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Missing painting sold in HK for $3.7mn may have gone out with the trash HONG KONG: A painting that was auctioned for HK$28.8 million ($3.7 million) two days ago has gone missing, police said, with media reports on Wednesday suggesting cleaners may have inadvertently thrown the artwork out.The 2012 painting "Snowy Mountain", by Chinese artist Cui Ruzhuo, was reported missing by Chinese auctioneers Poly Auction on Tuesday afternoon after the auction on Monday, police told Reuters.Ming Pao newspaper reported that police had checked CCTV footage at the Grand Hyatt hotel, where the auction took place, which showed cleaners removing the painting. That raised fears that the painting had been sent out with the garbage to the city's landfill.Poly Auction Hong Kong was not immediately available for comment. Police could not confirm the media report about the painting being thrown out.Gladis Young, director of communications at the Grand Hyatt hotel, said hotel staff were not involved because organisers of events involving valuable items usually hired ...

World powers, Iran return to nuclear talks VIENNA: Negotiators for Iran and world powers on Wednesday started their second day of a round of talks in Vienna aimed at hammering out a definitive deal over Tehran's contested nuclear programme by a July 20 deadline.Although little information has filtered out about the substance of the negotiations, an Iranian representative, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, said late Tuesday that differences on several issues had been narrowed.A source close to the talks said the Iranian ...
Indonesia vote to set governor on course for presidency JAKARTA: Indonesians went to the polls Wednesday in parliamentary elections expected to boost the main opposition and move their popular presidential candidate, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, a step closer to becoming the country's next leader.Millions of voters streamed to polling stations across the sprawling archipelago, from eastern Papua -- where officials warned of delays due to problems transporting ballot boxes to mountainous areas -- to the main island of Java and Sumatra in the west. ...
MH370 search chief hopeful of finding wreckage within 'days' PERTH: The Australian heading the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 said Wednesday he hoped wreckage from the plane would now be found within days."Hopefully with lots of transmissions we'll have a tight, small area and hopefully in a matter of days we'll be able to find something on the bottom that might confirm that this is the last resting place of MH370," Angus Houston told reporters. So far four transmissions have been detected ...
Japan opposition fears Abe 'destabilizing' region WASHINGTON: Japan's main opposition leader on Tuesday chided Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for conservative statements on war history and voiced fear he could be a "destabilizing" factor in East Asia.On a visit to Washington, Banri Kaieda, president of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, said he remained fully committed to the country's past expressions of regret for its wartime behavior.Kaieda said that the Abe government's remarks and actions had alienated Japan's neighbors as well as ...
Jailed academic's daughter says China stifling Uighurs WASHINGTON: The daughter of a prominent Uighur academic told US lawmakers on Tuesday that his arrest sent a message China will not tolerate even peaceful expression of grievances by the minority group.Ilham Tohti, an economist in Beijing who has been one of the most visible critics of China's treatment of the mostly Muslim ethnic group, was detained in January and accused of separatism, a charge that could carry the death penalty.His 19-year-old daughter Jewher Ilham, ...
Underwater vessel set to search for missing plane PERTH: The hunt for missing Malaysian Flight MH370 could soon head to the ocean floor using an autonomous sonar vessel after possible black box signals were detected, the head of the Australian-led search operation said Tuesday.A month to the day since the Boeing 777 disappeared, retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston warned that hopes of finding surface debris were fading and that sonic "pings" detected by the Australian naval ship Ocean Shield were the best ...

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