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  1. A woman has been arrested in eastern China trying to buy a baby over the internet, according to a Chinese media report. The 43-year-old woman from Chizhou in Anhui province said she did not know it was illegal to adopt through an online broker, news portal Kankanews.com reported on Monday. “If I had known it’s illegal, I would not have done this kind of thing,” she was quoted...
  2. While being “bicycle-friendly” has been championed in Hong Kong’s new towns and other areas featuring comprehensive cycle track networks, officials have discouraged the mode of transport in urban parts of the city. Current laws prohibit bicycle use on motorways and road tunnels, and in 2013 the Transport Department drafted internal guidelines on setting up zones where cycling...
  3. A woman who threw water at her fellow train passengers has apologised after the conductor intervened in the latest row over seating to flare up on China’s railways. Witnesses travelling from Shanghai to Fuyang, Anhui province in northwest China on Sunday night told Beijing Youth Daily that the woman remained silent when she was asked to move by the rightful owner of her seat. Thinking...
  4. A court has ordered Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critic in Congress arrested after the president revoked the senator’s 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV told a news conference Tuesday that he would agree to be arrested after a Manila court issued a warrant. The former military officer has...
  5. A flyover in Hong Kong’s busy urban district of Kwun Tong is set to open to cyclists as the first part of a scheme to lift a biking ban on 16 bridges and underpasses in the coming months. The decision to abolish “bicycle prohibition zones” on the Choi Ha Road flyover and another 15 sections of road is being seen as the first step to a long-awaited lifting of cycling...
  6. China has asked Britain to respect its territorial integrity and not to risk the trust between the two nations after a British warship conducted a freedom-of-navigation exercise in the South China Sea. Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the request during a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, the Chinese...
  7. Antsy and impatient, US President Donald Trump called Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday with an unmistakable message: call the vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and call it soon, according to two people familiar with the conversation. Trump has been simmering with frustration over what one senior White House official dubbed the...
  8. The door for renewed high-level trade talks between Beijing and Washington is still open but China will not agree to proceed with a “knife at its neck”, Wang Shouwen, the vice-minister of commerce who led the Chinese delegation to Washington for the last round of trade talks in August, said on Tuesday. China has referred to US tariffs as a knife at its throat since the first levies...
  9. One of Singapore’s most influential diplomats called Tuesday for the repeal of a law criminalising sex between men, saying it was time for the modern city state to abandon the “antiquated” legislation. The Indian Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to decriminalise homosexual sex has sparked fresh debate in Singapore, and a new legal challenge has been lodged...
  10. Japan is to develop a new generation of supersonic gliding bombs designed to give its military the ability to deliver a warhead from a safe distance if outlying islands it controls come under attack or are occupied by an enemy force. Officials of the Defence Ministry in Tokyo told Jiji Press news agency that it intends to develop an early prototype and then deploy a fully functional weapon by...