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Beijing man builds illegal rooftop villa on apartment block

<!– google_ad_section_start –> When it comes to illegal structures, a rooftop villa built by an eccentric Beijing resident on top of a 26-storey residential building puts Henry Tang’s wine cellar to shame. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Russian bloggers cast doubt on Putin’s fishy tale

<!– google_ad_section_start –> President Vladimir Putin’s opponents on Monday gleefully sought to prove the Russian strongman had massively exaggerated the weight of a pike he caught on a recent fishing expedition to Siberia. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chinese qigong master under investigation after ‘vulgar magician’ exposé

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Authorities in southeastern Jiangxi province are investigating health techniques used by a qigong master who has ties with a long list of celebrities, including Jackie Chan and Jack Ma, and who has been accused of getting rich by defrauding believers of the supernatural. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Sichuan cancer patient prepares video wedding blessing for children

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Thousands of people have shed tears over a video recorded by woman suffering from cancer and fearing imminent death, in which she prepares a message of blessing for the future weddings of her three children. With the help of a friend, Li Shu, a mother from Langzhong city in Sichuan province, recorded the video from her hospital bed, according to Chengdu Commercial Daily, a local newspaper. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Japan mulls nationalising 400 unclaimed islands amid China Diaoyus dispute

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Japan may nationalise any unclaimed remote islands in its waters in a bid to bolster its territorial claims, a newspaper said on Monday amid a dispute with China over one set. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is to establish a task force to research owners and names of some 400 remote islands, the Yomiuri Shimbun said. If their ownership is unclear, the government will give official names to the islands and nationalise them, the mass-circulation daily reported. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chinese chef smuggled to Gabon says he was ‘left for dead’

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Li Guangxian took off for central Africa in January this year, in hopes that a 7,500 yuan (HK$9,500) monthly salary promised for working as a “cook” would help put his daughter through university and provide a better life for his impoverished family back home in Anhui. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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A new word invented to describe China’s economic reforms: ‘Likonomics’

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Last century, Margaret Thatcher gave the world ‘Thatcherism’ and her counterpart – and good friend – across the Atlantic brought us ‘Reaganomics’. More recently, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies to revive the economy after two decades of stagnation inspired ‘Abenomics’ and now Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has stepped up with ‘Likonomics’. The origins of the term – and the correct spelling – are vague but Post columnist Tom Holland referred to ‘Liconomics’ last week, and a few days later Barclays Capital produced its own Likonomics research. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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‘Youth will drive democracy fight’

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying thinks he knows why he has been subjected to bizarre threats in recent weeks – he says it’s all about democracy. It started on June 19, when the front gate of his house was rammed with a stolen car, and a man left an axe and machete in his driveway. A week later, two masked men torched copies of the newspaper he owns, the Chinese-language Apple Daily, on board a delivery truck after forcing a pair of workers to leave the vehicle. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Nanjing mother arrested after her two children die of starvation

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Nanjing police have detained a 22-year-old woman on suspicion of murder following a report that she left her two young daughters at home and allowed them to starve to death, Hua Shang Daily reported. The case has angered and shocked many people in China. The two girls were aged only one and three. The woman, surnamed Le, was arrested after police on Friday found the two toddlers’ decomposing bodies in a suburban community home in the Jiangning district. The Daily reported that the children had starved to death. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Video: Shanghai mall trolley plunges into woman, killing her

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The frightening incident on Friday was captured on video by a security camera, and the clip was widely circulated on the internet. It showed a woman who appeared to be in her 60s descending on a travelator. A moment after she steps off, a cart appears from behind. She turns and notices it, but it was too late. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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NSA leaker Snowden says he’s not avoiding justice

<!– google_ad_section_start –> HONG KONG (AP) — The former CIA employee who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs said in a new interview in Hong Kong on Wednesday that he is not attempting to hide from justice here but hopes to use the city as a base to reveal wrongdoing. Edward Snowden dropped out of sight after checking out of a Hong Kong hotel on Monday. The South China Morning Post newspaper said it was able to locate and interview him on Wednesday. It provided brief excerpts from the interview on its website. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China’s talent outflow highest in world, says People’s Daily

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China is losing top-notch talent at the highest rate in the world as students who seek degrees abroad opt to remain overseas, the official People’s Daily reported yesterday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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World press alliance urges China to free journalists

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A global alliance of newspapers and news publishers called on China Sunday to release all journalists languishing in its jails and end attacks on freedom of expression. With at least 32 imprisoned journalists, China is one of the world’s worst jailers of media professionals, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) said in a statement at its annual congress in Bangkok. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hongkongers raise money for ad against ‘mainlandisation of HK universities’

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A year after Hongkongers produced an advertisement slamming mainland Chinese as “locusts” who swarm the city and drain its resources, a group of Hong Kong students are raising money to run a full-page advertisement opposing the “mainlandisation of HK universities”. “Our page has been ‘liked’ 2109 times, and if every person who ‘liked’ us donates $HK30, we will have the money for the ad,” the organiser wrote on May 23 on Facebook, “Just make a little effort, and we will bring changes to our society.” <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Drone patrols to deter graffiti divide Germans

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Germans have no trouble agreeing that the graffiti covering many of the nation’s commuter trains is intolerable. But what they cannot agree upon is the main railway operator’s proposed cure: small drones to patrol rail yards by night. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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France to probe samples from Syria for sign of chemical arms

<!– google_ad_section_start –> French authorities will analyse samples brought back from Syria by two journalists after they reported the Syrian army was using chemical weapons against rebel forces, a top official said on Tuesday. There have been mounting reports of the use of chemical arms in Syria, where a bloody conflict has raged for over two years and claimed more than 94,000 lives amid reports of widespread rights violations. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Angelina Jolie’s aunt dies of breast cancer aged 61

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Angelina Jolie’s aunt has died of breast cancer less than two weeks after the Oscar-winning actress announced that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy. The Hollywood entertainment website E! News cited Jolie’s uncle, Ron Martin, as saying that his 61-year-old wife, Debbie – the younger sister of Jolie’s late mother – died early on Sunday at Palomar Hospital in California. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Wenzhou businesswoman sentenced to death over US$70m investment scam

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A businesswoman in Zhejing province has been sentenced to death for defrauding her clients of around US$70 million in an investment scam, state media reported on Friday as authorities crack down on illegal banking. Lin Haiyan, 39, from the eastern city of Wenzhou, a free-wheeling business hub, was condemned after illegally raising US$104 million from relatives, friends and other investors, the National Business Daily reported. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hainan province teacher, city official arrested over sex assault of six girls

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A schoolmaster and a government official in Hainan province have been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of six primary school girls, local authorities said yesterday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Plan for French universities to teach in English sparks a war of words

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Jacques Chirac once stormed out of an EU summit because a French business leader was speaking it, Nicolas Sarkozy lamented his lack of it and Francois Hollande makes small talk in it but is conscious of his accent. The global spread of the English language has long been a sore point in Paris politics. Now a new battleground has appeared in the linguistic war. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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