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Limited upside in China’s 2018 home prices as banks keep mortgages, loans on short leash

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There’s limited upside on China’s property prices going into 2018, as the country’s monetary authorities maintain their tight grip on the financial spigot and limit the amount of credits that can flow into mortgage loans, according to the…

HK$7 million haul of illicit cigarettes is second largest seized in Hong Kong this year

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Hong Kong’s second biggest haul this year of contraband cigarettes has been seized by customs officers after the HK$7 million stash arrived from Guangzhou hidden in a shipping container.

China eyes closer military cooperation with Myanmar as it looks to expand sphere of influence near India’s borders

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China has promised to seek closer military cooperation with Myanmar as it seeks to establish greater influence over the country.

Espionage claims, meth lab raids and power station plans: headlines from four decades ago

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It was just another regular week in Hong Kong as (alleged) espionage, raids on large-scale meth labs and the like continued to grace the front pages of the South China Morning Post 40 years ago this week. Across the strait in Taiwan, mob…

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Fun and games to comfort Hong Kong’s sick children

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Six-year-old Charlotte Kung Pak-ching is not afraid of going inside the “doughnut tunnel”, because she knows her mother and those friendly women she meets in the hospital will accompany her throughout the process.

In her heyday, Mona Fong was a star in Singapore and Malaysia, with her expressive voice drawing crowds

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While the late Mona Fong Yat-wah’s expressive singing brought her many fans in Hong Kong, her lilting voice and charming looks also made her a hit elsewhere in the region in the 1950s, especially in Singapore and Malaysia.

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Woman raises thousands for homeless man who lent her US$20

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A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of fuel on a motorway in Philadelphia has raised more than US$60,000 for the Good Samaritan.

‘Brace for more bloodshed’: Philippine police will resume President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal crackdown on drugs

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has called on police to once again take the lead role in his deadly drug war, having twice demoted them in response to criticism of the crackdown.

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Undercover checks and police inspections sought to crack down on unlicensed guest houses in Hong Kong

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The government needs to increase undercover checks on unlicensed guest houses if it intends to tackle the problem of illegal accommodation head-on, an organisation representing licensed operators in the city said on Thursday morning.

Hong Kong ex-minister Patrick Ho ‘staying strong’ as he prepares to plead not guilty to US bribe charge

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Patrick Ho Chi-ping, the detained former Hong Kong minister at the centre of an alleged multimillion-dollar bribery scheme between a top Chinese energy firm and two African leaders, is “anxious” but staying strong as he prepares to plead…

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President-in-waiting Mnangagwa returns to Zimbabwe, hailing ‘new democracy’ after Mugabe’s resignation

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Zimbabwe’s former vice-president has said the country is witnessing a “new and unfolding democracy”, as he returned to a jubilant welcome two weeks after fleeing to South Africa following his sacking by Robert Mugabe.

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Militant leader accused of masterminding Mumbai attacks ordered freed by Pakistani court

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A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed more than 160 people, after months of US pressure on Islamabad over its alleged support for militants.

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North Korea denounces US relisting the country as a state sponsor of terrorism

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North Korea on Wednesday called US President Donald Trump’s decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism a “serious provocation” that justifies its development of nuclear weapons.

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In surprise reversal, Lebanese PM Hariri puts resignation on hold

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Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Wednesday that he was putting his resignation on hold to give way for more consultations, nearly three weeks after he unexpectedly announced he was stepping down.

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South Korea must keep THAAD’s prying eyes away from China, foreign minister says

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Beijing has again urged Seoul to ensure that a US anti-missile system installed in southern South Korea not infringe on China’s security interests.

Irish minister suggests ‘Hong Kong solution’ for post-Brexit Northern Ireland

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Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Wednesday said the arrangement between Hong Kong and mainland China could be a possible solution for addressing the fate of Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Former Hong Kong leader asks city to look at bigger picture for China’s development

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Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa has urged the city to take better advantage of the economic development of the mainland, warning that Hong Kong cannot afford to be left behind, stuck in “endless internal rifts”.

Goodbye Skype. China’s internet censorship juggernaut rolls on without its former cyber tsar

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Beijing is continuing to tighten its grip on cyberspace with the removal of internet phone services, including Microsoft’s popular Skype application, from China’s app stores.

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Acrimony at Hong Kong school as parents reject findings of bullying probe

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Acrimony reigned on Wednesday at the Hong Kong primary school at the centre of an alleged bullying scandal, as teachers said they couldn’t substantiate a mother’s claims that her son was repeatedly targeted on campus, and the boy’s parents…

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Forbidden Planet robot sets price record for auctioned film prop

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“Robby the Robot”, the seven-foot tall creature featured in the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet, sold at auction for US$5.375 million, a record for a film prop, a New York auction house said on Tuesday.

Wednesday, Nov 22

Plane searching for missing submarine detects heat from object on deep sea floor, reports claim

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A US navy plane searching for a missing Argentinian submarine on Tuesday detected an object on the ocean floor, local media reported.

Chinese man jailed for spiking woman’s food with male hormone

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A court has upheld a one-year jail term given to a man who slipped male hormone into a female work colleague’s food and drink, Chinese media reported.

Tuesday, Nov 21

China’s former internet tsar Lu Wei detained in graft probe: anti-corruption agency

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China’s former internet tsar Lu Wei, who once sat in Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s seat during a visit to the California company, has been detained amid a Communist Party internal graft probe, its top anti-corruption agency said.

Zimbabwe rejoices as Robert Mugabe finally quits as president, ending 37 years of iron rule

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Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, finally swept from power as his 37-year reign of autocratic control and brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover.

Greek model arrested at Hong Kong airport with cocaine worth HK$2.4 million

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A 19-year-old Greek model was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday after cocaine with an estimated street value of HK$2.4 million was found in her rucksack.

Human head transplant still some way off, Chinese surgeon Ren Xiaoping says

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The Chinese surgeon aiming to jointly complete the world’s first human head transplant said there was still a long way to go before the procedure could be done on a patient.

Monday, Nov 20

Mugabe, facing impeachment after resignation deadline expires, will talk with would-be successor: general

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Zimbabwe’s top general said on Monday talks were planned between President Robert Mugabe and his potential successor and former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking by the 93-year-old leader two weeks ago triggered a coup.

Hong Kong urged to adopt gender-neutral public facilities as Legco considers legal recognition of transgender people

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Sexual minorities in Hong Kong urged the government on Monday to set up gender-neutral public facilities to cut down on unwanted attention they claim to face.

China and Myanmar talk infrastructure as Rohingya crisis rages

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China and Myanmar tried to keep the focus on economic ties on Monday, vowing to push ahead with a joint “economic corridor” against the backdrop of the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis.

Don’t panic: here’s why Chinese stocks will continue to rise

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Stock market investors around the world are getting worried. In the United States, share prices have almost quadrupled since their low point in the depths of the financial crisis. By some valuation measures that has left stocks looking…

Sunday, Nov 19

EU chief accuses Polish government of working for Russian interests

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European Council President Donald Tusk lashed out at Poland, suggesting the ruling Law&Justice party is forwarding Russian interests in what is an unprecedented attack by an EU leader on a member state’s sitting government.

Into thin air: Japanese climber’s 25-year search on holy Chinese mountain

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Just as he has done every year for the past 25 years, Naoyuki Kobayashi is packing hiking equipment, cold weather gear and the maps and notebooks that might yet help him to find the last missing Japanese climber on the flanks of a remote…

From iPhones to cancer, the India-China relationship is full of irony

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Pickpockets are not uncommon in crowded places in India. Victims are generally realists and tend to quickly resign themselves to their misfortune, often not even bothering to go to the police.

Why a stronger Xi Jinping is taking a gentler approach in China’s foreign affairs

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With the conclusion last month of the Communist Party’s 19th congress, which made Xi Jinping China’s most powerful president since Mao Zedong, the general consensus among overseas analysts is that China’s foreign policy will become more…

Saturday, Nov 18

Radio Free Asia Cambodian journalists charged with providing information to foreign nation

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Two Cambodian journalists who used to work for US-funded Radio Free Asia were charged on Saturday with providing information to a foreign country and face 15 years in prison if found guilty.

China’s plan to use solar power to melt permafrost to turn a Tibetan grassland into an artificial forest on the roof of the world

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Nagqu, a city with a near-polar climate in the high grasslands of Tibet, is known for its stark beauty, its wildlife and its role as the former capital of the Zhangzhung kingdom. But it has a second, more dubious distinction: it is…

How can communist Vietnam be friendlier to the US than China?

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Few things are more ridiculous in international politics than when a former enemy offers to mediate disputes between two former allies. But that’s exactly what happened when US President Donald Trump told Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai…

Would Hong Kong be better off without the jury system?

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Barack Obama’s high profile appearance as a prospective juror in Chicago last week gave the ancient practice of trial by jury a public relations boost. The former US president wore the same red “juror” sticker as everyone else but arrived…