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 2021-10-19 17:13 

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Coronavirus: UK keeping 'close eye' on Delta subvariant amid rising cases...

Britain on Tuesday said it was monitoring a subvariant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus, which has been seen in a growing number of cases.Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said the government was keeping a "close eye" on the AY.4....

 2021-10-19 17:08 

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Mainland Chinese police boat runs aground after entering Hong Kong waters during chase in anti-smuggling operation...

A mainland Chinese police vessel ran aground after entering Hong Kong waters in pursuit of a speedboat during an anti-smuggling operation on Monday, the local force revealed on Tuesday evening.The speedboat also beached near Tai O with a suspected crimina...

 2021-10-19 16:34 

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Property developer with rights to prized wetlands in Northern Metropolis area calls for fair hearing by Hong Kong town planners...

A Hong Kong developer behind a residential project planned at an ecologically sensitive wetland has insisted no one should influence the town planning authority in vetting its scheme, even though the site lies within a conservation area outlined in the go...

 2021-10-19 16:16 

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Covid-19 vaccines: facial paralysis patient in Hong Kong hits out after compensation claim rejected...

A Hong Kong man who suffered facial paralysis after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine has complained that his application for compensation from a government indemnity fund was rejected after hospital staff failed to report his case to health authorities.The 42...

 2021-10-19 16:00 

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Haiti gang seeking US$17 million ransom for kidnapped missionaries: report...

A gang in Haiti that kidnapped a group of American and Canadian missionaries is asking for US$17 million to release them, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing a Haitian official.Justice Minister Liszt Quitel said the FBI and Haitian police ...

 2021-10-19 15:25 

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Hong Kong's Legislative Council delivers best-ever performance, passes record number of bills after opposition exodus, senior lawmaker says...

Hong Kong's legislature has delivered its best-ever performance and passed a record number of bills since the opposition camp resigned en masse nearly a year ago, according to the chairman of its powerful House Committee.Starry Lee Wai-king on Tuesday...

 2021-10-19 15:00 

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China test fires 'world's largest, most hi-tech solid-fuel rocket engine'...

China says it fired up the world's largest, most technically advanced solid-fuel rocket engine for the first time at an unspecified ground testing facility on Tuesday.The rocket's 3.5-metre wide engine can generate 500 tonnes of thrust, according ...

 2021-10-19 14:57 

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Hong Kong to host 7 trade fairs simultaneously, with hybrid platform aimed at taking advantage of peak sourcing season...

Seven autumn trade fairs will be held simultaneously for the first time ever on a single hybrid platform offering both online and offline events later this month, as the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) seeks to tap into "peak sourcing seas...

 2021-10-19 14:52 

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: more than 110 gym-goers accuse officials of botching quarantine process after customer tested positive...

More than 110 gym-goers were ordered into quarantine in Hong Kong nearly two weeks after a customer of the same fitness studio tested positive for Covid-19 in Britain shortly after arriving earlier this month, sparking complaints about conflicting and del...

 2021-10-19 14:32 

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'Misguided compassion': Hong Kong couple plead for mercy over death of friend's baby girl...

A Hong Kong couple who abused a friend's baby daughter before her death have asked the court for mercy, asking for their childcare difficulties and a failure by authorities to intervene despite "red flags" in the girl's home life to be tak...

 2021-10-19 14:19 

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COP26: wait for decision on Xi Jinping's summit appearance, Chinese envoy says...

China attaches great importance to tackling climate change but an announcement has yet to be made on whether President Xi Jinping will attend the COP26 summit, China's special climate envoy, Xie Zhenhua, said on Tuesday.Asked if Xi would attend the CO...

 2021-10-19 14:15 

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China's property and construction sectors contract in third quarter as Evergrande crisis and tougher regulation hit home...

China's property and construction sectors contracted in the third quarter for the first time since the start of the pandemic, hurt by a slump in real estate as the Evergrande debt crisis and the effects of Beijing's tougher property market regulat...

 2021-10-19 14:05 

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Mother detained in China after pleas to probe death of vaccinated daughter...

A single mother has been detained in central China after she tried to petition authorities in Beijing about the death of her 12-year-old daughter after having a Covid-19 vaccine, her friends said.Jiang Yanhong was detained by police in Nanle county, Puyan...

 2021-10-19 13:58 

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Poland's PM accuses EU of 'blackmail' as dispute over laws continues...

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused the European Union of "blackmail" on Tuesday in a public clash with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen over his country's rejection of parts of EU law.The ferocious row, played out i...

 2021-10-19 13:31 

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Chinese police offer US$23,000 reward for North Korean prison escapee...

Prison authorities in China's northeastern city of Jilin have offered a 150,000 yuan (US$23,300) reward for the capture of a North Korean convict who broke out of jail on Monday night, according to a now-deleted notice by Jilin police.A reward of 100,...

 2021-10-19 13:30 

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China sends in 100 rocket launchers to fortify border with India...

China has deployed more than 100 advanced long-range rocket launchers to its high-altitude borders with India, according to a source close to the Chinese military, as the two sides remain deadlocked over their protracted boundary disputes.The source said ...

 2021-10-19 13:00 

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Tencent to set up privacy oversight committee, a requirement of China's personal information law starting next month...

Tencent Holdings announced a new privacy oversight committee tasked with assessing the company's user data protections, making it the first Big Tech firm in China to set up such a body that will be required by law next month as questions remain about ...

 2021-10-19 12:48 

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Bangladesh holds 'peace rally' to denounce violence against minority Hindus...

Thousands of activists marched in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Tuesday to denounce a wave of violence against minority Hindus over an allegedly blasphemous social media post in the predominantly Muslim South Asian country.The ruling Awami League party...

 2021-10-19 12:41 

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China, Russia send warships past Japan as they extend show of cooperation...

China and Russia have continued their military cooperation with an anti-submarine drill and a first joint passage through Tsugaru Strait in the Japanese archipelago, in what observers saw as a move to counter pressure from the US and its allies.The mariti...

 2021-10-19 12:30 

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China has to find the right ways to improve young people's lives...

The Communist Party says it wants to protect young Chinese from what it sees as "toxic" influences, and in recent months has taken aim at everything from after-school tutoring to video games.Teenagers are facing restrictions on their use of techno...

 2021-10-19 12:00 

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Alibaba launches own chip for its servers, cloud computing platform in 'new breakthrough' for e-commerce giant...

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding has unveiled its own general-purpose central processing unit (CPU), the Yitian 710, for its Panjiu servers that will drive the company's vast cloud computing operation, a development that intensifies the ...

 2021-10-19 11:29 

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Phone scammers cheat Hong Kong businesswoman out of US$1.28 million using national security scare tactics...

A Hong Kong businesswoman has lost more than HK$10 million (US$1.28 million) after phone scammers tricked her into believing she was involved in a national security investigation.The case came to light when the 58-year-old woman, who lives in an upscale f...

 2021-10-19 11:00 

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Australia's koalas to get chlamydia vaccine as STD spreads through the wild...

Hundreds of koalas in Australia will receive a chlamydia vaccine in the coming months in hopes of helping the native species that has been plagued by the sexually-transmitted disease.In humans, chlamydia is a curable STD both men and women can get. If lef...

 2021-10-19 10:40 

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Jack Ma is on a study tour of agriculture in Europe as Alibaba's founder travels abroad for the first time in more than a year...

Jack Ma, the co-founder and former chairman of Alibaba Group Holding, is currently in Europe for a series of business meetings, as the entrepreneur who spent one of every three days travelling in 2018 made his first overseas trip in more than a year.Ma, w...

 2021-10-19 09:24 

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Hong Kong's annual Wine & Dine Festival reinvents itself as 'do-it-yourself' experience...

Hong Kong's annual food and wine expo is leaving behind its former digs on the Central waterfront in favour of "do-it-yourself" tours, pop-ups and small-scale tastings, as it reinvents itself following the back-to-back disruptions of the 2019 ...

 2021-10-19 09:08 

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Frozen meat worth more than HK$2 billion seized in anti-smuggling operation in Hong Kong...

Hong Kong authorities have seized a record 5,600 tonnes of frozen meat worth more than HK$2 billion (US$257 million) which may have been destined for mainland China, according to a police source.The haul, which weighed three times a seizure officers made ...

 2021-10-19 09:00 

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China opens VPN services to foreign investment in Beijing...

The municipal government of Beijing has won the green light from China's cabinet to allow up to 50 per cent of foreign ownership in virtual private network (VPN) services, widely used by multinational corporations operating in the country to skirt the...

 2021-10-19 09:00 

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Britain sells part of Tokyo embassy compound near imperial palace for luxury flat development...

The British government is selling a sizeable portion of its embassy in Japan for redevelopment into luxury flats and hopes to use part of the sale proceeds to upgrade the rest of the Tokyo compound and its missions elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region.The...

 2021-10-19 08:39 

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Chinese investment in UK welcome despite tensions, overtures won't be 'pitchforked away', Johnson says...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is not about to "pitchfork away" offers of Chinese investment despite the concerns of some of his own lawmakers. Decisions to bar Chinese companies from Britain's fifth-generation communication netw...

 2021-10-19 07:57 

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Ex-lover of disgraced actress Zheng Shuang fined US$5 million for his role in tax evasion case...

The former partner of Zheng Shuang, who has run afoul of Chinese regulators, was fined more than 32 million yuan (US$5 million) on Monday for helping the disgraced actress evade taxes.The Shanghai tax authority said it was fining Zhang Heng because he was...

 2021-10-19 07:41 

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Chinese, Russian navies jointly traverse Japan strait regarded as high seas after military drill...

The passage of 10 Chinese and Russian warships through a narrow strait in the north of Japan on Monday did not violate Japan's territorial waters, but has exploited a loophole that's set alarm bells ringing in Tokyo, analysts say.The 10-strong fle...

 2021-10-19 07:33 

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Chinese market regulator fines Douyin, Kuaishou for publishing controversial micro loan ad...

China's two largest short video-sharing app operators, Douyin and Kuaishou Technology, have each been slapped with a 200,000 yuan (US$31,088) fine by regulators for publishing a controversial micro loan advertisement that encouraged "excessive con...

 2021-10-19 07:04 

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China's nuclear threat only keeping up with US advances, Chinese experts say...

China is adjusting its nuclear weapons stockpile to maintain its deterrence level as the United States advances its missile defence systems in the region, Chinese observers said.They said the nuclear deterrence strategy needed by China had evolved from th...

 2021-10-19 06:56 

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China takes soft approach to lockdown as coronavirus cases rise...

China has reported its highest daily tally of locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since the end of September, with a northern border city in soft lockdown to contain infections.Out of the nine local cases recorded on Monday, two were found in the northern ...

 2021-10-19 06:13 

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Hong Kong protests: 5 students get up to 59 months' jail for rioting, flouting mask ban during turmoil at Chinese University...

Five current or former Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) students have been jailed for as long as 59 months for rioting and flouting a ban on wearing masks at public gatherings during a violent protest on the campus almost two years ago.Tuesday's...

 2021-10-19 05:48 

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Myanmar frees hundreds of political prisoners after pressure from Asean...

Myanmar's military government has freed hundreds of political prisoners from the notorious Insein prison, including Aung San Suu Kyi's party spokesman and a famous comedian Zarganar, local media reported.Minutes after military ruler Min Aung Hlain...

 2021-10-19 05:26 

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Colin Powell's age and cancer left him vulnerable to Covid-19...

Despite getting vaccinated against Covid-19, Colin Powell remained vulnerable to the virus because of his advanced age and history of cancer.Powell died at age 84 from Covid-19 complications, his family announced on Monday. A decorated former general and ...

 2021-10-19 05:19 

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FWD Group's IPO hits potential roadblock as US regulator asks questions about Beijing's hold over Hong Kong companies, sources say...

FWD Group's initial public offering has hit a potential regulatory roadblock as the Hong Kong-based insurer backed by tycoon Richard Li Tzar-kai seeks to raise as much as US$3 billion in the United States, according to people familiar with the matter....

 2021-10-19 05:10 

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Hong Kong broadcaster TVB takes cyberbullying allegations to police, citing online 'threats and intimidation'...

Hong Kong's biggest free-to-air television broadcaster, TVB, has filed a police report alleging cyberbullying at the hands of netizens it says launched an online smear campaign against the station, its advertisers and artists.In a statement issued on ...

 2021-10-19 04:34 

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New York City cop Yvonne Wu held after fatal shooting of ex-girlfriend's new love...

An obsessed off-duty NYPD officer who laid in wait for her former girlfriend before going on a deadly shooting spree was ordered held without bail on Monday pending an exam to determine if she understands the murder and assault charges against her.Yvonne ...

 2021-10-19 04:23 

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Hong Kong to add estimated 2,000 quarantine hotel rooms ahead of Christmas holidays, key industry figure says...

Hong Kong authorities plan to ramp up the number of designated quarantine hotel rooms in the city by 20 per cent ahead of what is expected to be a busy Christmas holiday season, a key industry player has said.Michael Li Hon-shing, executive director of th...

 2021-10-19 04:03 

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Man dies after oxygen cylinder sucked into MRI machine in South Korea...

A 60-year-old patient has died in South Korea after being hit in the head by a 60kg oxygen cylinder that was sucked into a magnetic resonance imaging machine, police in the southern city of Gimhae said on Tuesday.The man, who has not been named, was admit...

 2021-10-19 03:48 

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Bowtie raises US$22.6 million from Mitsui-led investors, tapping Japanese firm's financial muscles and strategic advice for growth...

Bowtie Life Insurance, Hong Kong's first virtual insurer, said it raised US$22.6 million in its second funding round from a group of investors led by Mitsui & Co., getting both the financial backing and strategic advice of one of Japan's largest c...

 2021-10-19 03:00 

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China promotes its most sanctioned official to Tibetan party chief...

A senior official sanctioned by the US, Britain, the European Union and Canada for his role in China's far western Xinjiang region has been appointed to the top job in Tibet.Wang Junzheng's promotion to party chief of the Tibet autonomous region w...

 2021-10-19 02:53 

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Chinese opera fan becomes online celebrity after standing in for male lead during encore performance...

A Chinese student studying in Italy has been hailed by mainland internet users for "saving the concert" of an American diva by taking on the role of a male singer during her encore performance.However, the student said he was just lending a hand t...

 2021-10-19 02:05 

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North Korea fires 'unidentified' ballistic missile into sea off east coast...

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, the latest in a series of tests by Pyongyang over recent weeks apparently aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over stalled nuclear diplomacy.Seoul's J...

 2021-10-19 01:30 

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Evergrande's debt crisis sates appetite for risk, forcing 206 plots to withdraw from China's land auctions since September...

Chinese local governments have withdrawn some 206 plots of land from auctions in major cities since last month as buyers tightened their finances after Evergrande's debt crisis roiled the property market.The plots represented almost one-third of about...

 2021-10-19 01:00 

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Top Hong Kong delegate downplays talk of government divide over Covid-19 tracking system...

A pro-Beijing heavyweight's criticism of Hong Kong's proposal for sharing a Covid-19 health code system with mainland China has sparked questions about whether a division exists between the pro-establishment bloc and the administration.But Tam Yiu...

 2021-10-19 01:00 

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Chinese artist dumps 1,000 'golden rice grains' across city to bring attention to food waste, performance backfires...

A Chinese artist's attempt to alert people to the severe problem of food waste in China instead angered the public when he threw 1,000 grains of "golden rice" into Shanghai's Huangpu River and other parts of the city.The "golden rice&#...

 2021-10-19 00:30 

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Hong Kong's property mania inflates prices of even the tiniest flats, putting affordability beyond reach for most first-time buyers...

A real estate bull market in Hong Kong, the world's most expensive major city for 10 consecutive years until 2019, has trickled over to inflate the prices of even the smallest habitable homes.The average cost of new micro-apartments, or flats smaller ...

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