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3Novices:Typhoon standby signal issued for Hong Kong

A typhoon standby signal No 1 was issued in Hong Kong at 11.10pm on Saturday.
A tropical depression, the lowest classification for tropical cyclones, was about 570km southeast of Hong Kong at 11pm.
“The tropical depression over the central part of the South China Sea will move towards the vicinity of the western part of Guangdong to Hainan Island today and tomorrow,” the Hong Kong Observatory said.
Amber rainstorm for Hong Kong cancelled after heavy rainfall eases
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3Novices:Lucky escape for Hong Kong family in deadly Kowloon bus crash

Eleven-year-old Kwok Kai-yin was waiting to cross the road with his parents on Friday night when he heard the roaring engine of a bus and saw the double-decker “flying” towards him before it stopped just 90 centimetres away from him seconds later.
The family of three were among the 30 people injured in the deadly bus crash in Sham Shui Po at around 6.30pm on Friday, when the double-decker slammed into the pavement railing, a road sign and an overhanging building canopy at the…
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3Novices:Spain’s PM asks Catalan leaders to admit their independence referendum ‘won’t happen’

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked Catalan separatist leaders on Saturday to own up that they can’t hold an outlawed independence referendum after a crackdown dealt them a serious blow this week.
“It would be sensible, reasonable and democratic to stop and say, there won’t be a referendum, which they know won’t happen,” Rajoy told members of his conservative Popular Party at an event in the Balearic Islands.

Madrid has used up the legal arsenal at…
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3Novices:Thai junta says police helped Yingluck flee the country

Thailand’s deputy junta leader has accused three police officers of helping sneak ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of the country last month, a vanishing act that stunned the kingdom.
Yingluck, whose government was toppled by the military in 2014, has not been seen since August 25, when she failed to turn up for a court verdict in her criminal negligence trial.
Thailand’s junta said it was unaware she was planning to escape – something many Thais have found difficult…
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3Novices:Dos and don’ts for Chinese tourists visiting Singapore: no whistling at the theatre and don’t steal stuff from the plane

Chinese tourists arriving at Singapore’s Changi Airport on Friday afternoon were greeted by embassy officials – and they had a few words of advice.
Embassy staff were waiting at Terminal 3 to hand out pamphlets prepared specifically for Chinese tourists visiting the city state – a list of dos and don’ts that runs to nearly 30 pages.
“Please give a proper tip to the hotel porter who helps carry luggage to your room,” was among the advice for visitors, who were…
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3Novices:New Zealand election stalemate leaves maverick populist Winston Peters as kingmaker

New Zealand’s cliffhanger election ended in a stalemate on Saturday, leaving maverick populist Winston Peters of the New Zealand First (NZF) party to decide whether conservative Prime Minister Bill English or his youthful challenger Jacinda Ardern forms government.
English delivered an unexpectedly strong performance to claim 46 per cent of the vote, while Ardern fell short, finishing on 36.
“Of course we were hoping for higher … obviously we hoped for better,” said Ardern,…
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3Novices:Don’t worry about Hong Kong’s credit rating downgrade, finance chief says

Hong Kong’s finance minister said on Saturday that he disagreed with the lowering of the city’s credit rating by US rating agency Standard & Poor’s.
The comment by Secretary for Finance Paul Chan Mo-po came a day after the downgrade from AA+ to AAA, a move which is expected to raise financing costs for local businesses.
S & P said the rating cut for Hong Kong was related to its decision to downgrade China’s rating a day earlier.

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