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Five-character-ancient-verse Zhang Jiuling THOUGHTS I A lonely swan from the sea flies, To alight on puddles it does not deign. Nesting in the poplar of pearls It spies and questions green birds twain: “Don’t you fear the threat of slings, Perched on top of branches so high? Nice clothes invite pointing fingers, High climbers god’s good will defy. Bird-hunters will […]

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Jet Airways: Passengers hurt as pilots ‘forget’ cabin pressure

More than 30 Indian passengers, some bleeding from their noses and ears, have received treatment after pilots ‘forgot’ to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure, officials said. Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after take off. Videos tweeted by passengers aboard the plane showed oxygen masks deployed inside the aircraft. The Boeing 737 […]

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New York inmate’s golf drawings lead to exoneration in murder

A US convict whose talent for art caught the eye of a prison warden, ultimately leading to a review of his case, has been exonerated of murder. Valentino Dixon’s colour pencil drawings of golf courses were featured in Golf Digest – prompting advocates to uncover flawed evidence in the case. Mr Dixon, 48, had maintained his innocence during 27 years […]

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Brexit: May urges EU leaders to consider ‘serious’ UK plans

Theresa May has urged EU leaders to focus their minds on getting a Brexit deal in the next two months, saying negotiations will not be extended. At a dinner in Salzburg, she told her 27 counterparts her priorities are maintaining economic ties and ensuring promises to Northern Ireland are kept. There are suggestions the UK will put forward new ideas […]

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China hits back at Trump with tariffs on $60bn of US goods

China has hit back at President Donald Trump by announcing new trade tariffs on $60bn of US goods. It comes after the US slapped duties on $200bn of Chinese imports to take effect from next Monday, escalating its trade war with Beijing. China will target goods such as liquefied natural gas, produced in states loyal to the US president. However, […]

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‘I lost my entire family to a cult’: How one woman escaped Grace Road

A South Korean church which believes global famine is imminent has set up base in Fiji, where it’s gained considerable influence but faced growing allegations of abuse. One woman who fled what she believes is a cult told the BBC’s Yvette Tan she lost her family in the process – but has no regrets. Seoyeon Lee had one chance to […]

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North Korea agrees to shut down missile site, says Moon

Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut down one of North Korea’s main missile testing and launch sites, says South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders “agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation,” said Mr Moon. The agreement was described by Mr Kim as a “leap forward” towards military peace on the peninsula. Mr Kim also […]

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But Yueh people talk about Heavenly Mother Mountain

  Li Bai TIANMU MOUNTAIN ASCENDED IN A DREAM A seafaring visitor will talk about Japan, Which waters and mists conceal beyond approach; But Yueh people talk about Heavenly Mother Mountain, Still seen through its varying deeps of cloud. In a straight line to heaven, its summit enters heaven, Tops the five Holy Peaks, and casts a shadow through China […]

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I hear people at the fishing-town stumble aboard the ferry

  Li Qi ON HEARING AN WANSHAN PLAY THE REED-PIPE Bamboo from the southern hills was used to make this pipe. And its music, that was introduced from Persia first of all, Has taken on new magic through later use in China. And now the Tartar from Liangzhou, blowing it for me, Drawing a sigh from whosoever hears it, Is […]

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