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Black rainstorm leaves Festival Walk soaked and reeling from losses

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Baoding ready for Beijing overflow

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Baoding, a city just outside Beijing, in Hebei province will create 34 districts to absorb branches of institutes and companies based in the overcrowded capital, authorities say. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Kerry, Lavrov look for ways to cool standoff over Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State, Russian foreign minister meet in Paris to discuss de-escalation

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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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Slovakia elects Andrej Kiska as president

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Landslide victory for millionaire-turned-philanthropist deals blow to prime minister Robert Fico ahead of 2016 general electionAndrej Kiska swooped in out of the blue to clinch Slovakia’s presidency by a landslide, dealing a heavy blow to the credibility of the prime minister, Robert Fico, ahead of a general election in 2016.A non-aligned centrist who made his fortune in the consumer-credit business, Kiska, 51, will be Slovakia’s first president since independence in 1993 without a past in the Communist party.

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Afghanistan’s Karzai steps up accusations against Pakistan

President accuses Pakistan of being behind a recent series of attacks and of blocking his government from striking a peace deal with the Taliban

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Hamid Karzai’s tangled legacy: inept failure or anti-Taliban hero?

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A look at the extraordinary career of the Afghan president, the leader first hailed by the west who is now widely attacked for his perceived weaknesses, as he prepares to give up powerAmid the dust and traffic of today’s Kabul, three things remain almost as they were a decade or so ago. In winter, and when the wind clears the smog that is a side-effect of years of economic boom, the blue sky above the snowcapped peaks that ring the city is as impressive as ever. Then there is the Arg, the sprawling palace at the city’s centre and the apparently calm eye of a turbulent storm of a country. The complex is home to the third element that has remained constant since the end of the Taliban’s grim regime in 2001: Hamid Karzai, now in his 13th year of power.However, Karzai, 56, will soon be gone. He is constitutionally barred from contesting next weekend’s elections and soon this theatrical, mercurial, complex man will have to find a new occupation. Many, particularly in Washington, will be relieved.

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HKTV will flout rules if even one person views content via antenna, watchdog tells Ricky Wong

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The telecommunications watchdog and Ricky Wong Wai-kay of the Hong Kong Television Network sat down together yesterday for the first time since a mobile television row broke out – and ended up farther apart. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Brazil’s awkward reckoning with an atrocity that lives on

A truth commission was created to ‘examine and clarify the severe violations of human rights’ during an era of dictatorial repression

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‘Mind your own business’, North Korea says of UN demand for justice

Envoy scorns Human Rights Council

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Half of voters have no idea who the Koch brothers are — so here’s a quick and dirty primer

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A recent George Washington University battleground poll of 1,000 registered “likely” voters found just over half (52 percent) had never heard of sleazy oil tycoons Charles and David Koch (pronounced “Coke,” guys!). The good news is 1-in-4 voters knew enough to have an “unfavorable” view of the billionaire bros. And Democrats in particular are wise to the Kochs’ dirty energy-loving 1 percentism, according to Politico: Among self-identified liberal Democrats, only 43 percent had never heard of the Kochs — 9 points lower than the general public. And 45 percent had a negative opinion of the two brothers — 20 points higher than the general public. Forty-three percent still sounds pretty high at Grist HQ, where we have a framed photo of the Kochs on our Wall of Shame next to Cruella de Vil and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. So here’s a quick rundown of their vital stats (check out this cool infographic too). The basics: Charles, 78, lives near Koch HQ in Wichita, Kan.; David, 74, lives in New York. They run America’s second-biggest private company, Koch Industries. They’re worth $40.3 billion. EACH.* Famous for: Inheriting their dad’s company, which owns oil, gas, and other businesses. Throwing money at the Tea Party. Being evil (see below). Brands they own (so maybe avoid them): Dixie cups, Brawny and Sparkle paper towels, Quilted Northern and Angel Soft toilet paper (all part of Georgia-Pacific); Lycra fiber, Stainmaster carpet. Eric Allix RogersAnti-green stuff: The Kochs have repeatedly attacked clean energy, fought climate action, and thumbed their noses at environmental regulations, even getting convicted five times in North America in the past 15 years. They could make $100 billion if the Keystone pipeline happens. And not only do they love fossil fuels, they steal them. According to Bloomberg, “In December 1999, a civil jury found that Koch Industries had taken oil it didn’t pay for from federal land by mismeasuring the amount of crude it was extracting.” Other evil stuff: Pouring millions into conservative political candidates’ campaigns. Trying to stop healthcare reform. Rigging prices, faking reports, lying to officials, and bribing people. Being staunchly anti-regulation and wanting to kill everything from Social Security to the FBI. Plus, there’s this: Phil Dubose, a Koch employee who testified against the company said he and his colleagues were shown by their managers how to steal and cheat — using techniques they called the Koch Method. And then there’s also: That time they lied about their direct connections to the Tea Party and tried to buy America’s major newspapers. Admittedly not as bad as: Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Chucky, Frank Underwood (maybe — hard to say). *There are actually two other Koch brothers who got beat out for interests in the family company. They mostly sail around and collect stuff.Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living

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Abdel Fatah al-Sisi resigns from Egypt military to run for presidency

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Sisi finally confirms long-awaited candidacy promising ‘stability, safety and hope for Egypt’ and he is widely expected to winEgypt’s army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi resigned from the military on Wednesday night, paving the way for a long-awaited presidential campaign and a return to strongman leadership for Egypt.”I am here before you humbly stating my intention to run for the presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt,” Sisi said in a televised statement, still dressed in military fatigues. “Only your support will grant me this great honour.”

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Oklahoma law allowing execution drug secrecy ruled unconstitutional

Judge rules law violates inmates’ right to access to the courts State recently revised law to keep source of lethal drugs secretA judge has ruled the Oklahoma state law making the source of execution drugs a secret is unconstitutional.Oklahoma county judge Patricia Parrish said the law violates death row inmates’ right to access to the courts in order to argue against their own executions. The statute denies even the judge information about execution drugs, she said.

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122 &#039;potential objects&#039; spotted in ocean offer fresh jet lead

The new images are the fourth set to show potential debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in a remote part of the Indian Ocean

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John Eisenhower, Military Historian and Son of the President, Dies at 91

Mr. Eisenhower, the son of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the five-star general turned president, forged his own career in the Army and then chronicled the history of the military in numerous books.

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Meet GM’s First Female CEO

General Motors, the largest U.S. auto-manufacturer, has named Mary Barra its first female CEO. Here are a few facts to get you up to speed.

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Tsuen Wan construction workers strike over late penalty

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US and China to expand military exchanges despite cybersecurity and territory rows

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Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader arrested

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No 8 signal may be raised as Typhoon Utor nears Hong Kong

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The Hong Kong Observatory will decide whether to raise the storm signal No 8 late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning as Severe Typhoon Utor edges closer to the South China coast. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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