The Hong Kong government has backed down from its plan to implement “moral and national education” in public schools, in what is being construed as a major victory for civil society in the semiautonomous Chinese territory
Today’s global media stories look at the pressure on Asian leaders to develop welfare states, the rise of drag trafficking in South America and the deterioration of living conditions in Gaza.
Considered heretics by many mainstream Sunnis, the Alawites have long been perceived as a solid bloc of support for their co-religionists in the Assad dynasty. Not so now
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There are a lot of winning things about South Korean rapper Psy’s horse dance. It’s pretty easy, for one. It’s equally entertaining when replicated by a person wearing a giant duck costume or a teenager in his suburban …
*Update: Hong Kong’s government on Saturday backed down from plans to make “national education” mandatory. The scheme will now be voluntary.
Tens of thousands of people swamped Hong Kong’s government offices on Friday evening …
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