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  1. News - China - TAIWAN

    Taiwan investigators raid offices of Kaohsiung gas blast companies

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:04am by AFP

    ... people as the island flew flags at half mast yesterday to mourn the blast victims and 48 killed in an earlier plane crash. The number killed in the explosions rose to 30 after the family of two ... the Taiwanese flag would be flown at half mast from public buildings for three days of mourning for "our compatriots who died unfortunately in the two accidents".   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1567150/taiwan-investigators-raid-offices-kaohsiung-gas-blast-companies
  2. News - World - FLIGHT MH17

    Russia can't wash its hands of blame for MH17 crash, Tony Abbott says

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:36am by AFP

    ... for the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine as flags flew at half mast to honour the Australians killed. The airliner carrying 298 people, including 28 Australians, came down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine ... for a comprehensive international probe with access to the site, debris, black box and any possible witnesses. Abbott ordered flags flown at half-mast across the country in tribute to those who died, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556692/russia-cant-wash-its-hands-blame-mh17-crash-tony-abbott-says
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan birthrate drops 2.7 per cent in first half of year to fewer than 500,000 babies

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:48pm

    ... Kyodo in Tokyo The number of babies born in Japan in the January to June period dropped 2.7 per cent from a year earlier to 496,391, pointing to the possibility of the annual figure slipping below the 1 million mark for the first time on record, government data showed on Tuesday. Although the number of births tends to be higher in the latter half of the year, the figure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580811/japan-birthrate-drops-27-cent-first-half-year
  4. News - World

    Relatives of passengers on downed flight gather at Amsterdam airport

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 01:51am by AFP

    ... lowered to half-mast across the Netherlands and at embassies around the world. "I am deeply saddened by this horrible news," King Willem-Alexander said in a statement. "Our thoughts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556577/relatives-passengers-downed-flight-gather-amsterdam-airport
  5. News - China - forced demolition

    Henan couple dragged 'half-naked to cemetery' as house is forcibly demolished

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 07:26pm by Kathy Gao

    ... be taken away [half-]naked and left in a cemetery at midnight even when they asked for hefty compensation?” a lawyer named Yuan Yulai wrote on his Weibo account. The official People’s Daily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1572211/henan-couple-dragged-half-naked-cemetery-house-forcibly-demolished
  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Sad city: More than half of Hongkongers under 40 say they are unhappy

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:10am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Study of 10 regions in Asia is sad reflection on the city HK's unhappy youth nothing to laugh about More than half of Hong Kong adults aged below 40 say they are not happy, a survey of 10 regions in Asia has found. On a self-rated scale of one to 10- with 10 being the top happiness level- some 52 per cent of locals gave a score of six or below. A score ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570790/hong-kong-youth-third-most-unhappy-10-region-survey
  7. News - World - UKRAINE

    Nato chief flies to Ukraine amid fears over Russian troop build-up

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 11:56am by Agence France-Presse in Donetsk

    ... to the local population for further help in recovering the remains and belongings of the victims of the downed flight. In Australia, flags flew at half-mast on Thursday during a national day ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1568164/nato-chief-flies-ukraine-amid-fears-over-russian-troop-build
  8. News - World - SPAIN

    Pamplona cracks down on bull run daredevils who try to snap the action

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:04pm by AFP

    ... by running with half-tonne fighting bulls at the annual San Fermin festival. Police routinely stop people carrying cameras from taking part in the electrifying early morning runs, in which crowds ... dozens of people can be seen carrying digital cameras- sometimes on a mast- and camera-equipped smartphones as they take part in the daily early morning bull runs, a highlight of the fiesta which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1552150/pamplona-cracks-down-bull-run-daredevils-who-try-snap-action
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    More than half of Hongkongers would accept 2017 one-man, one-vote with unsatisfactory nomination, says survey

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 07:11pm by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com Survey finds more than half of Hongkongers would accept universal suffrage even if the nomination process was unsatisfactory Opinions polarised on one-man, one-vote poll More than half of Hongkongers would accept a one-man, one-vote election for chief executive in 2017 even if they were not happy with the method for choosing candidates, according ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1568435/half-city-would-accept-vote-2017-unsatisfactory-nomination-system-survey

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