Global Issues

China Says It Will Ban Abuse of Children at Internet Detox Camps

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HONG KONG — China’s internet detox boot camps have drawn wide condemnation for abusive treatment of children that includes beatings and electroshock therapy, prompting the government to draft a law that would crack down on the camps’ worst excesses. Mike Ives The New York Times Experts welcomed the law, announced this week in China’s state-controlled news media, as an initial step toward curbing scandals in the industry. “It’s a very important move for… China Says It Will Ban… Read More »

French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen spotted at Trump Tower during New York visit

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French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen was seen at Trump Tower on Thursday, but she declined to say whether she was there to meet with US President-elect Donald Trump, according to a Reuters witness and a… Helene Fouquet and Terrence Dopp Brisbane Times Bloomberg and Reuters An aide to Ms Le Pen, who leads in the latest opinion poll for the… French far-right… Read More »

‘China will be biggest loser under protectionist Trump’

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Customs agency official says export growth by world’s largest trading nation will be limited if US president-elect imposes greater trade measures Reuters Asia Times US president-elect Donald Trump may limit the growth of China’s exports by imposing greater trade protectionist measures, the mainland customs agency said on Friday. China is the biggest loser in… ‘China will be biggest loser… Read More »

The slave trade made Scotland rich. Now we must pay our blood-soaked debts

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The Caribbean countries that our forefathers so ruthlessly exploited are asking for financial reparations. Let’s not deepen our shame by refusing them The Guardian At the turn of the year, after the giving, receiving and splurging are over, eyes turn wearily to outstanding bills, upcoming liabilities and the settling of accounts. This year, thanks to… The slave trade made… Read More »

South China Sea: Paul Keating says Rex Tillerson threatening to involve Australia in war

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Former prime minister Paul Keating has accused United States secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson of threatening to involve Australia in… Henry Belot ABC Earlier this week, the former Exxon Mobil chief executive said the US would send a “clear signal” to China that its access to artificial islands in the… South China Sea: Paul… Read More »

Rodrigo Duterte approves free contraception in mostly Catholic Philippines for millions

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order directing government agencies to provide contraception to 6 million Filipino women who don’t have access to birth control and other… The Washington Post The Canberra Times The executive order implements a landmark legislation signed by Mr… Rodrigo Duterte approves… Read More »

Bangladeshi proposal on child marriage is step backwards

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If parliament approves changes to a law to allow girls below 18 to be wed in ‘special cases’, this is an alarming move says global alliance Reuters Asia Times Bangladesh will be taking a step backwards in efforts to end child marriage if parliament approves changes to a law which would permit girls below 18 to be married in “special cases,” a global alliance of charities said on Thursday. The poor South Asian nation has… Bangladeshi proposal on child… Read More »

China expert: Tillerson’s plan for the South China Sea would ‘certainly end up in a shooting war with China’

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President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, made waves internationally on Thursday by suggesting that the US should “send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops, and… Alex Lockie Business Insider (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Suggesting China stop its building of artificial islands and… China expert: Tillerson’s… Read More »

In China, State Media Blast Tillerson’s Comments On South China Sea Islands

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After President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state made strong statements about China’s actions in the South China Sea, Chinese officials have responded with muted, measured statements — while state-run media have warned of the… Camila Domonoske npr Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO nominated to lead the… In China, State… Read More »

Report: Chicago police use excessive force and often treat people “as animals or subhuman”

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The Justice Department just completed an exhaustive 13-month investigation into the Chicago Police Department. Updated by German Lopez Vox The findings are horrifying. The Chicago Police Department routinely violates civil rights, uses unnecessary force, discriminates against minority residents, and Report: Chicago police… Read More »

Trump officials might be expecting E.U. to fall apart this year, U.S. envoy says

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BRUSSELS — President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team may be expecting the European Union to fall apart this year, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the 28-nation bloc said Friday, saying that the incoming U.S. administration may add to the burdens of an… Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post Trump officials risk “lunacy” if they choose to support the… Trump officials might… Read More »

Tim Barrow, invisible ambassador

2202389 06/12/2013 British choreographer Matthew Bourne, left, and Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Russia Tim Barrow at the buffet after the play The Sleeping Beauty, staged by Bourne at the Mossovet Theater during the 11th Chekhov International Theater Festival. Vladimir Vyatkin/Sputnik

Britain’s new envoy to the European Union kept a low profile as ambassador to Russia. Marc Bennetts Politico MOSCOW — “Tim who?” That was the reaction of… Tim Barrow, invisible… Read More »

To stage a comeback, Renzi returns to his roots

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stands in front of a copy of a fresco by Italian artist Raphael named "The Meeting of Leo I and Attila", on June 23, 2016 during a press conference on the future of renewable energy in Italy at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. / AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

The former Italian prime minister says he has ‘no parachute,’ but is starting again from the bottom. David Allegranti Politico PONTASSIEVE, Italy — Matteo Renzi’s reappearance in Pontassieve, the town just east of Florence where his family lives, has caused a stir among residents akin to a Martian sighting. Locals snapped shots of the… To stage a comeback, Renzi… Read More »

Trump’s man Tillerson stays blunt as hearing turns tasty

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Washington: – Secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson called U.S. intelligence findings of Russian interference in the presidential election “troubling” on Wednesday but said he has not yet seen classified information about allegations that Russia intended to… Ed O’Keefe and Anne Gearan The Age The Washington Post Tillerson, the former top executive at ExxonMobil, also declined to… Trump’s man Tillerson… Read More »

Here are six ways to achieve a truly ‘shared society’

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Theresa May has outlined her vision of a ‘shared society’. Frances Ryan The Guardian But truly creating this requires a major culture shift and money where it’s needed When Theresa May set out… Here are six ways to… Read More »

Like it or not, State must help UK get good deal on Brexit

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Empathy with our largest trading partner does not mean antipathy to the EU John McGrane The Irish Times Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan rightly points out that Brexit may present Ireland with the chance to seize the next phase in our development and maturity as a… Like it or… Read More »