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Russia accuses UK of hiding or destroying evidence in Skripal poisoning case

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:38:20 +0000

Senior Russian diplomatic and military officials have accused the UK of hiding and possibly planning to destroy evidence in the investigation into the Salisbury nerve agent attack.The comments came during a remarkable briefing at Moscow's foreign mini

Tusk confirms Brexit transition offer to Britain

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:36:36 +0000

EU leaders will approve a post-Brexit transition offer to Britain on Friday, summit chair Donald Tusk said on Wednesday after reservations expressed by Spain over Gibraltar had held up the confirmation.Telling reporters that he had "good news" for

Xi Jinping's leading group on the economy gets more heft as a commission

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:55:18 +0000

The Communist Party leading group that sets China's direction on key economic issues has been given the status of a commission, in a move analysts say may further tighten party control of policymaking.The Central Leading Group for Financial and Econom

China unveils bold overhaul to tighten Communist Party control

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:30:27 +0000

Beijing on Wednesday unveiled a massive plan to further assert the Communist Party's control over economic and foreign affairs, cultural policies, and the appointment and training of cadres.While the central government is restructured every five years

Free flu jabs at primary schools planned as Hong Kong bids to tackle winter outbreaks

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:18:21 +0000

Medical teams will visit primary schools to give pupils free flu jabs under a pilot scheme set to start in the next academic year as the city tries to prevent a repeat of winter outbreaks of the virus, health authorities said.The aim is to vaccinate as ma

Hong Kong's new top Basic Law official: the bureaucrat who drafted recent amendments to China's constitution

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:31:05 +0000

A drafter of the recent historic amendments to China's constitution has been appointed to lead the body that advises Beijing on Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the Basic Law.In what is being seen as a move to highlight the importance of the nationa

Paris 'brothel' renting out sex dolls faces pressure to close amid claims it encourages rape

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:46:44 +0000

Barely clothed or naked and perched suggestively on a bed or chair, the plastic dolls on offer in the most controversial "brothel" in Paris have led to accusations that they could encourage rape.Since February, four silicone figures have been on o

Bigger overseas liaison agency fuels fears about Chinese influence

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:02:22 +0000

China is to broaden the scope of a controversial Communist Party department responsible for its overseas liaison work to include ethnic and religious affairs.The consolidation of the United Front Work Department is part of a restructure of party agencies

President Xi Jinping appraises China's top leaders in another first for all-powerful party chief

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:56:49 +0000

After successfully doing away with presidential term limits, Xi Jinping has achieved another first, by becoming the first head of China's Communist Party to conduct end-of-year appraisals for all 24 members of its Politburo.According to a report publi

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam draws friendly fire after making personal donation to opposition party

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:58:01 +0000

Hong Kong's leader faced a backlash from her own political allies on Wednesday for making a personal donation to the city's biggest opposition party, as four lawmakers were sworn in without the oath-taking drama that got their predecessors disqual