Asia Observer

Hong Kong police to start clearing protesters from Admiralty district

Statement urges occupiers to leave area around government buildings before planned clearance of streets on Tuesday



Report bt Tania Branigan in Beijing, The Guardian



Picture shows Hong Kong police stand behind a barricade set up by pro-democracy pr


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Sales volumes near 10bn yuan in the first few hours of China Singles Day online event at the Alibaba HQ in Hangzhou Photograph Aly Song/Reuters

Live sales top $9.3bn as shoppers flock to online event now dwarfing Black Friday and Cyber Monday in US

News by Sarah Butler and Julia Kollew


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Chinas red furniture craze fuelling illegal logging in Guinea-Bissau

Appetite for African rosewood has driven a surge in illegal deforestation that threatens to destabilise local communities. 

Report - IRIN, part of the Guardian development network, theguardian.com, 

Picture shows a man delivers African rosewood furniture to a shop B


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China's air pollution leading to more erratic climate for US, say scientists

Computer modelling showed intensification of US-bound Pacific storms, driven by fine aerosols from coal power plants and traffic
Report by Jonathan Kaiman in Beijing, theguardian.com.


Picture shpows smog in Beijing. China is revising its environmental laws to a


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