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A Cosmopolitan Chinese Trifecta: Guangzhou, Macau and Hong Kong

Three Asian cities in five days, after a 15-hour flight, crossing the International Date Line and entering another hemisphere. Exhausting? Yes. Exotic and exhilarating? Yes and another yes. … via JustLuxe.com … Read there referenced story here: A Cosmopolitan Chinese Trifecta: Guangzhou, Macau and Hong Kong

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US 

Trial of Chinese Billionaire in UN Bribery Case Opens

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Chinese billionaire accused of bribing United Nations diplomats to gain their approval of a U.N. conference center he wanted to build. Ng Lap Seng has pleaded not guilty. He has posted $50 million bail, but is restricted to a luxury New York City apartment that he owns, where he is under guard around the clock. He is allowed to leave his apartment only to visit his doctors or his lawyers. Ng, who is 69, is accused of paying hundreds of thousands…

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US 

FBI: Search for Chinese Scholar is Agency Priority

The FBI says the search for a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois is a national priority for the agency. Jon Holloway, assistant special agent in charge of criminal investigation at the Springfield FBI office, discussed the FBI’s efforts Thursday night at a campus meeting about 26-year-old Yingying Zhang’s disappearance. Holloway says updates are being regularly sent to the office of the FBI’s acting director and U.S. field offices. Zhang was last seen on a surveillance video getting into a black Saturn Astra in Urbana on the…

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Entertainment 

Shanghai: Chinese Theater Giant Dadi Takes Stake in Tom Cruise’s ‘American Made’ (Exclusive)

The Universal film stars Cruise as real-life American pilot and hustler Barry Seal, who ran drugs for Pablo Escobar and was recruited by the CIA for one of the biggest covert operations in history. read more … Read the referenced story here… Shanghai: Chinese Theater Giant Dadi Takes Stake in Tom Cruise’s ‘American Made’ (Exclusive)

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Science 

Just Small Genetic Tweaks To Chinese Bird Flu Virus Could Fuel A Human Pandemic

Enlarge this image A sometimes lethal strain of H7N9 bird flu that has infected about 1,500 people in China doesn’t spread easily among humans — yet. But research published Thursday suggests just a few genetic mutations might be enough to make it quite contagious. Pasieka/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Pasieka/Science Source A study published Thursday shows how a bird flu virus that’s sickening and killing people in China could mutate to potentially become more contagious. Just three changes could be enough to do the trick, scientists report in the…

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