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  1. News - China - AVIATION

    Ticket to the market: State-run China Eastern Airlines launches new budget carrier

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 05:31pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Subsidiary China United converted into low-cost carrier with 80 Boeing airplanes China Eastern Airlines today launched its budget airline, becoming the first state ... in a US$7.4 billion deal for the budget airline China United, which was created by converting a full-service subsidiary. China United aims to have up to 100 planes in its fleet by 2019 from 26 now, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1544999/ticket-market-state-run-china-eastern-airlines-launches-new-budget
  2. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    US secretary of state pushes plan to ‘clean up’ disputed Afghan vote

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 05:02pm by Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    ... Secretary of State John Kerry was on Saturday to hold a second day of talks with Afghanistan’s feuding presidential hopefuls, seeking a deal to “clean up the tally” after disputed elections. Despite ... 2016. Kerry was to meet on Saturday first with Abdullah and then with Ghani, US officials said. Under a proposal put forward by the United Nations, the country’s elections commission would audit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552771/us-secretary-state-pushes-plan-clean-disputed-afghan-vote
  3. News - World - ADOPTION

    Foreign adoptions in United States plunge 18pc after Russian ban

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 09:54am by AP

    ... and Ethiopia also dropped sharply. State Department figures showed 7,094 adoptions from abroad, down from 8,668 in 2012 and 69 per cent below the high of 22,884 in 2004. As usual, China accounted ... adoptions in 2012 but only 138 last year. Susan Jacobs, the State Department's special adviser on children's issues, said this decline was due primarily to new adoption procedures ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1454672/foreign-adoptions-americans-decline-sharply
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Herbert Yardley and Edward Snowden highlight ironies of United States snooping history

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 03:41am by Chow Chung-Yan

    ... first permanent agency to intercept foreign messages and break into their classified information. The secretary of state at the time, Henry Stimson, was so furious when he found Herbert Yardley ... and controversial figures in American intelligence history. They shared as many similarities as differences. One thing that remains unchanged is the moral ambiguity over how much a sovereign state should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1450237/herbert-yardley-and-edward-snowden-highlight-ironies-united
  5. News - World - UNITED STATES

    First woman-to-woman HIV infection confirmed in United States

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 08:23pm by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune First woman-to-woman HIV infection confirmed The first confirmed case of a woman contracting HIV from another woman during sex has been reported by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. Although there have been reports of women transmitting the virus to other women through sexual activity, they have been difficult to prove. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1448766/first-woman-woman-hiv-infection-confirmed-united-states
  6. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    N Korean leader Kim Jong-un directs island assault drill, state media reports

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 02:49pm by AFP

    ... sea border as he directed a large-scale mock assault on an island, state media reported yesterday. The joint landing drill involving the army, navy and air force followed a series of missile tests in the past week- seen by some as a display of pique over President Xi Jinping's two-day state visit to Seoul. The mock assault is apparently aimed at five islands controlled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1547343/n-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-directs-island-assault-drill-state-media
  7. Business - Companies - PRIVATISATIONS

    State fund Khazanah plans to take Malaysian Airlines private

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 01:41am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Kuala Lumpur State fund plans to buy out MAS Malaysian state investor Khazanah Nasional plans to take Malaysian Airline System (MAS) private as the first step in a major ... its profitable engineering, airport services or budget airline units, trimming its bloated payroll and installing a new management team. Shares of MAS rose up to 16.7 per cent in trading ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1546121/state-fund-khazanah-plans-take-malaysian-airlines-private
  8. News - World - POLLUTION

    New fuel standards in the United States expected to save lives

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 09:44pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington Health groups hail Obama initiative, while petrol bosses say it's unrealistic New US fuel standards to save lives The Obama administration has announced new fuel and car rules to cut soot, smog and toxic emissions, which it says ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1440384/new-fuel-standards-united-states-expected-save-lives
  9. News - World

    United States Secretary of State John Kerry meets Iran's foreign minister

    Posted Sep 28th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... official meeting between the United States and Iran in more than three decades. The opportunity for a rare meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad ... members of the UN Security Council- Britain, France, Russia, China and the United States- plus Germany, known as the P5+1. At the end of the meeting, Kerry seized the opportunity to invite Zarif ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1319449/united-states-secretary-state-john-kerry-meets-irans-foreign-minister
  10. News - China - PROTESTS

    'Don't be kidnapped by radical opposition': State media warns Hongkongers against July 1 march

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 03:07pm by Angela Meng

    ... Angela Meng angela.meng@scmp.com Global Times says joining the annual protest will lead to 'great uncertainty' and sow divisions Stay away from march, state media warn city State ... over Hong Kong. Some people have become frenzied. They seem civilised and rational, but their political paranoia is about to light a fuse Global Times As state mouthpieces cranked into action ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1543543/dont-be-kidnapped-opposition-party-newspaper-warns-hongkongers-against

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