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  1. News - Asia - CENSORSHIP

    Singapore halts destruction of gay-themed children's books

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 11:22pm by AFP

    ... series Archie because its depiction of a marriage between two men was deemed to breach local "social norms". Government officials claim that most Singaporeans are conservative and do ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556516/singapore-halts-destruction-gay-themed-childrens-books
  2. News - World - CONSERVATION

    Abu Dhabi crown prince joins US$80 million effort to save big cats

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 08:44pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Dubai Crown prince and other global donors pledge US$80 million for conservation effort Abu Dhabi sheikh joins bid to save big cats The crown prince of the oil-rich Middle Eastern emirate of Abu Dhabi and other international donors have committed a combined US$80 million to fund the conservation of tigers and other wild cats whose survival is under threat. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1523921/abu-dhabi-crown-prince-joins-us80-million-effort-save-big-cats
  3. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Think tank urges Shinzo Abe to stay away from Yasukuni Shrine

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 11:48pm by AFP

    ... to the shrine, has not indicated whether he plans to make a return visit next month. The conservative prime minister stayed away during a visit by nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers in April. In its report, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1558472/think-tank-urges-shinzo-abe-stay-away-yasukuni-shrine
  4. News - World - BRITAIN

    Britain’s Tory party by-election win puts UKIP in its place

    Posted Jun 06th 2014, 09:28pm by AFP

    ... Reuters in London Tories' by-election win puts UKIP in its place British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party has won a vote for a parliamentary seat, fending off ... The people of Newark have voted to back this government," said Robert Jenrick, who is the new Conservative member of parliament for Newark. It was the first time in a quarter of a century ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1526874/britains-tory-party-election-win-puts-ukip-its-place
  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Equality in schools has a long way to go in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:22am by Katelyn Chan

    ... and trousers, and head scarves that covered much of their faces. Her own parents felt pressured by other Muslim families to have her dress more conservatively, Susan says. "The school might think it was no big deal. Or it simply did not acknowledge the problem," says Susan. "There should be a balance between [the interests of] the people who want to be more conservative, and those who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1556161/equality-schools-has-long-way-go-hong-kong
  6. News - Asia - PAKISTAN: ANALYSIS

    Beatings and addiction: Pakistan drug ‘clinic’ prescribes torture

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 09:43pm by AFP

    ... extreme end of the spectrum – even for Pakistan – but offers some insight into how the conservative Islamic nation deals with the taboo subject of drug addiction. Observers say a lack of legal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1559273/beatings-and-addiction-pakistan-drug-clinic-prescribes-torture
  7. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Swift clean-up after oil spill in conservation area

    Posted Aug 21st 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Swift clean-up after oil spill in conservation area An oil spill found at a dolphin conservation area yesterday was quickly cleaned up, and its impact was minor, conservation officers said. The slick, covering about 50 square metres, was found about 1,500 metres southwest of Sha Chau in western Hong Kong waters at about 11.30am yesterday, according ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1298144/swift-clean-after-oil-spill-conservation-area
  8. Comment - Letters

    Harcourt Road water pumping station relocation complies with heritage impact assessment

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 03:40am by LETTERS

    ... Pumping station relocation complies with impact review I refer to the article by Ken Borthwick (" Shaky grounds ", June 17) concerning the heritage issues associated with the project for relocating Harcourt Road water pumping station. Since the announcement of the new heritage conservation policy in the chief executive's policy address in 2007, the government has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1555880/harcourt-road-water-pumping-station-relocation-complies-heritage
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Anger erupts over court denial of welfare to foreign permanent residents of Japan

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:49pm by Julian Ryall

    ... the decision would have an impact on the government's campaign to attract skilled foreign nationals to work in Japan in an effort to combat the dramatically shrinking population. Conservatives ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557063/anger-erupts-over-court-denial-welfare-foreign-permanent-residents-japan
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Functional constituencies to stay for 2016 Legco poll, government says

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 02:29am by JEFFIE LAM, Joyce Ng, NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Jeffie Lam, Joyce Ng and Ng Kang-chung Functional constituencies to stay, Leung says Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying faced criticism for putting out an "extremely conservative ... the government's move as "extremely conservative" and feared it would anger the opposition pan-democrats and mean defeat for electoral reform proposals in Legco. "Extending the electoral ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555053/functional-constituencies-stay-2016-legco-poll-government-says

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