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How did a posh wedding and grilled fish help make a billionaire?

Inspiration can come in many forms. Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney has often told that the melody for his smash hit Yesterday came to him in a dream. Sir Isaac Newton might never have concocted his laws on gravity were it not for a falling apple. And without the smell of grilled seafood and the gentle ...

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The Singaporean singer who took Hong Kong to his heart

Singer-songwriter Hanjin Tan stands on a footpath in a rundown industrial estate in Hong Kong, smiling and gazing skyward for the camera. A tradesman holding a beer looks on, clearly bemused by the scene. Tan has had time to perfect his poses. The Singaporean-born musician, who now calls Hong ...

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Top tips for getting a letter from a Chinese leader

Thousands of people write to President Xi Jinping each week but young people and favoured industry groups have a higher chance of being among the handful each year who receive a reply, according to Chinese media reports. According to the Southern Metropolis News, about 2,000 letters from the ...

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Japanese professor blames China for mercury on Unesco island

A Japanese professor has blamed high levels of mercury in frost in forests in southern Japan on pollution from China. The study, by Osamu Nagafuchi, a visiting professor at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology, coincides with a United Nations treaty on the use of and trade in mercury going into ...

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Real estate in crosshairs as China tightens offshore investment

Chinese investors will have to get special approval from Beijing to put their money in overseas property and sports clubs under tough new restrictions released on Friday. Amid fears of broader financial insecurity, the State Council said companies would also need regulatory approval for outbound ...

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Chinese man caught stealing coins tossed for luck into pond

A jobless man has been placed in police detention for 10 days for stealing coins tossed into a pond for good luck in southwest China, according to a news website report. The man was caught by security staff on Wednesday at the tourist attraction in Yushui village near Lijiang in Yunnan province, ...

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Employers of domestic helper killed in fall arrested

The Hong Kong employers of a Filipino domestic helper who plunged to her death from a building in Shenzhen last month were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud. They were released on bail and will have to report to police in mid-September in a case that has raised concerns ...

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Chinese girl, 4, found buried after straying on to building site

An investigation has been launched after a four-year-old girl was found buried at a road construction site in eastern China, according to a newspaper report. An initial investigation suggests the girl may have buried under construction material by a mechanical digger after she strayed on to the ...

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Back to school offers make Kumon an even smarter choice

[Sponsored Article] The world famous Kumon Method of Learning offers an approach to education that is tailor-made for each child. For more than half a century, Kumon has been helping students achieve their academic goals by building their knowledge and powers of concentration, and enabling ...

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Hong Kong stocks pare losses as Cathay Pacific rallies on rating upgrades

Hong Kong stocks clawed back some of their earlier losses on Friday morning, as Cathay Pacific rallied on rating upgrades by Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, partially offsetting losses in Lenovo Group and Power Assets. The Hang Seng Index fell 0.7 per cent, or 194.53 points, to 27,149.69 by the ...

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