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Tax and tech

Rory Cellan-Jones on the relationship between government and tech giants

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White House security breach won't happen again, Secret Service chief vows

Secret Service director Julia Pierson told the House Oversight and Government Operations Committee on Tuesday that the breach was unacceptable

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Former Vancouver residents share first-hand accounts of Hong Kong protests

Maggie Lee was born in Hong Kong but moved to Canada as a child. She told the Globe and Mail: ‘A lot of people started walking the streets with cling wrap and lab goggles and disposable raincoats. They didn’t know how to protect themselves against tear gas.’

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Riot police pull out but Occupy Central protesters in Hong Kong are unmoved

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The government’s decision to withdraw riot police from the streets helped lower tensions but tens of thousands of Occupy Central supporters continued their protest against Beijing’s decision to set strict limits on Hong Kong’s electoral process. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Police officer expresses surprise at use of tear gas against protesters

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A policeman on duty at government headquarters in Admiralty on Sunday said he was “a bit surprised” when tear gas was fired, but he dismissed any suggestion that the force had abused its power. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Milk tea queen of the cha chaan teng dynasty

<!– google_ad_section_start –> It takes Terry Mok Pui-ling less than five seconds for her to pour the perfect cup of the hot, creamy Hong Kong beverage known as silk stocking milk tea. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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The Umbrella Revolution: designers come up with logos for Occupy Central protests

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Through tear gas and the sweltering sun, umbrellas have been an indispensable tool for Occupy Central — and have become a new symbol of protest in the push for Hong Kong democracy. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Likelihood of a ‘mini-Tiananmen’ worries government, Regina Ip says

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The potential for a “mini-Tiananmen” movement to evolve from pro-democracy class boycotts at local secondary schools and universities worries the government, a former chief of the Security Bureau says. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Tear gas and clashes at HK protest

Hong Kong police use tear gas to disperse thousands of pro-democracy protesters outside government headquarters as tensions rise.

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Police arrest dozens of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong

Confrontation continues into a second day

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Make Your Investments Fuel Change

People around the world are pressing their leaders to act on climate change and fueling change on their own. With U.S. political leadership on climate policy in a shambles, many Americans are taking matters into their own hands. Nearly 400,000 people marched in New York City to call for a stronger response to climate change. Hundreds of thousands more joined this chorus at another 2,800 marches in 166 other countries. We decided to do our part by igniting some Wall Street heat. Our achievement? Building a platform where people can pledge to divest from assets tied to the old fossil-fueled economy and invest in the emerging new energy economy powered by more sustainable alternatives. In April, we became the first Divest-Invest Individual signatories. More than 750 people have since joined us, bringing the total volume of pledged assets to over $2.8 billion. Some of us fossil-free investors have small 401k plans while others wield large investment portfolios. A few are famous, including actor Mark Ruffalo and billionaire Tom Steyer. We all share a principled commitment to fossil-free investments for our future. We’re joining college endowments and other non-profit and private institutions — and increasingly, local governments in a broad-based effort. To date, people and organizations have collectively pledged to move $50 billion out of the top 200 oil, gas, and coal companies and into climate solutions. This is the kind of people-powered effort that can slow the pace of climate change. We will ramp up as global leaders work out the commitments they’ll make at the next big climate summit — scheduled to take place in Paris at the end of next year. We’re pressing for real and fast-paced climate solutions so the Paris summit doesn’t lead to the same kind of toothless declaration that the Copenhagen climate summit yielded in 2009. Additional street heat is emanating from efforts focusing on everything from energy efficiency to building more resilient communities and vibrant local economies. The global divestment movement already spans some 550 universities, cities, states, and religious institutions across the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. This reach goes even further than that. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has embraced it. He’s urging the world to adopt the tactics that brought an end to South Africa’s racist apartheid system against the worst carbon polluters. “It makes no sense to invest in companies that undermine our future,” he has said. “To serve as custodians of creation is not an empty title; it requires that we act, and with all the urgency this dire situation demands.” The Divest-Invest movement aims to revoke the social license of fossil fuel industries that obstruct effective policy responses to today’s climate emergency. Together, we’re accelerating the urgently needed redirection of capital toward an array of new energy economy options. Individual investors don’t need to wait for governments to get their act together to help avert climate catastrophe. You can resolve today to move your dollars out of destructive fossil fuels and into a renewable energy future. You’ll be making a moral statement by breaking your financial ties with the engine of a dirty economy and taking a smart long-term step by shielding your own investments from future financial risk and volatility. To finally reach a real turning point in climate policy, each of us needs to fully engage. We all need to let our leaders know that we want to see real climate action, and do what’s within our power to change the current paradigm. We hope our leaders get the message. In the meantime, everyone can put their money where their mouth is — as individual investors, students and alumni of higher education institutions, members of religious institutions, and stakeholders in local governments.

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First of Nigeria’s kidnapped girls to return home is in traumatic state

Rev. Enoch Mark stayed up through Thursday night with the traumatized young woman, who was released by Boko Haram fighters

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Leung Chun-ying, reach out and meet the Hong Kong students

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Our chief executive is under siege. Hundreds of students have rallied outside Leung Chun-ying’s office in Tamar and his Upper Albert Road residence. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Thai prime minister decries soap operas, and threatens to write his own

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha yesterday criticised television soap operas for promoting violence and divisions in society. He said he wanted scripts to encourage reconciliation, and would write them himself if he had to. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Benny Tai says Occupy Central could be birthplace of new Hong Kong Charter

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting says that protesters gathered for the upcoming pro-democracy sit-in will be encouraged to discuss ideas for a “Hong Kong Charter” of rights and responsibilities that will also provide for the election of a shadow chief executiv <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hunan city targets ‘hometown clubs’ to curb nepotism and favouritism

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A city in Hunan has banned employees from setting up “townsmen associations”, clubs for residents sharing the same ancestral hometowns, as China’s corruption crackdown spreads. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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‘More than 3,000′ Europeans with IS

The EU’s anti-terrorism chief tells the BBC the number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000.

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Hong Kong secondary school pupils join student protesters in class boycott

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Pupils from at least 100 secondary schools are expected to start a one-day class boycott – undeterred by an attack against a schoolboy as he handed out pro-democracy flyers. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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United States steps up rules for research into dangerous viruses amid biosecurity concerns

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The Obama administration is tightening oversight of high-stakes scientific research involving dangerous germs that could raise biosecurity concerns, imposing new safety rules on universities and other institutions where such work is done. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Students to blockade Government House tonight to demand meeting with CY Leung

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Students staging a classroom boycott pledged today to blockade roads around Government House tonight, as the deadline they set for a meeting with Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying expired. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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