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Thieves target the home of late Peaches Geldof

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Burglars have twice targeted the home of tragic British model and TV presenter Peaches Geldof, daughter of Live Aid founder Bob Geldof, since her death last month, police said on Tuesday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Application to build world’s tallest building in China not yet approved

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The Binshui New City management committee said it wanted to reassure critics that construction of the 838-metre Sky City – which developers plan to build in a record-breaking seven months – would not proceed until “relevant legal procedures” were met, Xinhua reported. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Sai Wan villagers dig in to oppose incorporation into Sai Kung East Country Park

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Villagers have vowed to take tougher action if the government refuses to reverse its decision to incorporate a private enclave on Sai Kung’s Tai Long Wan coast into the surrounding country park. Their statement was made in a Heung Yee Kuk meeting yesterday, at which rural representatives expressed their anger at the decision. More than 300 people attended the session, and three representatives from Sai Wan village, which would become part of Sai Kung East Country Park, shaved their heads in protest. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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HK$100m grants to district councils spark debate on public interest

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The decisions of two district councils to use their HK$100 million government grants on community projects of their choice have renewed a debate over whether taxpayers’ money is going into advancing the people’s interest or that of politicians. The 18 district councils each have a one-off grant of HK$100 million from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to improve neighbourhood facilities. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Legacy of one-child policy could have consequences for elderly welfare

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A landmark study shows mainland’s elderly still get significant support from their children, but the one-child policy could change that forever. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Philippine rebels making millions from vote extortion

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Leftist Philippine rebels are raking in millions of dollars extorting money from candidates in next month’s elections and will likely use this to buy guns, a senior military official said on Sunday. Each candidate illegally pays between 50,000 and US$1,210-121,000 to buy protection from the New People’s Army (NPA), said Major-General Jose Mabanta, commander of one of the country’s army divisions. “My estimate is that half of all political contenders are paying, half in my area. That is also true in other areas,” he told reporters. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Thirty injured as Cheung Chau ferry collides in fog

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A passenger ferry collided with a barge as it approached Cheung Chau on Friday night amid thick fog, leaving 30 people injured, eyewitnesses and ambulance crews said. At least three passengers on board the New World vessel from Central to Cheung Chau were seriously injured, the ferry company told Cable TV. One of them nearly was barely conscious, a member of the ferry crew said.   <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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More than 30 injured as Cheung Chau ferry crashes in fog

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A passenger ferry collided with a barge as it approached Cheung Chau on Friday night amid thick fog, leaving 31 injured, eyewitnesses and ambulance crews said. At least three passengers on board the New World vessel from Central to Cheung Chau were seriously injured, the ferry company told Cable TV. One of them nearly was barely conscious, a member of the ferry crew said.   <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Vietnam land rights trial begins

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<!– google_ad_section_start –> The trial of a Vietnamese fish farmer who became a folk hero after using homemade shotguns to resist eviction began on Tuesday, with scores of people defying a heavy police presence to show their support. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Less than 20pc of left-behind students have used internet

<!– google_ad_section_start –> More than 80 per cent of the rural students left behind by city-bound parents have never used the internet, a study of differences in rural and urban pupils’ access to basic school resources has found. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hundreds mourn former Khmer Rouge minister Ieng Sary

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hundreds of mourners gathered on Friday for a funeral ceremony at the rural stronghold of Khmer Rouge co-founder Ieng Sary who died while on trial for genocide and war crimes. The 87-year-old died on Thursday, cheating Cambodians of a verdict over his role in the regime and handing another blow to the UN-backed court which has been blighted by delays and cash shortages. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Milk powder, GM food and pollution: Interesting quotes from NPC

<!– google_ad_section_start –> “We must pay attention to the problems triggered by curbs on milk powder transportation and respond to people’s concerns on the issue.” Yu Zhengsheng, Standing Committee member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, on milk powder issue.    “The situation in Xinjiang is still ‘severe’, but generally speaking, I believe it is becoming more stable.” Zhang Chunxian, party secretary of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, on ethnic relations.   <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China eyes residence permits to replace divisive hukou system

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China’s new leaders are planning a system of national residence permits to replace the household registration or ‘hukou’ regime, a government source said, a vital reform that will boost its urbanisation campaign and drive consumption-led growth. The hukou system, which dates to 1958, has split China’s 1.3 billion people along urban-rural lines, preventing many of the roughly 800 million Chinese who are registered as rural residents from settling in cities and enjoying basic urban welfare and services. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China’s big step in rural reform: mapping farmland

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The bare light bulbs, unheated rooms and elderly residents of the whitewashed village of Yangwang in eastern China make it seem an unlikely place for an experiment in cutting-edge satellite technology. This tiny village in Anhui province was home to a pilot project that for the first time mapped farmers’ land holdings, putting it on the front line of China’s efforts to build a modern agricultural sector that can underpin the country’s food security – a policy priority for the Communist Party. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Details emerge of loner holding boy in bunker

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Authorities say Jim Lee Dykes, 65 – a decorated Vietnam-era veteran known as Jimmy to neighbours – gunned down a school bus driver and then abducted a five-year-old boy from the bus last Tuesday, taking him to an underground bunker on his rural property. The driver, 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland, who was shot trying to protect children on his bus, was buried on Sunday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Multiple identities: a recurring theme in Chinese corruption

<!– google_ad_section_start –> With an impending graft crackdown hot on their heels, increasing numbers of Chinese officials are being caught in possession of “multiple identities”. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Beijing to spend 18b yuan to protect farmers’ land rights

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The mainland is going to spend 18 billion yuan (HK$22.4 billion) identifying and registering the contractual rights of farmland in the countryside over the next five years amid concern too much arable land is being appropriated as an increasing number of farmers move to towns and cities. Local governments should finish clarifying land tenure in rural areas and issue certificates to farmers within five years, the central government said in its first policy document of the year, published on Thursday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Food self-sufficiency no longer option for China

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China’s soaring imports of agricultural products remain a sensitive topic for the ruling Communist Party, which has traditionally put self-sufficiency and food security at the top of its agenda.  <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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