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 2021-09-20 12:00 

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China rolls out autonomous driving standards as carmakers work towards making self-driving a reality...

China has published its first national standards for grading autonomous driving, which will come into force in March, providing a benchmark for carmakers to develop the futuristic technology.China';s six-level standards, called "Taxonomy of Driving...

 2021-09-20 11:52 

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Hong Kong's national security legislation 'mild compared to the West', says new head of city's Law Society, as he reiterates confidence in legal system...

The new head of Hong Kong's Law Society has described the national security law Beijing imposed on the city as "mild when compared to Western countries", and said his confidence in the rule of law and independent judiciary remained intact.At a...

 2021-09-20 11:51 

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Bat viruses found in Laos 'closest known ancestors' to pandemic strain...

A team of Laotian and French researchers have discovered a significant clue as to how the virus responsible for Covid-19 evolved, with their findings showing bat viruses in Laos share a key similarity with the pandemic strain.The scientists from Institut ...

 2021-09-20 11:47 

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Hong Kong national security law: 2 jailed leaders of Tiananmen vigil organiser urge members to vote to disband amid ongoing probe...

Two current and former leaders of the alliance behind Hong Kong's annual Tiananmen Square vigil have urged the group's members to support its disbandment, just days after nine people were jailed over their roles in last year's banned event.Wri...

 2021-09-20 11:03 

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Ocean Park's Water World to open on Tuesday, as Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam predicts attraction's global appeal...

Asia's first all-season water park opens to the Hong Kong public on Tuesday, with the city's leader predicting it will make a splash as a favourite leisure destination of locals and international visitors in the years to come.Ocean Park's Wate...

 2021-09-20 10:32 

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'Not a defence alliance': Australia looks to assuage Asean's concerns over Aukus nuclear subs deal...

Australia on Monday sought to assuage regional anxieties over its plans to acquire nuclear-powered submarines through a joint arrangement with Britain and the United States, with Canberra's envoy to Asean saying the agreement was "not a defence al...

 2021-09-20 10:30 

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China debt concerns mounting as Beijing shifts attention to hidden local government financing...

Concerns are mounting over how local governments in China will pay back so-called hidden debts raised through self-issued bonds, especially as Beijing is increasing controls to prevent a meltdown in its largely state-dominated financial system.After years...

 2021-09-20 10:05 

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Singapore reminds children of stranger danger amid reports of clowns loitering outside schools...

Police in Singapore on Monday said they were investigating a series of incidents where individuals dressed as clowns were reported to have loitered outside primary schools and approached children, as part of an apparent publicity stunt.The police said mul...

 2021-09-20 09:35 

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University of Hong Kong student bailed on terrorism charge relating to controversial stabbing motion is at low risk of reoffending or absconding, judge rules...

A judge granted bail to a University of Hong Kong student leader, accused of promoting terrorism by passing a motion mourning a man who stabbed a police officer and killed himself, after finding his risk of absconding or reoffending was "not high"...

 2021-09-20 09:30 

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China Evergrande is not a Lehman Brothers moment, but its fate spells trouble for long-term growth...

Chaotic scenes of hundreds of angry creditors outside the offices of China Evergrande demanding their money back have made for surreal viewing.After all, the property developer looks quite solid on paper, with billions of dollars worth of assets that outw...

 2021-09-20 09:22 

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Gunman 'liquidated' after attack at Russian university kills 8...

A student opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday, killing at least eight people and wounding several, law enforcement said.The gunman was himself killed after the shootings at Perm State University, around 1,300km east of Moscow...

 2021-09-20 09:00 

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It's fitness first as China's National Games put spotlight on amateurs...

If a gold medal at the Olympics is the top honour for an athlete, the next most prestigious accolade in China may well be success at the National Games.Once, the multisport event hosted only China's elite professional athletes, but the games have beco...

 2021-09-20 08:27 

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US-China cold war could split world in two, UN chief Antonio Guterres says...

Warning of a potential new cold war, the head of the United Nations implored China and the United States to repair their "completely dysfunctional" relationship before problems between the two large and deeply influential countries spill over even...

 2021-09-20 08:18 

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Fiji to reopen borders for tourists to rescue its coronavirus-hit economy, while fighting an outbreak of the Delta variant...

Fiji plans to reopen for international tourists by November, aiming to rebuild its pandemic-devastated economy while battling a Delta-variant coronavirus outbreak."Our goal is to free our country and our economy from the rut of the pandemic," Prim...

 2021-09-20 08:17 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong to extend walk-ins at vaccination centres to all residents in bid to raise Covid-19 jab rates...

All Hongkongers will be able to get a Covid-19 vaccine at most community inoculation centres without booking in advance from Wednesday, a move designed to encourage more people to get the jabs.The measure was announced on Monday as the city recorded five ...

 2021-09-20 08:06 

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Canada 2021 election: what's happened, what's at stake...

Canadians are voting in an election that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called two years early, seeking to turn public approval for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic into a fresh, four-year mandate.Voting across Canada's six time zones was schedule...

 2021-09-20 08:00 

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Chinese version of TikTok limits kids under 14 to 40 minutes per day, adding to fight against internet addiction...

ByteDance's short video app Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, is limiting users under the age of 14 years old to just 40 minutes of use per day, tightening technology restrictions on China's youth as Beijing seeks to further crack down on ...

 2021-09-20 07:22 

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Hong Kong teen who crashed anti-Lantau Tomorrow Vision forum sentenced to community service...

A university student has been spared jail for disrupting a 2018 Hong Kong forum held to express opposition to a government plan to build huge settlements on artificial islands off Lantau Island.Chinese University undergraduate Hui Ka-kin was given a 160-h...

 2021-09-20 07:11 

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China launches Tianzhou 3 to supply Tiangong space station...

China launched a cargo spaceship on Monday to deliver supplies to its Tiangong space station and prepare for a second crewed mission planned for next month.The Tianzhou 3 lifted off aboard a Long March 7 Y4 rocket at 3.10pm from Hainan's Wenchang spac...

 2021-09-20 06:55 

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Hong Kong court finds a broker and three ex-directors guilty of fraud, in a win for ICAC's clean-up of Convoy's financial scandal...

Hong Kong's graft busters scored a victory in their attempt to prosecute one of the city's biggest financial fraud cases in recent decades, when a court declared three former executives of Convoy Global Holdings and a broker guilty of conspiracy t...

 2021-09-20 06:46 

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Hong Kong national security law: more opposition councillors face oath-taking ceremony on Friday...

More than 50 district councillors will have to pledge allegiance to Hong Kong on Friday.Sources told the Post that the oath-taking ceremonies would cover a total of 56 members from five Kowloon district councils Sham Shui Po, Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon City, ...

 2021-09-20 06:30 

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China's space breakthroughs put a rocket under Japan...

A new Japanese law permits private companies to claim ownership of resources from outer space, the latest development in an international space race fuelled as much by national pride as the growing need to harvest resources from beyond Earth's atmosph...

 2021-09-20 06:28 

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Hong Kong national security law: judge denies opposition activist bail after deciding he is still a threat...

A judge denied bail to an opposition activist charged with subversion after learning he had "persistently reiterated his stance against the Hong Kong government, the police and the national security law".Madam Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping, of the H...

 2021-09-20 06:15 

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Hong Kong now has a powerful Election Committee. Will it be a new 'superstructure' reshaping city's political landscape?...

Hong Kong's first Election Committee with newly amassed powers was formally created hours after landmark elections ended on Sunday. The conclusion of the city's first electoral race under a Beijing-decreed system overhaul set the city on an unprec...

 2021-09-20 06:10 

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US Covid-19 death toll on verge of surpassing that of 1918 Spanish flu...

The United States' reported death toll from Covid-19 will this week surpass the number of dead from the Spanish flu, according to the side-by-side numbers though a direct comparison between the raw numbers doesn't give the whole story, medical exp...

 2021-09-20 06:03 

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China's bad architecture: voting begins in annual 'top 10 ugliest buildings' competition...

Since 2010 Chinese architecture website archcy.com has been holding an annual vote for the "Top 10 Ugliest Buildings" in China. The website said that the goal is to: "spark discussion about the beauty and ugliness of architecture and promote a...

 2021-09-20 05:43 

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Cathay Pacific recovery hopes dealt fresh blow as flight predictions for last quarter slashed amid Covid-19 restrictions...

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific has sharply downgraded expectations for how many flights it will operate before the end of the year, blaming operational and travel restrictions for what constitutes a major setback to its post-pandemic recovery hopes.In a s...

 2021-09-20 04:51 

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Emmys 2021: Netflix dominates with 'Crown' sweep, Apple joins streaming elite with 'Ted Lasso'...

The Crown swept the drama awards at the Emmys on Sunday to finally coronate Netflix with a top prize on television's biggest night, as the streaming giant also claimed best limited series honours for The Queen's Gambit.Netflix has transformed the ...

 2021-09-20 04:39 

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Coronavirus: Singapore watching ICU capacity as cases stick above 1,000; researchers hunt for bat virus samples in Cambodia...

Singapore's leaders are closely watching the city state's intensive care capacity to make sure its hospital system will not be overwhelmed, as reported Covid-19 cases breached the 1,000 mark for a second consecutive day, cabinet ministers said.The...

 2021-09-20 04:22 

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World leaders return to UN with focus on Covid-19 and climate...

World leaders are returning to the United Nations in New York this week with a focus on boosting efforts to fight both climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, which last year forced them to send video statements for the annual gathering.As the coronavir...

 2021-09-20 04:00 

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Malaysian mums urge PM to take a stand as children's citizenship continue being in limbo...

Former Malaysian squash champion Choong Wai Li and her husband, Irish national Ronan Collins, were over the moon when their first child was born in Hong Kong seven years ago.They had decided their son would take his mother's nationality, and immediate...

 2021-09-20 03:54 

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Hong Kong's Election Committee finalised after marathon vote-counting process, with outlier candidates left in the cold...

Hong Kong's powerful new Election Committee was established on Monday morning after a delayed vote count that took nearly 14 hours, in the first poll since Beijing's drastic overhaul of the city's political system to ensure only those deemed &...

 2021-09-20 03:12 

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US launches mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from Texas, likely biggest in decades...

The US flew Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland on Sunday and tried blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico in a massive show of force that signalled the beginning of what could be one of America's swiftest, larg...

 2021-09-20 03:00 

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Philippines-US defence treaty needed more than ever as Taliban's rise sparks fears of global terrorism...

The September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, in which the financial and political capitals of the US were gutted by non-state actors, changed the contours of the international security landscape.The Philippines, Washington's oldest t...

 2021-09-20 02:43 

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Benjamin Netanyahu suggests Joe Biden fell asleep meeting new Israeli PM in Oval Office...

Israel's former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested in a Facebook video posted on Sunday that US President Joe Biden had fallen asleep when meeting the new Israeli leader Naftali Bennett last month.A Reuters fact check previously debunked the ...

 2021-09-20 02:39 

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Hong Kong national security police arrest at least 2 members of activist group Student Politicism...

Hong Kong national security police arrested at least two student members of an opposition political group on Monday morning.A police source confirmed officers had arrested members of Student Politicism in the early hours but stopped short of revealing the...

 2021-09-20 02:23 

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Body found in Wyoming forest matches description of missing woman Gabby Petito, FBI says...

US law enforcement said a body found in a US national forest in Wyoming, where a search was under way for Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito, matches the description of the missing woman, whose disappearance has gripped the country.American authorities laun...

 2021-09-20 02:17 

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China's Delta outbreak in Fujian continues but numbers start to fall...

China continued to report locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in its southeastern coastal province of Fujian, but the number of new cases dropped to its lowest in seven days on Sunday, with 28 recorded.This compared to 43 new cases a day earlier in the pro...

 2021-09-20 02:00 

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Hong Kong teachers will draw on protests, court cases to highlight need for lawfulness in course replacing liberal studies...

Hong Kong schools have begun teaching "citizenship and social development" in place of the controversial liberal studies subject, with some teachers saying they will draw on the 2019 anti-government protests during lessons.Education authorities sa...

 2021-09-20 00:45 

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Giant pandas take the lion's share of conservation attention but China has many endangered species in need such as tigers, dolphins and alligators...

China is one of the world's mega-diverse countries with varied environments ranging from desert to tropical forest, but after decades of economic development and population growth, hundreds of its animals and plants have been pushed to the edge of ext...

 2021-09-20 00:20 

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Hong Kong elections: just 1 opposition-leaning candidate wins seat on 1,500-strong Election Committee...

Only one of two opposition-leaning candidates running in Hong Kong's Election Committee polls won on Sunday by a narrow margin and with a little luck after earlier expressing optimism that alternative views would still be represented under a new gover...

 2021-09-20 00:00 

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Indonesia wants to ban backpackers from Bali, but will a focus on 'quality' tourists pay off?...

Despite the economic devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic, Indonesia is still focused on quality over quantity when it comes to its tourist destinations as evinced by a senior official's recent remark that backpackers would be banned from Bali...

 2021-09-19 23:16 

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North Korea says US submarine deal and Indo-Pacific alliance could trigger 'nuclear arms race'...

North Korea's foreign ministry on Monday said a new US alliance in the Indo-Pacific and recent US submarine contract with Australia could trigger a "nuclear arms race" in the region.Last week the United States announced a new three-way securit...

 2021-09-19 22:42 

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Dutch Holocaust memorial opens in Amsterdam after years of legal dispute...

A Dutch National Holocaust Memorial was officially opened in Amsterdam on Sunday, after years of legal dispute.King Willem-Alexander unveiled the monument that was created by the Dutch Auschwitz Committee and designed by architect Daniel Liebeskind.It is ...

 2021-09-19 22:00 

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Chinese lenders 'reluctant' to offer African countries further debt relief...

Chinese lenders may not be willing to throw good money after bad and have reportedly declined to approve a further freeze on debt repayment for some countries.China, the largest bilateral lender in Africa, has said its commercial lenders should not be for...

 2021-09-19 21:49 

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Pope Francis opens conference on child sex abuse 'crisis'...

Pope Francis on Sunday opened a Vatican conference on child sex abuse by the clergy in Central and Eastern Europe by urging participants to brainstorm "concrete pathways of reform".The multi-day event a joint initiative of the Pontifical Commissio...

 2021-09-19 21:08 

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Justin Trudeau and Erin O'Toole blitz key battlegrounds ahead of Canada election...

Canada's Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau and his main rival, rookie Conservative leader Erin O'Toole, made their final pitches to voters in key battlegrounds on Sunday on the eve of snap elections as the two remain virtually tied in public o...

 2021-09-19 20:33 

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Russia's ruling pro-Putin party on course to win election, exit poll indicates...

Russia's ruling United Russia party was on course to secure a comfortable victory in a three-day parliamentary election despite losing some ground to its opponents, early results and an exit poll showed on Sunday.With nearly 13 per cent of ballots cou...

 2021-09-19 19:51 

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Former Joint Chiefs chair: Nothing unusual about Mark Milley's contacts with China...

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by David Cohen on politico.com on September 19, 2021.Michael Mullen, former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Sunday said there was nothing abnormal about the ...

 2021-09-19 18:50 

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Swarm of bees kills dozens of endangered penguins in South Africa...

A swarm of bees has killed 63 endangered African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said on Sunday."After tests, we found bee stings around the penguins' eyes," said the...

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