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  1. News - World

    British cabinet kept in the dark over vast spying programmes

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 11:53am by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Former British minister, Chris Huhne, says he was in ‘utter ignorance’ of Prism and Tempora and calls for tighter oversight of security services Ministers ... headquarters, already had remarkable and extensive snooping capabilities. He said this lack of information and accountability showed “the supervisory arrangements for our intelligence services need ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1326335/british-cabinet-kept-dark-over-vast-spying-programmes
  2. News - World

    Iran passes new bill that lets men marry adopted daughters

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 12:37pm by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Human rights activists say approved bill, making girls vulnerable to the ruling from age 13, ‘legalises paedophilia’ Parliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill ... in spotlight in recent years amid confusion between the age of majority - when minors cease to be legally considered children - and the minimum age of criminal responsibility, which is 15 for boys ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1318964/iran-passes-new-bill-lets-men-marry-adopted-daughters
  3. Lifestyle - Health

    Living near an airport could increase risk of strokes and heart disease

    Posted Oct 09th 2013, 01:09pm by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service US and UK studies find people living near airports more likely to suffer stroke, coronary and cardiovascular disease People who live close to an airport and are exposed to constant loud noise may face an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to research from the UK and the US published on Tuesday. A study published online by the British ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1327836/living-near-airport-could-increase-risk-strokes-and-heart-disease
  4. Business - Economy

    What does the US government shutdown mean for the global economy?

    Posted Oct 02nd 2013, 12:30pm by Guardian News Service

    ... The Guardian The US dollar is down, and a prolonged crisis could damage consumer spending, confidence and China’s attitude to US debt How have financial markets reacted to news of the shutdown? After declining seven out of the past eight sessions on conce ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1322755/what-does-us-government-shutdown-mean-global-economy
  5. News - World

    Spain considers saying adios to the siesta

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 11:53am by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Spanish campaigners push for end to timezone anomaly, claiming it would boost productivity and improve civil society It’s 10.30am, and Fernando, a civil servant in his late 40s, sits down to a cafe con leche, the sports pages and a cigarette in Madrid’s Plaza del Rey. At work since 9am, he is taking his routine morning break. It’s a ritual you see ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1318935/spain-considers-saying-adios-siesta
  6. News - China

    Growing trend of Hollywood’s ‘artistic surrender’ to please China

    Posted May 31st 2013, 02:05pm by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Kow-towing to China has become a reflex for US film studios in search of a piece of the booming - and lucrative - Chinese market In Hollywood, the screenwriter William Goldman once observed, “nobody knows anything”. Now, however, everybody knows at least one thing: whatever you do, be nice to China. If your movie features a Chinese villain, change his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1250448/growing-trend-hollywoods-artistic-surrender-please-china
  7. News - World

    Be careful what you ‘like’: Facebook users reveal secrets, study shows

    Posted Mar 12th 2013, 12:19pm by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Researchers highlight danger of data abuse Facebook users are unwittingly revealing intimate secrets - including their sexual orientation, drug use and political ... and services that respect their privacy Michal Kosinski, lead Cambridge University analyst  Michal Kosinski, one of the academics behind the study, said he believed Facebook users would be “spooked” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1189145/be-careful-what-you-facebook-users-reveal-secrets-study-shows
  8. News - China

    China imprisons four men for selling dead brides for ‘ghost marriages’

    Posted Mar 05th 2013, 09:43am by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Court jails men for digging up and selling bodies in afterlife custom of matching dead women to deceased bachelors A county court in central China has sentenced four men to prison for digging up and selling corpses on the black market to enable “ghost marriages”, a millennia-old custom of burying deceased bachelors alongside newly deceased wives so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1178828/china-imprisons-four-men-selling-dead-brides-ghost-marriages
  9. News - World

    Revealed: How porn addicts’ brains are changed

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 11:32am by Norman Doidge, Guardian News Service

    ... Norman Doidge, Guardian News Service The Cambridge University neuropsychiatrist Dr Valerie Voon has recently shown that men who describe themselves as addicted to porn (and who lost relationships because of it) develop changes in the same brain area - the reward centre - that changes in drug addicts. The study, not yet published, is featured next week in a programme on British TV ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1318927/revealed-how-porn-addicts-brains-are-changed
  10. News - China - LAW

    Bail for accused ivory buyer was legal, county officials say

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 04:12pm by MANDY ZUO

    ... was made in a chat room that Li’s release came after Shuangfeng officials wrote the letter to counterparts in Loudi. Mainland media pursued the claim and China News Service on Thursday reported ... to the agency. It cited a statement from the county government saying the bail was “legal”. Wang Xiong, the secretary general of the city’s Communist Party committee, has admitted he approved ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1486841/bail-accused-ivory-buyer-was-legal-county-officials-say

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