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  1. News - World - US ECONOMY

    Obama: deal in sight to avert fiscal cliff

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 03:43am by AFP

    ... that Congress can get it done,” Obama said at the White House. The framework of a possible deal to head off automatic tax increases due to kick in with the turn of a year appeared to be in place after ... go down to the wire. The bill must then go to the Republican-held House of Representatives. The chamber is in session on Monday, but House Speaker John Boehner has struggled to control his ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    New Year presents hope and challenge for leaders

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... assured of Beijing's support and well knows what has to be done. Beyond resolutely laying controversies to rest, he has to tackle head-on the livelihood issues of housing, poverty, care ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - ENERGY

    Hongkong Electric fails to meet energy-saving target

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 12:00am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... specified in its scheme of control signed in 2008. It said the failure was due to factors beyond its control. Across the harbour, CLP Power, which supplies the New Territories and Kowloon, met its ...

  4. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, January 1, 2013

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... to enhance public education and teacher training, ethics training and development for public servants, pro-life medical and health services, public housing and rural development, agribusiness ... Security Assistance payments and compete with Hongkongers for a flat on a public housing estate. This puts increasing pressure on the government's financial resources. Also, it can lead ...

  5. News - China - LAND REFORM

    Wen Jiabao unlikely to fulfil land pledge to farmers

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... have representatives from the Ministry of Finance; developers' interests have representatives from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development," Wang said. "Only farmers ...

  6. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea restarts nuclear-power reactor shut down for safety reasons

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... 3,680MW power supply capacity remain closed, according to industry data. Public support for nuclear power remains strong in South Korea, and Seoul plans to have added another 11 reactors by 2024. ...

  7. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Video: Dissidents beat Beijing security cordon to meet wife of jailed Liu Xiaobo

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... footage emerged yesterday of several dissidents breaking through a security cordon to reach the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is herself under house arrest. The four-minute video, ... of victims of an HIV scandal, and two other activists: "Who are you looking for?" Told they want to see Liu Xia, who has been held under house arrest since her husband won the peace prize ...

  8. Business - China Business - INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

    Power up, lending down, game on

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 12:00am by Denise Tsang, Eric Ng, Toh Han Shih, Keith Wallis and Sophie Yu

    ... Guangdong and Guangxi, so that gas prices- now based on production costs in most regions- will be linked to market supply and demand.   Infrastructure Hong Kong stole the limelight in this sector ... debts. The asset is the latest in a string of utility acquisitions by Li in Britain, in drinking water supply and electricity distribution, since 2010. CKI said it is on the prowl for more ...

  9. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan villagers angered at US troop departures

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... Haji Najibullah Khan, who grew up in the Pashengar house that became a United States military base. He said the departing US commander warned him off pushing for rent money when they met a few ... remote houses, who will join if this issue is not resolved." Rahman said security problems had kept him from visiting Pashengar, but he had been looking into Khan's situation ...

  10. Lifestyle

    Celebrity makeovers: the New Year's resolutions that worked

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... Vivian Chen vivian.chen@scmp.com Celebrity makeovers of the season A new year has begun so it's time to start a clean slate and turn dreams into solid plans. CitySeen asked some of the city's movers and shakers if they had any New Year's resolutions that they actually stuck to   Harlan Goldstein, head chef/owner of Gold and Strip House I wished for good health ...




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