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  1. Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan started their tour of South Africa on Monday in a township known as the country’s “murder capital”.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, on their first overseas tour since the birth of their first child, are expected to meet anti-apartheid cleric Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other dignitaries, but chose to begin in Nyanga, about 20km (12 miles) from Cape Town,...
  2. Scientists say they have found evidence beneath a lake in northeastern China that ties climate change and 500-year sun cycles to ups and downs in the 8,000 years of Chinese civilisation.According to the study by a team at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics in Beijing published in the science journal Nature Communications this month, whenever the climate warmed, Chinese civilisation...
  3. Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Canadian court for the first time in five months as she attempts to fend off attempt to extradite her to the US to face fraud charges.The British Columbia Supreme Court hearing, due to last eight days before Justice Heather Holmes, is expected to focus on documents related to Meng’s arrest at Vancouver’s airport on December 1, on a...
  4. Hong Kong is set to tone down Chinese National Day celebrations, including moving guests indoors at the traditional flag-raising ceremony on October 1, to avoid potentially chaotic disruptions by anti-government protesters who are poised to escalate their actions to embarrass Beijing.After another weekend of violence, there was strong condemnation on Monday of radical protesters who trashed MTR...
  5. At least 40 civilians at a wedding party were killed on Sunday night during a raid conducted by Afghan special forces and supported by US air strikes on Taliban hideouts in the southern Helmand province, Afghan officials said.The violence has further rattled Afghanistan, which is facing an upsurge in violence after US-Taliban peace talks to end America’s longest war collapsed earlier this...
  6. China on Monday called on Washington to continue to engage with the Taliban following talks with the insurgent group in Beijing, after negotiations with the US collapsed earlier this month.A nine-member Taliban delegation travelled to the Chinese capital and met the country’s special representative for Afghanistan, Deng Xijun, on Sunday, the group’s Qatar-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen said in a...
  7. Thousands of students protested at rallies across Indonesia on Monday against a new criminal code that would outlaw sex outside marriage and gay sex, as lawmakers met the president to discuss how to proceed with a bill that has divided Indonesians.President Joko Widodo on Friday ordered a delay in a planned vote on the controversial bill – originally slated for Tuesday – and said 14 articles...
  8. China is expected to limit its involvement in a joint naval drill with Iran and Russia to non-combat forces to underline its desire not to be drawn into Middle East conflicts, according to Chinese military analysts.Instead of sending a regular naval mission to take part in the trilateral joint exercise, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) might send only its routine anti-piracy fleet, which has...
  9. A directive from Hong Kong’s education minister on campus flag-raising ceremonies marking the coming National Day has put some schools in a difficult position, according to some headmasters.They were referring to Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung’s remarks on Saturday that events celebrating National Day on October 1 should go ahead and schools that feared trouble should contact the...
  10. Hong Kong police have denied accusations they kicked a man during a rally in Yuen Long on Saturday and challenged witnesses to come forward, saying a video filmed by a local only showed officers kicking “a yellow object”.Police, who added they had seen other videos which showed no assault, were referring to the video filmed by a resident from a flat at Fung Yau Street North, which purported to...