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  1. The High Court has convicted two 14-year-olds of taking part in an unlawful assembly during anti-government demonstrations outside Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University last November, after siding with prosecutors in finding a magistrate had erred in striking out their charges.The Court of Appeal on Friday allowed prosecutors’ application for review and set aside the care or protection orders...
  2. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, facing pressure amid expanding protests calling for his ouster, told reporters on Friday that “no one wants to stage a coup.”Asked about rumours and suggestions by some protesters of a possible coup to replace him, he said the question should be asked of those making the comments, not to him: “We never think about this. We need to be careful and prevent the...
  3. The race to stop the spread of Covid-19 has triggered the fastest development of vaccines in history as pharmaceutical companies condense a process that typically takes years into a matter of months.A number of candidate vaccines are expected to report results from their final phase trials in the coming weeks and months, and the process is shaping up to be a challenging time for the world’s...
  4. The US presidential election is proving a boon for bookmakers, with estimates that more than US$1 billion has already been bet on the winner around the world even before polling day.Matthew Shaddick, head of political betting at British sports betting and gambling firm GVC, said that is double the amount in 2016, when Donald Trump upset the odds and polls to beat Hillary Clinton.Republican Party...
  5. Beijing is relishing its current role as a darling for global investors, despite rising tensions with Washington, as large inflows of portfolio and fixed-asset investment funds make their way into China.While the US Federal Reserve and central banks of other major economies are splashing out money to protect economic activities and jobs, China is seeing a steady flow of funds into its bonds,...
  6. China may resume setting annual economic growth targets over the next five years after abandoning the practise in 2020, the country’s top economic planning agency said on Friday.Ning Jizhe, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said the agency would propose “relevant quantitative targets and specific indicators” for economic activity in line with the decisions...
  7. Chinese and American defence officials have agreed to hasten talks during a potential crisis this week in a move described by analysts as crucial to preventing all-out conflict between the world’s largest militaries.Just days before the United States presidential election and amid rumours that the Trump administration might launch an attack against Chinese-claimed islands in the South China Sea,...
  8. Hong Kong stock exchange boss Charles Li Xiaojia has been appointed to sit on the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) governing council, days after the institution’s controversial appointment of two mainland Chinese academics.Li, 59, who will take up the post on November 1, was tapped by the government for a three-year term on the 24-strong council, filling the vacancy resulting from the death of...
  9. An influential motorists’ group has called on the government to introduce a citywide parking database with real-time information and to speed up the roll-out of automated systems to tackle the city’s acute shortage of spaces, accusing policymakers of putting their heads in the sand when it came to the issue.The Hong Kong Automobile Association (HKAA) made the plea on Friday, saying the city had...
  10. Qatar said on Friday it referred officials at its international airport to prosecutors for possible charges after women aboard Qatar Airways flights faced forced vaginal examinations after workers found an abandoned baby.The statement comes as the Australian government has expressed outrage and union workers have threatened not to service Qatar Airways aircraft in Sydney over the October 2...