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Two Koreas trade hundreds of rounds of artillery fire across disputed maritime border

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The two Koreas traded hundreds of rounds of artillery fire across their disputed maritime border yesterday, forcing South Korean islanders to take shelter a day after the North drove up tensions by threatening a new nuclear test. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Insurers face US$450m bill for MH370

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will visit Perth to observe the search for flight MH370, the government said last night, as Standard & Poor’s warned that insurers faced paying out up to US$450 million. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Festival Walk slammed for poor maintenance after flooding

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Festival Walk shopping mall came under fire yesterday, accused of poor maintenance and a slow response to Sunday’s flood, as shopkeepers mopped up. The criticism came as the Observatory warned that heavy rain and squally thunderstorms would continue to affect Hong Kong and the region. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Pro-Beijing camp woo pan-democrats with ‘exclusive’ talks for Shanghai visit

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Pressure is growing on pan-democrat lawmakers to join a trip to Shanghai after pro-government figures said they would find a way for them to have an exclusive meeting with Beijing officials. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Senior party officials at start of trial of ‘mafia’ tycoon Liu Han in Xianning, Hubei

<!– google_ad_section_start –> More than 150 top Communist Party officials arrived in Xianning, Hubei province, yesterday to oversee the highly anticipated trial of Sichuan mining tycoon Liu Han for alleged mafia-style crimes. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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US spying risk clouds referendum debate on Swiss fighter planes

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Ahead of a Swiss referendum on the country’s plan to buy 22 fighter jets from Sweden, a report has raised concerns that a US-made communication system could be used for spying. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Every day is April 1 for online tricksters

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A slick promotional video featuring two Heisenbergian CEOs. A hip website littered with buzzwords and trademarks. Press releases. Stickers. Posters. T-shirts. An auspicious, grass-roots buzz that began in Reddit’s technology forums and bubbled into the mainstream press. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Delivery of actress’ baby was smooth, says doctor in infant death inquiry

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A doctor charged with professional misconduct over the death of former actress Eugina Lau Mei-kuen’s newborn baby yesterday told the Medical Council that the delivery was smooth and the baby was not distressed at birth. But Dr Christine Choy Ming-yan was accused of lying to the council, and of having tampered with medical records. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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‘Like end of the world… for a while’

<!– google_ad_section_start –> As thunderstorms and gusts of wind up to 100 kilometers per hour spread across the city, a freak hailstorm featuring hailstones of about three centimetres in diameter hit Wong Tai Sin, before spreading to areas including Yuen Long, Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Kowloon Tong and parts of the North District. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Big, mysterious and rich: China according to Deneuve

<!– google_ad_section_start –> France has a fascination with China, says French cinema icon Catherine Deneuve, who hopes people from China share the same fascination with France. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hospital bed crisis looms as demand projected to outstrip supply

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The Post has calculated that all planned major construction of new hospitals and expansion of existing ones will bring the number of beds up by at least 7 per cent to 38,587 beds by 2026. But the current ratio of one bed for every 200 residents will rise to one for every 208 residents when predicted population growth occurs. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Government’s electric-cab plan fails to spark more suppliers’ interest

<!– google_ad_section_start –> At present, only four models of electric private cars are available in Hong Kong – the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan Leaf, Renault Fluence ZE and BYD e6. The BYD cars are already being used as taxis, with 45 on the roads. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Black rain alert as storm causes damage across Hong Kong

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A freak downpour caused widespread damage across Hong Kong in the first black rainstorm alert of the year. Hailstones the size of golf balls hammered parts of Kowloon and the New Territories, cracking the glass canopies of the Festival Walk mall in Kowloon Tong, and causing widespread flooding. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Do Lu Ping’s comments reveal Beijing’s hidden bottom line?

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The “carrot and stick” approach is common in negotiating and bargaining. It would not be exceptional for Beijing to use this tactic in its talks with Hong Kong’s pan-democrats on who may be eligible to run as the city’s leader in 2017, hopefully through universal suffrage. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Liberal academics push compromise 2017 plan

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The blueprint, spearheaded by the vice-chairman of the SynergyNet think tank, Dr Brian Fong Chi-hang, and Community Care Fund chairman Dr Law Chi-kwong, dispenses with public nomination, a point that radical pan-democrats consider is indispensable. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Why says pan-democrats can’t be patriots?: Jasper Tsang

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Patriotism – Beijing’s requirement for Hong Kong’s chief executive candidates in 2017 – should not be defined as being pro-Beijing or pro-establishment, says Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Politics is second to solving people’s problems: New People’s Party’s Judy Chan Ka-pui

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Four months ago, few in Hong Kong – not to mention the political arena – would have heard of the name Judy Chan Ka-pui. Yet, the New People’s Party freshman shot to fame in the small hours of March 24 when she defeated Democratic Party lawmaker Sin Chung-kai and People Power chairwoman Erica Yuen Mi-ming to win a Southern District Council by-election. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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City must reduce reliance on Dongjiang water, John Tsang says

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Seawater desalination is an important future source of water supply for Hong Kong, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has reiterated. It was necessary for the city to adopt the process because Guangdong, which currently provides up to 80 per cent of Hong Kong’s tap water, is seeing a growing demand for the resource, Tsang wrote in his weekly blog post. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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New international preschool finds pricey space to fill a gap

<!– google_ad_section_start –> With an increasing number of local parents enrolling their children in international schools, two more international kindergartens have set up shop in Hong Kong since the start of the year to cater to the growing demand. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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