Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of

June 26, 2017

… “June,” “today,” “student movement,” “tank man,” or “square,” and no use of the numbers 4, 6, 8, 9 or any combination that adds up to 64 or 89, or even “May 35.” In 2013, even ducks were banned, after a giant yellow duck art installation was adopted as a way to bypass the censors. ‘I want true universal suffrage’ A key demand of the 2014 protests — which were sparked after Beijing refused allow …

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Petition calls for Dennis Rodman to be removed from Hall of Fame

June 22, 2017

(CNN)Dennis Rodman’s role as self-appointed goodwill ambassador to North Korea is not earning him rave reviews. The petition follows the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for 17 months. Warmbier arrived in the United States in a coma last week and died Monday. Petition Rodman has visited North Korea several times and has praised on its dictator Kim Jong-un. Rights group Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation started a …

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Warmbier death raises pressure on White House

June 21, 2017

… things happened to the student while he was held there. In a written statement, Trump said, “Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing.There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life.Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.” “Otto’s fate deepens my administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling …

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North Korea: Diplomatic delegation ‘mugged’ at JFK Airport

June 19, 2017

… reflect on its reckless act and be fully aware of the grave consequences to follow,” it said. The incident also comes just days after North Korea released US detainee Otto Warmbier after 17 months in detention. He was sentenced last year to 15 years hard labor on charges that he tried to steal a banner with a political slogan from his hotel in Pyongyang. On his return to the US last week, doctors said the 22-year-old former student was in a “vegetative state.” North Korea …

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Dennis Rodman hopes to do ‘something pretty positive’ in North Korea

June 13, 2017

… imprisoned more than 100,000 of its own people in draconian, Soviet-style prison camps and spends millions on its military programs instead of its impoverished population. This time around, four Americans are being held in North Korea, including Kim Sang Duk and Kim Hak-song, two academics who worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology; University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier; and businessman Kim Dong Chul. A new visit? Rodman’s expected visit to Pyongyang …

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General Election 2017: The EU citizens in the UK who can’t vote – BBC News

June 4, 2017

I came here as a Masters student about five years ago. I think I chose the university rather than London – the London School of Economics had the best programme in my field. But I settled in right away. I met my friends, my boyfriend, and I work in public health policy. Now, I don’t have the same sense of loyalty to this country that I used to have. If I hadn’t met my boyfriend I might have already moved somewhere else. London feels very sympathetic, but smaller, …

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Profile: Green Party co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley – BBC News

… Live that he killed a student in a car crash when he was 17 years old. The accident happened while he was on his way home from a concert in London. The police did not press charges after an investigation. Mr Bartley, who apologised to the victim’s family after attending an inquest, which recorded a verdict of accidental death, said he “felt so responsible, so guilty” about what had happened and that it had turned his life upside down. But he added that it was also one of the …

May 28, 2017
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Manchester attack: ‘Abedi’s flat smelled of chemicals’ – BBC News

What we know about Manchester bomber The Libya link Manchester attack: What we know so far Mohammed El-Hudarey told the BBC that Abedi had answered an advert three-and-a-half months ago. He wanted to move in to the apartment in a tower block in the suburb of Blackley for two months. Abedi said he was a student who worked at night as a delivery driver. Mr Elwafi had received a call late at night, about a month-and-a-half ago from Abedi, who said he would be moving out because he was …

May 27, 2017
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Manchester Arena: Eyewitnesses describe blast horror – BBC News

… almighty bang. At first I thought we’d missed something in the concert. “As we turned around the corner there was an horrific stampede of people coming down the steps, people falling on floor. “I grabbed my daughter and we just ran. There were people being crushed on the floor.” College student Sebastian Diaz, 19, from Newcastle, echoed other witnesses’ descriptions of mass panic at the end of the concert. “Ariana Grande had just finished her last song and …

May 23, 2017
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Maryland campus stabbing evaluated as possible hate crime

(CNN)The FBI is helping to evaluate whether the fatal stabbing by a white student of a black student visiting the University of Maryland will be prosecuted as a hate crime, university police said Sunday. Richard Wilbur Collins III was with two friends on the university’s campus in College Park when he was approached by a man and stabbed in the chest with a knife Saturday morning, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell told reporters. The 23-year-old had been commissioned as a …

May 22, 2017
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Dutch King reveals he secretly piloted KLM passenger flights for 21 years

(CNN)They don’t call KLM “Royal Dutch Airlines” for nothing. King Willem-Alexander, reigning monarch of the Netherlands, revealed in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he’d regularly flown flights for a subsidiary of the Dutch flag carrier for over two decades. Calling the part-time role a “hobby,” the King says that he’d taken to the cockpit as a co-pilot of KLM Cityhopper — the airline’s short-haul carrier — …

May 18, 2017
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Japanese Princess Mako set to marry ‘Prince of the Sea’

Tokyo (CNN)Japan’s Princess Mako is giving up her royal status — all in the name of love. The groom-to-be is a prince himself … of sorts. The Imperial Household tells CNN plans are underway for the 25-year-old princess, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, to become engaged to Kei Komuro, also 25, a law firm worker and graduate student who once starred in a tourism campaign as “Prince of the Sea.” …

May 17, 2017
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