Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong to be released from prison today – party

JOSHUA Wong, the student leader who became the face of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Movement” democracy protests nearly five years ago, will be released from prison today, his party said late Sunday. In a statement, Demosisto...

Expanding paternity leave in Southeast Asia

STATUTORY rights to maternity leave are available to working women in 185 countries, but only 78 offer statutory rights to paternity leave. Nordic countries set the global benchmark for policies that support men’s involvement...

China stays mum as Hong Kong protests extradition bill

CHINESE state media remained largely silent as an estimated two million Hong Kong people took to the streets Sunday to protest an extradition bill, with social platforms scrubbed clean of any pictures or mentions...

China’s spreading influence deepens rivalry in the Pacific

THE INDO-Pacific is permeated by adversarial relations between China and India, Japan, and the US. This was the reason these three countries, along with Australia, formed the Quad – a security co-operation framework built to...

Christchurch mosque attack defendant pleads not guilty

THE man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks pleaded not guilty to multiple murder and terrorism charges Friday and was committed to stand trial next year. Appearing in Christchurch...

Police face mounting brutality claims after Hong Kong clashes

THEIR motto has been “Asia’s Finest” since colonial times, but videos of Hong Kong police beating unarmed protesters have fuelled public anger and sparked accusations of brutality. Tens of thousands of demonstrators occupying city streets...

Freedom of the press, security of the nation: How Australia is risking both

OVER the last couple of weeks, the eyes of both national and international journalists have been firmly set on Australia. The latest string of raids cements the government’s newfound reputation for absolute information control,...

US accuses North Korea of breaching UN fuel cap

THE United States is accusing North Korea of breaching a UN-imposed ceiling on fuel imports by carrying out dozens of ship-to-ship transfers this year, according to a report obtained by AFP on Wednesday. Backed by...

China snubbed Trudeau request for talks about detained Canadians

CHINA ignored Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s personal request for dialogue to end a spiralling diplomatic row, his office revealed Wednesday. Trudeau requested the call in January with Premier Li Keqiang so he could “personally...

Australia: Who identifies as non-heterosexual varies on who, what & when you ask

ALMOST two years after the heated discussions accompanying the 2017 marriage equality postal survey, LGB Australians remain at the centre of public debates. For example, there are ongoing issues around religious freedoms, and homosexuality was...
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