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Hong Kong singer Pakho Chau announces birth of newborn daughter

Hong Kong singer Pakho Chau and his wife Stephanie Chu have officially become proud parents to a beautiful baby girl! In a social media post on Wednesday, 4 December 2019, two days after the birth of his daughter, the 35-year-old uploaded pictures of him cradling his adorable bundle of joy. Along with the photos, he […]

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Beating, homesickness: Tough path to the top for Georgian sumo star

The sumo champion hauls his giant frame from the ground, sand and clay caking his sweaty back and fury flashing from his eyes as he chastises himself for his defeat. His 178-kilogramme (392-pound) body and white mawashi, or belt, are commonplace, but his bright blue eyes and Western features instantly mark out Georgia-born Levan Gorgadze […]

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Chinese farmers’ offer of free radishes for locals goes viral… costs them $58,000

When three farmers from central China told their neighbours they could help themselves to a bag or two of their newly grown white radishes they had no idea it would end up costing them their entire crop worth 300,000 yuan (S$58,000). Within hours of the offer being made, thousands of people had descended on a […]

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British election: PM Johnson takes centre stage, along with Elmo and Lord Buckethead

LONDON – It was a portentous moment. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had led his party to a thumping election victory, making Britain’s divorce from the European Union all but certain. But first, as a matter of traditional British courtesy, Mr Johnson acknowledged the candidates he defeated to comfortably retain his parliamentary seat west of London. “I […]

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French basketball player fined $1,900 in China for not looking at flag

A French former NBA player has been reprimanded and fined $1,400 (S$1,900) by sports officials in China for not looking at the Chinese flag during the national anthem before a game. Players with the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) are supposed to stare at the national symbol during the “March of the Volunteers”, but television images […]

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US expelled Chinese officials after they drove onto military base: NYT

WASHINGTON – The US government covertly moved to expel two officials from the Chinese embassy earlier this year, after they drove onto a military base, the New York Times reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter. The newspaper reported here on Sunday that one of the two Chinese officials is believed to be an intelligence […]

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Chinese man hospitalised after light slap from girlfriend caused organs to shift

All’s fair in love and war but one man from Guangzhou was probably not expecting internal injuries after play-fighting with his girlfriend. The 27-year-old was admitted to hospital on Nov 6 after a light slap on the stomach from his girlfriend left him with chest pains and breathing difficulties, reported Guangzhou Daily. The man, identified […]

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‘Seeing horror of Xinjiang terror attacks made things very clear for me’

On May 22, 2014, I was awakened by a sound like firecrackers, followed by loud sirens from the road in front of an apartment I rented in Urumqi while stationed at China Daily’s bureau in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. I stepped onto the balcony, with its perfect view of the regional capital’s landmark Red […]