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3Novices:Wearing all your clothes to travel not new: Hongkongers on China trips did it all the time to dodge taxes and help poor relatives

A passenger who wore all the clothes he was carrying to try to get around an excess baggage payment on a flight from Iceland made headlines this week – but it’s a practice that’s hardly news to older generations in Hong Kong. In the 1960s and ’70s they layered up whenever they returned to their homes in China. 

“My mother used to wear six pair of pants and as many shirts as she could when she crossed the border, and returned almost only in her underwear,…
January 18, 2018 at 03:15PM http://ift.tt/2Di58rB
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3Novices:Wearing all your clothes to travel not new: Hongkongers on China trips did it all the time to dodge taxes and help poor relatives

A passenger who wore all the clothes he was carrying to try to get around an excess baggage payment on a flight from Iceland made headlines this week – but it’s a practice that’s hardly news to older generations in Hong Kong. In the 1960s and ’70s they layered up whenever they returned to their homes in China. 
“My mother used to wear six pair of pants and as many shirts as she could when she crossed the border, and returned almost only in her underwear,…
January 18, 2018 at 03:19PM http://ift.tt/2Di58rB
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3Novices:Passengers can now use phones in flight mode on several Chinese airlines

Several Chinese airlines have begun allowing passengers to use mobile phones in flight mode, as they can on many international carriers.
Until Thursday, phones had to be completely switched off during any flight on a Chinese airline. Other portable electronic devices could be used in flight mode, while on planes with Wi-fi, passengers could access the internet using tablets and laptops but not phones.
China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines took the lead in lifting the ban from Thursday…
January 18, 2018 at 03:12PM http://ift.tt/2DkWvki
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3Novices:Bus bursts into flames in Kazakhstan, killing 52 people on board

Fifty-two people were killed on Thursday when the bus they were travelling on caught fire in Kazakhstan, the central Asian nation’s emergency services ministry said in a statement.
“On January 18 at 10.30am, a bus caught fire … 55 passengers and two drivers were on board. Five people who managed to escape are receiving medical assistance. The rest died on the spot,” the ministry said, without elaborating on the cause of the blaze.
The bus driver said the passengers were…
January 18, 2018 at 02:53PM http://ift.tt/2FPg7KZ
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3Novices:Populism has emboldened authoritarian leaders around the world but Human Rights Watch hails resistance in annual report

Activists have decried the rise of US President Donald Trump and his embrace of populist strongmen as a blow to the global campaign for human rights, but said they have seen a promising resistance movement.
In its annual report released on Thursday, Human Rights Watch tracked unchecked abuse in unstable states like Syria and Myanmar, authoritarian trends in powers like Turkey and China – and also weighed in on year one of Trump’s White House.
Under Trump, the US cosied up to…
January 18, 2018 at 02:40PM http://ift.tt/2FRWIsX
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3Novices:New Zealand doctor calls for euthanasia drug to be made available in pharmacies

By Carla Penman
An Auckland medical specialist argues making a drug to assist dying available in pharmacies would be far easier to manage than bringing in legislation.
Dr Stephen Child has spoken to NZH Focus about his view on ACT MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill that passed its first reading in Parliament in December.
It will legalise assisted dying in cases where individuals have a terminal illness that is likely to end his or her life within six months.
Dr Child says the…
January 18, 2018 at 02:18PM http://ift.tt/2DlRtEb
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3Novices:Chinese cancer patient’s suicide note leads police to cave in which he planned to die

A Chinese man suffering from cancer who ran away to die so he would not be a burden to his family has been reunited with his wife and children, according to a local newspaper report.
Police officers found the man, identified only by his surname Xia, hiding in a cave just hours after his wife reported him missing, Qianjiang Evening News reported.
The woman, who was not named, alerted the authorities after finding a farewell note penned by her husband at their home in Panan county, Zhejiang…
January 18, 2018 at 02:00PM http://ift.tt/2DhvGJA
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