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‘Credible accusations of sex abuse’ against cardinal in Washington, Catholic archdiocese says

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The Vatican has asked the retired archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to cease public ministry after finding he was credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager almost 50 years ago, the archdiocese and McCarrick said…

US equities hold up relatively better amid trade tension, but this is not a zero-sum game

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Trade wars are good and easy to win – even if the victory is won at a great cost.

Donald Trump to end family separations for border migrants after massive global backlash

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President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would sign an executive order reversing his decision to separate migrant families crossing the US border with Mexico, following global outcry.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins Brexit battle, but faces challenges to come

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May won a crucial Brexit vote in parliament on Wednesday, keeping her deeply divided government’s plans to end Britain’s more than 40 years of partnership with the European Union on track.

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Fox accepts new Disney bid of US$71 billion, putting Comcast in a tight spot

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Media company 21st Century Fox accepted a sweetened, US$71.3 billion offer from Walt Disney for its entertainment assets, a bid which eclipses Comcast’s in a battle for one of the media industry’s biggest prizes.

Chinese companies in the US are repatriating profits as trade tensions rise, survey shows

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Chinese companies in the US are transferring more of their profits back home as tensions between Washington and Beijing escalate to the threshold of an all-out trade war, according to a recent survey by a non-profit organisation…

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Hong Kong teenager falls to his death after stand-off with police at Choi Ying Estate in Kowloon Bay

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A 16-year-old Hong Kong boy who had violated probation fell to his death from his 35th-floor flat after a nearly three-hour stand-off with first responders on Wednesday.

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Woman arrested after allegedly throwing coins at High Court judges during hearing in Hong Kong

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A woman caught taking pictures in a Hong Kong court last week was removed from the High Court on Wednesday after she allegedly threw coins at judges from the public gallery during a hearing.

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Hong Kong’s competition watchdog sues 5 IT firms for collusion in bid-rigging in first action under new law

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Any form of bid rigging is a serious breach of the competition law no matter the method or who is involved, Hong Kong’s antitrust tribunal heard on Wednesday in its first case since the ordinance was fully implemented in December 2015.

Beyond measure or a dent to GDP growth? How a trade war with US could hit China

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China could lose up to 1 percentage point in GDP growth if its dispute with the United States is kept to a tariffs battle, according to economists, but if it turns into a full-blown economic war the country could sustain incalculable…

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In Yemen conflict, pro-government forces seize Hodeida airport from Houthi rebels as locals brace for devastating street fighting

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Emirati-backed Yemeni government forces seized Hodeida airport from Houthi rebels on Wednesday, the coalition said, in a major step towards retaking the key Red Sea port city.

Woman and ex-husband found guilty in Hong Kong neglect trial over treatment of her ‘corpse-like’ daughter, 7

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A woman who deprived her seven-year-old daughter of medical treatment and starved her till she became “corpse-like” and irreversibly brain-damaged was found guilty of neglect on Wednesday, after a 48-day trial punctuated by episodes of…

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Neighbours team up to rescue two young girls from burning building in eastern China

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A group of neighbours stepped in to rescue two young girls who were stranded inside a burning building in eastern China on Sunday.

How to help children avoid cyber risks and thrive in an online world

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When I met Dr Park Yuhyun in March, at the Global Education & Skills Forum 2018 in Dubai, she was explaining to a room full of educators and journalists how a cyber-risk pandemic is gripping the world. Awareness of the digital risks…

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Sorry Boris Becker, your diplomatic passport is a fake, says Central African Republic

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Boris Becker thought he had an ace up his sleeve.

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Trump trade ‘bloodlust’: Washington ‘wants to suck lifeblood’ from Chinese economy

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The administration of US President Donald Trump has “bloodlust” when it comes to pushing its trade agenda against China and wants to “suck the lifeblood” from the Chinese economy, an official state-run Chinese newspaper said on Wednesday,…

What anti-China sentiment? Beijing’s man in Malaysia Bai Tian heartened by Mahathir’s overtures

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“Where’s the anti-China sentiment? I don’t see it.” China’s ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian gave this assessment when asked whether China’s rapid economic rise and growing regional influence was spooking citizens in his host country.

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Families plea for bigger search as Indonesia raises number missing from doomed ferry to 192

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Distraught relatives slammed Indonesia’s government for not enforcing basic safety measures on passenger boats and pleaded on Wednesday for a bigger search effort for more than 190 people presumed drowned after a ferry sank on a…

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As outcry over family separations grows, eight US states refuse to deploy National Guard to border

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Eight US states are refusing to deploy National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border amid growing opposition to a controversial immigration policy of President Donald Trump’s administration that has led to migrant children being separated…

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Four feisty felines: new mountain lion kittens found in California mountains

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Four new mountain lion kittens have been found by researchers studying the wild cats living in southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains. The find was announced by wildlife officials in video posts on Tuesday that showed the blue-eyed…

Tuesday, Jun 19

China seeking jetliners as French prime minister prepares to head to Beijing

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China Eastern Airlines has called for bids to supply 150 single-aisle jetliners like the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 as Airbus seeks to revive a stalled plane deal with China, industry sources said.

Yuan weakens further despite efforts by People’s Bank of China to stabilise exchange rate

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The yuan continued to weaken on Tuesday, after China’s central bank raised the daily fixing rate amid heightened worries about the China-US trade dispute. The People’s Bank of China set the daily midpoint rate at 6.4235 against the US…

Chart-topping rapper XXXTentacion is shot dead at 20, after a fast and violent rise to fame

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XXXTentacion, the troubled 20-year-old rapper whose grim, often suicidal rhymes propelled him to the top of the US chart just months ago, was shot dead Monday in Florida in a possible robbery, authorities said.

The Hong Kong restaurant owner feeding the elderly and homeless despite rejection and cynicism

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While many Hong Kong restaurants are famous for their signature dishes, Pei Ho Counterparts in Sham Shui Po is known for its philanthropic work.

Monday, Jun 18

US Senate passes bill that could kill Donald Trump’s ZTE deal – but the president isn’t done yet

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The US Senate passed a US$716 billion defence policy bill on Monday that backs President Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military but would also repeal his deal to reopen Chinese telecoms company ZTE.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in China for two-day trip ‘to brief Xi Jinping on Donald Trump summit’

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has landed in Beijing, a week after his landmark summit with US President Donald Trump, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday.

Man dies in Hong Kong after being hit by taxi thrown off the road in collision

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A 56-year-old man died after a taxi involved in a collision flew off the road and trapped him against a shop shutter during Monday’s early hours.

Brace for an even bigger bubble in China’s stock markets

Alibaba, Baidu, JD.com, Weibo: they are among the biggest giants of China’s internet. Providing everything from search and messaging to shopping and financial services to hundreds of millions of users each day, these and other Chinese…

Sunday, Jun 17

Aquarius migrants step ashore in Spain after a week in limbo

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The 630 migrants whose rescue sparked a migration row in Europe arrived in the Spanish port of Valencia on Sunday after a turbulent week that saw Italy and Malta turn them away.

Israeli ministers back ban on filming soldiers

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Israeli ministers on Sunday backed a draft law carrying a jail term of up to 10 years for those who film or photograph soldiers with harmful intent, the justice ministry said.

Admit it: Trump’s Singapore date with Kim made us all safer

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Let’s give credit where it’s due. Last Monday’s sit-down in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un probably nudged the Doomsday Clock just a few minutes further away from the apocalypse.

Kim Jong-un’s Air China summit charter is proof Beijing is wind beneath his wings

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A picture is worth a thousand words. The proverb sprang to mind when the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, smiling and dressed in a Mao-style suit, stepped off the red-carpeted stairs of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet with the difficult-to-miss…

Saturday, Jun 16

Why North Korea is set to become the next big thing for investors

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Will North Korea become the next big thing for investors now that the Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un summit has ended with handshakes and a “walkabout” (rather than a walkout) by the two leaders?

Donald Trump hails successful summit with Kim but North Korean cyberattacks went unaddressed

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Among the subjects President Donald Trump apparently didn’t discuss with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore – the regime’s human rights abuses, its exports of missile technology and its mistreatment of US prisoners – there’s one…

The small family businesses keeping the collective memory of Hong Kong alive

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In an old dusty Hong Kong neighbourhood in Sai Ying Pun, one can catch a whiff of dried seafood and Chinese herbs in the air. Scattered along Queen’s Road West are some traditional stores, and among them is Chan Fun Kee, a pharmacy with…

With China no longer aboard, Mahathir opens new chapter in Saga of the Malaysian People’s Car

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Malaysia’s newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has raised the possibility of a new national car project, putting behind him the mixed fortunes of his previous initiative, Proton, launched over three decades ago.

Friday, Jun 15

‘He put them at significant risk’: Chinese man jailed for spying on Sweden’s Tibetan refugees for Beijing

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A Swedish court on Friday found a Chinese man guilty of espionage for gathering intelligence on Tibetan refugees in Sweden for China, sentencing him to 22 months in prison.

China-US ZTE deal – the calm before the storm

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The deal between Washington and Beijing on the Chinese telecoms firm ZTE has been hailed in some quarters as a win-win breakthrough, raising hopes bilateral ties may have a period of plain sailing ahead, even if the company itself faces…

No-confidence motion planned against Legco president Andrew Leung over debate on Hong Kong joint checkpoint for cross-border high-speed rail link

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Twenty-six Hong Kong lawmakers have decided to move a no-confidence motion against Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen over his handling of the debate on a controversial joint checkpoint plan involving a cross-border…

China ‘ready to hit back’ at Donald Trump’s tariffs

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China will not shy away from hitting back swiftly at US trade action, Chinese officials and analysts warned on Friday, just hours before Washington announced plans to impose hefty American tariffs on billions worth of Chinese products.