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Bus plunge in HK kills 21

B>HONG KONG:/BAt least 21 people were killed and 20 injured yesterday when a double-decker bus packed with commuters ran off a highway and plunged down a steep slope in one of Hong Kong's worst-ever traffic accidents.

Nation

Asean+3 to network on diseases

The Asean+3 grouping will forge a networking to monitor outbreaks of diseases and establish an early warning system of new health threats by December.

Business

China bouncing back from SARS impact

China's economy is bouncing back strongly from the impact of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, with exports and factory output surging in June from a year ago, as production of passenger cars jumped almost 83%.

Business

SARS to cut about 1 percentage point from East Asian growth

The impact of the SARS epidemic would cut up to 1 percentage point off economic growth in East Asia this year, Australia's Treasury Department said in a report Friday.

Business

HSBC eyes piecemeal China opening

HSBC veteran Dicky Yip may just have landed the toughest job of his career. The China chief for the world's second most valuable bank, barely six months into the job, has the unenviable task of sinking money into a market that may not yield huge returns for years.

Other Sport

Gold in Siti Zalina's grasp after chalking up fifth straight win

Malaysia#8217;s Siti Zalina Ahmad chalked up her fifth straight win in a six-round Asian Championships#8217; singles competition at the National Lawn Bowls Centre in Bukit Kiara here yesterday to virtually bag the gold medal.

Business

Global interest rate easing may be near end

The cost of money has fallen further around the world this week with the Bank of England and a trio of Asian central banks trimming interest rates to jump start a hesitant global economic recovery.

AseanPlus News

Shanghai firms eye market in Middle East

THE Shanghai city government is encouraging local enterprises to explore the Middle Eastern market by grasping the opportunity presented by the post-war reconstruction of Iraq.---------------------------------------------

Business

Catfish farmers fight back

On the Hau River in southern Vietnam, catfish farmers are waging a trade war with the country#8217;s old foe, the United States.

Education

Sleepless in Seattle

Three winners of the HSBC Young IT Entrepreneur Awards 2003 walked away with more than just RM15,000; they lived their dream for a week in Seattle, USA. KAREN CHAPMAN joined them on their study tour to the home of Microsoft and Boeing.