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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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1152273/vatican-says-conclave-next-pope-may-come-early
  2. News - Hong Kong - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    Occupy Central organisers want independent Hong Kong, People's Daily claims

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 06:37am by Keira Lu Huang

    ... Keira Lu Huang keira.huang@scmp.com Occupy wants self-rule: state media Occupy Central organisers were accused of plotting for an independent Hong Kong in a commentary published in state ... 'one country [two systems]', rather, they want Hong Kong 'to act on her own', have 'self-determination' and to even be 'independent'," it said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1620149/occupy-central-organisers-want-independent-hong-kong-peoples-daily
  3. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1068695/gaza-militants-fire-40-rockets-israel-3-hurt-police
  4. News - Hong Kong - PRIVACY

    Hong Kong needs independent body to supervise government requests for web users' data: researchers

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 04:03am by Raquel Carvalho

    ... Raquel Carvalho raquel.carvalho@scmp.com Web users should be notified when government seeks their data- and an independent body should supervise the process, researchers say 'Monitor needed to vet data requests' The city needs an independent body to supervise thousands of requests by the government to obtain the personal data of web and mobile users from service ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1600537/hong-kong-needs-independent-body-supervise-government-requests-web
  5. News - World - BRITAIN

    Fate of Britain in Scots' hands as polls open in independence referendum

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 04:32am by AP, Reuters, AFP

    ... in their hands yesterday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state. Some 97 per cent of eligible voters- nearly 4.3 million people- had registered to vote, underscoring the passions the historic decision has ignited in Scotland. After months when it looked like the independence camp could not win, a surge in support in the final two weeks left pollsters warning the outcome was too ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595622/fate-britain-scots-hands-polls-open-independence-referendum
  6. News - World - BRITAIN

    Protest against 'biased' BBC coverage of Scottish independence referendum

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 08:46pm by AFP

    ... in Thursday's vote. They chanted and waved banners in favour of independence as they marched from the city's George Square along the banks of the River Clyde to the headquarters of BBC Scotland. ... Agence France-Presse in Glasgow Two thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Glasgow to protest against the BBC's coverage of Scotland's independence referendum. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1593239/protest-against-biased-bbc-coverage-scottish-independence-referendum
  7. News - World - BRITAIN

    Scotland's pro-independence leaders bet on oil as rivals say wells in decline

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:55am by WASHPOST

    ... The Washington Post in Aberdeen Pro-independence advocates promise funds for schools, health care and social welfare as rivals claim oil boom is over and reserves in decline 'Yes' backers bet on oil even as wells run dry The discovery of oil beneath the waters of the North Sea means it is a boom time for the ancient port city of Aberdeen, with some of the highest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1592519/scotlands-pro-independence-leaders-bet-oil-rivals-say-wells-decline
  8. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    A textbook case of thwarted academic independence?

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 04:30am by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing The exit of an education pioneer does not bode well for a groundbreaking Shenzhen university A textbook case of thwarted academic independence? It was a beginning and an end ... room for students to expand their knowledge, pursue their interests and experiment with ideas. He had hoped the new university, modelled on Hong Kong facilities with an independent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1586192/textbook-case-thwarted-academic-independence
  9. News - World - BRITAIN

    Scottish independence vote sparks larger debate on Britain’s future

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 10:16pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Regardless of independence poll's result, London's dominance of the country has been curtailed, and a looser union is likely to emerge Scottish vote has already changed Britain Whether Scotland votes for independence or not, the referendum has fired up debate in the rest of Britain over London's dominance and the historic ties ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1586079/scottish-independence-vote-sparks-larger-debate-britains-future
  10. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    ‘Will this happen in Hong Kong?’ Inside the shutdown of Beijing’s Independent Film Festival

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:03pm by Vivienne Chow

    ... directorial debut last Saturday. But the police crackdown on China’s largest independent film festival not only ruined the opportunity, it also filled him with fear of what might happen in Hong Kong one day. “They could shut down the festival, snatch your property and beat you up in broad daylight without explaining anything to you,” the 23-year-old independent director told the South ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581712/will-happen-hong-kong-inside-shutdown-beijings-independent-film

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