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 2018-01-24 07:38 

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On borrowed time: Thailand's deputy prime minister must explain his collection of luxury watches to anti-graft watchdog...

The Thai junta's number two, who is mired in a graft scandal over his dazzling collection of luxury watches, could be cleared of wrongdoing if he proves the timepieces were borrowed from friends, an anti-graft agency said on Wednesday.Prawit Wongsuwon...

 2018-01-24 06:57 

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Chinese family find dead body was above bathroom ceiling for two years...

A family living in eastern China lived in a house for two years without realising there was a dead body above the bathroom ceiling, according to a newspaper report.A member of the family finally discovered the corpse while cleaning their home on Sunday in...

 2018-01-24 06:51 

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European Union backs Sweden's demand for immediate release of missing Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai...

The European Union's ambassador to China said on Wednesday he expects Chinese authorities to immediately release Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai, echoing demands from Stockholm.Sweden confirmed on Tuesday that Gui, who has pu...

 2018-01-24 06:39 

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'Dozens' of Chinese people held for ransom in Myanmar casino scam...

Dozens of families in China have received ransom demands to secure the release of relatives held against their will in Myanmar, according to a Chinese newspaper report.Some of the people held captive have been beaten and tortured, according to the Beijing...

 2018-01-24 06:26 

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Gunmen storm Save the Children charity in Afghanistan, launching prolonged and ongoing attack...

Gunmen have stormed an office of Save the Children in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials and witnesses said, in an ongoing attack that has wounded at least 11 people."At around 9.10am a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at the entrance of...

 2018-01-24 06:23 

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'It will make us look like a killing machine': massive tax increase threatens vaping in tobacco-loving Indonesia...

Chain-smoking Indonesia is moving to stub out its booming e-cigarette sector, sparking criticism that the government is siding with giant tobacco firms at the expense of public health.The Southeast Asian nation has one of the world's highest smoking r...

 2018-01-24 06:15 

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Five women have filed lawsuits against Monster Energy alleging sexual discrimination and abuse by executives...

By Kate TaylorMonster Energy is in hot water after allegations of sexist and abusive behaviour by executives.The Coca-Cola-backed beverage company has been hit with five lawsuits involving the mistreatment of women, HuffPost reports.In one case, makeup ar...

 2018-01-24 06:01 

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Japan considers upgrading its whaling mother ship, a sign that hunts will continue...

Japan is considering upgrading its ageing lead whaling ship, a fisheries official confirmed Wednesday, in a sign that the country's controversial Antarctic hunts will continue despite international protests.The Fisheries Agency has requested 100 milli...

 2018-01-24 05:25 

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Russia says it's not behind Syria chemical attacks as it calls for new 'impartial' investigation...

Russia has rejected fresh US accusations that it bears responsibility for recent chemical attacks by the Syrian government, calling instead for a new "truly impartial" international investigation.During a last-minute United Nations Security Counci...

 2018-01-24 05:16 

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Hong Kong-based domestic helpers seek funds to send daughter's body to Philippines after she dies of rare disease...

A Filipino couple living in Hong Kong are seeking funds to help send their two-year-old daughter's body back to the Philippines after the girl died this week from a rare disease.JB and Warlito Taleon lost Harriet Espanola on January 23 to Torch syndro...

 2018-01-24 05:15 

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Tremors force rescuers to suspend search for survivors of deadly Mount Kusatsu-Shirane eruption...

A volcanic tremor forced police and firefighters to suspend search operations on Wednesday at a ski resort near a volcano in eastern Japan that erupted the day before, officials said.The sudden eruption of Mount Kusatsu-Shirane in Gunma Prefecture on Tues...

 2018-01-24 05:15 

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'He can't quit': Four-year-old smoker highlights plight of China's left-behind children...

Authorities in rural southern China have issued a "serious warning" to an elderly couple after photos of their four-year-old "left-behind"; grandson smoking cigarettes were shared widely online, the Beijing Youth Daily reports.The footage h...

 2018-01-24 05:05 

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Chinese media told to tone down coverage of giant firms' debt, finance woes...

Chinese media outlets were told not to play up the financial and debt problems of big Chinese conglomerates such as HNA Group and Dalian Wanda Group, according to two sources briefed on the instructions issued by the authorities.The instructions issued a ...

 2018-01-24 04:47 

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Runner dies three days after collapsing during Hong Kong Marathon's 10km race...

A middle-aged runner who passed out during the 10km race in Sunday's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon died in hospital on Wednesday.The man, surnamed Lee, 50, was certified dead in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan shortly befo...

 2018-01-24 04:37 

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'If pyroclastic flows hit, there is no chance for life': villagers warned to keep distance from erupting Philippines volcano Mayon...

Lava flowing from the Philippines' most active volcano has spread up to 3km (1.86 miles) from the crater in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption.Mount Mayon has spewed lava up to 600 metres (2,000 feet) high at times since Tuesday and its as...

 2018-01-24 04:30 

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Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont kisses Spanish flag in viral video, but critics suspect it's just lip service...

A video of Catalonia's ousted leader Carles Puigdemont kissing a Spanish flag at the insistence of a man who confronted him over his independence push went viral in Spain on Tuesday.But some, including Spain's deputy prime minister, said they doub...

 2018-01-24 04:26 

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Oscar nomination delights maker of Chinatown bank documentary, who's proud of a film that 'people really love'...

Filmmaker Steve James was watching the Academy Award nominations on television when he found out his film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail was in the running for this year's Oscar best documentary."I sat there with my wife and it was a sweet moment. S...

 2018-01-24 04:21 

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Hong Kong Airlines recruits cadet pilots, giving them the chance to reach for the skies...

[Sponsored Article]For those seeking a career in the skies, there is now a great opportunity for them to pursue their dreams. Hong Kong Airlines started its second recruitment drive, which will last until February 15, to recruit a new batch of highly moti...

 2018-01-24 03:58 

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Hey Google, who's the biggest-spending lobbyist in Washington? It's you...

Google for the first time spent more than any other company in 2017 to influence Washington, highlighting both the sprawling reach of the country's thriving tech industry and the rising concern by regulators and lawmakers of its ascendance.All told, t...

 2018-01-24 03:38 

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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact to be signed in March without the United States...

Eleven countries aiming to forge an Asia-Pacific trade pact after the United States pulled out of an earlier version will sign an agreement in Chile in March, Japan's economy minister said late on Tuesday, in a big win for Tokyo.Trade officials had be...

 2018-01-24 03:33 

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Hong Kong Airlines flight cleared for take-off while Cathay Pacific plane was crossing runway...

Air traffic controllers ordered a Hong Kong Airlines flight to abort take-off 30 seconds after clearing it to do so upon realising that another plane was still crossing the same runway, a report on last month's near collision at Hong Kong Internationa...

 2018-01-24 02:45 

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Japan PM Shinzo Abe to attend Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony, eyes 'comfort women' talks with President Moon...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he will attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month despite the ongoing bilateral feud over "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels....

 2018-01-24 02:42 

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Rise of the machines: 12 Chinese robots taking over our everyday jobs...

As machine automation and artificial intelligence gain prominence in our lives, everyone from technological universities to surprisingly tech-savvy criminals seem to want in on the action.From potentially life-saving robots (think medical and dental), to ...

 2018-01-24 02:29 

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Brazil's Lula, eyeing return to presidency, vows to fight on regardless of corruption ruling...

Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told thousands of supporters Tuesday that he would continue his political fight regardless of the outcome of his appeal against a corruption conviction.Thousands of people rallied in support of the 72-year ...

 2018-01-24 02:17 

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Venezuela's President Maduro to seek re-election, as allies seek early polls...

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday he is ready to seek re-election after his allies pushed forward voting in a move widely seen as a bid to capitalise on disarray in the opposition and consolidate power amid a free-falling economy.Maduro'...

 2018-01-24 01:49 

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is questioned in Russia probe, but Republicans focus on FBI 'bias'...

US attorney general Jeff Sessions was named Tuesday as the first member of Donald Trump's cabinet to be questioned in the probe into allegations of Russian election meddling, as a report said the president himself could face an interview request withi...

 2018-01-24 01:17 

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Baptist University student cuts short Guangzhou internship due to phone threats...

A Chinese medicine student who took part in a recent protest against a Mandarin graduation requirement at Baptist University was forced to cut short his internship at a mainland hospital after staff received calls threatening his personal safety.Andrew Ch...

 2018-01-24 01:02 

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From start-ups to big guns: can more Hong Kong entrepreneurs make it big in mainland China?...

As the wealthy mainland investor was about to speak, aspiring Hong Kong entrepreneur Vincent Wong had the sinking feeling that his hopes of securing a cash injection for his start-up had been dashed.This scene took place in Beijing two years ago when Wong...

 2018-01-24 00:38 

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US Senate confirms Jerome Powell as next Fed chairman...

The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed former investment banker Jerome Powell as head of the Federal Reserve, putting US President Donald Trump's pick in a role of enormous influence over the world's largest economy.Powell, a current Fed governor, was...

 2018-01-24 00:03 

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Alaskans and British Columbians flee in darkness as huge undersea quake triggers tsunami alert...

A powerful undersea earthquake sent Alaskans and British Columbians fumbling for suitcases and racing to evacuation centres in the middle of the night after a cellphone alert warned a tsunami could hit coastal communities.The monster waves never materiali...

 2018-01-24 00:02 

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Hong Kong Baptist University to review Mandarin requirement in bid to ease tensions...

Baptist University officials promised on Tuesday to consider all possibilities in reviewing a Mandarin graduation requirement in a bid to calm tensions that had been boiling on the Hong Kong campus.Officials met students for the first time since about 30 ...

 2018-01-24 00:02 

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Before China can remove implicit guarantees from financial system it must take these steps, says IMF...

For Chinese authorities dealing with risks to the country's financial system, the challenge is not just embarking on the right reforms but also getting them in the right order.This is particularly clear when it comes to dealing with implicit guarantee...

 2018-01-23 23:41 

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Wonder Woman's snub, Denzel's triumph and ... The Boss Baby?! The big Oscar surprises in full...

It is a mathematical impossibility for a group of Oscar nominations to please everyone, but this year's have come pretty close with meaningful love for racial allegory Get Out, woman-led drama Lady Bird and art house period piece Phantom Thread.The no...

 2018-01-23 23:28 

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Why America's stealth jet forces should fear China's new unarmed eye in the sky...

China is developing a surveillance plane designed to be launched from the country's newest aircraft carrier and fitted with a radar system to spot enemy stealth jets, military observers say.State media confirmed for the first time on Monday that China...

 2018-01-23 23:01 

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22 killed in double-bomb attack outside Libyan Mosque...

At least 22 people were killed by a double car-bomb attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday, it has emerged.The number of victims could rise further, Fadia al-Barghathi, spokeswoman for al-Jala hospital, told AFP.An explosives-rigged vehicle blew...

 2018-01-23 23:01 

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Rift tearing apart Hong Kong's political opposition deepens as camp fails to agree on by-election backup candidate...

The rift tearing apart Hong Kong's political opposition deepened on Tuesday as the camp failed to agree on a backup candidate to run in the coming by-election in case their top choice is disqualified.Scholars and insiders warned that the ongoing infig...

 2018-01-23 22:10 

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Knife-wielding man shot by police at Belgian train station...

A prosecutor's spokeswoman in Belgium said police in the city of Ghent shot a man armed with a knife in the main entrance hall of a train station.Ghent prosecutor's spokeswoman An Schoonjans said the man was seriously injured and fighting for his ...

 2018-01-23 22:01 

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China is closing the tech gap, says US agency ... as federal shutdown forces it to partially close...

Among the federal agencies disrupted by the brief US government shutdown was the National Science Foundation (NSF), which spends billions of dollars a year supporting technology-related research.Somewhat ironically its partial closure, as a "non-essen...

 2018-01-23 21:58 

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Satanist says Missouri abortion laws violate her religious beliefs...

A woman who says Missouri abortion law violates her religious beliefs brought her case before the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday.The woman, identified in court documents as Mary Doe, is an adherent of the Satanic Temple. She names Governor Eric Greiten...

 2018-01-23 21:40 

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Donald Trump rejects bipartisan immigration proposal after government shutdown...

US President Donald Trump rejected an immigration bill proposed by Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake, and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, on Tuesday, in the wake of the government shutdown.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders...

 2018-01-23 21:05 

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Kim Jong-un is 'ever closer' to putting US at risk of nuclear attack and lacks good information, CIA director says...

The US believes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is not getting good information to handle the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear missile programme and the that country is moving "ever closer" to putting Americans at risk of attack, it has emerged...

 2018-01-23 20:31 

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Boy, 15, 'shoots 2 dead and injures 19 more after opening fire in Kentucky school'...

A 15-year-old male pupil killed two classmates after opening fire with a handgun inside a rural high school in Kentucky, USA, on Tuesday, in an incident that also saw 19 injured, including 14 with gunshot wounds.Police led a suspect away in handcuffs and ...

 2018-01-23 20:05 

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US may upset Beijing after it backs Indonesian claim on South China Sea near Natuna islands...

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis accepted Indonesia renaming an area previously considered part of the South China Sea during his visit to the country potentially upsetting China."Certainly Indonesia, as a fulcrum, a maritime fulcrum of the Indo-Pacifi...

 2018-01-23 19:30 

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Hawaii governor didn't correct false missile alert because he didn't know his Twitter password...

Minutes after the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent a missile alert at 8.07am on January 13 terrifying residents and visitors across the state some officials, such as Representative Tulsi Gabbard rushed to Twitter to reassure everyone it ...

 2018-01-23 19:12 

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The death of innocent Alfred Wong: a moving car, a stray bullet and brutal geometry amid Vancouver's gang war...

On one of Vancouver's busiest streets, the world of Alfred Wong a boy of 15 riding home in the back seat of his parent's car and that of a nameless man carrying a gun would intersect with heartless and utterly random precision.Alfred';s world w...

 2018-01-23 19:06 

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Elon Musk must increase Tesla's value from US$60b to US$650b or he won't get paid...

Elon Musk has 10 years to increase the value of electric car company Tesla by more than 100 per cent or he won't get paid, according to the all-or-nothing pay package revealed on Tuesday.The agreement, which emerged in a regulatory filing, requires th...

 2018-01-23 18:42 

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Belgian 'deacon of death' admits killing up to 20, 'including his own mother,' by injecting them with air...

A former nurse and Roman Catholic deacon admitted to killing up to 20 people on the first day of his trial on Monday, telling a Belgian court that he fatally injected them with air to end their "suffering".This is the first time Ivo Poppe, 61, who...

 2018-01-23 17:57 

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How the Oscars will avoid another envelope disaster this year...

An mix-up at the 2017 Academy Awards left the prize-givers looking like prize idiots when the wrong film was announced as winning Best Picture but this year the organisers are sure it won't happen again.That is because they've put into place a pla...

 2018-01-23 15:19 

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The 2018 Oscar nominees: the full list...

The 90th academy Awards nominations have been announced, showing 2017 to have been an extraordinarily strong year for both mainstream and independent cinema in the West. Here is the full list of nominees.Best Picture"Call Me by Your Name," "Da...

 2018-01-23 14:34 

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India's Supreme Court rejects last-ditch effort to ban Bollywood film...

India's top court Tuesday rejected a final bid by two states to ban a Bollywood film about a mythical Hindu queen which sparked violent protests by radical groups.Threats by Hindu fringe groups against Padmaavat, set to be released on Thursday, have f...

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