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`Busharraf' Fall May Boost Pakistani Support for War on Taliban

As president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf portrayed himself as America's staunchest ally in battling Islamic extremists. And that's why his resignation yesterday may actually strengthen the government's fight against Taliban insurgents.

Japanese Grapes: Only $900 a Bunch

Weird Asia News 19.08.2008
Japanese Grapes: Only $900 a Bunch

In Japan, it is common for people to give each other fruit, such as grapes, melons, or apples, as a sort of luxury gift, but every so often it gets a little overboard.


Pakistan's Musharraf will resign

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who is facing impeachment by parliament, says he will resign.

Stay where you are!

Bonnie Chen The Standard 18.08.2008
Stay where you are!

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui- bian, his wife and brother-in-law have been barred from leaving the island following charges of money-laundering involving NT$1 billion (HK$250 million).


Firefighters douse three-alarm fire

A No 3 alarm fire at a Kwai Chung industrial building was put out at 11.31pm last night, with three people rescued from the building.

Disney names new HK MD

RTHK 15.08.2008
Disney names new HK MD

The Walt Disney Company has appointed Andrew Kam as the new managing director for Hong Kong Disneyland.


Gondola plunge at IFC leaves five injured

A cleaning worker and four other people were injured at IFC Mall in Central yesterday when a gondola crashed into an outside refreshment area on the first floor after a four-story plunge.

Contraction in Japanese economy

The Japanese economy contracted by 0.6% between April and June, prompting fears that it is sliding towards recession.


Blaze hero told us not to panic, sobs daughter

Nickkita Lau and Beatrice Siu The Standard 13.08.2008
Blaze hero told us not to panic, sobs daughter

Don't panic. Calm down. They were among the last words uttered by 25-year-old fireman Chan Siu-lung as he sacrificed his life to save those caught up in the ill-fated Cornwall Court in Mong Kok.

Quality key to post-quake rebuilding

Fu Jing China Daily 13.08.2008
Quality key to post-quake rebuilding

The government insisted yesterday that the highest standards will be maintained in the reconstruction of public buildings - including schools and hospitals - destroyed by the May 12 earthquake.


Trips crackdown

Bonnie Chen The Standard 13.08.2008
Trips crackdown

The days of freewheeling overseas trips for officials of government-funded bodies are numbered.

REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police have arrested a 20-year-old man who attacked and robbed two people after they stared at his Winnie-the-Pooh costume, officials said on Tuesday.


Pressure is mounting on the government to reverse the Civil Service Bureau's decision to allow the former buildings director, Leung Chin-man, to take up a top job with New World Development.

'E-skin' for robots

The Straits Times 12.08.2008
'E-skin' for robots

TOKYO - JAPANESE researchers say they have developed a rubber that is able to conduct electricity well, paving the way for robots with stretchable 'e-skin' that can feel heat and pressure like humans.


Blaze probe focuses on oxygen gear

Patsy Moy, Nickkita Lau and BeatriceSiu The Standard 12.08.2008
Blaze probe focuses on oxygen gear

Two firemen who died in the smoke- filled Mong Kok nightclub inferno may have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving up their own oxygen to save the lives of those they went in to rescue.

FSD to inspect all old nightclubs

The Fire Services Department plans to inspect all karaoke establishments in old buildings within one month.


Two killed in horror smash

The Standard 11.08.2008
Two killed in horror smash

A runaway car flew into the air after hitting a road divider in Cheung Sha Wan yesterday before smashing into the windshield of a taxi, killing the cabbie and his fare.

No president has been impeached in Pakistan's 61-year history [AFP]

Pakistan's governing coaltion is set to finalise charges aimed at impeaching Pervez Musharraf, the country's president.


Traffic policeman's death grieved

news.gov.hk 10.08.2008
Traffic policeman's death grieved

Acting Chief Executive Henry Tang, Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee and Commissioner of Police Tang King-shing expressed grief over Police Constable So Chi-ho's death in a Lok Ma Chau traffic accident while on duty, and extended condolences to h...

Smoke scare on MTR Island Line

More than 150 passengers were evacuated from Heng Fa Chuen MTR station last night after smoke appeared in the tunnel between the station and the Shau Kei Wan stop.



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