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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

    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 beliefs - using only public “like” updates, according to a study of online privacy. The research into 58,000 Facebook users in the US found that sensitive personal characteristics about people can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1189145/be-careful-what-you-facebook-users-reveal-secrets-study-shows
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - INSIGHT

    Digital world must eventually defeat dictators: Schmidt, Cohen

    Posted May 09th 2013, 02:24pm by Global Viewpoint Network/Tribune Media Services

    ... Global Viewpoint Network/Tribune Media Services Nathan Gardels talks to Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen about their new book, The Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations ... is a “public square” much more vast than Tiananmen Square. And you can’t send in the tanks to crush the netizens. NATHAN GARDELS: There have been some high profile cyberattacks traced to China, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1233654/digital-world-must-eventually-defeat-dictators-schmidt-cohen
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia to prohibit secret service torture of terrorism suspects

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 12:47pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Torture of terrorism suspects will be specifically prohibited under Australian law after the opposition and other critics complained that officers should not be protected from legal liability The Australian government has bent to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists. The government had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1597895/australia-prohibit-secret-service-torture-terrorism-suspects
  5. News - China - FOREIGN AFFAIRS

    Consular services stretched as more Chinese travel and work abroad

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 04:20am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Consular services are straining to adapt to an increasingly complex caseload brought about by more Chinese travelling and working abroad Embassies ... last year, 15 million more than in 2012. And more than 20,000 Chinese businesses have set up operations in about 200 countries. As a result, demand for consular services is on the rise, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1594220/consular-services-stretched-more-chinese-travel-and-work-abroad
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    New rail projects will keep public transport system right on track

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 05:02pm by Anthony Cheung

    ... of the world's safest and most reliable railway systems. Franchised bus services still account for over 30 per cent of our public transport system. We have been pursuing bus route rationalisation ... railways the backbone of Hong Kong's public transport system Right on track The government's new railway development strategy provides a blueprint for planning the expansion of Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1596128/new-rail-projects-will-keep-public-transport-system-right-track
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Champions of Beijing's camp losing public opinion war on political reform

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:38pm by Albert Cheng

    ... losing the public opinion war on political reform The authorities are waging a war against the pan-democrats in the court of public opinion in a bid to steamroller Beijing's highly ... will be maintained. The bureaucracy's propaganda machine is now focused on luring the public to take whatever is doled out. At this critical juncture, both mainland and Hong Kong officials are pulling ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1595395/champions-beijings-camp-losing-public-opinion-war-political-reform
  8. Business - China Business - INTERNET

    UnionPay relaunches online service for mainland shoppers

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 06:02am by Daniel Ren

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Payment provider hopes upgraded platform will help it cash in on mainland shoppers' affluence UnionPay relaunches online shopping service UnionPay, the mainland's dominant payment service provider, has hopped on the bandwagon of haitao- cross-border online shopping by mainland consumers- as it relaunched its online trading ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1589746/unionpay-relaunches-online-service-mainland-shoppers
  9. News - World - BRAZIL

    Brazil police clash as anti-World Cup protesters call for better public services

    Posted May 16th 2014, 05:16pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Sao Paulo Protesters and police clashed in Sao Paulo on Thursday, as demonstrations against the World Cup and rallies calling for improved public services erupted ... the billions spent to host next month’s soccer tournament and said they wanted to draw attention to what they called a lack of investment to improve poor public services. “We are beginning to gain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1513492/brazil-police-clash-anti-world-cup-protesters
  10. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Pools closed and beaches unsupervised as lifeguards hold public holiday strike

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 03:23am by samuel chan and shirley zhao

    ... we believe we will be forced to launch a longer period of strike." The Leisure and Cultural Services Department had urged lifeguards to report for duty for the sake of public safety. ... the public holiday with a swim. Lawmakers "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung and Lee Cheuk-yan also joined the lifeguards in their swimming protest. Some 11 swimming pools are "seriously ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588074/lifeguard-strike-affect-holiday-swimmers-pools-and-beaches-hit

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