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 2019-10-14 05:00 

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Filipino artist Carlos Celdran, convicted of blasphemy against the Catholic Church, dies aged 46...

The only Filipino to be convicted of blasphemy in the Philippine republic's history died last week in self-exile in Spain. Carlos Celdran, 46, succumbed to an aneurysm in Madrid, according to his cousin, Anita Celdran.After working in Manila as an art...

 2019-10-14 04:14 

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Protesters accuse Hong Kong school of 'suppressing students' with black face mask ban...

Hong Kong kicked off another week with anti-government protests on Monday, as students in Chai Wan and Tseung Kwan O staged various demonstrations despite amber rainstorm warnings.Under pouring rain, more than 100 students and alumni from Hon Wah College ...

 2019-10-14 03:58 

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Who's Son Heung-min? Korean derby in Pyongyang highlights divide between north and south...

Son Heung-min may be the most high-profile football player in South Korea and across Asia but the Tottenham forward's fame fails to penetrate North Korea. When the two neighbours meet in a 2022 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, the only attention the En...

 2019-10-14 03:42 

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Going, going, still no takers?China's small, indebted local banks fail to attract buyers at auction, even at half price...

To see how little investors love China's small banks, look no further than the nation's largest online auction site.On Alibaba Group Holding's Taobao platform, a Chinese court tried to auction off 1.5 million shares of a rural bank in the east...

 2019-10-14 03:41 

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Hong Kong protests: driver working for Now News held by police after being hit by suspected beanbag round...

A driver working in the media was held by police for over two hours after he was hit by a suspected beanbag round during a Hong Kong protest, according to Now News.The broadcaster said their male driver was only released and sent to hospital after the for...

 2019-10-14 03:30 

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Rubble trouble: China counts the environmental cost of its construction boom...

China's rapid urbanisation has created a mountain of construction waste and an environmental headache for policymakers, according to a report published on Sunday by a magazine with links to state media.Every year, construction, demolition and renovati...

 2019-10-14 02:54 

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China's exports suffer biggest drop since February, as US trade war continues to hammer economy...

China's exports fell for the second month in a row in September, as the trade war with the United States continued to hit the world's second-largest economy.Shipments fell by 3.2 per cent during the month compared to a year earlier, after dropping...

 2019-10-14 02:44 

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Hong Kong man with learning disabilities arrested during protests was denied treatment for 15 hours by police, his lawyer says...

A man with learning disabilities who was arrested in Hong Kong on Saturday night on suspicion of being involved in an anti-government protest was denied treatment for 15 hours, according to his lawyer.The man, who is autistic and has a moderate form of th...

 2019-10-14 02:30 

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Hotel revenues could halve, warns S&P, as conference participants, tourists give protest-hit Hong Kong a miss...

Hotel owners are facing the grim prospect of their revenues being halved as conferences and exhibitions have either been cancelled or postponed and tourists are choosing to staying away from Hong Kong amid escalating social unrest.The hotel segment will b...

 2019-10-14 02:00 

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Hong Kong Golf Club aims to raise millions more with charity rounds for Operation Santa Claus and other good causes...

There are few experiences for the avid golfer quite like teeing off in the sunshine surrounded by some of the finest countryside Hong Kong has to offer.And those feelings are heightened when the course is rounded for a good cause.In that spirit, Hong Kong...

 2019-10-14 01:30 

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Saudi Aramco invests in making cleaner internal combustion engines for vehicles as it doubles down on oil ahead of jumbo IPO...

Saudi Aramco, the world's largest and most cost competitive oil producer, is investing "tens of millions of US dollars" a year to facilitate carmakers' development of vehicles that are more efficient and less prone to carbon emissions, acc...

 2019-10-14 01:00 

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Demand for Hong Kong flights in smaller decline than expected during protests, American Airlines says...

American Airlines (AA) has said demand for travel to and from Hong Kong had fallen less than expected despite a broad slump across the aviation industry caused by prolonged unrest in the city.Boosted by robust demand for business travel despite global hea...

 2019-10-14 00:04 

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Singapore avoids recession: what does it mean for Lee Hsien Loong's election timetable?...

Singapore's economy avoided an expected technical recession in the third quarter, preliminary data released on Monday showed, adding a fresh twist to speculation about when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will call a general election.Some observers had...

 2019-10-14 00:00 

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'Fake news' and Hong Kong protests: in the psychological war for hearts and minds, disinformation becomes a weapon used by both sides...

Masato Kajimoto is leading a University of Hong Kong (HKU) team scrutinising images, videos and any information from the ongoing anti-government protests, trying to tell which are real, misleading or fake.It is hard work. In September alone, there were no...

 2019-10-14 00:00 

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China's truck drivers say drivers are forced to overload vehicles to survive despite fatal road collapse...

Chinese haulage industry insiders have said drivers are being forced to carry more than the permitted loads to survive after the authorities began a crackdown on the practice following a fatal accident. The provincial authorities in Jiangsu launched campa...

 2019-10-14 00:00 

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Singapore's MRT railway revival bodes well for ruling PAP, but can it last?...

After years of high-profile breakdowns, a collision, flooding and even deaths, the worst may finally be over for Singapore's beleaguered subway system.In July the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network made a breakthrough in service quality when its trains ...

 2019-10-13 22:47 

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Celebrations as outsider academic Kais Saied set for landslide Tunisia presidency win, exit polls show...

Conservative academic Kais Saied, a political outsider, was headed for a landslide victory Sunday in Tunisia's presidential run-off, sweeping aside his rival, media magnate Nabil Karoui, exit polls said.In a contest that reflected Tunisia's shifti...

 2019-10-13 22:22 

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Nationalist right wing Law and Justice party wins second term in Polish elections...

Poland's ruling party won parliamentary elections and is set to get four more years to finish policies that have collided with the European Union's democratic standards, an exit poll showed.Riding a wave of popular support built on welfare handout...

 2019-10-13 22:00 

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Why US businesses should be worried about China's corporate social credit system...

Foreign companies that already encounter difficulties in doing business in China are about to face an even starker reality as Beijing steps up plans for a corporate rating system.In an ambitious undertaking, the Chinese government is building a so-called ...

 2019-10-13 21:23 

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Texas family seeks answers after white police officer kills black woman inside her home...

A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her Texas home while responding to a neighbour's call about an open front door "didn't have time to perceive a threat" before he opened fire, a lawyer for the woman's family said.&...

 2019-10-13 20:43 

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More than 100,000 Japanese rescuers work through the night as Typhoon Hagibis death toll climbs...

Tens of thousands of rescuers worked through the predawn hours Monday to reach people trapped by landslides and floods in Japan caused by a powerful typhoon that has killed up to 35, officials and local media said.Typhoon Hagibis moved away from land on S...

 2019-10-13 20:24 

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Kurdish fighters announce deal with Syria to deploy troops near Turkish border...

The Kurdish administration in northern Syria on Sunday announced a deal with the Damascus government on a Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey to confront Ankara's offensive."In order to prevent and confront this aggression, an agre...

 2019-10-13 19:13 

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'The clock is ticking': EU warns a lot of work still to be done before Brexit deal...

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned diplomats on Sunday that "a lot of work remains to be done" in withdrawal talks between London and Brussels.The European Commission issued a statement soon after Barnier briefe...

 2019-10-13 18:51 

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Israel asks Vladimir Putin to pardon US-Israeli woman jailed for Moscow airport transit drugs...

Israel asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday to pardon a US-Israeli woman given a 7 year jail sentence for drugs found in her luggage as she transited through a Moscow airport.Naama Issachar's case has opened up an unusually public rift bet...

 2019-10-13 17:19 

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Donald Trump orders major withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria, days after vows to not 'abandon' regional partners...

President Donald Trump has ordered a withdrawal of virtually all US forces from northern Syria in the face of a Turkish military offensive targeting Kurdish fighters in the region, Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday, after days of assurances from th...

 2019-10-13 15:21 

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Hong Kong protesters go on yet another rampage, attacking police, meting out mob justice and trashing train stations and mainland China-linked businesses...

Anti-government protesters went on yet another violent rampage across Hong Kong on Sunday, attacking police officers one of whom was slashed in the neck with a box cutter meting out mob justice to people in their way, vandalising shops with mainland Chine...

 2019-10-13 15:03 

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Pakistan PM Imran Khan urges Iran and Saudi Arabia to avoid further escalation during visit...

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Iran on Sunday on a mission to act as a "facilitator"; between Tehran and Riyadh and try to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf.Khan held talks with President Hassan Rowhani at the presidential palace and l...

 2019-10-13 15:00 

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Plans for 'offshore renminbi Nasdaq' in Macau submitted to Beijing...

A proposal to set up an offshore yuan-denominated "Nasdaq" in Macau has been submitted to Beijing for consideration, according to a senior official from neighbouring Guangdong province.He Xiaojun, director of Guangdong's Local Financial Superv...

 2019-10-13 14:57 

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Chinese President Xi Jinping warns that anyone trying to split any part of country will be crushed...

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that independence advocates anywhere in China would be crushed, using tough language that is being seen as aimed at trouble spots in the country from Tibet and Xinjiang to Hong Kong."Anyone attempting to s...

 2019-10-13 14:30 

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Will China's revised cybersecurity law put foreign firms at risk of losing their secrets?...

As the clock ticks down to the latest update to China's cybersecurity law on December 1, foreign firms are becoming increasingly concerned about how the changes might affect their operations.Beijing has set its sights on becoming a technology powerhou...

 2019-10-13 14:26 

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Hunter Biden quits Chinese firm's board and promises to avoid foreign work if father Joe wins US presidential election...

Hunter Biden is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company and promising to forego all foreign work if his father, former US Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president in 2020.After months of keeping a relatively low-profi...

 2019-10-13 14:02 

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Xi Jinping promises to step up Chinese support for Nepal as two-day visit concludes...

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to boost economic cooperation with Nepal and continue to support the country during his visit to Kathmandu over the weekend.The two countries signed 20 agreements on Sunday to wrap up Xi's two-day visit, which ...

 2019-10-13 12:47 

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North Korea demands Japan pay compensation for 'gangster act' of sinking fishing boat...

North Korea's foreign ministry "strongly demanded" on Saturday that Japan pay compensation for a fishing boat that sank when it collided with a Japanese patrol boat this week, North Korean state media reported.A foreign ministry spokesman said...

 2019-10-13 12:38 

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Hong Kong chief secretary appeals to opposition lawmakers to cooperate in boosting city's economy and improving people's livelihoods...

Hong Kong's No 2 official has appealed to opposition lawmakers to cooperate with the government and not to block works projects and relief measures worth more than HK$93 billion (US$12 billion) aimed at improving people's livelihoods and jacking u...

 2019-10-13 10:35 

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UK gets tough on domestic abuse as 'helpless' Chinese women suffer in silence...

Chinese women living in the UK may struggle to benefit from a new domestic abuse bill that was expected to be included in Queen Elizabeth's annual speech to the parliament on Monday.The bill aims to toughen laws against physical and emotional abuse in...

 2019-10-13 10:29 

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India's concerns about RCEP remain the major obstacle to world's largest trade deal...

Not for the first time, trade ministers from the 16 Asia-Pacific countries negotiating the world's biggest trade pact indicated this weekend they were within reach of a deal, but analysts and people with knowledge of negotiations predicted the final l...

 2019-10-13 09:57 

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Game over? Meet the Chinese NBA fans calling time out over Daryl Morey's Hong Kong tweet...

As a teenager Sun Qiang was crazy about the NBA and had no qualms about skipping classes so he could get home in time to watch the games that were broadcast every Tuesday on state television.There were no dedicated sports channels in China in those days a...

 2019-10-13 09:11 

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Why Beijing chooses to wait for a natural turning point in Hong Kong's protest crisis...

How and when will the protest chaos end in Hong Kong?That is the billion-dollar question many are asking, and nobody seems to have a clue as to the answer, except to realise that Beijing is not, or never was, in any hurry to put an end to the civil unrest...

 2019-10-13 09:00 

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Could Hong Kong protests sway the Canadian election?...

There's a stereotype in Canadian politics that sees the Chinese community as apolitical and unlikely to vote. Clearly, it does not take account of people like Gloria Fung.Fung, who arrived in Toronto nearly three decades ago, is the very antithesis of...

 2019-10-13 07:40 

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Hong Kong security chief John Lee refuses to step down over government's failure to quell protests...

Hong Kong's security chief has said the government cannot escape responsibility for the protest crisis, but he refused to step down over its failure to stem the violence plaguing the city.In an interview with TVB on Sunday, Secretary for Security John...

 2019-10-13 07:14 

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Flash mob protests flare up across Hong Kong as groups smash shops, block roads and railway...

Hong Kong demonstrators have staged flash mob protests all over the city on Sunday afternoon as the months-long political unrest enters its 19th week.They are heeding the calls online to protest at the shopping malls in different districts to voice their ...

 2019-10-13 06:00 

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Sharp drop in foreign visitors keen to spot Hong Kong's endangered pink dolphins, as tourism slump caused by protests takes its toll...

Sundays in summer are usually the busiest time of year for Hong Kong Dolphin Watch, which has been taking visitors on ecological tours since 1995.These days, however, no more than 10 or 20 tourists sign up on a Sunday, fewer than during the winter low sea...

 2019-10-13 05:39 

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Troops deployed as protesters turn Ecuador's capital into a war zone...

Ecuador's army took to the streets after President Lenin Moreno ordered the first 24-hour curfew in decades in response to a day of attacks on government buildings and media offices.By Saturday night, soldiers had retaken control of the park and stree...

 2019-10-13 05:00 

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Japan, Thailand and Singapore benefit as Chinese tourists skip Hong Kong over golden week...

Fewer Chinese travellers went overseas during "golden week" this year but for those who did, Japan, Thailand and Singapore were the top-ranked destinations as tourists from the mainland gave Hong Kong a miss, according to China's largest trave...

 2019-10-13 04:40 

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President Xi Jinping looks to 'upgrade China-Nepal relations' during two-day visit...

Nepal rolled out the red carpet for China's President Xi Jinping on Saturday but rounded up Tibetans to prevent protests during the first state visit by a Chinese leader in 23 years.Xi arrived after two days of talks in neighbouring India, and is expe...

 2019-10-13 04:19 

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Canada PM Justin Trudeau wears bulletproof vest at campaign event after threat...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau donned a bulletproof vest and appeared with a heavy security detail at a major election rally on Saturday.Officials would not reveal the nature of the threat, but it resulted in a 90-minute delay before Trudeau appea...

 2019-10-13 04:00 

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[ Asia ]

'Isis version two': Malaysia, Indonesia fear return home of fighters jailed in Syria after Trump's troop withdrawal...

Thousands of kilometres from home, hundreds of battle-hardened Islamic State (Isis) fighters recruited from Malaysia and Indonesia have been locked up in Syrian prisons since the terrorist group's self-declared caliphate collapsed earlier this year.Th...

 2019-10-13 04:00 

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Death and life in 'widows village' in the heart of China's 'dust lung' country...

Not long after Chang Dexiu married and moved to a remote part of southwest China in 2003, she heard fireworks go off twice within half an hour one night.The pyrotechnics are a local tradition in Ganmi village in Sichuan province to announce the death of s...

 2019-10-13 04:00 

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Choices for the terminally ill: define clearly who is mentally fit to decide end-of-life treatments, says former Hong Kong minister...

Former Hong Kong health minister Professor Yeoh Eng-kiong wants the government to define clearly, in legal terms, the circumstances in which a person will be considered capable of deciding what medical treatments to receive when he or she is terminally il...

 2019-10-13 03:40 

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Typhoon Hagibis: military deployed after monster storm smashes Japan...

Japan's military scrambled Sunday to rescue people trapped by flooding after powerful Typhoon Hagibis ripped across the country, killing at least 11 people and leaving more than a dozen missing.The storm's heavy rain triggered deadly landslides an...

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