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The highly anticipated High Speed Rail System connecting Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong will launch on September 23.

The 142km track will connect the city to 44 stations across Mainland China, including six short-haul and 38 long-haul stations and is expected to reduce travel time by approximately 60 percent.

The Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail is approximately 26km and runs along a dedicated underground rail corridor from a new terminus at West Kowloon to the boundary near Lok Ma Chau, where it connects with the Mainland section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail.

The West Kowloon Station will also debut on September 23, and will be the main Hong Kong hub for the new rail network. Once completed, the station will be one of the largest underground high speed rail stations in the world, and features a pedestrian skywalk with views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline.


Aston Martin filed for an IPO in London that would value the maker of luxury sports cars as high as 5.1 billion pounds ($6.7 billion), seeking a multiple that would approach rival Ferrari NV.

The James Bond carmaker will sell a 25 percent stake at between 17.50 pounds and 22.50 pounds per share, it said Thursday in a statement. Trading will begin on the London Stock Exchange in October.

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In April 2013, a socially awkward 30-year-old Asian financier named Low Taek Jho — aka Jho Low — recorded a ballad, “Void of a Legend,” at Jungle City Studios in Chelsea.

Friends including rapper/DJ Swizz Beatz were there to assist on the vanity project when Busta Rhymes and Pharrell Williams dropped by.

Low, inebriated, called out to Rhymes, “Yo! I own you! You’re my bitch!”

Rhymes was put out but said nothing as Williams made small talk to cover everyone’s embarrassment. Low had meant nothing negative. It was, to him, a clunky, playful reference to the $100 million he had just spent for a share of EMI Music Publishing, one of the top publishers in the music world and with clients including Rhymes.

It was also a rare misstep for Low among his celebrity friends, whom he usually treated with great reverence and unprecedented generosity, such as the time he gifted a $9.2 million Basquiat to his good buddy Leonardo DiCaprio.

According to the new book, “Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World,” by Wall Street Journal reporters Tom Wright and Bradley Hope (Hachette), out Tuesday, Low saved his greatest misdeeds for the world of finance — siphoning at least $5 billion from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund he helped create called 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB.
At the height of his recklessness, the authors estimate that Low may have had access to more cash at any one time than anyone in history.

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US President Donald Trump has said he does not "have an attorney general" in his fiercest attack yet on Jeff Sessions.

In an interview with Hill.TV, Mr Trump renewed criticism of Mr Sessions' decision to step aside from the inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

He also said he was unhappy with Mr Sessions' response to immigration.

The attorney general is yet to respond to Mr Trump's comments.

It is unusual for a sitting president to attack their attorney general and critics accuse Mr Trump of trying to meddle in the legal system.

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Russian airspace control systems registered missile launches from a French frigate in the Mediterranean on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

The French Navy’s newest frigate, FS 'Auvergne,' fired rockets at around 8pm GMT on Monday, the Russian military said. “Airspace control has recorded rocket launches from the French frigate 'Auvergne,'” the ministry’s statement read. The 'Auvergne' is deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Syria.

Paris denied “any involvement in [the] attack,” a French army spokesman said, as cited by AFP.

It is a 'European multi-purpose frigate' (FREMM) which entered the service of the French Navy in February this year. Prior to its official commissioning, the Aquitaine-class warship underwent deployment across the globe, including the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

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Members of the Liberal Democratic Party cast their vote on Thursday in a vote that incumbent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe comfortably won.

Polls had shown the 63-year-old Abe would romp to victory against a former defense minister, Shigeru Ishiba.

However, the margin of Abe's victory has been seen as an indicator of how easy it might be for him to introduce reforms.

A total of 810 votes were up for grabs — half of them coming from the Liberal Democratic Party members of parliament, with the rest allocated according to the votes of rank-and-file party members.

Although voters view the economy and social security as their top priorities, Abe aims to use the vote to push his dream: the rewriting of Japan's post-World War II pacifist constitution.

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ALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials say 31 people have died as a result of Florence. 24 of the deaths were in North Carolina.


A day earlier, Wilmington’s entire population of 120,000 people was cut off by flooding.


In some places, the rain finally stopped, and the sun peeked through, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days. He urged residents who were evacuated from the hardest-hit areas to stay away because of closed roads and catastrophic flooding that submerged entire communities.


Preliminary statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed Florence had the fourth-highest rainfall total of any hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland since 1950, with 35.94 inches (91.2 centimeters) at Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Harvey’s total of 60.58 inches (60.5 centimeters) last year in Texas is No. 1.


Flooding worries increased in Virginia, where roads were closed and power outages were on the rise. In all, about 420,000 homes and businesses in three states were in the dark. Most of the outages were in North Carolina.

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The Special Select Committee responsible for the appointment of Nominated Members of Parliament announced on Monday (Sep 17) its nine nominations to fill the vacancies in Parliament.

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Reserved President Halimah has in fact met – probably exceeded  – Singaporeans’ expectations and we should not continue to deny this.

This depends on what was one’s expectations and for me it isn’t difficult to state positively that my expectations were exceeded.

After Halimah was selected as President, I expected her to not question PAP on the use of our reserves.  She was totally silent.

At the President’s Star Charity, Halimah also managed to convince  Singaporeans that she was overworked despite many still believing that she’s overpaid. She left me deeply impressed with her wayang.

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Muslim cinemagoers are upset after learning that none of the four main cinema chains here has halal-certified food counters.

The halalSG Twitter account, managed by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis), posted on Sept 5 that no food counter in local cinemas is halal-certified.

............Student Fatimah Mujibah, 19, said: "All cinemas should apply for the halal certification.

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