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China’s father of Pinyin writing system dies aged 111

Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang, who created the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman ...

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Bambi artist Tyrus Wong dies aged 106

Tyrus Wong, the artist whose works inspired the Disney film Bambi, has died aged 106. A Chinese immigrant, Mr Wong’s ...

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New Year delayed by one second

A “leap second” will be added to this year’s New Year’s countdown to compensate for a slowdown in the Earth’s ...

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Five things to do this week in Norwood

1. AAA Driver Training School: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 29, AAA Branch, 355 Providence Highway, Norwood. AAA Northeast ...

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Vladimir Putin tops Forbes 2016 list of most influential people

Vladimir Putin has beaten Donald Trump to top Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s most powerful people, taking the ...

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World’s oldest water gets even older

The world’s oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth’s crust, just got even older. The liquid was discovered ...

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The World’s most generous countries

It seems that lending a helping hand to a stranger can be more than just a good deed. In fact, ...

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LIST: 17 best-governed countries in the world

The Legatum Institute, a policy research group, has released its annual “Global Prosperity Index,” a major survey that ranks countries ...

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Life for indigenous Australia ‘worsening’

Indigenous Australians are experiencing increasing levels of imprisonment, self-harm and substance abuse, according to a damning new report. The Productivity ...

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Teaching Mandarin: Chinese influence in Kenya’s slums

“Ni hao!” a group of Kenyan schoolchildren call in unison as they bound uphill towards a wooden hut perched on ...

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