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Three travellers from South Africa held at Hong Kong airport following HK$2m rhino horn swoop

Three travellers from South Africa held at Hong Kong airport following HK$2m rhino horn swoop

Three travellers arriving from South Africa were arrested on Monday at Hong Kong International Airport for allegedly attempting to smuggle HK$2million worth of rhinoceros horn. Customs officials intercepted the trio, who had flown out of Johannesburg, during separate inspections. It is believed they attempted to evade detection by cutting 10kg of suspected rhino horn from three larger pieces into smaller […]

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Gilas arrives in Changsha to begin quest for Olympic spot

Gilas arrives in Changsha to begin quest for Olympic spot

Gilas Pilipinas is about to begin navigating the #RoadtoRio, or its quest for a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics after arriving in Changsha in China’s Hunan province for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship Monday night. After flying out from NAIA Terminal 3 in the morning, Gilas landed in Hong Kong where they had a four-hour wait for their flight to Changsha. […]

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Thailand confirms new 6-month visas for tourists

Thailand confirms new 6-month visas for tourists

Thailand’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) has confirmed that it will be launching a new six-month multiple-entry tourist visa (METV) in November. In a notice posted to the Thai MFA’s Facebook page Monday, it said: “Thailand will soon grant multiple-entry visas to visitors to facilitate the forthcoming ASEAN Community and to boost Thailand’s tourism industry.” The introduction of the new visa […]

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Iran, Russia will work to help end Syria crisis – Iran deputy foreign minister

Iran, Russia will work to help end Syria crisis – Iran deputy foreign minister

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday that Moscow and Tehran would do everything possible to help end the crisis in Syria, RIA news agency reported. “Tehran and Moscow intend to use all possibilities and potential to help Syria come out of this crisis,” he said at a news conference in Moscow. He added that both Russia and […]

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Britain has not discussed Syrian military action with Russia – Fallon

Britain has not discussed Syrian military action with Russia – Fallon

Britain has not discussed military action in Syria with Russia, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday, adding that Moscow’s action in the last few weeks had further complicated the situation there. “We have not discussed military operations against ISIL (Islamic State) in Syria with the Russians,” Fallon told the defence and security think tank Royal United Services Institute. […]

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India summons home envoy to Nepal as new charter sours ties

India summons home envoy to Nepal as new charter sours ties

India summoned its ambassador to Nepal home for urgent talks, officials said on Tuesday, following a sudden downturn in ties after its neighbour adopted a new constitution that sparked weeks of border violence that killed more than 40 people. The new strain in relations with Nepal, a Himalayan nation that acts as a buffer state with China, threatens to undermine […]

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China committed to market liberalisation, says UK Finance Minister

China committed to market liberalisation, says UK Finance Minister

China’s authorities should be supported as they remain committed to market liberalisation following volatility in the country’s stock markets, Britain’s finance minister George Osborne said in Shanghai on Tuesday. Speaking at the Shanghai Stock Exchange, Osborne also said that he wanted to see a formal connection between stock markets in China and Britain so that British firms can raise money […]

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Chelsea’s Hazard says has not lost magic touch

Chelsea’s Hazard says has not lost magic touch

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is convinced he has not lost his magic touch that was on full display last season and is taking confidence from his goal against Arsenal as he seeks to rediscover the same form this campaign. The Belgium international’s 14 goals helped Chelsea become the English champions for the fifth time last season, besides earning him England’s […]

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Ferguson wanted Pep as successor not ‘chosen one’ Moyes

Ferguson wanted Pep as successor not ‘chosen one’ Moyes

Alex Ferguson has revealed that David Moyes, the man chosen as his managerial successor at Manchester United, was sixth on a list of ideal replacements headed by Pep Guardiola and four others, who were all “unavailable” at the time. In his new book “Leading”, United’s longest-serving manager outlines the selection process behind Moyes’ ill-fated appointment at Old Trafford, which lasted […]

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German wages rose at fastest pace on record in second quarter

German wages rose at fastest pace on record in second quarter

German real wages rose by 2.7 percent in the second quarter, the strongest increase since records began in 2008, the Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday. The data showed the strongest increases on a pre-inflation, or nominal basis, were in eastern Germany and in the unskilled, low-wage sector, suggesting the introduction of an 8.50 euro minimum wage at the start […]

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