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Sat, 16 Oct 2021 10:11:49 +0800
Shenzhou-13 crew arrive at space station
Three taikonauts successfully docked with China's new space station on Saturday on what is set to be Beijing's longest crewed mission to date and the latest landmark in its drive to become a major space power. The three blasted off shortly after mid...

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 00:36:48 +0800
China launches longest crewed space station mission
China on Saturday launched a rocket carrying three astronauts, including one woman, to the core module of a future space station where they will live and work for six months, the longest-ever duration in orbit for Chinese astronauts, or taikonauts. ...

Thu, 14 Oct 2021 16:05:44 +0800
Dozens dead in Kaohsiung fire
Authorities in the city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan on Thursday said 46 people had died in a fire at a residential building. The fire broke out in the 40-year-old building in the early hours of the morning in the city's Yancheng district. It was put out ...

Thu, 14 Oct 2021 12:40:48 +0800
Mainland reports 21 Covid cases, one of them local
The Xinhua news agency says mainland China reported 21 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. In its daily report, the National Health Commission said there had been one local case in Inner Mongolia, with the remaining 20 being imported. It al...

Wed, 13 Oct 2021 14:37:54 +0800
China posts stronger export growth
China's export growth unexpectedly accelerated in September, as still solid global demand offset some of the pressures on factories from power shortages, supply bottlenecks and a resurgence of domestic Covid-19 cases. Outbound shipments in September...

Hong Kong Local

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 15:40:57 +0800
Stay home, Beijing tells HK delegate Tam Yiu-chung
Hong Kong's sole delegate to the nation's top legislative body, Tam Yiu-chung, says he has been barred from attending the committee's meeting in Beijing next week – due to the recent discovery of an untraceable Covid-19 case in Hong Kong. In a vi...

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 15:09:55 +0800
HK records six imported Covid infections
Health officials on Saturday reported six imported Covid infections, including a Russian consulate worker who had been exempted from hotel quarantine and tested preliminary positive earlier. The fully-vaccinated 55-year-old was self-isolating at his...

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 13:44:53 +0800
Man in court on taxi driver murder charge
A 31-year-old man appeared before Kwun Tong Court on Saturday to face a charge of murdering a taxi driver in Sai Ying Pun. The prosecution requested psychological reports on the accused, Matthew Choi, before proceeding with the case. Magistrate May...

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 12:01:09 +0800
Seven activists jailed over July 1 protest
The District Court on Saturday sentenced seven activists to between six and twelve months behind bars for their roles in a protest on July 1 last year. The seven are former lawmakers Wu Chi-wai, Leung Kwok-hung and Chu Hoi-dick, former district coun...

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 11:15:24 +0800
Civil service chief: new test will hit applications
Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip admitted on Saturday that a new test on the national security law for would-be government workers will reduce the number of people seeking such roles, but he said he was confident the administration would ...

South China Morning Post

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 16:09:57 +0800
Number of Hongkongers applying for lucrative government jobs down 30 per cent, but civil service chief not concerned
The number of applicants eyeing elite-level policymaker posts has dropped by 30 per cent from a year ago, and Hong Kong’s top civil servant pointed to drastic political changes and the implementation of the national security law as the reason.Secre...

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 15:59:12 +0800
Singapore says no disruption to electricity supply as power companies exit
Singapore’s energy regulator said on Saturday that it is working closely with retailers facing challenges from current volatile electricity prices and said there will be no disruption to their customers’ electricity supply.Singapore’s wholesale...

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 14:30:25 +0800
China’s education crackdown sparks lawsuits against defunct institutions, while some tutors keep teaching in secret
Many private English teachers who remain in China are keeping a low profile amid China’s ongoing crackdown on off-campus education, and a number of private institutions remain stuck in an operational quagmire – saying they are unable to refund cu...

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 14:19:27 +0800
Coronavirus: Hong Kong to offer home pickup service, mobile vaccine vehicles for the elderly as daily jab numbers dwindle
Elderly Hong Kong residents hoping to take a coronavirus jab will soon only need to pick up the phone and a car will be sent to drive them to a vaccination centre, a senior official has said.Mobile vaccination vehicles will also begin visiting local ...

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 13:25:32 +0800
In Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen’s cross-strait take plays well
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s recent description of the island and the Chinese mainland as two unrelated entities – highly provocative to Beijing – could be a big booster for her pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party to retain powe...

Xinhua China News

China Focus: Beijing firms bring tech to Belt and Road countries
"Borrow a boat to sail in the sea -- we will find more ways to use the opportunities brought by the Belt and Road Initiative," he said.

Xi, Trump discuss ties, Korean Peninsula situation over phone
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Monday discussed bilateral ties and the situation on the Korean Peninsula on phone, pledging close contact by various means to promptly exchange views on major issues of common con...

Feature: A Thai student dreams of selling rice to China
Agricultural products have been exempted duty by the FTA , but most Thai rice sold in China ' s supermarkets is imported through regular channels , without taking advantage of the FTA , she said .

Hebei promises dedication in building Xiongan New Area
Public services including employment , education , healthcare and social security will be improved in the area , he said .

Xi, Trump pledge to expand mutually beneficial cooperation, manage differences
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, pledged on Friday to expand mutually beneficial cooperation and to manage their differences based on mutual respect.

Xinhua World News

Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers after protest against Pence visit
Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes after a protest against the visit of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Hebron, on Jan. 23, 2018.

U.S. failure to appoint Australian ambassador "diplomatic insult": former deputy PM
Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer has accused the U.S. of hitting Australia with a "diplomatic insult."

Speaker of Hungarian Parliament addresses in Budapest
Laszlo Kover (1st L), Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, speaks at a conference of the parliament speakers of the Western Balkans in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 27, 2017.

Typhoon Lan lashes central Japan, killing 2 and disrupting transport systems
Two people were killed and transportation systems and businesses severely disrupted as Typhoon Lan lashed central Japan's Pacific coast after making landfall early Monday.

Spotlight: U.S. decision to withdraw from UNESCO triggers calls for multilateralism
The U.S. decision to withdraw from UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, has triggered worldwide calls for supporting multilateralism amid world challenges.