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Don't say no because it's difficult': disabled Hong Kong sailor making waves and making history

Don't say no because it's difficult': disabled Hong Kong sailor making waves and making history
- There were around 1,400 people on 230 boats taking part in last weekend's Around the Island Race, and even two dogs wearing life jackets, but it ...

Democrats urge Hong Kong gov't to make joint checkpoint border agreement public

Democrats urge Hong Kong gov't to make joint checkpoint border agreement public
- Article 20 stipulates that Hong Kong may enjoy other powers granted to it by the National People's Congress or the central government. Chan said Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen has to explain the current status of the mechanism's legal basis: “Now it seems that the only solid legal basis is the ...

10 Most Popular Ads in Hong Kong for Q3 2017

10 Most Popular Ads in Hong Kong for Q3 2017
- Google has released their list of the most popular YouTube ads in Hong Kong for the Q3 2017, nothing that the bulk of the ads that people engaged ...

Top China Diplomat Talks Refugee Crisis With Myanmar Leaders

Top China Diplomat Talks Refugee Crisis With Myanmar Leaders
China's foreign minister said Sunday that the international community must help fight poverty and promote development in Myanmar's Rakhine state, which has seen hundreds of thousands of ... Wang said at a news conference Sunday that China has a "three-stage plan" to solve the Rohingya crisis.

China lays out a plan to resolve Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis in Myanmar

China lays out a plan to resolve Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis in Myanmar
- Once a ceasefire is seen to be working, Wang said talks between Myanmar and Bangladesh should find a workable solution for the return of refugees, and the final phase should be to work toward a long-term solution based on poverty alleviation. Myanmar and Bangladesh officials began talks last ...

Building a bridge for rural children

Building a bridge for rural children
China was home to 40 million children living in poverty in 2015. "Child welfare directors are a bridge between underprivileged children and China's policies," said Xu Jianzhong, a senior official with China's Ministry of Civil Affairs. Gao Yurong of the China Philanthropy Research Institute, who helped set ...

New Directions for Socialism in China?

New Directions for Socialism in China?
- CNN described it as “China's 'Game of Thrones'” and warned about “the Cult of Xi. ... “The poverty rate has dropped from 12.2 percent to 4 percent.

Regulating plastic and Asean issues

Regulating plastic and Asean issues
- When the issue of human rights cropped up, President Duterte was civil enough not to create a ruckus over it and reiterated that domestic issues such as his war on drugs should not be touched by other countries. Still, the Asean also discussed other concerns like the North Korea crisis, the Rohingya ...

How can Hongkongers possibly trust the Urban Renewal Authority with the historic Central Market?

How can Hongkongers possibly trust the Urban Renewal Authority with the historic Central Market?
- Many of you will have noticed: the redevelopment of the old Central Market is underway, now that the final tailors' outlets, trinkets sellers and photo ...

Hongkongers living in poverty increases to highest number ever: gov't report

Hongkongers living in poverty increases to highest number ever: gov't report
- Released last week, the 2016 edition of the Hong Kong Poverty Situation report, shows that, based on income, 1,352,000 Hongkongers (582,000 households) live under the poverty line, resulting in a poverty rate of 19.9 percent. The figure, in real terms, is the highest since the study began, with 7,000 ...

Pollution crisis in India's cities causing reverse urbanisation as workers flee to countryside

Pollution crisis in India's cities causing reverse urbanisation as workers flee to countryside
- Toxic smog in some of India's most populated cities is forcing workers to flee to the countryside in an unexpected demographic shift that could reverse ...

Pollution in India's cities draws residents back to rural life

Pollution in India's cities draws residents back to rural life
- Namita Singh's young daughter suffered from bronchitis when the family lived in the northern Indian city of Lucknow, where fumes from clogged traffic ...

Sudan's Islamic clerics hail religious coexistence

Sudan's Islamic clerics hail religious coexistence
- Maintaining human rights and in particular the rights of adherents of other religions ... Also, it asked Sudan to sever its relationship with North Korea.

Boris Johnson withdraws foreign aid to North Korea

Boris Johnson withdraws foreign aid to North Korea
- After a donation in excess of £200,000 this year alone to #North Korea, the Foreign Office has issued a statement showing their support for the campaign. It clearly states that they resolutely condemn North Korea's human rights abuses and that " North Korea's attempts to develop nuclear weapons are ...

The hard facts of globalization

The hard facts of globalization
- THE 31st Asean Summit meetings ended last week and so did the respective bilateral meetings that the 10 heads of state and government had with Asean's dialogue partners—the European Union, India, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Russia and China. All the official ...

Did Putin get taken for a ride?

Did Putin get taken for a ride?
- He talks about human rights where convenient (Cuba, Iran, North Korea) and laughs them off elsewhere (Saudi Arabia, the Philippines).

A Few Hits and One Big Error

A Few Hits and One Big Error
- He spoke at length of the horrors of life in North Korea where many live, ... Trump restated his desire for peace through strength, saying North Korea ... role in killing drug traffickers, and is accused by human rights groups of all sorts of ...

How Trump Is Driving Democrats and Republicans Together

How Trump Is Driving Democrats and Republicans Together
- You see that with the sanctions bill we passed with Russia—and, by the way, also with North Korea and Iran—that discretion that is normally given to the ... A longtime human rights activist who co-chaired the Helsinki Commission, Cardin teamed up with Republican Senator John McCain to pass the ...

Stepping up pressure: how China sees North Korea

Stepping up pressure: how China sees North Korea
- When we look at the description of the human rights violations in North Korea and the nuclear provocation and threats that North Korea has created for regional peace and stability, fundamentally, I don't think that the United States believes that the North Korean government has the right to rule the ...

Trump Hurt Kim Jong Un's Feelings, And North Korea Won't Stop Freaking Out

Trump Hurt Kim Jong Un's Feelings, And North Korea Won't Stop Freaking Out
- Speaking in South Korea, Trump painted a bleak picture of life in North Korea, highlighting the North's long history of atrocities and human rights violations. “North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned,” Trump said, speaking directly to Kim. “It is a hell that no person deserves.

North Korea Women Are Raped, Sexually Abused And Not Represented Under Kim Jong Un's Power

North Korea Women Are Raped, Sexually Abused And Not Represented Under Kim Jong Un's Power
- Pyongyang has had a long and terrible history of human rights abuses and was ranked the fourth-worst nation in the world for human rights by watchdog group Freedom House. The organization's recent annual rankings put North Korea ahead of only Eritrea, Tibet and Syria in human rights, with North ...

The Australian tour guide taking global travellers inside the secretive country

The Australian tour guide taking global travellers inside the secretive country
- Conjure up a picture of North Korea and it would probably be a mass military parade — tanks, ballistic missiles and thousands of faces and feet marching in perfect unison. It may also invoke images of poverty, human rights abuse and a repressive regime teetering on the brink of war. The official ...

'I've never seen anything like this': Parasites inside North Korean defector highlight poverty

'I've never seen anything like this': Parasites inside North Korean defector highlight poverty
- DOCTORS treating the North Korean soldier who was shot by his colleagues while defecting from the isolated country said they found “an enormous number” of parasites in his body. South Korean doctor Lee Cook-jong said the condition of the patient was stable, but the number of worms in his body is ...

A century of terror: Communism continues to kill

A century of terror: Communism continues to kill
- But it's not just poverty and deprivation. There's also Orwellian spying. "North Korea operates as a vast surveillance state, with a menacing state security department called the Bowibu as its backbone. Its agents are everywhere and operate with impunity. The regime also operates a kind of neighborhood ...