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Hong Kong moves to restrict mainland babies

HONG KONG — Hong Kong says it will restrict the number of mainland Chinese women allowed to give birth in the city’s hospitals which are struggling to cope with the tens of thousands who arrive each year. The number of mainland women who opt to deliver across the border in…

Pentagon warning over China military build-up

China is extending its military advantage over Taiwan and increasingly looking beyond, building up a force with the power to strike in Asia as far afield as the US territory of Guam, the Pentagon said. In an annual report to Congress, the US Defense Department said that China was ramping…

Leftists defeat Sarkozy’s conservatives

President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party took a severe drubbing from French voters Sunday in nationwide regional elections that were his last big national test before he seeks re-election in 2012. As polling stations closed, initial estimates gave Socialist-led opposition electoral alliances some 54 percent of the vote, Sarkozy’s right-wing UMP 36…

Mud torrent kills at least 40 islanders in Portugal

Troops and rescuers dug through mud-filled houses and streets on the Portuguese tourist island of Madeira on Sunday after flash floods unleashed brown torrents which killed at least 40 people. Portugal rushed medical teams, rescuers, divers and relief supplies to the Atlantic island. But morgue pathologists were also sent in…

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