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    China hit by Western military moves in Africa, says Academy of Social Sciences report

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 04:49am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Chinese think tank says European nations and US raising military presence in continent and could use it to thwart Beijing if ties sour West 'may ... presence on the continent, a major Chinese think tank says. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences also warned in its annual report on development in Africa that the continent might be used ...

  2. News - China Insider - SOCIAL MEDIA

    Detention of CCTV 'superstar' anchor Rui Chenggang polarises opinion across China’s social media

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 06:17pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com The arrest of leading CCTV anchor Rui Chenggang was perhaps the single most discussed event across China’s social media networks over the weekend. Rui, 36, ... and designed to incite nationalism. Most recently, on the sidelines of the Davos Economic Forum, host Rui asked Gary Locke, then US ambassador to China, whether he sat in economy class when flying ...

  3. Lifestyle - Books - BIOGRAPHY

    Book review: Hans Christian Andersen: European Witness, by Paul Binding

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 03:43pm by GDN

    ... Suzi Feay Hans Christian Andersen: European Witness by Paul Binding Yale University Press 4.5 stars Suzi Feay Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales (he soon dropped the designation ... In Copenhagen he was taken into the family of the intellectual Jonas Collin and formed a bond with his son, Edvard. Andersen's social status remained uncertain, however. Binding emphasises one ...

  4. News - China - CROSS-STRAIT TIES

    Beijing respects Taiwan’s social system and values, says senior official

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 02:25pm by Reuters, Li Jing

    ... Reuters in Beijing and Li Jing After protests over trade pact, Yu Zhengsheng delivers a goodwill message at cross-strait forum Beijing respects Taiwan's values, top leader says Beijing respects Taiwan's social system and values, a senior Communist Party leader said yesterday, in the wake of sweeping protests in Taiwan over a controversial cross-strait trade deal. Yu ...

  5. News - World

    Terror suspects tortured at CIA 'black site' in Poland win payouts from European court

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 11:38pm by Reuters

    ... Associated Press in Warsaw Poland must pay terror suspects tortured by CIA Europe's top human rights court has ruled that Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights ... is a historic ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, which has become the first court to confirm the existence of a secret CIA torture centre on Polish soil between 2002 and 2003, where our ...

  6. News - World - POLAND

    European court rules against Poland over secret CIA jail

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 05:11pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Warsaw Court says Poland violated rules on torture, orders Poland to pay damages to two Guantanamo inmates The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that the CIA ran ... of the European Convention on Human Rights that cover torture, the right to liberty, and the right to an effective remedy for victims of crime. It ordered Poland to pay al-Nashiri 100,000 euros in damages ...

  7. News - China - FOREIGN RELATIONS

    Beijing moves to boost forum's role to counter US influence

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 03:30am by Teddy Ng

    ... security role for China through forum China is hoping a regional forum held in Shanghai this week can be used to strengthen its security role in Asia and counter US influence in the region, analysts say. President Xi Jinping told forum delegates that military alliances targeting a specific nation were not conducive to regional security. A new security cooperation system should ...

  8. News - World - EUROPE

    Far right and hard left the big winners in European Parliament elections

    Posted May 26th 2014, 02:29pm by Reuters

    ... in European Parliament elections in France and Britain on Sunday as critics of the European Union more than doubled their seats in a continent-wide protest vote against austerity and unemployment. ... with the largest number of seats, and Italy, the pro-European centre ground held firm. In a vote that raised more doubts about Britain’s long-term future in the EU, Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party, ...


    Yunnan microblogger sentenced for 'picking quarrels and provoking trouble'

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 03:10pm by LAURA ZHOU

    ... and online forums. The news website people.cn quoted the court as saying he had “denigrated the image of state departments and government, severely disturbed the public order, and caused an extremely bad social influence”. In the continuing nationwide crackdown, four websites – including an online forum in Jiangxi and a website about Chinese generals and leaders – have been shut down ...

  10. News - World - UKRAINE

    European bodies attempt to defuse Ukraine crisis after rebels seek to join Russia

    Posted May 13th 2014, 12:07pm by Agence France-Presse in Kiev

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kiev European Union and Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe move to de-escalate crisis in Ukraine after pro-Moscow rebels ask to join Russia following vote The European Union (EU) was intensifying diplomatic efforts on Tuesday to get Ukraine’s leadership and pro-Moscow rebels to the negotiating table, as the Organisation for Security ...




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