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  1. News - Asia

    Taliban chief's killing exposes poison in Pakistan-US relationship

    Posted Nov 05th 2013, 04:56am by THE NEW YORK TIMES

    ... The New York Times The drone killing of Hakimullah Mehsud has triggered a wave of anger among Pakistan's elite, with the US accused of sabotaging peace moves A poisoned relationship ... Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, in August 2009. "In a sense, this has nothing to do with Malala or Aafia Siddiqui or Hakimullah," says Adil Najam, a professor of international ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1347742/taliban-chiefs-killing-exposes-poison-pakistan-us-relationship
  2. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Friend of dismembered couple's son had nothing to do with the killings, court hears

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 01:01pm by JULIE CHU

    ... Julie Chu julie.chu@scmp.com Alleged accomplice of dismembered couple's son only helped handle the remains, court told Friend 'had nothing to do with killings' A jobless man who allegedly helped murder and cut up a friend's elderly parents told police he had nothing to do with the killings and was shown the body parts only after the fact, a court heard ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1571995/henry-chau-and-friend-made-shopping-list-items-needed-killing-parents
  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong contractors' bid-rigging is behind rising prices

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:57am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... at present, we face a mandatory do-it-now order and the contractors on the short qualifying list are all rubbing their hands. Their quotes have gone up as much as 90 per cent over just a year. Yes, ... and it is not bid-rigging that is pushing these quotes sky-high. No, it is just the unavoidable course of events and they can do nothing about it. Is this true? To the data. The blue line in the first chart shows ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1594838/hong-kong-contractors-bid-rigging-behind-rising-prices
  4. Comment - Letters

    Waste companies and government guilty of obstructive inertia

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 04:37am by LETTERS

    ... and "global but local". They and Au need to explain why these slogans don't apply in Hong Kong. Judging by local figures, their slogan should be "do nothing at all". Hong Kong ... and accountable? Premier Li Keqiang has forcefully stated that officials who obstruct progress by doing nothing are guilty of a form of corruption. The waste situation here is a prime example ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1595599/waste-companies-and-government-guilty-obstructive-inertia
  5. Comment - Letters

    Change way property is taxed to ease supply and prevent hoarding

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:22am by LETTERS

    ... cent. Rising property prices do not create more property, and do no good for society; unlike the spillover effects of investments in technology, universities or hospitals. Hong Kong is becoming uninhabitable and many who can afford to do so are leaving. Bringing down price levels in line with salaries through transfers and taxation would reduce the wealth gap and provide funding for other ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1594903/change-way-property-taxed-ease-supply-and-prevent-hoarding
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Prostitution thrives as officials say one thing and do another

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 04:50am by Cary Huang

    ... whatever anyone says The word in the corridors of Chinese officialdom is that there are "some things you can do but never say and some things you can say but never do". Prostitution ... have long taken the "say but never do" attitude to the illegal industry, turning a blind eye for decades despite its high visibility. An estimated 300,000 prostitutes work ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1570077/prostitution-thrives-officials-say-one-thing-and-do-another
  7. News - China - TRAVEL

    Stop eating noodles and don't litter: Xi Jinping urges China's tourists abroad to clean up their act

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:16am by MANDY ZUO

    ... during an official visit this week to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, a popular holiday destination for Chinese travellers. "Do not litter water bottles everywhere. Do not damage coral ... "Let's not do one-shot deals. We should leave a good reputation here," he said. The number of Chinese travelling abroad rose 18 per cent last year compared with 2012, according to the China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1594941/president-xi-jinping-urges-chinese-tourists-set-better-example-abroad
  8. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    James Foley beheading: executioner with a London accent prompts British soul searching

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 09:59pm by WASHPOST

    ... umbrella group in the country, called for united action by Muslims to stop the "poison of extremism" infiltrating their communities. The Guardian newspaper said a former hostage had ... that it is a British citizen". Although the killer was masked, many of the Britons who travel to Syria to fight are known to investigators because they do little to hide their identities on social media, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1578620/james-foley-beheading-executioner-london-accent-prompts-british-soul
  9. Stephen and I – a Chat with Jack Huston

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:29pm by Contributor

    ... the cooperation and the brand. Q: Some say you have a forward looking, tough personality, which is a theme of the film.  How close do you feel to the characters in it? Jack: When I initially read ... perception and how we look at each other and how we look at people. I do relate myself to Stephen, as he is a forward-thinking, innovative young man trying to bring something new to the world.  ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/topics/arose-reborn/1595387/stephen-and-i-chat-jack-huston
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - EDUCATION

    What’s so special about ‘Yale kids’?

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 10:38am by George Chen

    ... than 100 US ambassadors in different countries. I once joked with him that he had probably travelled to more places in the world than most US diplomats can do these days. Given Justin’s ... has some of the world’s greatest libraries and I do enjoy spending whole afternoons in the landmark Sterling Memorial Library doing nothing except reading books). Neither should you stay ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1595271/whats-so-special-about-yale-kids

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