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Britain's Prince William meets China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 2, 2015. REUTERS/Feng Li/Pool

Setting aside rancour over Hong Kong, China welcomes Prince William

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a warm welcome to Prince William on Monday as he began the first visit to the mainland by a member of the British royal family in almost three decades, setting aside the rancour with London over Hong Kong.

Ice age emperor penguins hit hard by the cold: Study

SYDNEY (AFP) - Antarctica’s Ross Sea has been a rare safe haven for emperor penguins for thousands of years, even when temperatures were too harsh for their liking, a study released Monday suggests.

Hong Kong police arrest 33 after anti-mainland march

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong police arrested 33 people and fired pepper spray during clashes with demonstrators that disrupted traffic Sunday, as a protest at the rising number of visitors from mainland China turned violent.

MH370: Australia may call off hunt for missing jet soon

CANBERRA (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia's deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks.

Blast from the past: For many soldiers, the Asahan post office was their only means of communication with their loved ones back home.

Heritage tag for Asahan site

MALACCA: The state government has decided to conserve the post office building in Asahan, about 70km from here, as a heritage building.

Cover girl: Lau on the cover of ‘Flavours’ for the March issue.

Get a taste of Hong Kong chef’s award-winning journey

PETALING JAYA: Hong Kong chef Vicky Lau has captured the imagination of a continent with her sensational recipes.

Our bloom: Malaysia’s national flower, the hibiscus, has been given centre stage at this year’s show on tropical flowers at London’s Kew Gardens.

Bunga Raya featured in flower show in London's Kew Gardens

The Alluring Orchids 2015 – A Tropical Extravaganza event at the Kew Gardens features dazzling blooms from this part of the world.

Weak results limiting a strong rebound on Bursa Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: Corporate earnings setbacks, mixed with lingering worries over the economy, are limiting a strong rebound on Bursa Malaysia as investors become increasingly wary about profit growth outlook.

Corroded: This old sewer pipe was installed in Puchong about 40 years ago and has been replaced as it was leaking water.

Underground losses

Klang Valley’s water and sewerage infrastructure is showing its age. While we cannot see what is underneath, the frequent burst pipes and sinkholes reported everywhere are signs that a major overhaul is needed.

Emperor’s new clothes: A temple devotee arranging some of the pre-ordered clothes to be burned as offerings.

Birthday gifts for Jade Emperor

Sugar cane is a must-have item for the Jade Emperor’s Birthday which is celebrated on the ninth day of Chinese New Year by Hokkiens.

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