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Meet the YouTube Boy Band

The YouTube Boy Band—as a group of British vloggers styled themselves for a parody video—is not, technically speaking, a real music group. Its five members don’t sing, or dance, or even have a proper name. But the boy-band dynamics are there: Your front man is Alfie Deyes, 20, (2.1 million … More »

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Climate change will damage Australia’s coastal infrastructure, says IPCC

New report predicts species loss, a degraded Great Barrier Reef, and more dangerously hot days Live coverage Australia is set to suffer a loss of native species, significant damage to coastal infrastructure and a profoundly altered Great Barrier Reef due to climate change, an exhaustive UN report has found.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, delivered to the worlds governments in Japan on Monday, states there is significant change in community composition and structure of coral reefs and montane ecosystems and risk of loss of some native species in Australia as a result of warming temperatures and ocean acidification.

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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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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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South Korea orders air-con switch off as power crisis looms

<!– google_ad_section_start –> South Korea ordered government offices to turn off their air-conditioning as two power plants stopped operations on Monday, a day after a minister warned of an imminent national energy crisis. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Turkey court sentences ex-army chief to life in coup trial

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former army chief and other top brass to life in prison in a high-profile trial of 275 people accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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US intercepts al-Qaeda plans for attacks

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Interpol issued yesterday a global security alert after jailbreaks it linked to al-Qaeda freed hundreds of militants, as the United States and other Western powers planned to close certain embassies temporarily over terror threats. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hongkongers may get electronic entry to South Korea

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hong Kong residents will soon be granted easier entry to South Korea, following a deal signed by the Hong Kong and South Korean immigration authorities yesterday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Development chief’s wife Frieda Hui denies ‘accumulating’ land

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Frieda Hui Po-ming, the wife of development minister Paul Chan Mo-po, on Monday refuted accusations her family had “accumulated” land in the New Territories for profit. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Cyberport’s plan starts to bear fruit

<!– google_ad_section_start –> It’s no Silicon Valley yet, but Cyberport is making strides to shed its image as an ill-conceived government venture, and becoming a hive for promising young technology companies in the city. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Businessman’s execution casts doubt over reform

<!– google_ad_section_start –> When Zhou Qiang took control of the nation’s highest court in March, many held out cautious hope that the former Hunan party secretary might push the judiciary towards meaningful reform. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Seven UN peacekeepers killed in Darfur ambush

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The attack near the peacekeepers’ base at Manawashi, north of the South Darfur state capital Nyala, adds to deteriorating security in Sudan’s far-west region. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Los Angeles Times Page One Advisory for Friday, July 12, 2013.

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Portugal president wants ’salvation’ deal, including opposition

<!– google_ad_section_start –> President Anibal Cavaco Silva proposed an urgent cross-party agreement between the ruling coalition and opposition Socialists on Wednesday to ensure Portugal can complete adjustments under a bailout by June next year before holding early elections. Cavaco Silva said the coalition government remains in office and made no clear statement about a proposed cabinet reshuffle by the ruling Social Democrats and their junior coalition partner, the rightist CDS-PP party, to end an internal rift. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Soaring rent forces Saint Kwong Anglo-Chinese Kindergarten to close

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A non-profit kindergarten with almost half a century of history will close by the end of this month as it cannot afford to meet soaring rent demands. Founded in 1964, Saint Kwong Anglo-Chinese Kindergarten has been occupying the first floor of the Ho King Building on Main Street East in Shau Kei Wan since the early 1980s. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Zhou Shengxian defends ‘embarrassing’ environmental protection ministry

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China’s environment minister said his ministry ranked among the world’s “four major embarrassing departments” but defended the agency, saying it was hampered by overlapping functions in government, state media said on Tuesday. The comments by Zhou Shengxian are the latest in a string of blunt admissions by Chinese leaders that the country still has a long way to go in tackling pollution. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Greek creditors say agreement on reforms reached

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Greece’s international debt inspectors reached a tentative agreement on Monday with the cash-strapped country on reforms needed to keep releasing vital bailout loans, although they warned it still faced an “uncertain” economic outlook and needed to sack thousands of state sector workers. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chance encounter for Obama, Bush in Dar es Salaam

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican predecessor George W. Bush found common ground in Africa yesterday, honouring the victims of a terrorist attack in an unprecedented chance encounter a world away from home. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Views from the July 1 march

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Participants at Monday’s July 1 march express their opinions on the Leung Chun-ying administration, universal suffrage, what July 1 means to them and what they would like to see change in Hong Kong. Lo pui sze, Secondary Four student CY is always dodging questions. It seems that he is not serving HK with his heart. As for central government, I think it wants to assimilate HK, making it a place without freedom of speech just like the mainland” <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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