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3Novices:Tipped justice minister appears a wise choice for Hong Kong

Name a political crisis in recent years and Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung is likely to have had a hand in it.
The previous administration’s failed political reform for universal suffrage? Check.
The ongoing row over proposed joint checkpoints with mainland authorities, which the opposition claims is ceding the city’s rightful autonomy to the mainland, at the future express rail terminus in West Kowloon? Check.
Taking six opposition lawmakers to the courts to disqualify them over improper…
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3Novices:Can China, India rebuild trust as border tensions linger?

China and India agreed on Monday to work together to build trust as tensions between the two Asian giants continued to simmer along their shared border.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi held bilateral talks with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj after travelling to New Delhi to attend the 15th Russia-India-China trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting.
His was the first visit to India by a senior Chinese official since the two countries became embroiled in a…
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3Novices:Double murderer Rurik Jutting set for Hong Kong appeal court after 13 months in prison, where family visited

Rurik Jutting, the British banker jailed for the gruesome killings of two Indonesian women in Hong Kong, is expected back in the dock on Tuesday as he appeals against his murder conviction.
A source familiar with the matter also said that since the former banker was sentenced, his family had visited him at the maximum-security Stanley Prison on the south of Hong Kong Island, where he is serving time with some of the city’s most notorious criminals.
At 10am the Cambridge graduate is…
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3Novices:Tight security at Legco building as pan-democrats camp overnight in latest protest against rule book changes

Metre-high metal barricades and fences last used to restrain protesters during the Occupy movement in 2014 reappeared on Monday around Hong Kong’s legislature, as a handful of pan-democratic lawmakers vowed to hold overnight vigils against rules to curb filibustering.
By evening, they had set up several tents, as tensions grew between them and the pro-establishment camp.
“Camping carries a symbolic meaning that we are determined to stay and fight,” lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick…
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3Novices:Regina Ip sued for defamation by Hong Kong columnist over her remarks involving Link Reit

The chairwoman of the pro-Beijing New People’s Party is being sued for defamation by a Hong Kong columnist whom she described as a middleman delivering a threat on behalf of Asia’s largest real estate investment trust.
Simon Lee Chao-fu, an economics columnist and previously a researcher for the trust Link Reit, said he filed a case at the High Court on Monday, accusing Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, a former candidate for city leader, of making defamatory comments against him.
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3Novices:Injuries, suspect in custody after explosion in New York

New York emergency authorities were responding to reports of an explosion at New York’s Port Authority, one of the city’s busiest commuter hubs, during Monday morning’s rush hour.
Local news channel WABC cited police sources as saying a possible pipe bomb detonated in a passageway below ground at Port Authority.
Injuries were also reported.
Media reported several people were injured, and WPIX television reported, citing sources, that a man with a “possible second device…
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3Novices:Hongkongers will soon be able to use phones in place of Octopus cards

Octopus has made a big play in the battle with its legion of e-payment competitors, joining forces with Samsung to offer smartphone functions that will allow Hongkongers to use their phone in place of their Octopus card.
Through mobile wallet app Samsung Pay, and select Samsung smartphones, Octopus users will be able to pay for local travel, small purchases, or get in and out of residential estates using their handset.
Previous Octopus smartphone apps did not have tap-and-pay functions.
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