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3Novices:At least 26 killed in Philippines by landslides caused by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak

Landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak have killed 26 people in the central Philippine island of Biliran, authorities said Sunday, a day after the storm pounded the east of the archipelago nation.
“There is a total of 26 people dead from landslides in four towns of Biliran. We have recovered the bodies,” said Sofronio Dacillo, Biliran provincial disaster risk reduction and management officer.
Gerardo Espina, governor of the island province east of the much larger island of…
December 17, 2017 at 03:18PM http://ift.tt/2Cpobzs
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3Novices:How can Carrie Lam accomplish her new mission of pushing Hongkongers to learn more about China’s Communist Party?

Not many people watch television nowadays, understandably – especially not state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) here in Hong Kong.
So it was no surprise that many missed a particularly significant detail of the first duty visit to Beijing by Hong Kong’s leader: when she met President Xi Jinping, she had with her a thick, written report on her work since taking office on July 1.
In CCTV’s main newscast at 7pm on Friday, a close-up shot revealed the document’s…
December 17, 2017 at 02:53PM http://ift.tt/2BvT8p5
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3Novices:Two Chinese charged as Brazil police foil million dollar fraud to export precious Amazon wood

Two Chinese entrepreneurs paid millions of dollars to a Brazilian company that bribed environment officials of an Amazon state to illegally export precious hardwoods to China.
But in a rare success against rising deforestation in the Amazon, Brazilian police and prosecutors were able to stop the scheme before exports started in earnest and said they saved the state from US$30 million worth of potential environmental damage.
Last week prosecutors presented details of two connected, year-long…
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3Novices:China calls off controversial hunt for Chinese ‘warrior gene’ in children

The hunt started more than a decade ago with a pool of money, central government backing and the goal of tracking down a Chinese variant of the so-called warrior gene.
Similar research was already under way in the United States, Europe and Japan – studies that suggested certain variations in DNA were linked to violent behaviour.
Identifying those traits might not only help reduce the risk of such violence but also be a way of boosting aggression and building a better soldier, the thinking…
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3Novices:At least five killed after suicide attackers storm Christian church in Pakistan

At least five people were killed and 15 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service on Sunday, just over a week before Christmas, police said.
The attack took place at the Methodist Church in the restive southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province.
Senior city police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema gave the toll, which was confirmed by Balochistan home minister Sarfraz Bugti.

Bugti said police intercepted and shot one bomber outside but the second…
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3Novices:Why Australia needs a smarter China policy

With the 45th anniversary of official Australia-China ties around the corner, Australia should be gearing up to celebrate. Instead, we find ourselves mired in one of the lowest points of our relationship in many years.
This week, the Australian ambassador to China was summoned to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss recent developments concerning accusations of Chinese influence in Australia. This followed Cheng Jingye, the Chinese ambassador to Australia, lodging a formal…
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3Novices:Chinese couple, 89, swim their way to a long and healthy life

Taking daily dips in a local lake has been the key to a long life for a married couple in eastern China, according to a local media report.
Liu Zhenjun and his wife Huang Shuwen, both 89, have been swimming in Zixia Lake in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, every day for more than 20 years, and they have never felt better, Yangtse Evening News reported on Saturday.
Former soldier Liu said he took up swimming as a hobby while serving in the army. Over the years it has helped him to stave off ill health…
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