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Bao Fan: Why do Chinese billionaires keep vanishing?

The disappearance last month of technology industry dealmaker Bao Fan has rekindled interest in a recent Chinese phenomenon – vanishing billionaires. The founder of China Renaissance Holdings – with a client list that has included internet giants Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu – is seen as a titan in the country’s …

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Sri Lanka Police Fires Tear Gas at Election Protest; 15 Injured

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA —  Police in Sri Lanka fired tear gas and water cannons Sunday to disperse protesters angry over a decision to postpone local elections after the government said it cannot finance them because of the country’s crippling economic crisis. About 15 people were treated for minor injuries, according …

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Eleven Palestinians killed during Israeli raid in Nablus

Israeli troops have killed at least 11 Palestinians and wounded dozens more during a raid in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials say. Explosions and gunfire sounded as troops entered the old city of Nablus on Wednesday morning, sparking armed clashes with Palestinian gunmen. The Israeli military said it …

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Strong earthquake strikes Tajikistan, near border with China

DUSHANBE, Feb 23 (Reuters) – An earthquake of about 6.8 magnitude shook eastern Tajikistan at 5:37 a.m. (0037 GMT) on Thursday, Tajik authorities said, which was felt in China and other neighbouring countries. The earthquake struck the mountainous Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region which was earlier this month hit by a series …

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3 dead, 600 injured in new earthquake in Turkey

Three people have died after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey on Monday, weeks after a deadly quake devastated the region. More than 680 people have been injured in Turkey and Syria. Turkey’s disaster and emergency agency Afad said the tremor occurred at 20:04 local time (17:04 GMT), followed by …

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