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Hong Kong's first-half home sales, prices at record high as Chinese buyers pile back in

HONG KONG, July 3- Hong Kong's new home sales jumped to a record high in the first half of the year, driven in part by the return of Chinese investors seeking to park money in million-dollar mansions, underscoring the challenges the government faces in curbing property prices. Despite a series of tightening measures to cool the market, sales jumped 42 percent from a...
Source: Reuters
Why are China's stock markets so volatile?

China is now home to the world's largest equity markets after the US. Yet extreme volatility is still typical, with benchmark indices often swinging as much as 10 per cent in a matter of hours, The Financial Times reports.
Source: Financial Times | By: Josh Noble
India's push to save cows starves Bangladesh of beef

Some 30,000 Indian soldiers guarding the border with Bangladesh have a new mandate this year: Stop cattle from crossing illegally into the Muslim-majority neighbor, in a sign India's Hindu policies are hitting its neighbor's economies.
Source: Reuters | By: Rupam Jain Nair and Ruma Paul
Comic-Con International to stay in San Diego for now, spurning L.A.

July 2- Comic-Con International will remain in San Diego through 2018, despite an effort by the city of Los Angeles to attract one of the world's top conventions for comic books and pop culture, officials said on Thursday. Comic-Con had previously only committed to staying in San Diego until 2016, and there had been concerns among city officials that it could...
Source: Reuters | By: Alex Dobuzinskis
FEATURE-India's push to save its cows starves Bangladesh of beef

*Bangladesh beef prices up after border crackdown. GHOJADANGA, India/ DHAKA, July 3- Some 30,000 Indian soldiers guarding the border with Bangladesh have a new mandate under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government this year- stop cattle from crossing illegally into the Muslim-majority neighbour. About 2 million head of cattle are smuggled into Bangladesh...
Source: Reuters | By: Rupam Jain Nair and Ruma Paul
Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

"I felt homeless in New York." Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. The couple's U.S. adventure started after their June 6 wedding in Volos, Greece, a port city several hours north of Athens.
Source: The Associated Press | By: By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press
How aging really feels, in a suit  

Jennifer Rosenbaum at Genworth Financial have come with a creative way to bring people face to face with retierment and aging. CNBC's Kelly Evans tries on an "aging" suit.
Source: CNBC.com
WRAPUP 5-Mixed U.S. jobs report dampens September rate hike bets

WASHINGTON, July 2- U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, tempering expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Thursday nonfarm payrolls rose 223,000 last month after a downwardly revised 254,000 increase in May, with construction and government employment...
Source: Reuters | By: Lucia Mutikani
Ex-firefighter who responded on Sept. 11 wins $5M in lottery

NEW YORK- A former firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has won $5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket. Mercado was among the members of Queens Battalion 49 who went to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. He now lives in Orange County, north of New York City.
Source: The Associated Press
Want to up your whiskey game? Read these

Think whiskey's just for winter? Wrong! Whiskey sommelier Heather Greene offers up some great summer whiskey reading-and drinking!
Source: CNBC.com | By: Heather Greene, whiskey sommelier