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Malaysia and Israel trade barbs over Paralympics ban

A war of words has erupted between Israel and Malaysia, days after the Southeast Asian country stood defiant on its decision to ban Israeli participation in all sporting events it hosts.
Israel on Thursday had condemned Malaysia’s stance as “shameful” and emblematic of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s “rabid anti-Semitism”.
That sharp statement saw a swift retort from Malaysia late on Friday, with Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah declaring he was “…

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With US absent, Wang Qishan will seek to make China’s case at Davos

There will be no US delegation, French president or British prime minister at Davos next week, but analysts say that will not make Chinese “firefighter” Wang Qishan’s task – delivering Beijing’s message to the world’s political and business elite – any easier.
The White House on Thursday cancelled its ministerial-level delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort town from January 22 to 25 after US President Donald Trump last…

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US names three killed in Syria blast claimed by Islamic State

The United States on Friday identified three Americans killed in a suicide attack in northern Syria this week that the US government said was likely carried out by the Islamic State militant group.
Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida; Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent, 35, identified as being from upstate New York, and Scott Wirtz, a civilian Department of Defence employee from St Louis, died during the Wednesday attack in Manbij, Syria, the…

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South Korean smart solutions firm BIStel says Made in China 2025 upgrading is why it plans to invest more

BIStel, a South Korean-headquartered provider of smart manufacturing solutions, said it will expand investments in China to catch business opportunities from the country’s plans for industrial modernisation and upgrading.
“One of China’s goals is to upgrade its manufacturing ability under [the national strategy of ] Made in China 2025 … We have to invest in manpower and technology to obtain the business opportunities,” said Sunny Lee, general manager of BIStel…

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Mega project for 9,500 private flats in Hong Kong’s Sai Kung given final nod of approval despite traffic concerns

Town planning authorities have given the final approval for a mega private residential project in Hong Kong’s Sai Kung countryside, despite concerns about traffic congestion in the proposed neighbourhood.
The Town Planning Board, a statutory watchdog, on Friday gave the green light to Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) to build 9,500 flats on a 74.8-hectare site in Shap Sze Heung, near Sai Sha Road.
A board member, who requested anonymity, said the large project was bound to raise eyebrows,…

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China could make it harder for Canadian firms over detainee row

Beijing could set higher market entry barriers to Canadian firms and tighten scrutiny of existing businesses in retaliation for any efforts by Ottawa to rally international support against China, analysts said.
Their warning followed comments by the Chinese ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye, on Thursday that there would be “repercussions” if Canada barred Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in the country’s 5G networks.
Ties between the two countries have…

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China’s top banker names US Fed policy and Brexit as biggest risks to global growth

The trade war was not mentioned by China’s central bank governor on Friday when he gave his picks for the biggest risks to the global economy this year.
Instead, Yi Gang, speaking at the second China-Germany High Level Financial Dialogue in Beijing, nominated the US Federal Reserve’s policy trajectory and Britain’s plan to leave the European Union.
Yi also predicted a slowdown in the global economy in 2019, with widening differences in regional growth performance.
“There…

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Upset Andy Lau fans call for answers after Hong Kong government rejects bid to reschedule cancelled shows

Canton-pop superstar Andy Lau Tak-wah has been forced to cancel his postponed shows after the Hong Kong government rejected a bid to hold them in December.
On Friday evening, Focus Entertainment, the production company behind the “My Love Andy Lau World Tour in Hong Kong 2018”, said the 80,000 fans who bought tickets would get a refund.
The company said it had applied to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to rent the venue at the Coliseum for Lau’s rescheduled…

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Harvey Weinstein changing lawyers amid push for more aggressive strategy

Harvey Weinstein and attorney Benjamin Brafman announced Thursday that the criminal defence attorney will no longer represent the beleaguered producer in his rape case and that a new team of lawyers will be announced next week.
The formal announcement that Weinstein will allow Brafman to inform Judge James Burke that he wants to withdraw as legal counsel comes after sources told The Los Angeles Times the pair differed on strategy for the case, in which the producer is charged with raping two…

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How China can warm India to its new-found financial clout

When the then seemingly invincible Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa suffered a shock election defeat in 2015, the ousting of the China-friendly leader was widely seen as the beginning of the end for Chinese influence in the nation.

Four years on, that assessment has proved to be premature. The government in Colombo under President Maithripala Sirisena, faced with both a financial crisis at home and few credible financing alternatives abroad, has found it has had little choice but to…

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Vietnam willing to host second Trump-Kim summit, says PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Vietnam’s premier has said his country is willing to host a much-anticipated second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
One of North Korea’s top generals Kim Yong-chol is expected to meet Trump at the White House on Friday to hash out details of a second meeting with Kim, including a potential venue.
The second round of talks follow a historic summit in Singapore last year and are aimed at denuclearisation and ending decades of enmity…

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Jobs in China’s export-import industries wither in the heat of Washington’s trade war with Beijing

Demand for labour at China’s importers, exporters, and related manufacturers fell by 40 per cent in the last quarter of 2018 from a year earlier, showing the trade war with the US has taken its toll, a survey released on Friday revealed.
The China Institute for Employment Research (CIER) at the Renmin University of China in Beijing found jobs in export-oriented regions, including Dongguan in the Pearl River Delta and Suzhou in the Yangtze River Delta, were hit hard.

However, the…

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Hong Kong man’s sex assaults on teen daughter over two years revealed after tissue paper find, court hears

A father who repeatedly raped and molested his teenage daughter over two years was finally exposed when his wife found suspiciously placed tissue paper in their room, a Hong Kong court heard on Friday.
The man, known as L.C.L to protect the identity of the victim, had allegedly raped and molested his daughter on at least seven occasions between 2015 and 2017, prosecutors told a seven-member jury on the first day of the trial.
The first incident took place when the girl, referred to as X, was 12…

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Hong Kong man tried to lure home girl, 8, with HK$200, court hears

A Hong Kong petrol station worker on Friday admitted to offering an eight-year-old girl HK$200 (US$25) in an attempt to lure her to his home last month, in a case that has sparked fear among local parents.
Eastern Court heard how Shum Tin-wai, 21, became sexually aroused by the encounter with the Primary Two pupil on December 5 as he followed the youngster to her flat in Sai Ying Pun.
The girl became frightened and fled, and later told her parents. It set off a police investigation that finally…

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Scam alert: Chinese police warn of fake Hongkongers fleecing Good Samaritans

Police in the southern Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen have warned residents to be on alert for scammers pretending to be Hongkongers needing money for an emergency.
“They are very good at acting … and their favourite character is a Hongkonger in need,” police from Shenzhen in Guangdong province said in an online statement on Thursday.
Officers said five scammers were arrested in December after a woman surnamed Ma reported being deceived by a couple whom she thought was from…

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China’s prisons go digital for inmate convenience and clean management

China’s love of online shopping and cashless payment has gone a step further by moving into most unlikely territory – behind prison bars.
Beijing Prison announced last month that it had added Alipay to the online payment services families of prisoners can use to deposit money for inmates, for digital shopping or payment of medical expenses.
The prison began allowing families to use WeChat to transfer money to their relatives behind bars in September last year.
Families can make…

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Law student in court accused of indecently assaulting two Cathay Pacific crew on flight to Adelaide

An Australian court heard on Friday how a law student travelling from Hong Kong indecently assaulted two Cathay Pacific Airways flight attendants on a flight to Adelaide.
The Canadian national, who has a four-year student visa, had to be restrained by cabin crew and fellow passengers after allegedly performing indecent acts on at least one of the crew members, according to a police statement.
In court, prosecutors opposed bail for the 28-year-old, who was said to have no ties to the country,…

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Otto Poon, husband of Hong Kong’s justice chief, says wife not involved in his illegal structures case

The husband of Hong Kong’s justice chief Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah has distanced himself from her to avoid bringing her into a case over illegal structures in his home.
On Friday, top engineer Otto Poon Lok-to, 78, denied he had violated any building rules over a pool at his Villa de Mer property in Tuen Mun. He also dismissed questions on Cheng’s involvement in his prosecution.

Poon repeatedly told reporters: “I don’t know what my wife is doing, my wife doesn’t know…

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Indonesian radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to be freed from jail after his 15-year sentence was reduced

The ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison, Indonesia’s president said on Friday, slashing a 15-year sentence.
The announcement of Abu Bakar Bashir’s imminent release came during campaigning for a presidential election due in April in which opponents of President Joko Widodo have tried to discredit him as insufficiently Islamic.
“I have considered this decision for a long time,…

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Indonesian radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to be freed from jail after his 15-year sentence was reduced

The ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison, Indonesia’s president said on Friday, slashing a 15-year sentence.
The announcement of Abu Bakar Bashir’s imminent release came during campaigning for a presidential election due in April in which opponents of President Joko Widodo have tried to discredit him as insufficiently Islamic.
“I have considered this decision for a long time,…

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Indonesian radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to be freed from jail after his 15-year sentence was reduced

The ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison, Indonesia’s president said on Friday, slashing a 15-year sentence.
The announcement of Abu Bakar Bashir’s imminent release came during campaigning for a presidential election due in April in which opponents of President Joko Widodo have tried to discredit him as insufficiently Islamic.
“I have considered this decision for a long time,…

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Tesla recalls more than 14,000 Model S cars in China to replace faulty airbags made by Takata

China’s market regulator said on Friday that electric carmaker Tesla will recall over 14,000 Model S vehicles sold on the mainland to replace faulty airbags made by the now-defunct Japanese company Takata.
The recall, which involves cars made between February 2014 and December 2016, will begin on April 10, the State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on its website on Friday.
The cars were imported from the United States.

Tesla’s recall is part of a crackdown…

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Tesla recalls more than 14,000 Model S cars in China to replace faulty airbags made by Takata

China’s market regulator said on Friday that electric carmaker Tesla will recall over 14,000 Model S vehicles sold on the mainland to replace faulty airbags made by the now-defunct Japanese company Takata.
The recall, which involves cars made between February 2014 and December 2016, will begin on April 10, the State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on its website on Friday.
The cars were imported from the United States.

Tesla’s recall is part of a crackdown…

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Kim Jong-un’s closest aide in Washington to discuss second summit

A top North Korean general was paying a rare visit Friday to the US, where he is expected to meet President Donald Trump to finalise a new summit aimed at denuclearisation and easing decades of hostility.
Kim Yong-chol, a right-hand man to leader Kim Jong-un, is the first North Korean dignitary in nearly two decades known to have spent the night in the US capital, little more than a year after Trump was threatening to wipe the totalitarian state off the map.
Under light snow, Kim and his…

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Indonesian domestic helper ‘raped twice by Hong Kong employer’ kept evidence of attack on underwear, court told

A foreign domestic worker kept traces of her employer’s semen to expose him after he raped her twice, a Hong Kong court heard on Friday.
After being assaulted for a second time, the Indonesian helper transferred the bodily fluid she claimed Tsang Wai-sun left on her on to her underwear and reported the incident to police, prosecutor Sabrina See told the High Court.
The clothing was taken for forensic examination and ejaculate was found, See revealed on the first day of the trial.
Opening…

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Students and teachers at Hong Kong school raise HK$50,000 for Operation Santa Claus

Students and teachers at the Shung Tak Catholic English College recently put down their books to play a friendly soccer match and hold a mini fun fair to raise money for Operation Santa Claus.
Their efforts raised a total of HK$49,000 – topped up to HK$50,000 by the principal Cecilia Tang Sui Sim – the highest amount collected by the college in its 24 years of participation in the annual fundraiser.
The proceeds went to the Hong Kong Children’s Skin Foundation, one of the…

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Australian police arrest man after death of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe

Police in Australia arrested a man on Friday for questioning over the death of an Israeli student in Melbourne.
Aiia Maasarwe was slain at about 12.10am on Wednesday shortly after she got off a tram in the suburb of Bundoora. Her body was found by passers-by several hours later.
A 20-year-old man was taken into custody on Friday morning in the neighbouring suburb of Greensborough. Police did not say if any charges have been filed.
‘Horrific attack’: Israeli student murdered in…

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Don’t just apologise, pay Malaysia US$7.5 billion, finance minister tells Goldman Sachs

Malaysia’s finance minister said on Friday the government would be ready to discuss dropping criminal charges against Goldman Sachs linked to the 1MDB scandal if the bank pays US$7.5 billion in reparations.
Goldman Sachs is being investigated by Malaysian authorities and the United States’ Department of Justice for its role as underwriter and arranger of three bond sales that raised US$6.5 billion for 1Malaysia Development Berhad. The bank has denied wrongdoing.
US prosecutors last…

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Swedish lawmakers elect Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to second term

Sweden ended a four-month political vacuum Friday when lawmakers elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to a second term, after he elbowed out the far-right to save one of Europe’s few left-wing governments.
Lofven’s new minority centre-left government – comprising his Social Democrats and the Greens – won the backing of the Centre and Liberal parties, until now members of the four-party centre-right opposition Alliance.

Friday’s vote wrapped up months of wrangling…

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New Zealand waterways are filled with sewage and faeces because it has ‘too many cows’

New Zealand’s clean, green image took a beating this summer as tourists travelling through the countryside posted pictures of lakes and rivers off limits due to contamination by farm effluent, garbage and human faeces.
A booming dairy farming industry, along with a surge in tourists seeking unspoiled natural attractions, has taken its toll on the country’s environment, heavily marketed as “100% Pure”.
Particularly affected is its vast network of once pristine rivers and…

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