Month: October 2015

‘Our child was stolen from us’: French families of underage jihadis share stories in campaign against radicalisation

Families talk about the children persuaded to fight abroad. Photo: AP Tales of heartache and confusion at losing children to the jihad in Syria and Iraq are being used by the French government to combat radicalisation in new adverts launched on Wednesday. Baptiste fights back tears as he recounts how his 17-year-old daughter left after…

‘Our child was stolen from us’: French families of underage jihadis share stories in campaign against radicalisation

Families talk about the children persuaded to fight abroad. Photo: AP Tales of heartache and confusion at losing children to the jihad in Syria and Iraq are being used by the French government to combat radicalisation in new adverts launched on Wednesday. Baptiste fights back tears as he recounts how his 17-year-old daughter left after…

China, Japan and South Korea discussions over three-way Peru meeting may boost summit hopes

China’s Lou Jiwei (left) and Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso discussed cooperation on economic, financial and international affairs at the Fifth China-Japan Finance Dialogue in June. Photo: SCMP Pictures Japan, China and South Korea are discussing a possible trilateral meeting of their finance ministers in Peru this week, said Finance Minister Taro Aso – a…

Thin blue likes: Four Facebook lessons Hong Kong cops can learn from police around the world to make friends online

Police PR chief Steve Hui urges viewers to give the page a “like”. Photo: Bruce Yan From promoting cats, to chasing seals and poking fun at boy band One Direction, Hong Kong police could learn a few lessons from their international colleagues’ popular Facebook accounts. Hong Kong police launched their Facebook page yesterday with much…

‘Bad for the country’: Ex-premier slams Canada PM Stephen Harper’s policies as borderline racist

Critics of the Harper government say it’s engaging in a dangerous, xenophobic game by grandstanding on an issue that involves a tiny minority of devout Muslim women in the country. Photo: AP A former conservative premier of a Canadian province said that Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is “bad for the country” because some of…

Taiwan’s ruling KMT party ‘must weigh up’ ditching struggling presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu

Hung Hsiu-chu (above), the KMT’s presidential candidate, is already trailing rival Tsai Ing-wen, of the Democratic Progressive Party, in polls before the 2016 election. Photo: EPA Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) chairman Eric Chu said on Tuesday the party must look at the “likely success or failure of an individual” in the forthcoming presidential election after…

Key Hong Kong economic indicator drops further as new mainland China business falls to lowest level since 2008

New business from mainland China was hit by the devaluation of the yuan. Photo: Nora Tam The health of Hong Kong’s private sector shrank further last month as new business from mainland China declined at the sharpest rate since the global financial crisis in 2008. The Nikkei/Markit Hong Kong purchasing managers’ index (PMI), which tracks…

Fan Bingbing and Li Chen’s Passports Stolen in Japan?

High-profile couple Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) and Li Chen (李晨) recently made a trip to Japan. While they stayed at a hotel in Kyoto, however, their passports were secretly photographed and then circulated online alongside allegations that the two had lost their identification papers. The Japanese police is currently investigating the case. When Bingbing and Li…

Biggest in history: US says BP to pay record $20.8 bln settlement over Gulf of Mexico oil disaster

British energy giant BP will pay a record $20.8 billion to settle government claims for damages stemming from the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday. An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 men off the coast of Louisiana and unleashed 134 million gallons of oil…

Facebook wants to make the Internet accessible from space for people in remote communities

Satellite services such as Zuckerberg’s could provide a much-needed stopgap solution for large parts of the continent where those slowly approaching fibre optic cables are a long way off. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg took to his own timeline on Monday to announce that the company would be providing web access… from space. A new satellite…