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File photo of Louis Cha, better known by his pen name Jin Yong. [Photo provided To China Daily]

>Stamps feature Cha's characters
Hongkong Post will issue a set of special stamps themed on characters from Louis Cha's novels on Dec 6. Cha began weaving his martial arts world under the pen name Jin Yong in 1955 and by 1972 he had written 15 immensely popular novels. The release of the special stamps commemorates Cha's extraordinary life and timeless work. He died at the age of 94 on Oct 30. The stamps feature unforgettable characters from seven of his well-known novels. The characters are drawn by renowned comic artist Lee Chi-ching using traditional Chinese painting techniques. Hongkong Post will also launch the first stamp booklet with 30 stamps featuring Zhang Wuji, the protagonist of "The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber", practicing tai chi. People can flip the booklet's pages quickly or scan the QR code on the back cover to see the character in action. Official first day covers will go on sale at all post offices in Hong Kong from Nov 22.


Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, May 20, 2018.[Photo/Agencies]

>Swift travels in suitcase
It seems donning a comedy moustache and glasses isn't enough for some celebrities looking to evade unwanted attention. Zayn Malik appears to have confirmed the suspicion that Taylor Swift is smuggled in a suitcase to avoid detection. In an interview with British Vogue, the former One Direction singer said Taylor was "always traveling around in a suitcase". Rumors about Taylor's transportation were sparked last year after security guards were pictured carrying a large case in and out of her home. The photo agency that snapped the picture claimed Swift was hiding inside to avoid press during her feud with Kim and Kanye Kardashian - but later withdrew the claim.


A store of Italian luxury brand Dolce&Gabbana in Shanghai, Nov 21, 2018. [Photo/IC]

>D&G accused of racism
Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) has been accused of racism over its new promotional videos. In the clips, a female Asian model in a glitzy red Dolce & Gabbana dress uses chopsticks to eat pizza and other Italian foods. They were part of a campaign named "DG Loves China" released ahead of the fashion house's big show in Shanghai. However, some Chinese netizens complained that the videos were insensitive, in part because the model, with an unmistakably Chinese-looking face, appeared so awkward eating Western food with chopsticks. Screenshots put online of a chat on Instagram between a netizen and someone using the personal account of Stefano Gabbana, one of the brand's co-founders, made things worse, in which Gabbana allegedly made insulting references toward China and Chinese people. Indignation arose among Chinese netizens, with many calling for the D&G Shanghai show to be canceled. A-list celebrities such as Chen Kun, Huang Xiaoming and Li Bingbing said they would not attend. The brand canceled the show hours before it was scheduled to get underway on Wednesday evening. Major Chinese e-commerce platforms have removed all products under the brand.


French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe during the inauguration of the exhibition Extraordinary Factory (L'Usine Extraordinaire), at the Grand Palais in Paris, France on November 22, 2018.[Photo/IC]

>University fees set to soar
University fees for students outside of the EU, which would include Brits after Brexit, are set to shoot up by as much as 16 times the current cost, the French prime minister has announced. At the moment a bachelor's degree costs 170 euros per year while a master's costs 243 euros and a PhD costs 380 euros, but once the change is introduced these fees will rise to 2,770 euros for a bachelor's degree and 3,770 euros for the two higher qualifications. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that at the moment a "wealthy foreign student pays the same tuition fees as a poor French student whose parents have lived, worked and paid taxes in France for years". The situation is "absurd" and "unfair", he said.

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