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 2021-09-19 11:00 

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Afghan women officials and diplomats seek asylum as the Taliban targets their jobs...

Last week, when the newly appointed Taliban foreign minister called the ministry staffers for a briefing, a female desk officer hoped she would be able to retain her job and return to work.The desk officer, who did not want to be named, had served in the ...

 2021-09-19 10:47 

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Philippines presidential race: former boxer Manny Pacquiao enters the ring for 2022...

Boxing star Manny Pacquiao on Sunday said he will run for president of the Philippines next year, after railing against corruption in government and what he calls President Rodrigo Duterte's cosy relationship with China.Pacquiao accepted the nominatio...

 2021-09-19 09:41 

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Independent Pierre Chan decides against seeking another term as Hong Kong lawmaker...

Hong Kong lawmaker Dr Pierre Chan, the sole remaining independent voice in the legislature, has revealed he will not seek another term.Chan, 45, a gastroenterology specialist at a public hospital, said on Sunday he would continue to treat patients after t...

 2021-09-19 09:36 

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China plans tax crackdown on richest entertainers, including online influencers...

China is set to conduct regular tax investigations into top entertainers including online influencers, promising serious punishment for offenders amid a deepening crackdown on the entertainment industry and lucrative culture of fandom.High-income celebrit...

 2021-09-19 09:00 

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China defends sweeping tech crackdown in meeting with Wall Street chiefs...

China's top regulators defended their market-roiling crackdown on various industries in a meeting with Wall Street executives, while reassuring them the stricter rules are not aimed at stifling technology companies or the private sector.China Securiti...

 2021-09-19 08:45 

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: sacked Cathay workers say reasons to avoid vaccines ignored, experts urge more staff awareness; city confirms 3 new imported cases...

Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific made waves this month for firing a cancer survivor, a breastfeeding mother and an employee with a heart problem, among those it sacked for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19.In the ensuing debate on labour rights a...

 2021-09-19 08:45 

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Hunger and debt: hit by Covid-19, farmers in the Philippines hope their children follow a different path...

Nueva Vizcaya, a landlocked province in the Philippines with a population of about 460,900, is home to some of the biggest vegetable producers in the country.An agricultural region eight hours' drive from the nation's capital and known as "the...

 2021-09-19 08:00 

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Hong Kong's largest opposition trade union confirms disbandment, expects to fold by early October...

Hong Kong's biggest opposition trade union has confirmed it is in the process to disband and expects to dissolve early next month over concerns for "members' personal safety".The Confederation of Trade Unions' announcement on Sunday ca...

 2021-09-19 07:40 

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Myanmar anti-coup group bombs military convoy near Yangon, leaving at least 2 dead...

Myanmar anti-junta dissidents have carried out a bomb attack on security forces near Yangon, with several killed in an ensuing firefight, the military and media said.The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since the military toppled Aung San Suu Ky...

 2021-09-19 07:17 

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Hong Kong police find HK$3 million worth of meth concealed in industrial equipment in Yuen Long...

Police have seized about HK$3 million (US$385,000) worth of suspected methamphetamine hidden inside a piece of industrial machinery, arresting a 65-year-old man in connection with the discovery.In the course of an investigation, officers from the narcotic...

 2021-09-19 06:00 

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Plastic trash piling up: Hong Kong green groups want quarantine hotels to stop using throwaway food containers, cutlery...

When Hongkonger Sean Barry checked out of his quarantine hotel last month, he took with him nearly 300 pieces of plastic collected from his 21-day stay."I did get some weird looks as I was leaving, but I said it was for recycling," he said, recall...

 2021-09-19 05:40 

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Malaysia's ex-PM Najib Razak may seek re-election to parliament despite conviction...

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has not ruled out seeking re-election to parliament within the next two years, he told Reuters in an interview, undeterred by a corruption conviction that would block him from running.Najib's corruption-tain...

 2021-09-19 04:51 

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China's Delta variant outbreak: Covid-19 cases rise again in Fujian province ahead of Mid-Autumn Festival...

Covid-19 cases climbed again in Fujian, China's southeastern province battling the country's latest outbreak of the pandemic, as local authorities stepped up travel restrictions and suspended mass activities ahead of the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festiv...

 2021-09-19 04:35 

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Mid-Autumn Festival: lantern lighting at iconic Hong Kong fishing village cancelled after thousands of visitors make life unbearable for locals...

The lighting of 2,500 handcrafted lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival at an iconic Hong Kong fishing village has been cancelled after thousands of visitors brought the place to standstill.On Sunday, organisers of the Tai O Water Village Lantern Festival ...

 2021-09-19 04:00 

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Chinese military steps up night drills and brings in more advanced equipment close to Indian border...

The Chinese military's Western Theatre Command has introduced more night drills for units stationed near the Himalayan border as it seeks to familiarise its troops with new-generation weapons and equipment.Since the start of the autumn, several forces...

 2021-09-19 04:00 

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Malaysia's political ceasefire shows early signs of promise. How long will it last?...

The unprecedented cooperation pact between Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's government and the main opposition bloc is barely a week old, but analysts say there is good reason to be upbeat as the agreement shows early signs of promise.No...

 2021-09-19 02:55 

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France accuses Australia and US of 'lying, breach of trust' in escalating crisis...

France on Saturday accused Australia and the United States of lying over a ruptured Australian contract to buy French submarines, saying a crisis was under way between the allies.French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday recalled the ambassadors to Canbe...

 2021-09-19 02:19 

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Satellite images show North Korea expanding uranium enrichment plant...

Recent satellite images show North Korea is expanding a uranium enrichment plant at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, a sign that it is intent on boosting the production of bomb materials, experts say.The assessment comes after the North recently raised ...

 2021-09-19 02:00 

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Take a walk: Hong Kong videos attract followers by celebrating joys of strolling through city nooks...

The video opens with a wide shot of a truck moving across a flyover squashed between a red block of flats and an old industrial building.The frame widens to show the buzzing street life of an old district in Hong Kong, with restaurants offering congee and...

 2021-09-19 02:00 

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China's Metaverse gold rush is on but practitioners differ over how these virtual, digital worlds should operate...

In April with virtually no prior programming experience, Richard O'Connell, based in China's tech hub Shenzhen, was amazed to learn that the first game he created for Roblox made him about US$5,000 a month, after just a short time learning.It was ...

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