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PRESS DIGEST - Hong Kong - Oct 8

HONG KONG, Oct 8 (Reuters) - These are some of the leadingstories in Hong Kong newspapers on Monday. Reuters has notverified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

-- A four-year-old boy visiting Hong Kong from Saudi Arabiais sick in Queen Mary Hospital with a Sars-like virus suspectedto be the same one that emerged in the Middle East last month.If confirmed, it would be the world's third case of the novelcorona virus, which killed one man and left the other criticallyill. ()

-- Hong Kong and China Gas , better known asTowngas which is the only distributor of piped gas in the city,will consider a separate listing of its non-city gas businesses,ECO Environmental Investments Limited (ECO), when it reachesabout 40 per cent of Towngas' total net profit, managingdirector Alfred Chan said. ()

-- Property prices will remain high and may even continue torise until the new administration's housing measures begin tokick in, industry watchers said. ()

HONG KONG ECONOMIC TIMES

-- Great Eagle Holdings Ltd said it would buy ahotel property in the heart of Midtown Manhattan at 400 FifthAvenue, New York, the United States, for $229 million.

THE STANDARD

-- Highly resistant bacteria related to the tuberculosisgerm has been found to be the reason for four women taking illwith septic shock after receiving transfusions at the beautycenter DR in Causeway Bay.

-- Foxconn Technology Group workers returned to the assemblyline that makes Apple Inc's iPhone 5 in Zhengzhou,Henan, after walking off their jobs on Friday (Oct. 5), advocacygroup China Labour Watch said.

SING TAO DAILY

-- Hong Kong's Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-singsaid the government has received applications from the two powercompanies, CLP Power and Hongkong Electric, for atariff increase next year.

MING PAO DAILY NEWS

-- Sun Hung Kai Properties' Century Gatewayproject in Tuen Mun has sold 900 units out of 1,075 units sofar, reaping HK$6 billion ($773.91 million) for the developer.

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(Reporting by Twinnie Siu; Editing by G.Ram Mohan)

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