Mass street protests are an expression of Hong Kong’s identity

With controls tightening over Chinese society, many Hong Kongers feel the need to protect their right to dissent In Hong Kong, people have most of the freedoms of a democracy except the right to choose their leaders. The citys last British governor, Chris Patten, described it as a place that enjoyed China. Under the amended law, those accused of offences punishable by seven years or more in prison could be extradited. Who is supporting the change? The government claims the push to change the law, which would also apply to Taiwan and Macau, stems from the killing last year of a Hong Kong woman while she was in Taiwan with her boyfriend. Authorities in Taiwan suspect the womans boyfriend, who …

‘Mistakes’ may have been made during arrest of journalist, Kremlin says

Moscow makes comments after Russian papers call for inquiry into case of Ivan Golunov The Kremlin has admitted that mistakes may have been made by police during the arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on controversial drug-dealing charges, as calls for his release grew louder. Mistakes can never be ruled out, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin. The important thing is to recognise mistakes so that they arent repeated. Some issues need clarification, he said on Monday. Police initially published a number of photographs that they said showed a drug lab at Golunovs rented flat in Moscow. They were later removed from the interior ministrys website after police officials admitted that the photographs had been taken at a …

Eiffel Tower revamp to turn roads into garden in heart of Paris

72m makeover will create mile-long stretch of pools, fountains and parks A garden stretches for a mile, free of cars with one of the worlds most recognisable monuments at its centre. Crossing the river on a tree-lined and lawned bridge, the roar of traffic has been replaced by the sound of water from fountains. Such is the vision for the Eiffel Tower, which is at the centre of a major makeover project to transform one of Pariss most visited districts. At the heart of the revamp is a pedestrian-friendly plan to create the citys largest garden. The landscape design, drawn up by a London-based company, will also turn a nearby bridge, the Pont dIna, into a grassy, tree-lined walkway linking …

Climate crisis may be a factor in tufted puffins die-off, study says

Researchers believe 3,150 to 8,500 birds starved in Bering Sea due to loss of prey species The death of thousands of tufted puffins in the Bering Sea may have been partly caused by the climate breakdown, according to a study. Between 3,150 and 8,500 seabirds died over a four-month period from October 2016, with hundreds of severely emaciated carcasses washed up on the beaches of the populations of the Atlantic puffin around Iceland. Researchers in the journal Plos One St Paul Island map According to the study, by Timothy Jones of the citizen science ecosystem office, puffins typically made up fewer than 1% of recovered carcasses in the region in previous years. In this die-off, 87% of carcasses were puffins, …

Bulgarias pro-Brussels PM: ‘There’s no better place to live than the EU’

Boyko Borisov has praise even for Theresa May, but is less keen on questions about corruption At a time when some politicians in central and eastern Europe are profiting from hostility towards Brussels, Bulgarias Boyko Borisov is taking a different path, aiming to winning favour from Europe through charm and flattery. Ive been all over the world and I can say that theres no better place to live than the EU, he said during a recent interview with the Guardian in Sofia. He was careful not to criticise any of his European colleagues. Even Theresa May, who has frustrated many EU leaders after two years of Brexit back and forth, got a positive appraisal. I have seen with Theresa the …

Blind student facing deportation says university reneged on support

Bamidele Chika Agbakuribe sold his home in Nigeria to pay fees to Dundee University Dundee University took tens of thousands of pounds from a blind Nigerian PhD student in return for what it promised him would be state of the art disabled facilities if he came to the UK with his young family to complete his studies. Instead, Bamidele Chika Agbakuribe, who is totally blind, claims the university gave him failing IT equipment and repeatedly obstructed his studies to the extent he was not able to complete his work. When he complained, they failed him and cancelled his student status, he says. The university then contacted the Home Office, which has said it will deport Agbakuribe and his family on …

Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike as protest over Republican abortion laws

Actor provokes storm with call to regain bodily autonomy as GOP-held legislatures push laws amid quest to overturn Roe v Wade The actor Alyssa Milano ignited a social media storm with a call for women to join her in a sex strike, to protest against cardiac activity is detected Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Feminist lawyers of South Asia rally to aid of #MeToo survivors

Facing down intimidation, women all over this traditional region are speaking out about sexual harassment and violence Ali Zafar is famed across South Asia for his pop music, romantic comedies and even the occasional toothpaste advert. But last weekend he gave a particularly emotional performance on Pakistani television, tears welling in his eyes as he spoke of the effect sexual harassment allegations has had on his life. For the past year, the actor and musician has been embroiled in the countrys most high-profile tweeted her verdict: If anyone has earned the right to cry today, its thousands of survivors around us who were forced to watch a privileged man accused of sexual harassment and whine. Since the #MeToo movement gathered …

Why we are addicted to conspiracy theories

The long read: Outsiders and the disenfranchised have always embraced the existence of wild plots and cover-ups. But now the biggest conspiracy-mongers are in charge In January 2015, I spent the longest, queasiest week of my life on a cruise ship filled with conspiracy theorists. As our boat rattled toward Mexico and back, I heard about every wild plot, secret plan and dark cover-up imaginable. It was mostly fascinating, occasionally exasperating and the cause of a headache that took months to fade. To my pleasant surprise, given that I was a reporter travelling among a group of deeply suspicious people, I was accused of working for the CIA only once. The unshakeable certainty possessed by many of the conspiracy theorists …

Trump orders officials to charge fees for asylum seekers fleeing persecution

Officials directed to tighten regulations on asylum claims, with people who cross border illegally to be barred from working Donald Trump has directed officials to toughen rules for asylum seekers, including by introducing a fee for their applications and barring those who entered the country illegally from working until their claims are approved. The moves are the latest effort by the Trump administration to restrict asylum, a process meant to protect people fleeing persecution and violence in their home country.Many of the changes would be dramatic shifts in how asylum seekers are treated, but would also require time-intensive regulatory procedures before they go into effect, which will probably take months. Trump administration officials have for more than two yearsblamed US …

Indonesia: 193m people, 17,000 islands, one big election. Here’s what you need to know

Vote on 17 April is worlds biggest direct presidential election with more than 800,000 polling stations set up Worlds most complex one-day elections Indonesia, a nation made up of 17,000 islands, will hold the biggest, most complex one-day elections in the world on 17 April. The elections in India are bigger in number but are held over a comparatively relaxed period of six weeks. A total of 192.8 million Indonesians are registered to vote with more than half aged 40 or under in what is the worlds third-largest democracy after India and the US. In a country where democracy is also relatively young, elections are a colourful and celebratory affair, described locally as pesta demokrasi, or democracy party. The vote …

Finland’s SDP tries to build coalition after narrow election win

Social Democrats come top for first time in 20 years and likely to keep nationalist Finns party out of government Finlands Social Democrats will try to form a coalition government after Finns in Sweden and AfD, Danish Peoples Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

How anchoring a ship to an ice floe will help fight climate change

Mosaic, a year-long Arctic mission aims to answer fundamental questions about global warming In September, the giant German polar research vessel Polarstern will set off from Troms in Norway on a remarkable voyage. It will sail across the Arctic Ocean and after a few weeks reach a point off the Siberian coast, around 85 deg N 120 deg E, where it will attach itself to the biggest, strongest-looking ice floe its crew can find. And then, for the next year, the Polarstern will remain moored to this giant slab of frozen water as it slides, with other polar pack ice, round the Arctic Ocean. For a year, teams of researchers from the ship will study conditions on the ice floe …

Mussolinis great-grandson claims Facebook suspended his account

Caio Mussolini says apparent deletion of social media account is discrimination Far-right Italian activists and politicians, including the great-grandson of member of the European protest against 70 Roma people, including 33 children and 22 women, who were to be temporarily transferred to a reception centre in the area. In a la Repubblica, protesters were shown trampling on food destined for the Roma, and someone could be heard shouting: They must die of hunger. CasaPound has more than 275,000 followers. Its secretary, Simone Di Stefano, ran for prime minister in the previous general election. In a 2011 Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Bangladesh mother discovers twins in second uterus days after giving birth

Arifa Sultana, 20, gave birth to a baby boy last month through normal delivery, but doctors missed the presence of a second pregnancy A Bangladeshi mother has stunned doctors by giving birth to healthy twins 26 days after her first child was born. Arifa Sultana, 20, gave birth to a baby boy last month through normal delivery, but doctors missed the presence of a second uterus. She didnt realise she was still pregnant with the twins. Her waters broke again 26 days after the first baby was born and she rushed to us, Sheila Poddar, a gynaecologist who treated the woman, told AFP. Podder carried out an emergency caesarean section to deliver the twins one boy and one girl last …

Christchurch attacks: the media’s rush to be first causes its own kind of harm

Facebooks AI may have failed the victims but humans didnt do much better Rookie journalists struggling with their copy are often told by news editors: Just tell the story. An esteemed colleague once told me his first editor told him to imagine shouting the intro to an aged relative moving away at speed on a bus. Boiling an event down to who, what, why, where and when is the basis of all news coverage for a reason it tells the story. But what happens when being fast and crafting a simple narrative becomes misleading or causes its own kind of harm? This question has become increasingly relevant over the past decade. The internet has brought incredible new ways of telling …