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  1. News - Asia - GAY RIGHTS

    Draft marriage law hangs over Nepal's LGBT community ahead of rights parade

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 06:45am by BIBEK BHANDARI

    ... their rights have cast a shadow over the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population. Drafts prepared in 2011 state that marriage is a union between a man and a woman and include criminal ... homosexual-rights activist and former parliamentarian, said the drafts, if they became law, would curtail the rights of the country's sexual minorities and criminalise same-sex relationships. "The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570300/draft-marriage-law-hangs-over-nepals-lgbt-community-ahead-rights-parade
  2. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Kerry warns Myanmar against backsliding on human rights

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 06:45am by AP

    ... on rights US Secretary of State John Kerry warned the leaders of Myanmar yesterday that improved relations with his country would require a significant speed-up in its democratic transition and a halt to what Washington sees as backsliding on commitments to improve human rights. After hailing the decision to end decades of direct military rule that resulted in the easing of some US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570302/kerry-warns-myanmar-against-backsliding-human-rights
  3. News - China - FOOD SAFETY

    Shenzhen to impose HK$126,000 fines on companies that mislabel genetically modified food

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 01:24pm by He Huifeng

    ... of using them in human food and animal feed. The policy has been published on the website of Guangdong’s Standing Committee of the Provincial People’s Congress for public review for 10 days from August 6. "I extremely welcome such a rule. It is right for the city to require proper labelling of GM foods so that the public can have the right to choose whether they want to buy it,” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1574165/shenzhen-impose-countrys-harshest-fine-yet-mislabelling-genetically
  4. Sport - Golf - RIGHT FIELD TIM NOONAN

    Right Field: PGA honchos in perpetual denial

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 09:39pm by Tim Noonan

    ... No one really believes Dustin Johnson voluntarily took leave and we do have a right to know why he is ineligible to play PGA honchos in perpetual denial You are free to believe what you ... have a right to know why he is ineligible to play. The Golf.com article also pointed out that Johnson has a reputation as a party boy and a duplicitous Casanova whose affair with another ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/golf/article/1570111/right-field-pga-honchos-perpetual-denial
  5. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Cosplay galore: Hong Kong's Ani-Com fans tell why they dress up as their favourite anime characters

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 10:03am by BRIAN YAP, Jeremy Blum

    ... Brian Yap and Jeremy Blum brian.yap@scmp.com jeremy.blum@scmp.com Anime fans were out in full force this weekend at Hong Kong’s annual Ani-Com & Games convention, with many decked out ... and has run for the last 16 years, costumes based on the Japanese novel and anime series Sword Art Online were especially popular this year. Watch: Ani-Com Hong Kong 2014 brings comic animations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1559329/cosplay-galore-hong-kongs-ani-com-fans-why-they-dress-their-favourite
  6. News - China Insider - Anti-terrorism

    Are beards and burqas the right target in China’s battle against radical Islam?

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:13pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com A recent government ban on long beards and conservative Muslim attire on public buses in a Xinjiang city highlights China’s renewed – but counterproductive – effort to curb the spread of radical Islam, scholars say. The ban wh ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1568348/are-beards-and-burqas-right-target-chinas-battle-against-radical
  7. News - World - COPYRIGHT

    Photographer and Wikipedia in battle over rights to monkey selfie

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 10:20pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in London Wikipedia in monkey selfie row Monkey see, monkey do. But when a monkey takes a selfie, who owns the copyright? A series of self-portraits taken by Indonesian monkeys has sparked a dispute between Wikipedia and a British wildlif ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1569380/photographer-and-wikipedia-battle-over-rights-monkey-selfie
  8. News - World - DISEASE

    Canada to donate experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO for use in Africa

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 11:09pm by Reuters

    ... discussing its possible use in Africa, Dr Greg Taylor, deputy chief public health officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada, said. Canada only has about 1,500 animal doses of the vaccine, which ... vaccine, which the agency licensed for commercialisation to US firm BioProtection Systems, a unit of NewLink Genetics, has proven effective in animals but has never been tested in humans, Taylor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1573073/canada-donate-experimental-ebola-vaccine-who-use-africa
  9. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Convention is worth the wait for anime fans

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:09am by BRIAN YAP

    ... Brian Yap brian.yap@scmp.com Long queues form as annual celebration of comic culture gets under way in Wan Chai Convention is worth the wait for anime fans Die-hard anime fanatics queued ... of the annual event, now in its 16th year. Among the highlights on day one was the launch of T-shirts based on a wildly popular Japanese animation called No Game No Life, released in April. Based ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1559300/convention-worth-wait-anime-fans
  10. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Wife of freed rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng fears husband tortured

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 10:26pm by Verna Yu

    ... for 'freed' rights lawyer Mainland human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was released from prison yesterday, his wife said, but she believed he had been tortured in jail and voiced fears for his safety. ... western Xinjiang region this week to meet his brother. Maya Wang, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, also said she feared that Gao, like other high-profile activists released from prison, would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1568569/wife-freed-rights-lawyer-gao-zhisheng-fears-husband-tortured

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