested for trying to send drugs across China hidden inside a batch of oranges, according to a news website report.The courier became suspicious after the sender kept ringing to check where the batch of seven oranges was during delivery, N...

 2018-01-17 04:47 

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Don't be too discouraged by a slowing Chinese economy a healthier, more sustainable one could in fact present more investment opportunities...

Last year would have gone down in Chinese history as an important year for politics and the economy.The successful completion of the 19th Party Congress for the Communist Party has further cemented President Xi Jinping's political authority and ushere...

 2018-01-17 04:40 

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Fitness First accused of owing Hong Kong staff some HK$2 million in back pay for public holidays...

Global gym chain Fitness First and at least 20 of its staff in the city are mired in a dispute over about HK$2 million in wages, with the issue stemming from different calculations of public holiday pay.The Post understands that staff believe they had bee...

 2018-01-17 04:40 

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Thai academic cleared of lse-majest after questioning legendary war story about fight on the back of an elephant...

A Thai military court on Wednesday dropped royal insult charges against an 84-year old historian who questioned whether a Thai king had actually defeated a Burmese adversary in combat on elephant-back more than 500 years ago.Under Thailand's strict ls...

 2018-01-17 04:30 

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New Zealander writes to Malaysian senator expressing her disgust over 'extremely short skirts' worn by AirAsia stewardesses...

By Aqilah AllaudeenIt looks like AirAsia has hit some turbulence and for none other than its so-called overly sensualised uniform again.Dr June Robertson, a New Zealander who describes herself as a "middle-aged professional woman", wrote a letter ...

 2018-01-17 04:27 

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US Navy captains are charged with negligent homicide over deadly collisions...

US Navy officers involved in deadly ship collisions that killed a combined 17 sailors last year will face a variety of criminal charges, including negligent homicide, the service announced Tuesday night.The individuals include commanders Bryce Benson and ...

 2018-01-17 04:19 

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Beijing doesn't need Taipei's permission to open Taiwan Strait air routes, official says...

China's mainland does not need Taiwan's permission to open new air routes, Beijing said on Wednesday after Taipei complained that a new route over the Taiwan Strait that separates the two was a security and safety risk.Beijing has taken an increas...

 2018-01-17 04:00 

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Meet the Chinese sports photographer still going strong at 79...

Hong Nanli stands just 153 centimetres (5ft) tall and at 79 years-old this indefatigable grandmother is almost certainly the oldest working sports photographer in China, if not beyond.It makes her a minor celebrity in a profession that is overwhelmingly m...

 2018-01-17 04:00 

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Take the 10-minute mental test Trump's doctor said he scored 100 per cent on...

By Hilary BrueckThe results of President Donald Trump's first presidential physical are in. And his doctor says they're conclusive: Trump is a "very sharp" and "articulate" guy.Presidential physician Ronny Jackson (appointed by the...

 2018-01-17 03:27 

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Donald Trump warns Xi Jinping US-China trade deficit not sustainable...

President Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the growing US trade deficit with China is not sustainable, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.Trump spoke with Xi on Monday to discuss trade, as well as the talks between Pyongyang...

 2018-01-17 03:20 

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US and allies want harder line on North Korea sanctions but will China and Russia agree to tougher measures?...

The United States and its allies on Tuesday vowed tougher measures to halt North Korean sanctions busting, including naval security operations to prevent maritime smuggling.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freela...

 2018-01-17 03:13 

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Chinese police seize 'record' haul of counterfeit banknotes...

Police have made the largest seizure of fake banknotes found in China after arresting a suspected counterfeiting gang, according to a newspaper report.Police in southern Guangdong province seized fake notes with a face value of 214 million yuan (US$33.2 m...

 2018-01-17 03:00 

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Myanmar military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya has drawn condemnation abroad but made the army more popular at home...

Activist Nyo Tun spent 10 years as a political prisoner locked away by Myanmar's military in the notorious Insein prison, where he endured beatings and other cruelty for his efforts to bring democracy."The military government was so brutal for man...

 2018-01-17 02:37 

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Hong Kong Occupy activist Joshua Wong jailed three months for contempt of court...

Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung was sentenced to jail for the second time on Wednesday in a separate case for obstructing the court-ordered clearance of a protest site during the 2014 Occupy movement.High Court Judge Mr Justice Andrew Chan...

 2018-01-17 02:26 

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Rogue ex-policeman Oscar Perez, who called for uprising against Venezuelan 'tyranny', is killed in shoot-out...

Rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez was killed in a police operation on Monday along with six other anti-government militants, the interior minister said on Tuesday, spurring opposition complaints of human rights violations.Perez, a photogenic f...

 2018-01-17 01:30 

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Disputed relocation of Hong Kong fabric hawkers sees breakthrough as minister offers to include stalls in new fashion hub...

A long-running dispute over the relocation of a fabric hawkers' market in Hong Kong saw a breakthrough on Tuesday when the commerce minister offered to incorporate it near a new fashion hub in the district.The idea was unveiled at a Sham Shui Po distr...

 2018-01-17 01:00 

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[ Hong Kong ]

Cathay Pacific Airways lags behind peers in fuel efficiency while Qantas is worst polluter, study finds...

Cathay Pacific Airways lagged behind peers in fuel efficiency on average while Australia's Qantas Airways, using older B747s and the A380s, was ranked the most polluting, a study by an American environmental think tank has concluded.The report analysi...

 2018-01-17 00:48 

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Hong Kong-bound flight saw North Korean missile, Tillerson says...

A North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile launch in November was witnessed by passengers on a San Francisco-to-Hong Kong commercial flight, highlighting the "recklessness4; of Kim Jong-un's regime, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sa...

 2018-01-17 00:46 

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Hong Kong teenager survives plunge from 19th floor...

A teenager cheated death on Tuesday when he plunged from the 19th floor of a building, where he had been jumping around on the edge of the roof.Neighbours said they heard several loud "bangs" as the 15-year-old boy fell from Man Wah Building on Ma...

 2018-01-17 00:06 

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Former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, is arrested in US 'with top-secret notes'...

A former Central Intelligence Agency officer who now lives in Hong Kong was arrested at a US airport on Monday night in connection with charges that he illegally retained highly classified information, the US Justice Department said Tuesday.Jerry Chun Shi...

 2018-01-17 00:03 

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Kindergarten and primary schoolteachers in Hong Kong to get training to deal with child abuse cases...

Kindergarten and primary schoolteachers in Hong Kong will be trained to deal with child abuse cases in light of a recent wave of reports that have sparked concern in the city.On Tuesday, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung announced that four sem...

 2018-01-17 00:03 

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It takes 556 days of computing and a hefty electricity bill to mine a single bitcoin. Is it worth it?...

At the Golden Arcade at Sham Shui Po, a new product is creating a stir among the community of geeks, gamers and offbeat collectors that call this jam-packed shopping centre in Kowloon their haven.A banner that reads "Mining Specialist" stands out ...

 2018-01-16 23:02 

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[ Hong Kong ]

Freedom score for Hong Kong hits seven-year low as Beijing's 'ever greater influence' cited...

Hong Kong's latest global score for freedom has fallen to a seven-year low of 59 out of 100, according to an annual report by a Washington-based human rights NGO, which blamed the figure on Beijing's "ever greater influence" on the city...

 2018-01-16 23:00 

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Three possible outcomes from East China Sea oil spill, according to Chinese scientists...

As the authorities battle to clean up toxic fuel leaking from the sunken wreckage of Iranian oil tanker Sanchi, scientists are looking at how the spill may affect the region and beyond.The vessel was carrying nearly one million barrels of ultralight, high...

 2018-01-16 21:32 

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White House doctor says Donald Trump is in 'excellent' health and tests show no sign of Alzheimer's...

US President Donald Trump had a normal score on a cognitive exam that would have shown if he had Alzheimer's disease and is in excellent health although he could benefit from a lower-fat diet and more exercise, the White House doctor said on Tuesday.&...

 2018-01-16 21:27 

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US citizens made more than 12,000 calls about people eating detergent pods last year...

Last year saw more than 12,000 calls to US poison control centres by people saying they had consumed laundry pods apparently influenced by a bizarre meme that encourages people to put them in their mouths like confectionery. And that number is down from t...

 2018-01-16 19:58 

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[ Asia ]

US is 'seriously' training for possible North Korean conflict, top brass confirm...

The US military is conducting "very serious" training for a possible conflict with North Korea, a top Republican lawmaker confirmed on Tuesday, though he said he hoped such preparations would never be put to use.Congressman Mac Thornberry, who cha...

 2018-01-16 19:36 

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Pope begs forgiveness for child sexual abuse as Chile protesters torch Catholic churches...

Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage" done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving headfirst into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church's credibi...

 2018-01-16 18:55 

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Donald Trump refuses to apologise after 's***hole' remark enrages several countries...

The White House said on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump is "not going to apologise for trying to fix our immigration system," as the fallout continues from his reported use of a vulgarity to describe Haiti and some African countries.Press S...

 2018-01-16 18:35 

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India spends US$553 million on guns for border troops six months after showdown with China...

India will buy more than 160,000 guns worth US$553 million for troops on its disputed, high-altitude borders, the defence ministry said Tuesday.The defence acquisition council cleared the purchase of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines for 35 billio...

 2018-01-16 18:22 

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Fail mark for Lord Ashdown's report on Hong Kong...

Hong Kong let Lord Ashdown in and he acted like a Justice of the Peace of olden days to listen to the little people. The report for his political group, Hong Kong Watch, is titled: "Hong Kong 20 Years On: Freedom, Human Rights and Autonomy Under Fire ...

 2018-01-16 17:47 

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3.2 million Americans lost health insurance in Donald Trump's first year...

The number of Americans without health coverage, which declined for years after passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, shot up in President Donald Trump's first year in office, according to data from a new national survey.At the end of 2017, 12.2...

 2018-01-16 17:26 

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[ Asia ]

South Korean bitcoin attacks 'were made by the North Korean hackers that attacked Sony'...

Cyber attacks on bitcoin and other crypto currency in South Korea were performed by the same North Korean hackers associated with the 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment data theft, US-based researchers claim. Lazarus Group, an organisation thought be tied t...

 2018-01-16 17:06 

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Steve Bannon is interviewed by US intelligence committee over Russian meddling in elections...

US President Donald Trump's former confidant, Steve Bannon, arrived early Tuesday for his interview before the House Intelligence Committee over Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.His interview follows his spectacular fall from power after being q...

 2018-01-16 16:46 

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Young star of Woody Allen's new film is giving his salary to sexual abuse charities...

Up-and-coming star Timothee Chalamet says he will donate the money he made from an up-and-coming Woody Allen film to charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse.Chalamet, 22, stars in Allen's upcoming comedy A Rainy Day in New York, alongside Selen...

 2018-01-16 16:17 

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Four US police officers shot in ambush attacks during manhunt for alleged domestic abuser...

Four South Carolina police officers were shot early Tuesday morning after a routine call about a domestic incident resulted in police being ambushed during an area-wide manhunt.It began shortly after 10pm Monday, after deputies responded to reports of a m...

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