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China’s top legislative body’s comments on the power of Hong Kong courts strike at the heart of ‘one country, two systems’

Within weeks of Hong Kong’s return to China, the courts were faced with an audacious legal challenge which threatened to plunge the city’s new constitutional arrangements into chaos. Three defendants in a criminal trial argued the common law had not survived the 1997 transfer of sovereignty and that most of Hong Kong’s laws were, therefore,…

Taiwan’s universities open doors to students fleeing Hong Kong campus turmoil

University students fleeing campus turmoil in Hong Kong can attend lectures at colleges in Taiwan to continue their studies, the island’s Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.“Regardless of whether they are from Taiwan or not, university students in Hong Kong whose studies have been interrupted by the protests in Hong Kong are welcome to register…

Tiny dog squashed by FedEx package, says family who had to euthanise beloved pet

A Los Angeles family said it had to euthanise its dog after the animal was seriously injured by a FedEx package that was thrown over a fence.Pet owners Keiko Napier and Mitchell Galin said their 1.8kg (four-pound) Yorkshire terrier, Cooper, was struck by a large, heavy box thrown over a wall into their yard in…

Shinzo Abe’s legacy: a stagnant economy, loyalty to Donald Trump, deepening rivalries with China and the two Koreas – and the longest tenure as PM

Japanese media featured smiling shots of Shinzo Abe, who has just broken all records to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, at 2,887 days and still going strong, striding atop Japan’s political scene like a real-life colossus. For all the celebrations of Abe’s record-breaking past, the real questions are for the future: what is Abe doing…

House where Adolf Hitler was born will become police station, Austria says

The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be turned into a police station, Austria’s interior minister said, after years of debate over how best to prevent it becoming a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis.Having recently carried out a compulsory purchase of the house in Braunau am Inn, a town on the border with Germany, Austria…

Oxford Union president resigns after blind student dragged from debate ‘by his ankles’

The president of the prestigious Oxford Union resigned on Tuesday after weeks of mounting pressure following the ill-treatment of a blind Ghanaian postgraduate student who was forcefully evicted by security personnel during a crowded debate in October.Ebenezer Azamati, 25, had arrived at the debate early to secure a seat ahead of the discussion due to…

Simon Cheng: former British consulate worker detained in Shenzhen claims he was tortured by mainland police

Former British consulate employee Simon Cheng, who was detained by mainland authorities for 15 days in August after visiting Shenzhen, has claimed he was tortured and pressed for information about activists in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests.The 29-year-old Hongkonger said he was now no longer in the city and in a “vulnerable position”, having received little…

US diplomat Gordon Sondland tells impeachment inquiry he followed Trump’s orders on Ukraine

A United States diplomat who is a pivotal witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he worked with Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine issues on “the president’s orders”, confirming Trump’s active participation in a controversy that threatens his presidency.Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, told…