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

>Novelist Louis Cha dies
Louis Cha Leung-yung, one of the most influential Chinese novelists, and better known under the pen name Jin Yong, died on Tuesday afternoon at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital surrounded by family members, according to sources close to him. He was 94. Cha was most famous for his wuxia, or martial arts and chivalry, novels. Over 300 million copies of his works have been sold in the Chinese-speaking world. He wrote 15 popular wuxia novels. Cha also founded Hong Kong's major Chinese-language newspaper, Ming Pao, in 1959, and served as its editor-in-chief until retiring in 1989. Tributes poured in after the literary giant's passing. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, on behalf of the Hong Kong SAR government, expressed deep condolences to his family. Hong Kong Screenwriters' Guild President John Chong Ching said Cha was "China's Shakespeare" and the "grandmaster" of Chinese screenwriters.


File photo: US President Donald Trump [photo/IC]

>Trump targets US citizenship
On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said he will try to end the right to citizenship for babies born in the US to noncitizens. He will issue an executive order, he said, to override the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." "We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States ... with all of those benefits," Trump said in an interview with Axios news website. But he's wrong. At least 30 countries subscribe to the principle of jus soli, wherein a person's citizenship is based on the territory of his or her birth. Simply put, birthright citizenship. Jus soli is law in Canada, the US and nearly every country in South and Central America.


A mother and her children in Pekan Baru City wear face mask for covered from the haze on February 28, 2014 in Pekan Baru, Riau, Indonesia.[Photo/VCG]

>Children breathe toxic air
More than nine out of every 10 children on Earth are breathing toxic air on a daily basis, which stunts their brain development and causes deadly diseases, according to a major report by the World Health Organization (WHO). While air pollution is an increasingly recognized problem, which costs the global economy more than $5 trillion a year, it is "uniquely damaging" to children's health, the WHO warns. It reports that 93% of children, including 630 million under 5, live in areas where pollutants breach WHO-recommended safety levels, and even in wealthier countries, 52% of under-fives are routinely breathing harmful air. "Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives," said WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "This is inexcusable. Every child should be able to breathe clean air so they can grow and fulfill their full potential."


Participants in costumes walk in the 2018 NYC Village Halloween Parade near the corner of Downing Street and Sixth Avenue in New York, NY on October 31, 2018.[Photo/VCG]

>Petition to move Halloween
The Halloween & Costume Association has started a national petition in the US to formally change the date of Halloween. The change.org petition, which already has nearly 32,000 signature, demands that all Halloween celebrations take place on the last Saturday of October going forward, rather than the 31st. In the petition, the association argues that changing the date would make it a "safer, longer, stress-free celebration." Throughout the comments on the petition, parents enumerate the benefits to a Saturday Halloween: no school the next day, trick or treating during daylight hours, more one-on-one parent-child time, etc. Then there are the haters. "This is ridiculous. People already celebrate the weekend before regardless of what day of the week it falls on," one user writes on Facebook. "This is just to sell more costumes and decorations."

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