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 2021-07-30 09:04 

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Quirky China: A pool in hot water, Traditional Chinese Medicine to keep people awake and throwing a bathtub from height...

This week in China, a herbal drink targeting night owls is receiving hundreds of thousands of articles online, a man throws a bathtub from height out of laziness, and a pool gets in trouble for using China's recent flooding disaster in an advertisemen...

 2021-07-30 09:00 

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China repeats warning to citizens to leave Afghanistan days after welcoming Taliban for talks...

China's foreign ministry on Friday repeated a warning that its citizens should leave Afghanistan, citing the deteriorating situation.A notice published on the official WeChat account of the department of consular affair urged Chinese citizens to evacu...

 2021-07-30 08:51 

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Hong Kong economy grows 7.5 per cent in second quarter, the highest level for a decade...

Hong Kong's economic rebound continued in the second quarter of 2021, with gross domestic product growing 7.5 per cent year on year the highest level in a decade as business activities revived amid a relaxation of social-distancing rules.The advanced ...

 2021-07-30 08:27 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong developers dangle another free flat as vaccination incentive, with just one dose required this time...

Another brand new Hong Kong flat worth HK$12 million (US$1.5 million) will be put up for grabs if 5 million residents have been vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of September, but this time only one jab will be required for eligibility.Sino Gr...

 2021-07-30 08:00 

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 2021-07-30 08:00 

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Hong Kong's US$700 billion July market sell-off evokes memories of China's 2015 stocks rout...

Cathie Wood's US$25.5 billion flagship investment fund began 2021 as one of the most enthusiastic and biggest portfolio investors of Chinese technology companies listed in Hong Kong and the United States.As June turned into July, enthusiasm dissipated...

 2021-07-30 07:09 

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National security law: 9 years' jail for first Hong Kong resident convicted under legislation...

The first Hong Kong resident convicted under the national security law was sentenced on Friday to nine years in prison for driving his motorcycle into a group of police officers last year while flying a flag calling for the city's "liberation"...

 2021-07-30 06:31 

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Hong Kong police patrol malls during Olympics telecast after national anthem booing incident...

Hong Kong police quietly fanned out in shopping centres across the city on Friday morning as local swimmer Siobhan Haughey went for another medal at the Tokyo Olympics, a move intended to prevent any potential booing of the national anthem during the live...

 2021-07-30 06:19 

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: first-ever 'cruise to nowhere' to set sail on Friday night...

More than 1,000 Hongkongers will set off on Friday night aboard the city's first-ever "cruise to nowhere", with one top official hailing the high-seas jaunt as a step towards "bringing back normalcy".Commerce minister Edward Yau Tang-w...

 2021-07-30 05:05 

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Samoa's new PM Mataafa confirms cancellation of US$100 million China-funded port...

The new prime minister of Samoa has confirmed she will cancel a China-backed port project, but hasn't closed the door to the world's second-largest economy as she navigates a path for the Pacific nation against a backdrop of intensifying regional ...

 2021-07-30 04:58 

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Coronavirus: China's CanSino to pair its vaccine with Russia's Sputnik V in trial...

China's CanSino Biologics may start a clinical trial as early as next month using Russia's Sputnik V vaccine followed by a shot of its own Covid-19 vaccine, a senior executive said late on Thursday.Combined dosage may help address a global shortag...

 2021-07-30 04:45 

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Philippines' Visiting Forces Agreement with US in full force after Duterte 'retracts' termination letter...

The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that allows American soldiers to conduct military exercises on Philippine soil is once again in full force after President Rodrigo Duterte "retracted" a previous letter notifying Washington he was terminating it...

 2021-07-30 04:13 

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Coronavirus: US targets unvaccinated as world races to contain Delta variant...

Governments around the world were racing to head off a surge in coronavirus cases driven by the Delta variant, with US President Joe Biden offering new incentives to vaccine holdouts and Israel authorising booster shots.The World Health Organization warne...

 2021-07-30 04:13 

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EU foreign policy chief flags review of China strategy 'in months'...

The European Union is considering a review of its strategy towards China in the coming months, with growing cracks in the relationship since the suspension of their landmark trade deal over human rights and accusations of Chinese involvement in cyberattac...

 2021-07-30 04:05 

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Huawei's latest flagship phone comes with HarmonyOS but doesn't support 5G due to US sanctions...

Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei Technologies' latest flagship smartphone does not support 5G connections as the company continues to lose relevance in the mobile phone market under Washington's ban on access to US technologies.Th...

 2021-07-30 04:00 

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Will China's regulatory crackdown benefit Southeast Asian tech firms?...

With several of China's tech winners in the crosshairs of regulators, leading to a sharp sell-off of stocks in sectors from property to education earlier this week, market watchers say Southeast Asia is increasingly seen as a safe haven for investors ...

 2021-07-30 03:46 

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Warming Earth means 83 million face death from heat this century...

A population equivalent to that of Germany 83 million people could be killed by 2100 because of rising temperatures caused by greenhouse-gas emissions, according to a new study that might influence how markets price carbon pollution.The research from Colu...

 2021-07-30 03:45 

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Tokyo Olympics: gold medal rush pushes pandemic-weary Japan from gloom to cheer...

Japanese sentiment toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is seeing a shift as competitions and athletes take centre stage and the country inches closer to winning record gold medals.Previously plagued by concerns over the pandemic and a laundry list of scandals,...

 2021-07-30 03:37 

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Former Hong Kong law professor Benny Tai's election expense case moved to District Court, where 7-year sentence possible...

Former Hong Kong law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting will face his charges of illegal conduct during the 2016 Legislative Council polls at the District Court, where the maximum sentence is seven years.Prosecutors on Friday applied to transfer the case to the...

 2021-07-30 03:19 

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Nikola founder Trevor Milton freed on US$100 million bail after fraud arrest...

The founder and one-time executive chair of Nikola Corp was freed on US$100 million bail after pleading not guilty to charges alleging he lied about the electric and hydrogen-powered truck start-up, duping novice investors including some financially strug...

 2021-07-30 02:58 

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Joe Biden picks Jonathan Kaplan for Singapore ambassador post...

President Joe Biden has selected tech entrepreneur Jonathan Kaplan to be the next US ambassador to Singapore, planning to fill a position in the critical Pacific trade hub that hasn't had a formal American envoy since the end of the Obama administrati...

 2021-07-30 02:46 

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Hong Kong-born former CIA officer accused of spying for China 'can't remember things'...

A former CIA officer accused of spying for China is asking for a mental competency evaluation after telling his lawyer he believes he is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and is having trouble remembering things.Alexander Yuk Chin...

 2021-07-30 02:16 

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US Navy charges sailor with starting fire that destroyed USS Bonhomme Richard warship...

The US Navy charged a sailor with starting a fire last year that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard docked off San Diego, marking the maritime branch's worst warship blaze outside of combat in recent memory.The amphibious assault ship burned for more ...

 2021-07-30 01:45 

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China 'open minded' on G7 talks over issues at heart of US-China trade war, WTO ambassador says...

China's ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) said there is scope for Beijing to work with the United States, the European Union and other Western nations on an agreement aimed at curbing the practices at the heart of the still-simmering US...

 2021-07-30 01:02 

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Coronavirus: Phuket bans travel from other Thai regions to stem surge in cases; Sydney put under strict lockdown...

Thailand's Phuket will ban travel from the rest of the country from August 3-16 to try to stop a surge in coronavirus cases from spreading to the resort island, but overseas visitors will be largely unaffected, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.Ph...

 2021-07-30 01:00 

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Long-awaited Water World at Hong Kong's Ocean Park will not require visitors to be vaccinated when it opens in August...

A long-delayed water park at Hong Kong's Ocean Park will not require visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in a bid to encourage families to visit over the summer holiday, the Post has learned.A source familiar with the matter said the HK$4 billi...

 2021-07-30 00:59 

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Watch live: Beijing forum probes China's role in post-pandemic world...

Diplomats, business executives, and former trade and finance officials will discuss China's role in the post-pandemic world and the tensions with the West at a high-profile conference in Beijing on Friday, organised by Beijing think tank the Centre fo...

 2021-07-30 00:00 

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HK$5,000 vouchers: Hong Kong's Octopus Cards aims to make waves by tapping into luxury market...

E-payment operator Octopus Cards is banking on Hong Kong's HK$36 billion consumption voucher scheme to venture into the uncharted waters of high-end brands and services such as Lane Crawford, Grand Hyatt, Joyce Beauty and Michelin-starred restaurant C...

 2021-07-30 00:00 

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China's anger over 'ugly' Olympics coverage misses the picture...

During the Olympic Games, video footage and photographs play a major role in capturing sporting history and at this year's coronavirus-delayed event in Tokyo, with no live spectators, they are all the more significant.But a picture of a Chinese weight...

 2021-07-29 23:30 

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China's job scarcity sees fresh grads shun private sector for stable civil service jobs, as 'government is too big to fail'...

This is the fifth in a series of stories on China's job market, looking at its history, the role of migrant workers, inequality and the future for its graduates entering the workforce.A gruelling two-month stretch awaits Adam Xu later this year, and h...

 2021-07-29 23:27 

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US lawmakers call on Hilton to cut link to Xinjiang project at site of bulldozed mosque...

A bipartisan US congressional commission has called on Hilton Worldwide not to allow its name to be associated with a hotel project on the site of a mosque bulldozed by authorities in China's Xinjiang region, where Washington says minority Muslims hav...

 2021-07-29 23:05 

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US aims to shore up Philippine ties as doubts linger over troop pact future...

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin is working to shore up American relations with the Philippines that have stagnated in part over the precarious state of an agreement governing the presence of US troops in the country as he wraps up a two-day visit on Fri...

 2021-07-29 22:00 

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Tech hub of Shenzhen drafts first rules in China guaranteeing kindergarten access amid private tutoring crackdown...

China's southern tech hub of Shenzhen, picked by Beijing to become a model socialist city, is drafting the country's first detailed rules that would guarantee access to kindergarten, offering a peek at the future of preschool education amid a crac...

 2021-07-29 20:50 

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Republican lawmakers pressure securities regulator to investigate Chinese companies on US exchanges, citing Didi losses...

A group of Republican lawmakers added pressure on America's securities regulator to investigate Chinese companies listed on US exchanges, citing losses sustained by Didi Chuxing shareholders as a result of a probe of the company launched by Beijing, w...

 2021-07-29 20:30 

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BMW chases China car smugglers across Canada, their trail strewn with fake documents, bogus bank accounts...

On April 15, a young man walked into a BMW dealership in Markham, Ontario, and signed a lease on a new X7 SUV, taking delivery of the C$140,000 (US$112,000) vehicle the next month.Within days, the luxury car was heading west on a 4,000km (2,500 miles) jou...

 2021-07-29 20:17 

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Malta government responsible for murder of Panama Papers journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, inquiry finds...

Malta should take responsibility for the 2017 murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia as it created "an atmosphere of impunity" that risked her life, a public inquiry concluded.The October 2017 car-bomb killing of Caruana Galizia...

 2021-07-29 19:35 

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Russia's Nauka space lab pushes ISS out of position after engine glitch...

Russian astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) informed mission control in Moscow on Thursday about a problem with the new Russian Nauka module after it docked at the station a few hours earlier, RIA news agency reported.The astronauts fl...

 2021-07-29 18:51 

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Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over Black Widow streaming release, saying it cost her millions...

Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over its decision to release superhero movie Black Widow on streaming at the same time as in cinemas, alleging a breach of contract which cost the star millions of dollars.Johansson, one of Hollywood's biggest and to...

 2021-07-29 18:04 

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Israel to offer third coronavirus booster shot to older citizens...

Israel's prime minister on Thursday announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated.The announcement by Naftali Bennett makes Israel the first country to offer a third dose of the Pfizer/...

 2021-07-29 16:25 

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Hong Kong police launch probe into booing of China's national anthem at shopping mall as crowd watched fencer Edgar Cheung strike Olympic gold...

Hong Kong police are investigating the booing of China's national anthem at a mall showing a live broadcast of local fencer Edgar Cheung Ka-long receiving his gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.Hundreds of Hongkongers had gathered on different levels of...

 2021-07-29 16:10 

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Beijing's top public security official tells Hong Kong authorities to push ahead with legislation safeguarding national security...

Beijing's top official overseeing public security has tasked Hong Kong authorities with enacting more legislation and pushing forward with judicial reform to ensure the city does a better job in safeguarding national security and its own social stabil...

 2021-07-29 15:37 

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Nanjing airport coronavirus cluster spreads to '15' other Chinese cities...

China's Covid-19 control measures are under intense pressure after an airport cluster in Jiangsu province's Nanjing is believed to have led to infections in 15 cities across the country in just over a week.The spread is being fuelled by the highly...

 2021-07-29 15:15 

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Militant group ETIM, which has been targeted by China, remains active in Afghanistan, UN report says...

Militant groups Islamic State (Isis), al-Qaeda and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) which China has referred to as a direct threat to its interests remain present in Afghanistan, where security is fragile and predicted to deteriorate, according ...

 2021-07-29 15:00 

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China risks international extradition row over case of Uygur man detained in Morocco...

The detention of an Uygur man in Morocco on an Interpol red notice issued by Beijing threatens to spark another row over international extradition rules.Yidiresi Aishan, 33, who has been based in Turkey since 2012, was detained on arrival in Casablanca on...

 2021-07-29 15:00 

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You have a choice: China's top court empowers people to say 'no' to facial recognition use by private businesses...

China's top court has made a key judgment related to facial recognition technology, empowering individuals to reject unauthorised facial recognition data collection by commercial entities such as hotels, banks and nightclubs.The decision, which is inc...

 2021-07-29 14:00 

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Apple's Siri becomes target of nationalist netizens after glitch caused it to skip Chinese Olympic gold tally...

Apple's virtual assistant Siri felt the wrath of Chinese social media users this week after the artificial intelligence system was unable to read out China's tally of gold medal wins at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics due to an apparent technical glitch.U...

 2021-07-29 13:57 

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Tokyo Olympics: Asian-American gymnast Sunisa Lee wins gold medal in women's all-round event...

American teenager Sunisa Lee won the women's gymnastics all-around Olympic gold on Thursday, succeeding defending champion Simone Biles who withdrew over concerns for her mental health.Lee, 18, won ahead of Brazil's Rebeca Andrade, with Russian wo...

 2021-07-29 13:30 

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China a theme running through Philippine weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz's Olympic gold medal...

Olympic gold medallist Hidilyn Diaz once wore a T-shirt saying "West Philippine Sea" in both Chinese and English "because I wanted to say that what's ours is ours".Speaking a day after her triumphant return home from the Tokyo Olympics...

 2021-07-29 13:30 

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More than 10,000 China, Russia soldiers to attend joint drill in Ningxia...

More than 10,000 troops from China and Russia will stage a drill together in a further tightening of their defence partnership.Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Thursday that the exercise in China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region would...

 2021-07-29 13:00 

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Beijing assures Chinese firms it remains 'open' and 'supportive' of public listing overseas...

Beijing has assured Chinese companies that the government remains open to and supportive of public listing overseas, according to a commentary by the official Xinhua News Agency on Wednesday, as authorities move to ease fears of rattled investors amid a b...

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