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Guam ‘very well protected’ against possible North Korean missile attack, US nuclear commander says

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The US Pacific territory island of Guam is “very well protected” by the nation’s missile defence capability against a possible North Korean missile attack, a US nuclear commander said on Wednesday.

Hurricane Maria rips apart homes in the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in 80 years

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The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and triggered heavy flooding on Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the US territory deeper into…

US judge dismisses claim that sparked race to claim fugitive Guo Wengui’s luxury flat

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A New York judge dismissed a case brought against China’s fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui in the US state by a hedge fund linked to Hong Kong’s Pacific Alliance Investment Management Limited.

Theresa May likens Trump’s stance on climate change to North Korea’s missiles

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British prime minister Theresa May has issued a veiled warning to Donald Trump, arguing that his plan to withdraw from the Paris climate change treaty ranks alongside North Korea’s nuclear missile tests as a threat to global prosperity and…

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Trump’s China visit will help settle trade disputes, Chinese ambassador says

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US President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to China will help to settle trade and other disputes between the two countries and may pave the way for more American investment in a massive regional infrastructure initiative, China’s…

US Federal Reserve keeps rates flat but hints at one more increase by year’s end

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The US Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but signalled it still expects one more increase by the end of the year despite recent weak inflation readings.

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Strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan’s east coast

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A strong magnitude 6.1 quake hit off the east coast of Japan early on Thursday but authorities did not issue a tsunami warning.

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani condemns ‘ignorant, absurd and hateful’ Trump at UN

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Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Wednesday sharply criticised US President Donald Trump, referring to Trump’s fiery remarks before the UN as “ignorant, absurd and hateful.”

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Spanish police raid Catalan government offices to block independence vote, triggering protests in Barcelona

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Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials on Wednesday to halt a banned referendum on independence, an action the regional president said meant Madrid had effectively taken over his administration.

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong in surprise meeting with China’s anti-graft tsar Wang Qishan

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Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong found time to meet anti-graft tsar Wang Qishan on Wednesday during a hectic three-day visit to China – to the surprise of many China watchers and apparently even to Wang himself.

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Bangladesh army taking on expanded role to help Rohingya refugees as heavy rain adds to misery

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Bangladesh’s army was ordered on Wednesday to take a bigger role helping hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar, amid warnings it could take six months to register the new refugees.

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China’s Communist Youth League says Twitter accounts opened in its name are fake

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The Communist Party’s youth wing will ask Twitter to close down all accounts recently opened in its name on the social media platform, saying it did not set them up.

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US-backed forces seize 90 per cent of Raqqa from IS following months-long siege

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US-backed fighters have seized 90 per cent of Raqqa from Islamic State (IS), a monitor said on Wednesday, as they announced they were in the “final stages” of capturing the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold.

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria have one thing in common. They ‘exploded’ quickly before striking land

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“Maria is developing the dreaded pinhole eye,” wrote US National Hurricane Centre forecaster Jack Beven Monday evening, as the storm reached category 4 intensity.

Two divers’ bodies recovered in reservoir in China

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Two missing divers’ bodies were found in a reservoir in northern China on Tuesday, Chinese media reported.

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SpiceJet plane stuck in mud as Mumbai gets soaked by heavy rain

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Dozens of flights were diverted from Mumbai after a SpiceJet plane overshot the runway and became stuck in the mud as heavy rain lashed India’s financial capital and caused travel chaos Wednesday.

Workers at India’s punishing brick-making kilns are ‘treated worse than slaves’, NGO report says

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Millions of Indian brick workers are trapped in bonded labour and regularly cheated out of their wages, an anti-slavery group said on Wednesday as it demanded government action.

Hong Kong woman finds stolen HK$1 million diamond ring in Tsim Sha Tsui park

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A diamond ring worth about HK$1 million has been found in a Tsim Sha Tsui park and confirmed to be one of nine pieces of jewellery stolen in a daring daylight smash-and-grab robbery, according to police sources.

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Surprise and silence in South Korea and Japan after Trump threatens to ‘destroy’ North Korea in UN speech

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The United States’ closest allies in Asia seemed blindsided by US President Donald Trump’s latest outburst against North Korea, in which he threatened not just to act against Kim Jong-un’s regime but to destroy an entire country of 25…

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I’ll probably be robbed and murdered, solo Amazon kayaker tweeted – and then she was

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Brazilian police said Tuesday that a 43-year-old British woman who went missing while kayaking in the Amazon was murdered and three people were in custody.

Tuesday, Sep 19

‘No one can imagine the pain’: buildings crumble as magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits Mexico, killing at least 217

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Rescue teams kept up a desperate search on Wednesday for survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed at least 217 people in Mexico on the anniversary of another massive quake that still haunts the country.

China hopes to ‘energise’ relations with Singapore, Asean, Li Keqiang tells Lee Hsien Loong

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang welcomed Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Beijing on Tuesday, saying he hoped to “inject new energy” into China’s ties both with the city state and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

‘Use of nuclear weapons should be unthinkable’: UN chief Antonio Guterres underlines fears about conflict with North Korea

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Global anxieties about a nuclear war are at their highest level in decades, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday as he opened a gathering of world leaders dominated by the crisis with North Korea.

China ahead of schedule on construction of hydropower plant in Pakistan

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China is racing to finish one of the biggest hydropower projects in Pakistan ahead of schedule, yet its location in the long-contested region of Kashmir will draw ire from India.

Monday, Sep 18

Sale of former Trump aide Scaramucci’s firm to buyers led by China’s HNA Group on track

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The sale of former White House communications director and investor Anthony Scaramucci’s SkyBridge Capital to a consortium that includes a Chinese buyer is still on track, with the closing date set for month’s end, the firm’s chief…

Let’s have a hi-tech solution to recycling

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Many of our streets have been buried in paper and plastic waste in the past week. Barges bound for the mainland are filled to the brim with bushels of scrap newspapers and cardboard with nowhere to go.

US deploys stealth jets and bombers as China-Russia naval drills held near North Korea

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The US flew four F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula on Monday in a show of force after North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile tests, South Korea’s defence ministry said.

Why a loss for Japanese farms is a win for Brexit Britain ... and Hong Kong’s giant strawberry lovers

The Japanese, like other nations, have long placed food and farming at the heart of their traditional culture. They have long regarded rice, especially, with a semi-mystical reverence, performing a whole series of seasonal rituals to…

Sunday, Sep 17

Has the URA returned to its old tricks?

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Is the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) being sneaky again? The new and improved URA is supposed to be more people-oriented, caring and responsive to local needs, and to stop being overly-friendly to big developers.

Macau set for record turnout in Legislative Assembly polls

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Macau looked to be heading for the history books on Sunday night as observers predicted voters had turned out in record numbers for the crucial Legislative Assembly elections in the former Portuguese enclave.

Why an aspiring US secretary of state chose to study in Beijing

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Mark McGinnis, a 22-year-old graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, dreams of becoming secretary of state someday and has spent lots of time in Washington, accumulating experience in Congress and the Supreme Court.

Just like his grandfather, Kim Jong-un exploits mistrust between US and China

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The United States and China, along with most other nations, agree the Korean peninsula should be rid of its nuclear weaponry.

Saturday, Sep 16

Philippines economy at risk amid Duterte’s drug war and threat of rising Islamist rebellion: Moody's

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war and armed Islamist rebellion pose “rising” risks to the Philippine economy, though it should continue to grow robustly in the short term, Moody’s Investors Service said.

Macau votes for new legislature in ‘most hotly contested polls’ in years

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More than 300,000 Macau voters go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new legislature as the world’s top casino hub enters what is arguably the most crucial period in its recent history.

Don’t donate blood if you’re gay – they don’t deserve your help

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Are Hong Kong’s gay men desperate to donate blood? Is it a privilege they are not worthy of?

How could a con artist rise to the heart of China’s justice system?

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Back in the early 1990s, Lu Enguang was a peasant turned small time entrepreneur in a village in Shandong, China, who had made his first pot of gold by selling school drawing instruments and double-glazed drinking glasses to students.