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3Novices:The world’s next fastest supercomputer will help boost China’s growing sea power

China is planning to boost its computing power tenfold within a couple of years by building a new generation supercomputer.
The machine will be based on the coast of Shandong province to process the data collected from the world’s oceans, according to scientists briefed on the project.
An Hong, professor of computer science with the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei and a member of a committee advising the central government on high performance computer development,…
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3Novices:Parked car blocking the way? Chinese firm hires crane to move it … and leave it on the roof

A property management firm went to extremes to teach a defiant driver a lesson after a parking fee dispute in northeastern China.
The driver was leaving a residential estate in Benxi, Liaoning province, on Tuesday morning when security guards stopped her car to charge her for parking, local news portal Ersanli reported.
‘Drunk driving’ Chinese couple leaves 11 cars damaged while trying to flee accident scene
The woman refused to pay, and after some argument, she walked away, leaving…
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3Novices:US Navy to relieve commander of 7th Fleet after warship collisions

The US Navy plans to relieve the commander of the fleet involved in two fatal collisions between destroyers and civilian vessels in Asian waters, two reports said
Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka near Tokyo, will be relieved of command on Wednesday in connection with the two collisions and two other incidents involving the fleet’s vessels, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing two US officials familiar with the matter.
Aucoin…
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3Novices:Polish prosecutors probe whether democracy icon Lech Walesa gave false testimony in spy case

Polish prosecutors on Tuesday said they were looking into whether freedom icon Lech Walesa gave false testimony regarding allegations he collaborated with the communist secret police in the early 1970s.
Walesa, who co-founded the independent Solidarity trade union and then negotiated a bloodless end to communism in Poland in 1989, is a vocal opponent of the governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party, which he says is harming Poland.
The state-run Institute of National Remembrance (IPN),…
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3Novices:Creating a 153kg samosa? It’s no piece of cake

The world record for the largest samosa was smashed in London on Tuesday by a whopping version of the popular Asian snack weighing in at 153.1kg.
A dozen volunteers from the Muslim Aid UK charity built the giant samosa then deep-fried it in a custom-built vat at an East London Mosque.
Adjudicators from Guinness World Records were on hand to oversee the process and certify that the mega-samosa passed the required tests.
The previous record of 110.8 kg was set by Bradford College in northern…
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3Novices:Is this the end of nine-year-old Hong Kong singer Celine Tam’s meteoric rise?

Pint-sized songbird Celine Tam’s speedy ascent to fame looked unstoppable, but on a stage decorated to look like a glittering rose garden, she hit her first snag.
The nine-year-old singer from Hong Kong took to the America’s Got Talent stage for the third time on Tuesday night, US time, this time singing live to air.
Her performances have won plaudits from judges and international fans alike, but on Tuesday’s show, judge and former Spice Girl Mel B questioned if the Whitney…
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3Novices:Seven long reads to see you through Typhoon Hato, from family sagas to sea cucumbers

There’s no time like the enforced rest a typhoon brings Hongkongers to get stuck into some of those long reads you meant to dive into but just didn’t have the time for. So we scoured our archives for a few you may have missed.

1. Hong Kong’s Waglan Lighthouse: the light’s on, but nobody’s home
It’s probably a good thing this lighthouse is no longer manned, given the waves Typhoon Hato is likely to whip up today. The lighthouse and the buildings surrounding…
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