Barack Obama

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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 August, 2011, 12:00am


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Beijing focuses on using design for positive change

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Harry Potter makes belated debut on mainland

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Bank of East Asia's performance in spotlight

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