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Beijing prepares for the Paralympic Games. Photo: Reuters.

Hong Kong's Chef de Mission for the 2008 Paralympic Games squad, Patrick Ng, says he hopes the team can win around 10 medals in Beijing.

Pakistani PM escapes assassination attempt

Unknown assailants attacked the motorcade of Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani on the Islamabad Highway Wednesday afternoon, a statement released by the Prime Minister's House said.


Red line drawn across data from exit polls

Bonnie Chen The Standard 04.09.2008
Red line drawn across data from exit polls

Legislative Council candidates have been warned that those who use exit polls to influence the outcome of an election will have the total costs of the poll included in their election expenses.

Election could attract record turnout

A pre-election survey says there could be a record voter turnout in Sunday's Legislative Council polls.


Yasuo Fukuda announces his resignation

TOKYO (AFP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda announced his sudden resignation Monday, saying the country needed a fresh start after a troubled year in office marred by bitter fighting with the opposition.

Dalai Lama released from hospital

The Dalai Lama has been discharged from the hospital in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) where he was admitted with stomach pains last Thursday. He is in good condition but has been advised to rest, a spokesman said.


Dalai Lama fasts for peace from hospital bed

RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM AP 30.08.2008
Dalai Lama fasts for peace from hospital bed

MUMBAI, India (AP) — The Dalai Lama participated in a 12-hour fast for peace in Tibet on Saturday from his hospital bed in western India, his spokesman said. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader was unable to join nearly 2,000 Tibetan exiles fastin...

Cambodian shoppers search through rodent meat at a market northwest of Phnom Penh in a file photo.  REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The price of rat meat has quadrupled in Cambodia this year as inflation has put other meat beyond the reach of poor people, officials said on Wednesday.


Woman crushed by saved tree

Nickkita Lau and Diana Lee The Standard 28.08.2008
Woman crushed by saved tree

A 19-year-old woman was crushed to death in a freak accident yesterday when a branch from a 100-year-old tree snapped off and fell on her head in Stanley.

Approval rating for CE record low

Chief Executive Donald Tsang's approval rating has sunk to an all-time low.


Bark-Free, 'Tree Man' Hopes to Resume Normal Life

The Indonesian villager dubbed the "Tree Man" because of the bark-like growths that sprouted from his limbs and on his face, has returned home in hopes of resuming a normal life, Agence-France Presse reported Monday.

4 killed in Guangxi chemical plant blast

Rescuers said that at least four people were killed, 44 others were injured and 17 were missing after a chemical plant explosion in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region early on Tuesday.


Hu: Let's take Six-Party Talks ahead

SEOUL: President Hu Jintao and his Republic of Korea (ROK) counterpart Lee Myung-bak have agreed to expand cooperation in political, economic and other fields, including the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Mom's the boss

The Standard 26.08.2008
Mom's the boss

The son of Taiwan's disgraced former president returned home yesterday to face questioning in a massive graft probe - and immediately pointed the finger of suspicion at his mother.


Canadian armoured vehicle hit by bomb in Afghanistan

Six Canadian soldiers and two journalists had a close call in Afghanistan after the armoured vehicle they were travelling in struck a roadside bomb. The incident took place Sunday as the group was returning to Kandahar Airfield from a forward oper...

Anti-drug work should involve parents: study

Parents and family members should be treated as key stakeholders in preventive work against youth drug abuse, a study commissioned by the Narcotics Division suggests.


(AP Photo/Greg Baker, FILE)

BEIJING (AP) — Hua Guofeng, who briefly ruled China as communist founder Mao Zedong's successor but was pushed aside as a prelude to reforms that launched an economic boom, died Wednesday at the age of 87, state-run media reported.

Sichuan homes 'ready by 2009'

Guan Xiaofeng and Li Aoxue China Daily 20.08.2008
A woman prepares lunch at a tent home in the earthquake-hit Xuankou township, Sichuan Province, June 9, 2008. [Xinhua]

People from rural areas of Sichuan who were made homeless by the May 12 earthquake will be able to move into their new homes before December of next year, Vice-Governor Huang Yanrong said Tuesday at a press conference at the Beijing International ...


Reuters Overheated iPod nano caused fires

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's trade ministry said on Tuesday that three fires had been caused by overheating Apple iPod nanos, which it said could be due to a battery defect.

Japanese woman loses breast in hospital blunder

TOKYO (AFP) — A hospital in Japan said Tuesday that doctors mistakenly removed a healthy woman's left breast because of a mix-up in samples from tests for breast cancer.



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