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 2020-06-05 09:00 

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George Floyd protests: Trump risks carnage if he unleashes anti-insurrection federal troops on Americans...

In 49BC, Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon river with his 13th Legion and marched into Rome a move so pivotal that today, "crossing the Rubicon" describes a decision marking the point of no return.We are in an epoch where facts are stranger than f...

 2020-06-05 08:45 

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Beijing's change of heart on street vendors sparks stock market frenzy as traders predict surging demand for vans, kitchenware, umbrellas...

China's street vendors are officially flavour of the month, and the share prices of related companies reflect their new-found status.A policy U-turn by the Chinese government to support the tiny retailers it now regards as the lifeblood of the economy...

 2020-06-05 08:31 

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Hong Kong protests: taxi driver accused of ramming crowd can face private prosecution, court rules...

A Hong Kong court has said a private prosecution in relation to last year's anti-government protest can continue, ordering a taxi driver who allegedly rammed his cab into a crowd of protesters to respond to allegations of dangerous driving in the dock...

 2020-06-05 08:28 

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Lancet study that said malaria drugs led to higher coronavirus death rates retracted as authors say they cannot verify data...

The Lancet has retracted a paper that claims two malaria drugs used to treat Covid-19 could lead more deaths after its authors admitted they could not verify the data on which it was based.The paper, published on May 22, led to trials of chloroquine and h...

 2020-06-05 08:25 

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Malaysia unveils US$8.2 billion package to save jobs amid coronavirus recession...

Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday unveiled a fresh 35 billion ringgit (US$8.2 billion) stimulus package to fend off job losses caused by the coronavirus recession, adding to measures rolled out earlier in the year worth over US$61 b...

 2020-06-05 08:00 

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Lunar newsletter: Hong Kong's Tiananmen vigil, century eggs and the price of beauty in South Korea...

In the past, the annual Tiananmen vigil has been dismissed by some Hong Kong residents as ritualistic, naive and idealistic for caring about democratic change in mainland China. But this month, activists put aside such ideological differences in the face ...

 2020-06-05 07:36 

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Narrow escape for three Hong Kong pedestrians after tree branch falls on them...

Three pedestrians in Hong Kong escaped serious injuries when a tree branch collapsed on them on Friday morning.The incident happened near East Kowloon General Out-patient Clinic on Ping Ting Road near the junction with Hammer Hill Road in Choi Hung at 10....

 2020-06-05 07:08 

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Coronavirus: kitchen fans could be behind latest Hong Kong cluster, says leading infectious disease expert...

Kitchen extraction fans could be behind the spread of Covid-19 in a Hong Kong public housing block where a cluster of infections was found spanning several floors, according to a leading infectious disease expert.Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, from the Univers...

 2020-06-05 06:53 

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Hong Kong driver arrested after elderly man killed in early morning collision...

A 26-year-old motorist was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after an elderly man was struck and killed in Sai Kung early on Friday morning.Emergency services were called to the scene of the incident on Wai Man Road outside Sai K...

 2020-06-05 06:19 

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National security law: Hong Kong tycoon Michael Kadoorie backs legislation but urges government to secure public approval...

Hong Kong billionaire Michael Kadoorie has expressed support for the new national security law Beijing plans for the city but called on the government to allay the public's fears and secure its backing for the proposals.The energy and hotel tycoon sai...

 2020-06-05 06:14 

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Hong Kong Tiananmen Square vigil organiser claims group is facing financial crisis despite raising HK$800,000 at June 4 event...

The group behind Hong Kong's annual Tiananmen Square vigil is facing a financial crisis, its leader claimed on Friday.Lee Cheuk-yan, the chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, said the organisation on...

 2020-06-05 05:41 

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1MDB trial: Najib Razak's first case ends, verdict due on July 28...

The first of Najib Razak's five corruption trials wrapped up on Friday, with lawyers of Malaysia's former prime minister making the final arguments that he had been duped by the fugitive billionaire Jho Low and other "rogue bankers".The tr...

 2020-06-05 05:36 

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Singapore's Violet Oon food culture appropriation dispute shows importance of a name...

New dishes launched by celebrated Peranakan restaurant Violet Oon are usually received with great fanfare, but the Singapore eatery's recent announcement of a new set meal meant for four to share was instead met with ire. The point of contention? Its ...

 2020-06-05 04:56 

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US warship sails through Taiwan Strait on Tiananmen Square anniversary...

A US navy vessel sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, the US and Taiwanese militaries have said.The Taiwan defence ministry said on Friday that the warship had transited the strait the previ...

 2020-06-05 04:26 

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New Philippine security law could be used to label human rights groups as terrorists, UN official warns...

New anti-terrorism legislation passed by the Philippine Congress that allows the detention of suspects for up to 24 days without warrants and relaxes human rights safeguards is "very worrying", a UN rights official said on Thursday.The House of Re...

 2020-06-05 04:15 

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India-China standoff talks will focus on troops returning to 'pre-dispute' positions: experts...

When India's top military officials meet their counterparts from China on Saturday to resolve the latest face-off between troops high in the Himalayas, they are likely to urge all troops to return to their pre-dispute positions, said Indian military e...

 2020-06-05 02:51 

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Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong insists China cannot replace US security presence in Asia-Pacific, urges cooperation...

The US security presence "remains vital to the Asia-Pacific region," and China would be unable to take over that role in Southeast Asia even with its increasing military might, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.In an article published ...

 2020-06-05 02:30 

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The coronavirus pandemic and Hongkongers' survival skills...

The coronavirus pandemic has turned many uniquely Hong Kong behaviours on their head, and whether it's for better or for worse is yet to be decided.In the pre-virus days, many of us probably had the unpleasant experience of having lift doors shut in o...

 2020-06-05 02:11 

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Singapore's Marina Bay Sands casino, owned by US billionaire Sheldon Adelson, faces money-laundering probe...

The Singapore casino of billionaire Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands is being probed by the US Department of Justice over whether anti-money-laundering regulations were breached in the way it handled the accounts of top gamblers.The Justice Departmen...

 2020-06-05 02:00 

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Air cargo drug seizures jump 165 per cent in first five months as Covid-19 restrictions prevent couriers from flying into Hong Kong...

Nearly HK$320 million worth of illegal drugs has been seized from air cargo mailed into and out of Hong Kong so far this year, as coronavirus travel restrictions have forced drug dealers to use airborne shipments rather than human couriers, law enforcemen...

 2020-06-05 01:24 

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Malaysia cautious over US role in disputed South China Sea...

In April, reports emerged of a "stand-off" in the South China Sea between the West Capella, an exploration ship hired by Malaysian national oil firm Petronas, and the Haiyang Dizhi 8, a Chinese government survey vessel.The incident on April 17 als...

 2020-06-05 01:10 

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Hong Kong's monetary authority steps in to rein in the local dollar, as hot money pours in ahead of city's blockbuster IPOs...

Hong Kong's monetary authority stepped into the financial market to rein back the local currency, which had been pushed over the top end of its trading band against the US dollar by the influx of so-called hot money ahead of several blockbuster initia...

 2020-06-05 01:00 

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Triple murder exposes tensions for Chinese businesses in Zambia...

Late last month in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, two men and a woman allegedly broke into a Chinese-owned clothing factory and killed three Chinese nationals before setting fire to the building.The alleged attackers were reportedly employees and are unde...

 2020-06-05 00:00 

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Xi Jinping vows to build strong public health system to ensure China's stability...

Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to build a strong public health system, saying it is crucial to China's development strategy and national security.Xi made the commitment in a high-profile speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tue...

 2020-06-04 23:30 

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'Our fights are not so different': Hong Kong's Tiananmen vigil embraced by new generation of activists...

In recent years, the organiser of the annual Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong endured questions about its relevance from young people who slammed it for being ritualistic, naive and idealistic for caring about democratic change in mainland China.But this mont...

 2020-06-04 23:13 

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18 Western lawmakers form group to take 'tougher stance' on China...

A group of Western lawmakers on Friday announced the formation of a coalition to "adopt a tougher stance on the Chinese Communist Party" through collective strategies.The group, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (Ipac), is aimed at confron...

 2020-06-04 23:00 

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Coronavirus: top glove supplier Malaysia says shortage to drag on, warns buyers to beware of scammers...

A global shortage of medical gloves due to a coronavirus-driven surge in demand will carry over into next year, Malaysia, the world's biggest gloves supplier, said on Thursday, warning buyers to be wary of scammers promising quick supplies.World consu...

 2020-06-04 23:00 

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Prehistoric ancestors of modern-day Chinese favoured rice over millet, study says...

The ancestors of modern-day Chinese ate rice instead of millet, and genetic sequencing of their remains suggests a close link to present-day populations from southern China and Southeast Asia (SC-SEA), according to a new study."Han Chinese, a dominant...

 2020-06-04 23:00 

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In South Korea, history and free speech collide in a battle to define democracy...

When North Korean defector Lee Ju-seong published a book questioning the official history of the Gwangju Uprising, a seminal moment in South Korea's struggle for democracy, its controversial claims provoked an outcry.In The Purple Lake, he alleged tha...

 2020-06-04 21:56 

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Mike Pompeo warns US investors against 'fraudulent Chinese companies'...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned American investors against 'fraudulent' accounting practices of China-based companies and said the Nasdaq's recent decision to tighten listing rules for such players should be a model for al...

 2020-06-04 21:50 

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Government reactions to George Floyd protests, Tiananmen Square not 'morally equivalent', says US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus...

Chinese comparisons of actions by US authorities during the recent American protests with Beijing's crackdown on Chinese students three decades ago are seriously misguided, the State Department's top spokesperson said Thursday."What we saw in ...

 2020-06-04 21:23 

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Chinese and Iranian hackers targeted US presidential campaigns of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, Google says...

State-backed hackers from China have targeted staff working on the US presidential campaign of Democrat Joe Biden, a senior Google security official said on Thursday. The same official said Iranian hackers had recently targeted email accounts belonging to...

 2020-06-04 20:17 

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US Food and Drug Administration struggles to remain independent amid race for coronavirus cure...

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Sarah Owermohle on politico.com on June 3, 2020Peter Marks was a natural fit for a new White House project tasked with developing a coronavirus vaccine. The canc...

 2020-06-04 19:09 

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Coronavirus outbreak: global vaccine alliance Gavi gets US$8.8 billion shot in arm...

Governments around the world on Thursday pledged US$8.8 billion for global vaccines alliance Gavi to help immunisation programmes disrupted by coronavirus, prompting calls for global cooperation to ensure a potential Covid-19 vaccine is available to all.T...

 2020-06-04 19:00 

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China won't back down on Hong Kong national security law or any other key issues, whatever the US says...

Like many other members of the Chinese diaspora, Hong Kong has long held a special place in my heart as a cultural, economic and geopolitical bridge between East and West. I was there when the Japanese invaded in 1941. Decades later, I was again present o...

 2020-06-04 18:17 

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Facebook slaps labels on Chinese and Russian state-controlled media amid anger over Trump's posts...

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Mark Scott on politico.com on June 4, 2020Facebook took steps on Thursday to reduce the role of state-backed media outlets from Russia and China on its global pl...

 2020-06-04 17:25 

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US protests latest: mourners gather for George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis...

Mourners converged in Minneapolis on Thursday for the first in a series of a memorials to George Floyd, an African-American man whose death while in police custody has sparked turbulent protests around the world against racial injustice.Memorials are set ...

 2020-06-04 16:09 

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Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong draws thousands despite coronavirus-related ban...

Thousands flooded Hong Kong's Victoria Park on Thursday night for the annual candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, defying a ban on the mass gathering imposed by the police for the first time on health prote...

 2020-06-04 15:51 

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Iran frees US Navy veteran Michael White after two years in custody...

A Navy veteran detained in Iran for nearly two years has been released and started making his way home, with the first leg on a Swiss government aircraft, US officials said on Thursday. "The nightmare is over," his mother said.The US special envoy...

 2020-06-04 15:08 

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George Floyd protests: Piers Morgan calls Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani 'mad' as they spar on TV over president's tweet...

Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was called "mad" and "unhinged" during an explosive interview on British television on Thursday, as he defended the US President's handling of the George Floyd protests.The former New ...

 2020-06-04 15:04 

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George Floyd death: US cities relax curfews as protesters welcome new charges against police...

Largely peaceful protests against systemic racism and police brutality continued across the United States on Wednesday evening as some cities relaxed or even cancelled curfews, though incidents involving violent clearing tactics by police were reported in...

 2020-06-04 15:02 

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China's 'concession' in airline row with US unlikely to ease the turbulence...

The spat between China and the United States over airline access during the coronavirus pandemic underscores an increasingly grim outlook for the bilateral relationship, with observers saying the turbulence is likely to continue.The Civil Aviation Adminis...

 2020-06-04 15:00 

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China-US financial war over Hong Kong unlikely given damage it would do to both sides, analysts say...

As relations between Beijing and Washington continue to deteriorate, there is growing concern that the United States will start a full-fledged financial war that would limit China's access to American financial markets and global financing.While there...

 2020-06-04 14:25 

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Hong Kong woman confesses to strangling own grandson with backpack strap, but tells court she was suicidal herself...

A Hong Kong woman on trial for the murder of her six-year-old grandson on Thursday confessed to strangling the boy in his sleep because she believed he was mentally ill.Kan Kwai-fong, 54, told the High Court she strangled Endless Cheng Ting-hin with the s...

 2020-06-04 12:57 

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Man held in South Korea laundered US$1 billion for Iran through UAE, court papers show...

An Alaska man accused of laundering US$1 billion held in South Korea for Iran funnelled nearly all the money through the United Arab Emirates, US federal court documents released on Thursday show.The court documents, filed as part of a US asset seizure ef...

 2020-06-04 12:30 

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India's Bollywood cuts kissing scenes, dance routines under new coronavirus rules...

As Bollywood resumes shooting in the next few weeks based on coronavirus guidelines issued by the Producers Guild of India, the Hindi film industry is bracing itself for a new world with little of the old razzamatazz.Filming will be lean and sparse to pre...

 2020-06-04 12:22 

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Retired footballer denounces Communist Party, calls for 'Chinese federation'...

Retired footballer Hao Haidong has openly challenged Communist Party rule in China, in a video posted online on Thursday.The well-known sports figure also issued what he called a "manifesto for the establishment of a Chinese federation" in the cli...

 2020-06-04 12:00 

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New York coronavirus came via Europe, not directly from China, scientists say...

The coronavirus spreading in New York is unlikely to have come directly from China, but from infected people travelling to the United States from Europe, according to a new study.Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York sai...

 2020-06-04 11:01 

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On Tiananmen crackdown anniversary, US Senator's call for military force against Floyd protesters stirs fury...

American lawmaker Tom Cotton has called for the deployment of military forces to quell unrest across the United States in an opinion piece published on June 4 Asia local time, the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, when at least hundreds of p...

 2020-06-04 11:00 

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China renews interest in trans-Pacific trade pact that followed TPP amid escalating US tensions...

China again expressed its willingness to join an 11-nation Pacific region trade pact on Thursday amid escalating tensions with the United States.Last week, Premier Li Keqiang said that China was willing to consider joining the Comprehensive Progressive Tr...

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