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  1. The US Federal Reserve’s move to lower interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday is its second cut in less than three months. After its previous reduction in late July – its first rate cut in more than a decade – central banks from India to Indonesia followed suit by slashing their own interest rates. Since then, Indonesia has cut its rate three times and New Zealand has...
  2. Christy, a 20-year-old law student in Britain, was looking forward to her summer break back home in Hong Kong and catching a concert by her favourite K-pop boy band, GOT7.Her heart sank when the band’s concerts on August 31 and September 1 were postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances resulting from the latest social situation in Hong Kong”, according to its agency, JYP Entertainment. There...
  3. With just days to go until China’s massive military and civilian parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic on October 1, the city of Beijing, like the rest of the country, has already entered into a special mode, all too familiar to its residents.Beijing’s autumn is already the best of the four seasons but the weather will be even better in the coming days as the authorities...
  4. Hongkonger Kwok passes a pedestrian subway outside Tai Po Market MTR station every day, and each time he voluntarily restores Post-it notes and fliers on the city’s largest Lennon Wall, bearing messages in support of the anti-government protests.Kwok – who wanted to be identified only by his surname – is a 26-year-old student who lives in Tai Po, a residential district in northern Hong Kong. He...
  5. Beijing had warned that its tolerance of protests in Hong Kong, now entering their 16th week, should not be taken as weakness. Thanks to Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Beijing’s hand has been revealed and Hongkongers – and the world – know Beijing cares, quite rightly, about its international reputation too much to intervene by force.  Instead, large contingents of mainland...
  6. Should it be just the world’s central bankers who are doing all the heavy lifting to stave off the supposedly impending global recession?In Asia, economic observers say this is a question monetary policy tsars should consider thoroughly as a number of regional central banks get ready for a fresh round of interest rate cuts on the back of the US Federal Reserve’s latest slashing of its benchmark...
  7. The MTR Corporation is planning to step up marketing campaigns for Hong Kong’s high-speed cross-border rail link, following a lacklustre first year of operations.Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, the MTR chairman, acknowledged that the much-hyped rail link had been affected by more than three months of social unrest, which discouraged mainland visitors and Hongkongers from crossing the border.“Now we are...
  8. At least four people were killed and up to 15 others critically injured when a bus transporting Mandarin-speaking tourists crashed on Friday near Bryce Canyon National Park in the western US state of Utah, local authorities said.The Utah Highway Patrol said the crash took place in the morning about 11km (seven miles) from the park entrance, forcing the road to be shut as ambulances and rescue...
  9. Singapore’s prime minister-designate Heng Swee Keat on Friday said divides along class, generational and political lines posed the biggest risk to the city state’s vaunted prosperity and stability, amid rising talk that his ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) could call snap polls in months.Heng, the deputy prime minister and finance minister, was speaking to top business leaders attending the...
  10. US President Donald Trump pressed the leader of Ukraine to investigate the son of former vice-president Joe Biden in a call between the two leaders that is at the centre of an extraordinary whistle-blower complaint, according to two people familiar with the matter.Trump used the July 25 conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to pressure the recently elected leader to more...