Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Hong Kong as mass protests expected

June 29, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)China’s President Xi Jinping underlined his commitment to “one country, two systems” as he arrived in Hong Kong to mark two decades of Chinese rule in the former British territory. It’s Xi’s first visit to the Chinese special administrative region, and one that is expected by dogged by protests and a huge annual pro-democracy rally to mark the day when Hong Kong was handed over to Chinese rule….

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Lee Rigby’s mother criticises lack of Ministry of Defence support – BBC News

June 27, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLyn Rigby remembers hearing of the Manchester terror attack, on the fourth anniversary of her son’s death The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has said the Ministry of Defence failed to support her family. Lyn Rigby told the Victoria Derbyshire programme only her son’s next of kin – his partner – received help, and “the main charities didn’t want to know”….

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Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover

June 25, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover to Chinese sovereignty, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. During his time in the city, Xi will inspect People’s Liberation Army troops at their garrison, visit a Chinese-Hong Kong construction project, and swear in Carrie Lam as the next Hong Kong Chief Executive. “The Chinese regime is trying to squeeze out…

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

Image: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable A few days ago, a startup called Bancor raised around $153 million in two hours and twenty-five minutes. The ICO, short for initial coin offering, followed several similar, equally successful funding events, and the numbers are rising. Prediction market Augur raised around $5.2 million over two months in 2015; this year, its competitor Gnosis raised $12 million in just 15 minutes. And we could only be…

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Jo Cox: The Sun and Daily Mirror in joint editorial – BBC News

June 13, 2017

‘Hugely important’ Her family have organised The Great Get Together to mark the first anniversary of her murder, with people asked to throw street parties, organise bake-offs and arrange football matches. Iona Lawrence, director of the Jo Cox Foundation, said more than 110,000 separate events were being planned “in every corner of the UK”.

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Remembering Jo Cox: Her family one year on – BBC News

June 13, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJo Cox’s parents: ‘We have to stay positive’ On 16 June 2016, Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in her constituency. Now, as the anniversary of her death approaches, her parents and sister say they are still learning to cope with the loss. As Jean Leadbeater, Jo’s mother, waits to welcome us at her front door, the first thing she…

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Tensions in northeast Asia are among their highest in decades, amid continued missile testing by Pyongyang and saber-rattling from Tokyo, Beijing and Washington. In discussions with FIFA President Gianni Infantino this week, the South Korean President suggested a “regional bloc” including both Koreas, China and Japan could join forces to host the 2030 football World Cup. If Moon were to achieve his vision, it would require a difficult balancing act….

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LGBT community prepares for a march — and a fight

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains. The march Sunday, which will commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the shooting deaths of 49 people and wounding of more than 50 others at gay nightclub in Orlando,…

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Weibo blocks users from posting photos and videos on Tiananmen anniversary

June 7, 2017

Image: Bradshaw/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, blocked millions of its overseas users from posting pictures or video yesterday, the 28th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing in 1989. The ban over the weekend was simply announced as a “systems update,” but people noticed that local users were also not able to change their profile information, nor post photos or videos in comments. SEE ALSO: Remembering the Tiananmen…

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Bill Maher: The Indisputable Godfather of Political Late-Night

Bill Maher delivered the first late-night television monologue of Donald Trumps presidency. Bounding onto the stage at his Los Angeles studio Friday night, the Real Time host blew his cheering audience a kiss and told the many fans watching live on HBO, It happened. It really happened. We Americans have a new leader: Vladimir Putin. Maher prides himself on his ability to get out ahead of his competitorshe was also…

May 21, 2017
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The Story Behind Ellens Coming Out: The Puppy Episode Turns 20

On April 30, it will be 20 years since Ellen DeGeneres told Laura Dern, the passengers at an airport terminal, and, with them, the world that she is gay. It was a week after her famous Yep, Im Gay Time magazine cover, in an hour-long special episode of her sitcom, Ellen, called The Puppy Episode. The innocuous title served two purposes: to keep the actual mission of the episode a…

May 15, 2017
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Alec Baldwin: People Love Me Because of Trump

Many traps await the memoirist: writing a self-serving Im great memoir or a self-pitying poor me memoir, to name two. Then theres the ugly score-settling fuck you memoir. In his new book, Nevertheless, Alec Baldwinmovie star, TV star, SNL host extraordinaire, Trump caricaturist, tabloid press magnet, and hugely charming American treasurelargely avoids these dangers. Yet there is more than a whiff of payback in some neat putdowns, including the widely…

May 15, 2017
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