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 2021-10-25 09:15 

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China's ying and yang battle as Beijing faces tough economic choices...

China's economic policies are seemingly filled with contracting goals, pairs of targets where Beijing sets out how it wants to do one thing and also another thing too.It wants its economic growth to decelerate, but the slowdown cannot be too fast; it ...

 2021-10-25 09:00 

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Alibaba, Tencent rebrand NFT offerings as 'digital collectibles' amid Beijing's scrutiny of new virtual asset market...

Chinese technology giants Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings have both renamed their non-fungible token (NFT) offerings as "digital collectibles", as Beijing casts a weary eye on this new virtual asset market as a potentially huge bubble.A...

 2021-10-25 08:18 

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National security law: Hong Kong man convicted of inciting secession with pro-independence slogans...

The first person prosecuted under Hong Kong's national security law for chanting pro-independence slogans in public has been convicted of inciting secession.Adam Ma Chun-man faces up to seven years in jail after a District Court judge, hand-picked by ...

 2021-10-25 08:07 

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China update: our reporter's round-up of the biggest news from the past 7 days...

Happy new week! I'm Guo Rui, a reporter covering China's politics and policies. I explore their human impact and am interested in the feminist and labour movements as well as independent documentary films.Every Monday we catch you up on the previo...

 2021-10-25 07:55 

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Japan spots Russian warships off coast after joint China-Russia patrols in Western Pacific...

Japan's Defence Ministry said on Monday that five Russian ships had passed through the Tsushima Strait in the country's southwest and entered the Sea of Japan, or East Sea, after previously forming a flotilla with five Chinese ships that sailed ar...

 2021-10-25 07:45 

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National security law: Amnesty International to close its 2 Hong Kong offices by year's end, citing impediments to its work...

Amnesty International will be closing its two offices in Hong Kong by the end of the year, blaming the "devastating"; decision on the Beijing-imposed national security law, which the group says has hampered its work.Amnesty, which has had a presenc...

 2021-10-25 07:02 

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Careful planning to reduce risks for China on road to carbon net zero...

China needs to reduce carbon emissions in a safe and secure way to avoid economic, financial and social risks during the green and low-carbon transformation, according to the country's leading economic planning official."[We should] deal with the ...

 2021-10-25 06:51 

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Hong Kong taxi driver dies after complaining of chest pain at the wheel and crashing into water barrier...

A Hong Kong taxi driver died on Monday after experiencing chest pain at the wheel and crashing into a water-filled barrier in San Po Kong.The 69-year-old driver was said to have cried out to his passenger, "I cannot drive you heart pain!" just bef...

 2021-10-25 06:40 

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam wants Northern Metropolis timeline slashed by 5 years but also urges patience...

Hong Kong hopes to make its ambitious plans for a vast metropolis near the mainland Chinese border a reality within 15 not 20 years, the city's leader has said, while simultaneously urging patience on the part of residents.In revealing the shortened t...

 2021-10-25 06:36 

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Thawing permafrost in Sweden's wilderness a ticking climate 'time bomb'...

Sheltered by snow-spattered mountains, the Stordalen mire is a flat, marshy plateau, pockmarked with muddy puddles. A whiff of rotten eggs wafts through the fresh air.Here in the Arctic in Sweden's far north, about 10km (six miles) east of the tiny to...

 2021-10-25 06:16 

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Coronavirus: Singapore uses fake news law against anti-vaxxers; New Zealand spike brings second-worst day of cases...

Singapore's Health Ministry has issued a correction order to the website "Truth Warriors" over claims that Covid-19 vaccines are not effective.International evidence shows categorically that vaccines cut Covid-19 infection, as well as serious ...

 2021-10-25 05:39 

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New quarantine spots for domestic workers coming to Hong Kong snapped up within minutes yet again...

New quarantine spaces for arriving foreign domestic workers were snapped up within minutes yet again on Monday, even after additional slots were added to deal with the backlog of helpers waiting to enter Hong Kong.Employers and employment agencies scrambl...

 2021-10-25 05:34 

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China's 50 years at UN: Xi Jinping says international rules and order must not be dominated by one power...

Chinese President Xi Jinping said international rules and order should not be dictated by a single power or one bloc at a speech on Monday to mark five decades since China's seat was restored at the United Nations.Xi took a veiled swipe at American pr...

 2021-10-25 04:50 

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Signs of coup in Sudan as armed men detain government officials...

Military forces detained at least five senior Sudanese government figures on Monday, officials said, as the country's main pro-democracy group called on people to take to the streets to counter an apparent military coup.The Sudanese Professionals'...

 2021-10-25 04:45 

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Japan's royal wedding falls flat as Princess Mako to marry commoner amid controversy...

For the first time in 28 years, a central member of Japan's imperial family is getting married on Tuesday yet with the royal wedding just hours away, excitement is largely absent, no crowds are gathering in the capital to wish the young couple well an...

 2021-10-25 03:52 

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Ex-Saudi official: crown prince bragged he could kill late king with 'poison ring from Russia'...

A former senior Saudi security official who helped oversee joint US counterterrorism efforts claimed in an interview with 60 Minutes that the kingdom's crown prince once spoke of killing a sitting Saudi monarch before his own father was crowned king.S...

 2021-10-25 03:20 

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China's Covid-19 Delta outbreak prompts postponement of Beijing marathon...

Rising Covid-19 infections in China have prompted organisers to postpone the weekend's Beijing marathon, as the country seeks to return to zero cases ahead of the Winter Olympics.China reported 39 new domestic infections on Monday, in an outbreak spre...

 2021-10-25 03:15 

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Fake Viagra, Cialis tablets among Hong Kong's record HK$55 million seizure of controlled pharmaceuticals...

Anti-impotence drugs formed the bulk of a record HK$55 million (US$7 million) haul of controlled pharmaceutical products seized in a customs crackdown on a transnational syndicate, which allegedly mailed the tablets to customers around the world from its ...

 2021-10-25 03:00 

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Vietnam's addiction to coal shows tough climate choices developing Asia faces on emissions pledges...

Ahead of next week's COP26 climate summit, aimed at extracting fresh pledges from world leaders to bring down carbon emissions, an ongoing energy crunch is driving up demand for coal globally.Yet nowhere is this addiction to dirty fuel more visible th...

 2021-10-25 02:42 

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Japan's new PM suffers by-election setback week before national polls...

New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's ruling party was dealt a blow on Sunday when it lost one of two upper house special elections, which are serving as a barometer of support ahead of a national general election in a week. In a setback to Kish...

 2021-10-25 02:30 

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'Smouldering' Vancouver-bound cargo ship spews toxic gas off Canada coast...

The Canadian coastguard evacuated 16 people from a burning container ship that was expelling toxic gas off Canada's Pacific coast, but there was "no safety risk" to those on shore, authorities said.The Zim Kingston is anchored off the city of ...

 2021-10-25 02:00 

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University researchers get remote access to vast trove of Hong Kong health care data...

Local university researchers will soon be able to access a vast trove of government health care data from the comfort of their campuses following a move by authorities aimed at accelerating medical innovation in Hong Kong.A total of 5 billion pieces of cl...

 2021-10-25 02:00 

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China's army of migrant workers waits for Xi Jinping's 'common prosperity' to touch their lives...

This is the first part of a series of stories on China's new push on "common prosperity". Here, Jane Cai looks at the rise in inequality and the plight of people left behind.Threading his tricycle through the narrow alleys of downtown Beijing ...

 2021-10-25 01:37 

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Asia set for harsh winter as La Nina weather pattern forms over Pacific Ocean...

A weather phenomenon that typically delivers harsher winters is on the way and is expected to add to Asia's energy crisis.The La Nina pattern, which forms when equatorial trade winds strengthen to bring colder, deep water up from the bottom of the sea...

 2021-10-25 00:45 

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50 years and beyond: a new era of China-UN cooperation begins...

October 25, 1971, marked the beginning of a new chapter in China-UN cooperation. On that day, the UN General Assembly, at its 26th session, adopted Resolution 2758 to restore all the lawful rights of the People's Republic of China in the United Nation...

 2021-10-25 00:00 

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Severe Covid-19 risk lower earlier in pregnancy, Chinese study finds...

Chinese women who caught Covid-19 earlier in pregnancy were at lower risk for severe disease than those who became infected later, according to an analysis of cases in expectant mothers during China's initial outbreak last year.Researchers at the Nati...

 2021-10-25 00:00 

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Hong Kong exporters risk missing Christmas peak season as global supply chain crisis leaves goods stranded...

Many Hong Kong exporters are facing severe cash flow problems ahead of the peak Christmas season, with the global supply chain crisis leaving their deliveries stranded at ports in the United States and their goods at factories in mainland China.Hong Kong ...

 2021-10-25 00:00 

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Squid Game's Ali aka Anupam Tripathi has given South Korea's foreign actors their big break. Meet the entertainers hoping to follow his lead...

The South Korean Netflix hit Squid Game is breaking barriers on what seems like a daily basis.The dystopian drama, in which desperate and indebted people take part in deadly games to win a massive pot of money, has not only beaten the period drama Bridger...

 2021-10-24 21:43 

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Avalanche kills at least four climbers on Ecuador volcano, officials say...

An avalanche on a snow-capped Ecuadorean volcano killed at least four climbers and injured a fifth, officials reported on Sunday.The avalanche struck a group of about a dozen mountaineers while at an altitude of 6,100 metres (20,000 feet) on the dormant C...

 2021-10-24 20:01 

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Coronavirus: vaccines for US children under 11 likely to be available in November, says Anthony Fauci...

Vaccines for children between the ages of five and 11 are likely to be available in the first half of November, top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday, predicting a timetable that could see many children being fully vaccinated befor...

 2021-10-24 19:29 

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Film crew member who gave prop gun to Alec Baldwin 'had been subject of prior complaint'...

A crew member says she has raised safety concerns in the past about the assistant director who authorities say unwittingly handed actor Alec Baldwin the prop gun that killed a cinematographer on a film set.Crew member Maggie Goll said in a statement that ...

 2021-10-24 18:52 

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British musician Ed Sheeran has coronavirus, will do interviews and performances from home...

British pop star Ed Sheeran said on Sunday he has tested positive for Covid-19 and will do interviews and performances from his house while he self-isolates.Sheeran, 30, broke the news on social media days before his new studio album is scheduled for rele...

 2021-10-24 18:04 

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Anger as Israel announces plans to build more than 1,300 new West Bank settler homes...

Israel on Sunday announced plans to build more residences for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, drawing immediate condemnation from Palestinians, peace activists and neighbouring Jordan.The announcement from the housing and construction ministry ...

 2021-10-24 17:32 

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Archaeologists in Iraq find 2,700-year-old wine press from rule of Assyrian kings...

Archaeologists in Iraq revealed Sunday their discovery of a large-scale wine factory from the rule of the Assyrian kings 2,700 years ago, along with stunning monumental rock-carved royal reliefs.The stone bas-reliefs, showing kings praying to the gods, we...

 2021-10-24 16:57 

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Moscow condemns US move to call Russians 'homeless' for visa purposes...

Russia on Sunday condemned a decision by the United States to add Russians seeking US visas to a list of "homeless nationals" who can apply for visas in third countries.The move allowed Russians to apply for US visas in Warsaw instead of their hom...

 2021-10-24 16:31 

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Husband of Iranian-British woman detained in Iran begins hunger strike in London...

The husband of Iranian-British charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained more than five years in Iran, has gone on a hunger strike again after a court decided she has to spend another year in prison.Richard Ratcliffe started his fast...

 2021-10-24 14:30 

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As Wall Street stays bullish on China, the challenge is selling it to US middle and working class...

Despite an all-fronts rivalry between China and the US, Wall Street has continued to double down on the world's No 2 economy.In the latest development, Goldman Sachs said it had received approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission to take...

 2021-10-24 14:26 

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Laboratory blast kills 2 and injures 9 at China's top aerospace university...

Two people were killed and nine injured in a laboratory explosion at China's top national aerospace university on Sunday.The explosion happened shortly before 4pm at the Jiangjun Road campus of the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, k...

 2021-10-24 14:18 

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Iran says Arab nations 'sinned' by normalising ties with Israel...

Arab nations that normalised ties with Israel last year have "sinned" and should reverse such moves, Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco all agreed to normalise ties with Israe...

 2021-10-24 13:12 

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China passes law to strengthen border security amid ongoing tensions with India and terrorism fears...

China has passed a law to strengthen border security that permits the use of blockades and "police apparatus and weapons" against those who cross its borders illegally.China has been in a protracted border stand-off with India, with both sides bui...

 2021-10-24 12:15 

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Deadly blast at Ugandan grilled pork joint a 'terrorist act', president says...

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Sunday an explosion in the capital Kampala that killed one person and injured five was "a terrorist act", vowing to hunt down those responsible.Police said a "serious blast" occurred at around 9pm ...

 2021-10-24 11:58 

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Hong Kong likely to give out seasonal flu, Covid-19 shots at same time, government adviser says...

Hong Kong is likely to give out seasonal influenza and Covid-19 vaccines at the same time in line with World Health Organization (WHO) suggestions as the latest data suggests simultaneous vaccination will not affect their efficacy, a government pandemic a...

 2021-10-24 11:57 

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Hong Kong police seize 4 speedboats hidden along Tuen Mun coast amid sea smuggling crackdown...

Hong Kong police seized four powerful speedboats and 14 outboard engines suspected of being used for smuggling during a raid on a storage site hidden along the Tuen Mun coast.Officers said the modified vessels, worth more than HK$4 million (US$515,000) in...

 2021-10-24 11:42 

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Coronavirus: Tokyo's cases lowest in 16 months; South Korea on alert for Halloween...

Tokyo confirmed 19 daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, the fewest since mid-June last year, as the downtrend in infections continues across Japan.The figure released by the Japanese capital city's metropolitan government was below 20 for the first time...

 2021-10-24 11:33 

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US and Taiwanese officials meet to discuss 'meaningful' UN role for island...

US and Taiwanese officials discussed plans to allow the island to "participate meaningfully" at the United Nations on Friday in the latest move to upgrade Washington's relationship with the island.The US State Department said in a statement re...

 2021-10-24 10:43 

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Top Hong Kong government adviser defends proposed ban on lawyer choice for legal aid applicants...

A top government adviser has dismissed concerns that a controversial proposal to ban defendants seeking legal aid from choosing their own criminal lawyers could breach Hong Kong's mini-constitution.Executive Council member Ronny Tong Ka-wah said choos...

 2021-10-24 10:19 

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Pinched: Hong Kong authorities arrest truck driver over load of 17,000 hairy crabs...

Some 17,000 hairy crabs valued at about HK$1.53 million (US$196,800) and another 1.1 tonnes of frozen food believed to have been smuggled from mainland China were seized by Hong Kong authorities last Friday.The contraband was found by customs officers on ...

 2021-10-24 10:15 

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Bombs, beheadings and masses of fake news: 21 days on Facebook in India...

In February 2019, Facebook set up a test account in India to determine how its own algorithms affect what people see in one of its fastest growing and most important overseas markets. The results stunned the company's own staff.Within three weeks, the...

 2021-10-24 10:09 

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Communist Party number 3 hails superiority of 'Chinese democracy' and warns against Western influences such as multiparty elections and independent judiciary...

China should resolutely resist "erosive" political Western influences such as multiparty elections and an independent judiciary and "tell the story of China's democracy" well, the chairman of the country's top legislative body said...

 2021-10-24 10:00 

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DR Congo's rethink of logging deals ahead of COP26 climate change summit could hit Chinese firms...

The Democratic Republic of Congo has ordered an audit of all logging contracts and the suspension of all dubious concessions ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow next month.President Felix Tshisekedi told a meeting of the council o...

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