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  1. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Vatican says conclave for next pope may come early

    Posted Feb 17th 2013, 11:56am by Associated Press in Vatican City

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City The Vatican raised the possibility Saturday that the conclave to elect the next pope might start sooner than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15 to 20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant. Vatican spokesman the Reverent Federico Lombardi said that Vatican rules on papal succession are open ...

  2. News - World

    One month to Scottish independence vote, Yes camp in tough fight

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 11:26am by AFP

    ... to go until Scotland votes on independence from Britain, polls suggest the plan will be defeated, leaving First Minister Alex Salmond and the 'yes' camp in an uphill battle to secure ... independence. Most opinion polls show 45 t050 per cent support for Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom, with backing for independence ranging from 35 to 39 per cent. But it is thought that up ...

  3. News - World

    Gaza Strip attacked by Israeli air force after rocket fire

    Posted Jun 24th 2013, 01:29pm by Agence France-Presse in Gaza City

    ... Agence France-Presse in Gaza City Attack followed rocket fire from Palestinian territory into southern Israel The Israeli air force (IAF) attacked targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, following rocket fire from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel, sources from both sides of the conflict said. “In response to the numerous rockets launched at Israel in the past ...

  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Gaza strikes kill 4 militants as 68 rockets hit Israel

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 03:23pm by Agence France-Presse in Gaza City

    ... Agence France-Presse in Gaza City Tensions soared around Gaza on Wednesday after Israeli air raids killed four militants and Palestinian armed groups fired 68 rockets at southern Israel, ... early on Wednesday killed a third militant and injured another near the southern city of Rafah, medics said. During the morning, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry also said another militant who ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    Hong Kong Monetary Authority's lack of independence queried in IMF study

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 02:57am by DON WEINLAND

    ... queries key pointof HKMA independence The IMF has called into question the independence of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) from the chief executive at a time of growing concern over the city's exposure to mainland borrowers. In a financial sector assessment aimed at gauging the Hong Kong banking system's compliance with Basel III rules, the International Monetary Fund said ...

  6. News - China - REFORM

    China moves to gives court judges more independence in bold reform move

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:39am by Keith Zhai

    ... in several cities, and that provincial and lower level courts would be managed independently from regional governments to avoid allegations of political interference. Xinhua also said cases would ... Keith Zhai in Jinan, Shandong keith.zhai@scmp.com Nation's top court lays out plan to give judges greater independence, starting with the removal of interference from local ...

  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region calls for independence

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 01:10am by AGENCIES

    ... Many Kurds have long wanted to declare independence and now sense a golden opportunity, with Baghdad weak and Sunni armed groups in control of northern cities such as Mosul and Tikrit. Barzani, ... Agencies in Arbil, Iraq As sectarian insurgency threatens to split the nation, referendum sought Leader of Iraqi Kurds pushes independence Massud Barzani, the president of Iraq's ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    ‘No regrets’ for pro-independence activists who broke into PLA headquarters

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 06:49pm

    ... the harbourfront and express disgruntlement at Chinese rule. The four are part of Hongkongers Come First, which, at 30 members, is the city’s lone advocacy group pushing for the territory’s separation from the People’s Republic of China. They call themselves “independence warriors”. The PLA barracks became the target as the group wanted to demonstrate against the plan for a new military pier in Central. ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    'Two systems' means no compromise of judicial independence

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial No compromise on judges' powers If there is one thing that defines the concept of "one country, two systems" and sets Hong Kong apart it is the independence of the city's judges. The rule of law as we know it in Hong Kong depends absolutely on judicial independence. This difference from the mainland is so fundamental to "two systems" ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - white paper

    Hong Kong barristers hit out at Beijing’s white paper, vow to protect judicial independence

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 03:02pm by Stuart Lau, Gary Cheung and Tony Cheung

    ... of the city's political structure under the Basic Law. "There is no conflict between judges performing their duties independently, without fear and favour, and safeguarding national interests ... 's solicitors, declined to comment immediately. Vice-president Thomas So Shiu-tsung said he saw no change in Beijing's attitude on the city's judicial independence. ...




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