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Posters or other displays that could embarrass leaders, such as mentions of Tiananmen Square, are ordered removed from tour routes Hong Kong police have launched a crackdown on political banners and images ahead of a visit to the city by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, to avoid embarrassing the countrys leaders. Swaths of Hong Kong […]

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Theresa May emphasises the importance of British values. But Britains limpness over Hong Kong demonstrates how easily they are compromised I am too young to remember the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and its promise for the new world I would live in. But I have lived to see that promise trampled. […]

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New toy taking China by storm can fire needles and nails as well as toothpicks, leading to concerns over safety Handheld mini-crossbows that can fire needles and nails are the latest must-have toy in China but anxious parents want them banned before a young child gets blinded or worse. Selling online and in shops for […]

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Queenstown paper puts names of 100 people on front page amid concern the town, which attracts 2 million tourists a year, is bucking drink-drive trend A newspaper in New Zealand has taken a stance against drunk drivers by printing their names on its front page, in response to what it calls an epidemic of the […]

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Pupils at Deep Green Bush school spend the majority of their day outdoors, exploring the countryside, learning to fish, hunt and trap possums Deep among the streams and Kauri trees of rural south Auckland, New Zealands newest and most alternative school is in session. The weather is fine so a bout of fishing is in […]

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US actor willingly returns picture and Marlon Brandos Oscar, given to him by a financier linked to Malaysian fund The US Justice Department took legal action on Thursday to recover about $540m in assets that authorities say were stolen by financiers associated with a sovereign wealth fund established by Malaysias prime minister. Items include a […]

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Critics including UN expert fear legislation passed by Abe government could target ordinary citizens and deter grassroots opposition to government policies eliciting an angry response from Japans prime minister, Shinzo Abe. Officials in Tokyo insist the law is needed to ratify a 2000 UN treaty targeting global organised crime, and to improve Japans anti-terrorism measures […]

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Human rights commission says one-third of all complaints now concern racial discrimination New Zealand has hauled in its biggest stars in an effort to crack down on rising levels of racism in the famously peaceful South Pacific nation. The countrys human rights commission reports a third of all complaints now concern racist discrimination, though the […]

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Interview: The former New Zealand prime minister says the rejection of her bid to become the next UN secretary general was a blow for women, but the security council werent looking for an independent-minded leader In the United Nations 72-year history, eight of its nine secretaries general have been decided behind closed doors by a […]

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