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3Novices:Trump to close charity that broke ‘self-dealing’ rules: reports

US President Donald Trump will dissolve his charitable foundation – which acknowledged breaking federal rules on “self-dealing” last year – once an investigation concludes, US media reported on Monday.
In December, Trump vowed to close the organisation to avoid any conflicts of interest, after it was the subject of a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of reports in 2016 by The Washington Post. It was found to have made a political contribution, settled legal conflicts, bought…
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3Novices:Hong Kong pupils among world’s best group problem-solvers (but Singapore tops the chart)

Hong Kong secondary school pupils placed third in a worldwide ranking on collaborative problem-solving skills, according to results announced on Tuesday.
The city came behind Singapore and Japan in the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa).
The Pisa survey assesses the performance of 15-year-olds around the world in science, maths and reading, but included this year – for the first time – an assessment on how well pupils work with one another to solve problems…
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3Novices:Thousands of animals face eviction as Chengdu wildlife shelter told to close

A private shelter in Chengdu that takes in wildlife including endangered species has been told to shut down by the end of the year, and the 2,000 animals housed there will have to be relocated.
But its owner Zhou Ming told Shanghai news outlet Thepaper.cn that compensation offered by the local authorities would not cover the cost of moving the facility.
The government of the southwestern city recently launched a campaign to shut down farms in suburban areas to reduce the amount of animal waste…
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3Novices:Manhunt in Thailand for 20 Uygurs from China who cut holes in concrete cell wall to escape detention centre

A manhunt was underway Tuesday for 20 ethnic Uygurs from China who made a daring escape from an immigration detention centre in southern Thailand, with police expecting them to make a dash for the border with Malaysia.
Police said the group bored through two small holes into the wall of the centre in Sadao, near Thailand’s southernmost border, using blankets to climb out as heavy rains masked their flight.
The group have been held since in 2014 despite their claims to be Turkish citizens…
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3Novices:Missing organs mystery shrouds Thai military student’s death

The parents of a student at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School in Thailand have demanded an explanation for the death of their son and the disappearance of his brain and internal organs from his body.

Pichet and Sukanya Tanyakan, both well-known racing drivers, revealed the circumstances of the death of their son to the media.

Mr Pichet said he was informed by the military that his son, Pakapong Tanyakan, 18, a first-year student at the academy, had died on October 17….
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3Novices:Libya slave auctions revealed by CNN may be crime against humanity: UN chief

N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday he was horrified by video footage showing migrants being sold as slaves in Libya and that these auctions should be investigated as possible crimes against humanity.

US television network CNN aired the footage last week of an apparent live auction in Libya where black men were presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as US$400.

“Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the…
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3Novices:Home away from home provides care and life skills for troubled girls in Hong Kong

It is 5pm and at a temporary shelter for homeless girls, the kitchen is bustling. A team of teenagers are preparing dinner for themselves and their peers, part of the daily routine at the home, located in a tower block on a public housing estate in Tsing Yi.
The lodging is run by Home Care for Girls, a non-profit organisation, founded by Sister Agnes Ho. The place provides a safe and caring environment where troubled girls can seek compassion and stability away from problematic family…
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