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  1. News - Asia - ABORTION

    Sky-high abortions in Vietnam as family planning excludes youth

    Posted Nov 25th 2014, 12:02pm by AFP

    ... the figure is double the rate given by official statistics. A legacy of childbearing quotas, poor family planning advice for the young, and conflicting messages about sex have created a situation ... enforced a two-child policy, using a mix of administrative penalties and subsidised family planning to limit population growth. The scheme has since been scrapped, but its effects linger. Abortions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1648249/sky-high-abortions-vietnam-family-planning-excludes-youth
  2. News - World - RUSSIA

    Putin opens up on his private life and family in an interview

    Posted Nov 24th 2014, 10:09pm by AFP

    ... on his private life and family Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is famously reticent about his private life, has broken his silence to discuss his family, his lack of friends and the whereabouts of his two adult daughters, whose lives are a closely kept secret. In a rare glimpse into the Russian ruler's family life, Putin told the state-run Tass news agency that both women ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1647893/putin-opens-his-private-life-and-family-interview
  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Families of 58 killed in 2009 Philippine massacre demand swifter justice

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 10:46pm by AFP

    ... Massacre families eager for justice Five years after 58 people were killed in the Philippines' worst political massacre, anger among victims' relatives is building, with no one yet ... was among 32 journalists killed in the massacre, as she attended the trial this week. "We'd be happy even if only the principals are convicted." The leaders of the Ampatuan family ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1645701/families-58-killed-2009-philippine-massacre-demand-swifter-justice
  4. News - Asia - CAMBODIA

    At 75, even jail can't keep Mommy from Cambodia's land-rights fight

    Posted Nov 24th 2014, 04:15am by AFP

    ... but she has no fear," said Sokha, an accounting student who lives in the family's modest house alongside six sisters, a brother and their children. Mommy has been a constant presence ... a long battle, Mommy and her family- along with 770 others- were offered nearby plots of land as compensation. But Mommy's family remains at home as they say they cannot afford to build ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1647182/75-even-jail-cant-keep-mommy-cambodias-land-rights-fight
  5. News - Asia - INDIA

    Indian premier Narendra Modi's estranged wife demands recognition

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 03:35am by AFP

    ... cover and other entitlements, voicing concerns about her safety as her family demanded that she be treated as the country's "first lady". The premier, who swept to power in May as head of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, and Jashodaben Modi were wed in an arranged marriage as teenagers. But his family says it was only a "formal ritual" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1648715/indian-premier-narendra-modis-estranged-wife-demands-recognition
  6. News - World - FRANCE

    France honours 'forgotten' Chinese labourers who helped war effort a century ago

    Posted Nov 27th 2014, 03:52am by AFP

    ... the majority of these workers came from northern China. "They left their villages, their families... crossing the ocean for a war which they did not yet know, but which would become theirs." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1649581/france-honours-forgotten-chinese-labourers-who-helped-war-effort-century
  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Tensions rise as Myanmar turns to dams for power

    Posted Nov 24th 2014, 10:25pm by AFP

    ... US$10,000 to plug into an electricity grid, families put themselves in debt to find the cash. Ten months later children there are still squinting over their homework by candlelight and dinners ... On the dusty track outside her house, where farmers drive bullock carts past simple wooden stilt homes, a gleaming transformer sits idle after villagers say cash-strapped authorities asked each family ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1647897/tensions-rise-myanmar-turns-dams-power
  8. News - World - IRAN

    British-Iranian Ghoncheh Ghavami freed on bail pending sentence appeal

    Posted Nov 25th 2014, 03:33am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tehran Volleyball woman freed on bail for appeal A British-Iranian woman  jailed months ago in Tehran after trying to attend a men’s volleyball match has been released on bail pending an appeal of a court verdict, her family said. The case of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a law graduate from London, has been surrounded by confusion since her lawyer said earlier ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1648039/british-iranian-ghoncheh-ghavami-freed-bail-pending-sentence-appeal
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Rockets test-fired from Gaza Strip as Israel demolishes East Jerusalem flat

    Posted Nov 20th 2014, 09:53pm by AFP

    ... previous attacks," Netanyahu said late on Tuesday. Hours later, Israeli forces razed the East Jerusalem apartment of the family of Abdelrahman Shaludi, who deliberately rammed his car ... likely to encourage violence. Until now, razing homes has never been adopted in annexed Arab East Jerusalem. The family had moved out ahead of the demolition and were staying with relatives. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1644722/rockets-test-fired-gaza-strip-israel-demolishes-east-jerusalem-flat
  10. News - World - THE FERGUSON DECISION

    New details about Ferguson shooting emerge from grand jury documents

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 04:56am by AP, AFP, Reuters

    ... families safety I am unable to." He instructs them not to give the letter to any media or post it where they can see it. "Relay the message of thanks to all and keep this letter private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1648811/new-details-about-ferguson-shooting-emerge-grand-jury-documents

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