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Apex court stays execution of Asia Bibi for blasphemy in Pakistan - DAWN

Apex court stays execution of Christian woman Asia Bibi condemned for blasphemy in Pakistan – DAWN.COM.

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Hong Kong, Official Version

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying stated that the territory has not total autonomy in China and must comply with the “relevant interpretations and decisions” of Beijing. Not doing so, he warned, could lead to anarchy.

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The poorest and the democracy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chung-ying said during an interview to some western media that it was impossible to met the pro democracy demands in part because that would mean that the poorest would have a dominant voice in politics. And he said so as a negative fact. Not very social for a leader who had announced that he’s backed by the, so-called, People’s Party in Beijing.

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Hong Kong – betrayed by China. And abandoned by the British | Anson Chan | Comment is free | The Observer

Hong Kong – betrayed by China. And abandoned by the British | Anson Chan | The Observer.  

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Hong Kong's troubles

China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee ruled against the aspirations of the people of Hong Kong to elect their next leader in 2017 by universal suffrage without restrictions, and established instead a system of election among “two or three” candidates screened by a nominating committee.

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Malaysian airline shot down in Ukraine

The Ukrainian conflict has left 298 international civilian victims in one tragic instant with the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner close to the border with Russia. Now the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Philippines, Canada and New Zealand are mourning innocent victims of the Ukrainian crisis.

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The future of democracy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, is going to present a report to Beijing requesting the start of the electoral reform process. His report should reflect strong demands from Hong Kong residents for genuine universal suffrage, Human Rights Watch said today in a press release.

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Russia, China Veto on Syria

Russia an China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have referred the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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International companies and Bangladesh one year after the collapse

Survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse one year ago in Bangladesh are still suffering from their injuries and loss of income, Human Rights Watch said today. International companies that sourced garments from five factories operating in the Rana Plaza building are not contributing enough to the financial trust fund set up to support survivors and the families of those who died, said the organisation in a press release.

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Military spending falls in the West, rises everywhere else

World military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion in 2013, a fall of 1.9 per cent in real terms since 2012. The fall comes from decreases in Western countries, led by the United States, and despite increases in all other regions. In fact, military spending in the rest of the world excluding the USA increased by 1.8 per cent, according to SIPRI.

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