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HONG KONG’S 170 sqft MICRO-FLAT COMING NEAR YOU?

Although they are part of swish modern complexes, some of the newly built studio flats measure as little as 16 sq m and are on sale for HK$1.5 million (about S$242,000). Single entrepreneur Mike Ko is typical of the buyers that developers are targeting: aspiring home owners who are priced out of the overheated Hong Kong housing market. "I'm 33 years old and I really need my own place," said Mr Ko. "Studios are good enough. They're quite hip and cool as well."

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China cracks down on instant messaging apps

CHINA will force real-name registrations on users of instant messaging tools, and require public accounts wishing to publish or reprint political news to seek prior approval, the state media said yesterday. The latest restrictions will likely affect hugely popular mobile messaging apps like WeChat, which has almost 400 million users.

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HDB RESALE PRICE FALL FOR 6th STRAIGHT MONTH

The recovery may simply be thanks to buyers and sellers returning to the market after the end of the school holidays and the World Cup in June, said SLP International Property Consultants head of research Nicholas Mak. He said the rise in volume is not expected to continue into this month, as it is the Hungry Ghost month, considered an inauspicious time for buying a house.

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For some, hikes may exact a significant toll

For Singaporean Fahmi Rais, 46, who lives in Johor and commutes across the border daily, the toll increases will dent his disposable income. Mr Fahmi, who owns a cafe in Johor, said that as travelling between Singapore and Malaysia - whether for work or eduction - has become a "bread and butter" necessity, people will just have to swallow the increase.

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LAWYER M RAVI: THE RIOTERS CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY ME

Why has he changed his mind now? Mr Ravi admitted that while costs was one of the reasons he was discharging himself from the Little India riot cases, it was not the primary one. "If these clients can pay me as well, I can take an additional lawyer to organise my resources... My primary consideration is not legal fees, but whether they are getting legal aid," he said. The activist lawyer is also representing blogger Roy Ngerng, who is being sued by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for defamation. Mr Ngerng has already raised more than $110,000 for his defence, which will go towards legal fees, research and filing fees.

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