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 2020-02-28 01:12 

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Coronavirus: South Korea reports 256 new cases, pushing total to 2,022...

South Korea reported 256 new coronavirus cases on Friday, taking its total the highest in the world outside China to 2,022, the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.The death toll from the virus stood at 13, unchanged from the day ...

 2020-02-28 00:52 

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Hong Kong protests: Apple Daily owner Jimmy Lai arrested as police swoop over August 31 march deemed an illegal assembly...

Hong Kong media mogul and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying was arrested on Friday morning for illegal assembly and intimidating a journalist.A police source said he was held as part of an operation targeting those involved in an anti-government mar...

 2020-02-27 23:46 

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US assails Beijing over sentencing of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai...

The United States on Thursday condemned China's sentencing of Gui Minhai, the Hong Kong bookseller and publisher accused by Chinese authorities of providing intelligence to foreign entities.Gui, a 55-year-old a Swedish national, was one of a number of...

 2020-02-27 23:36 

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Biggest explosion seen in universe discovered by astronomers and it came from a supermassive black hole...

Astronomers have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the universe, originating from a supermassive black hole.Scientists reported on Thursday that the blast came from a black hole in a cluster of galaxies 390 million light-years away.The explosion wa...

 2020-02-27 23:30 

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China's coronavirus epidemic shows strengths, flaws of one country, one system...

Beijing has long said that the Chinese system of one-party rule and top-down decision-making has brought hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and is the most effective form of governance for the world's most populous country.When faced with t...

 2020-02-27 23:00 

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Why Malaysia's ECRL project should go on, new government or not...

As Malaysia is plunged into a political impasse after Mahathir Mohamad unexpectedly resigned as prime minister, there are questions on whether a change in government will lead to yet another review of mega-projects, including the China-backed East Coast R...

 2020-02-27 23:00 

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Expat demand pushes rents in Singapore to three-year high...

Residential rents in Singapore rose to a three-year high in 2019, with prices boosted by strong overseas demand that signals the city state's continuing appeal among expatriates.Rents climbed 1.4% last year, according to real estate agency OrangeTee &...

 2020-02-27 23:00 

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As Hong Kong protests raged, police solved lowest percentage of cases in 19 years...

Hong Kong police were able to solve only a third of reported crimes last year, the lowest rate since 2001, while the number of offences surged for the first time in 13 years, reflecting the toll taken on law enforcement by months of anti-government protes...

 2020-02-27 22:43 

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Chinese scientist Hongjin Tan gets two-year prison sentence for stealing trade secrets from US energy company...

A Chinese scientist has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing trade secrets said to be worth US$1 billion from the American petroleum company where he worked.The announcement on Thursday by the US Justice Department is the latest chapter in a...

 2020-02-27 22:41 

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Coronavirus threat shows 'unacceptability' of Beijing isolating Taiwan, US official says...

The global spread of coronavirus has prompted the US government to push back against Beijing's isolation of Taiwan, a state department official said on Thursday."This Covid-19 outbreak only further underlines the unacceptability of Taiwan being ex...

 2020-02-27 22:25 

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Dow plummets nearly 1,200 points amid coronavirus panic, in biggest one-day drop...

Wall Street's main indices plunged on Thursday for the sixth straight session, with the S&P 500 confirming its fastest correction in history as the rapid global spread of coronavirus intensified worries about economic growth.The S&P 500 finished 12 pe...

 2020-02-27 22:00 

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Face masks are scarce in coronavirus-hit Hong Kong. Let's spare them for the people most in need...

Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing became famous in Hong Kong last week for his leaked comments calling people here "idiots" for panic buying rice and toilet paper as fear of the coronavirus spread.Hopefully, we can see...

 2020-02-27 21:52 

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Congress approves US$1 billion to help rural telecoms companies ditch Huawei and ZTE...

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by John Hendel on politico.com on February 27, 2020.The Senate unanimously voted on Thursday to pay rural telecoms carriers US$1 billion to rip and replace any gear...

 2020-02-27 20:23 

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Facebook cancels F8 developers conference due to coronavirus...

Facebook on Thursday cancelled its annual F8 developers conference, the biggest annual event for the US tech giant, over fears about the possible spread of the coronavirus.The gathering in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose which had been set for early M...

 2020-02-27 19:17 

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Coronavirus: 6,000 people held on cruise ship as Mexico conducts tests...

Some 6,000 people are being held on a cruise ship at the Mexican port of Cozumel while medical experts conduct tests to rule out the presence of the new coronavirus, officials said on Thursday.The MSC Meraviglia has docked on Cozumel island off the coast ...

 2020-02-27 18:38 

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Coronavirus: Dog of Hong Kong Covid-19 patient tests 'weak positive' for virus...

The pet dog of a Hong Kong Covid-19 patient has tested "weak positive" for the new coronavirus, it was revealed by the government on Friday.The city's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the dog had not shown any symptoms a...

 2020-02-27 18:27 

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Huawei to build first European 5G factory in France to soothe Western nerves...

Huawei will build its first European manufacturing plant in France, its chairman said on Thursday, as the Chinese telecoms giant seeks to ease worldwide concerns stoked by US charges that Beijing could use its equipment for spying.Liang Hua said Huawei, t...

 2020-02-27 18:01 

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Pope Francis cancels visit with Rome priests over 'slight' illness amid Italy coronavirus outbreak...

Pope Francis is sick and skipped a planned Mass with Rome clergy across town on Thursday, officials said.The Vatican said the 83-year-old pontiff had a "slight indisposition" and would proceed with the rest of his planned work on Thursday. But Fra...

 2020-02-27 18:00 

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China says US is trying to block its candidate in race for UN's intellectual property agency...

Beijing has accused the United States of trying to block China's candidate from heading the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo) at the United Nations ahead of the election next week.Chen Xu, China's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told...

 2020-02-27 17:30 

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White House announces coronavirus 'coordinator' to lead response under Mike Pence...

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Quint Forgey on politico.com on February 27, 2020.US Vice-President Mike Pence on Thursday announced a global health official as the "White House Coronavirus...

 2020-02-27 16:30 

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Coronavirus: airlines reluctant to bring Hongkongers back from Japan over infection fears, government says...

A number of airlines have expressed reservations about flying the dozens of Hongkongers who have been in close contact with passengers infected with the coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, the government said on Thursday evening....

 2020-02-27 16:00 

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Money is not everything, says Hong Kong government as it adopts rare approach to selling prime site in heart of Central...

In a vote of confidence in Hong Kong's property market despite the economic downturn, the government is adopting a rare approach to sell a prime commercial site in the Central business district that will take into account not just developers' cash...

 2020-02-27 15:55 

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Coronavirus: how Disease X, the epidemic-in-waiting, erupted in China...

At the end of December 2019 the first reports began to emerge in the central Chinese city of Wuhan about a puzzling form of pneumonia. Puzzling because it didn't respond to typical forms of treatment.This was the start of a virus outbreak that would g...

 2020-02-27 15:00 

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Former CCTV host says China should apologise to world for coronavirus 'mess'...

A former host at state broadcaster CCTV has added fuel to the Wall Street Journal expulsion row by suggesting China should say sorry to the world "for the mess" caused by the coronavirus epidemic.Qiu Menghuang posted the suggestion to Weibo, China...

 2020-02-27 14:32 

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New cases in South Korea exceed those in China as coronavirus sweeps the globe...

The number of new coronavirus cases reported in South Korea on Thursday exceeded those in mainland China for the first time, as the virus sweeps the globe while China's situation shows signs of stabilising.South Korea reported 505 new cases as of 4pm,...

 2020-02-27 14:30 

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Could the coronavirus help to improve China's ties with South Korea, Japan?...

The rapid spread of the coronavirus outside China, especially in South Korea and Japan, has created a fresh challenge to Beijing's delicate relationship with its northeast Asian neighbours, but experts say the unprecedented public health crisis could ...

 2020-02-27 14:19 

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Hongkongers can test ride electric minibuses and cross-harbour ferries in 2023 as budget allocates HK$430 million for green-energy transport...

Hongkongers can expect to test ride electric minibuses and cross-harbour ferries in 2023 as HK$430 million (US$55 million) has been allocated to develop green-energy transport in the budget announced on Wednesday.The Environment Bureau has unveiled a plan...

 2020-02-27 14:13 

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WHO chief: what rest of world can learn from China's fight against coronavirus...

Bruce Aylward, the leader of World Health Organisation team that visited the country earlier this month, arrived in the country amid widespread scepticism about its efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.But by the end of the visit he was telling the worl...

 2020-02-27 14:10 

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Coronavirus: Singapore confirms three new cases, bringing total to 96...

Singapore on Thursday confirmed three more cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country's total to 96, as an additional four recovered patients were discharged from hospital.Of the three new cases a 64-year-old woman, 44-year-old man and 12-ye...

 2020-02-27 14:00 

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China quarantines 63 Aeroflot passengers after traveller from Iran becomes its first imported coronavirus case...

Shanghai has quarantined dozens of flight passengers linked to China's first imported coronavirus patient, who was diagnosed after arriving from Iran via Moscow, with the country on high alert to prevent transmissions from abroad.On Thursday, 63 peopl...

 2020-02-27 13:45 

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Russia's Vladimir Putin reveals he rejected offer to use body double...

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday revealed there was a secret plan to use a double to make public appearances for him, while insisting he vetoed it and that he is the real Putin.Putin's comments showed that a conspiracy theory widespread on...

 2020-02-27 13:15 

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Coronavirus: China, Japan, South Korea supply chains under threat from 'second wave' of disruptions...

China, Japan and South Korea are at risk of a second wave of disruptions to their supply chains due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus epidemic, which risks already slowing global trade, analysts warned.The three Asian countries contribute around 24...

 2020-02-27 13:09 

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Thai methamphetamine smugglers avoid death penalty in Indonesia's Bali...

Two Thai women convicted of smuggling methamphetamine into Bali have escaped a possible death sentence on the Indonesian holiday island after a court jailed them for 16 years.The district court in Bali's capital Denpasar said Kasarin Khamkhao and Sani...

 2020-02-27 13:04 

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New Hong Kong production group aims to give government 150,000 masks a week for battle against coronavirus epidemic...

A group aiming to produce 12 million face masks has said the Hong Kong government would get 150,000 a week starting on Thursday, as the city continues to battle against the coronavirus epidemic.The Hong Kong Institute of Family Education, which has coordi...

 2020-02-27 12:54 

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Climate campaigners win UK court challenge to block Heathrow expansion...

Britain's Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled in favour of green campaigners who oppose the building of a third runway at London's Heathrow airport, Europe's busiest.The court said the UK government which in 2018 approved the Heathrow extension ...

 2020-02-27 12:46 

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Coronavirus: France braces for 'epidemic' as Switzerland, UK record new cases...

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said a coronavirus epidemic was inevitable in France as his government and others worldwide bolstered measures to fight the spread of infection.Macron visited a Paris hospital where a 60-year-old Frenchman this...

 2020-02-27 12:29 

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Coronavirus: ex-prison inmate infected with coronavirus travels from Wuhan to Beijing...

Chinese authorities are investigating how a woman confirmed as having the coronavirus was able to travel to Beijing on Saturday after being released from prison in Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak and which has been under total lockdown for m...

 2020-02-27 12:28 

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Hong Kong's police force budget boost unlocks creation of new bureau specialising in financial crimes investigation...

Hong Kong's police force will soon have a dedicated bureau specialising in financial investigations, along with a doubling of the number of detectives qualified to handle them, as the city steps up an ongoing crackdown on money laundering and terroris...

 2020-02-27 12:00 

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Some American companies are seeking to cut their reliance on China as coronavirus outbreak disrupts production, crimps revenue...

American companies expect their 2020 revenue to take a beating in China, as the ongoing coronavirus outbreak disrupts production and crimps consumption, prompting some of them to seek alternative supply chains to reduce their reliance on the "world...

 2020-02-27 11:58 

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Hong Kong courts to resume normal operations earliest on March 23 following two months of closure amid coronavirus...

Hong Kong courts are expected to resume normal operations earliest on March 23 and embark on an ambitious task of clearing a backlog of cases within a week, after two months of unprecedented closure amid the coronavirus epidemic.The judiciary on Thursday ...

 2020-02-27 11:46 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong schools scrambling to find housing for cross-border pupils ahead of university entrance exams...

Head teachers in Hong Kong are scrambling to find accommodation for more than 130 cross-border pupils who live in mainland China, but need to spend two months in the city taking the local public university entrance exams.With a 14-day mandatory quarantine...

 2020-02-27 11:45 

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Coronavirus: Malaysia unveils US$4.8 billion stimulus package to cushion outbreak impact...

Malaysia, in the grip of a political leadership battle, announced a package of measures to counter the coronavirus outbreak, which is set to weaken economic growth this year.Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday the government will dedi...

 2020-02-27 11:40 

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Worse to come for Hong Kong's hotel, retail sectors, warns Sun Hung Kai Properties as profit takes a pounding from coronavirus, protests...

Sun Hung Kai Properties, the biggest Hong Kong developer by value, warned of a bleak outlook for the hospitality and retail sectors after its hotel business took a pounding in the second half of last year.The company's hotel operating profit plummeted...

 2020-02-27 11:30 

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China's cabinet makers lose US anti-dumping case as trade tensions remain despite phase one deal...

Chinese producers and exporters of wooden cabinets and vanities will have to pay additional duties on imports to the United States after losing an anti-dumping case lodged by their American competitors in a sign of ongoing trade tensions despite the signi...

 2020-02-27 11:02 

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S&P expects 'gradual weakening' of Hong Kong economy amid looming deficit, increased spending, though credit rating holds firm...

Credit rating agency S&P Credit Ratings warned on Thursday that Hong Kong's looming record deficit would weaken its fiscal health, while growing social spending driven by increasingly tough challenges facing the city would only worsen the situation.Th...

 2020-02-27 10:15 

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Coronavirus: China's courier sector braces for losses as outbreak snarls supply chains...

SF Express, one of China's biggest couriers, hit a home run in January keeping operations open over the Lunar New Year holiday when most businesses closed for one of the country's most important festivals while the spread of the novel coronavirus ...

 2020-02-27 09:30 

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Japanese sex pest jailed for stalking pop idol Ena Matsuoka using reflections in her eyes...

A Japanese man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for stalking and assaulting an up-and-coming pop idol after finding clues to where she lived by enlarging reflections of scenery and landmarks in her eyes in photographs she shared on social media.H...

 2020-02-27 08:52 

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US Marine kicked out of corps after posing for Playboy, and fears Vietnamese spies were operating in Hong Kong: headlines from 40 years ago...

A US Marine posing seminude for Playboy, an archbishop appealing for "cheerful news" on television, and Hong Kong being used as a transit point for Vietnamese spies made the headlines 40 years ago this week.February 24, 1980 US Marine Corps Sergea...

 2020-02-27 08:50 

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Coronavirus: elderly woman becomes Hong Kong's 92nd confirmed coronavirus case, 13th connected to North Point temple...

A woman who visited a Buddhist temple in Hong Kong became the city's 92nd confirmed coronavirus case on Thursday and the 13th linked to the worship hall.The 70-year-old female who visited Fook Wai Ching She, in North Point, has been admitted to Kwun T...

 2020-02-27 08:48 

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Passenger got on to high-speed rail tracks and escaped through emergency exit, evading immigration clearance into Hong Kong, city's legislature told...

A passenger on Hong Kong's high-speed rail from mainland China gained access to the tracks at the West Kowloon terminus, escaped through an emergency exit and evaded immigration clearance, it was revealed on Wednesday.It prompted a lawmaker to questio...

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