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Three cheers Nationwide for bloodying housebuilder noses

The building society has made a surprise intervention into the leasehold flats and houses scandal, making hundreds of new-build properties unsaleable<p>Overnight, Nationwide building society has made hundreds, and possibly thousands, of new-build flats and houses almost unsaleable – and they should be …

Building Societies

Hong Kong's autonomy agreement could be scrapped if it threatens China, official warns | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy under the “One Country, Two Systems” arrangement may end if it is used to threaten China, a Beijing official …

In Pictures: The Easter resurrection of Sham Shui Po's street food hawkers | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Normally a quiet corner of the working class Sham Shui Po district, Kiu Kiang Street buzzed with visitors over the sunny Easter weekend.<p>Kiu Kiang …

Why foreign judges are critical to Hong Kong's judicial system | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

<b>By lawmaker Dennis Kwok</b><p>The hard left nationalists have a tendency to blame Hong Kong’s colonial past whenever things do not go their way. By now, the …

End of a Hong Kong blogger: Time to say goodbye to freedom of speech? | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

My last excursion on freedom of speech produced a variety of reactions. Some people thought it too long. Some people thought it too short and …

Hong Kong

'What is there to envy?' Hong Kong has no democracy and lacks a free soul, says Taipei mayor | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je has once again criticised Hong Kong for being an unattractive city.<p>“Hong Kong is not only small, but it also does not have …

Sadiq Khan backs tall buildings ... if they enhance London's skyline

Sadiq Khan today warned that new tall buildings must enhance the capital’s skyline rather than blight it.<p>The Mayor of London also said key criteria …

The Indonesian child maids of Hong Kong, Singapore

Lia ran away from home more than a decade ago, fleeing three elder half-brothers whose physical and emotional abuse had made a misery of her life in …

Hong Kong

Is it too late to save Hong Kong from Beijing’s authoritarian grasp?

When Britain handed over control to China in 1997, Hong Kong was a beacon of freewheeling prosperity – but in recent years Beijing’s grip has tightened. Is there any hope for the city’s radical pro-democracy movement?<p>Early one morning in January, under the veil of darkness, a team of undercover …

The Hongkongers giving our abandoned villages a new lease of life

While there is still much to appreciate, the Hong Kong countryside is a troubled paradise. The hills, valleys, woods and waterfalls are wonderful, …

Hong Kong

City-dwellers are prone to depression – are high-rises to blame?

Residents of high-rise blocks tend to suffer from more stress, mental health difficulties and neurosis<p>Prof Colin Ellard was walking past the rows of new-build towers that dominate the west of central Toronto when he had a sudden realisation. “I was struck by how dark, sombre and sad these new urban …

All under one roof: how malls and cities are becoming indistinguishable

Suburban malls may be a dying breed, but in cities from New York to Hong Kong, new malls are thriving by seamlessly blending into the urban fabric<p>“We didn’t expect to see stores,” says Yulia, as her husband browses for shoes in one of the shops lining the Oculus, the new focus of New York’s World …

Doctors could be forced to work at least five years in NHS under plans for 'home-grown' expansion

Doctors could be forced to work in the UK for at least five years after completing their training, under plans by Jeremy Hunt to expand the supply of home-grown doctors.<p>The Health Secretary will today unveil plans for the largest ever expansion in the NHS medical workforce, training an extra 1,500 …

Calls for Chinese judges and Chinese-language judgements following conviction of 7 police officers | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Pro-Beijing activists have called for Hong Kong judges to issue court judgements in Chinese, claiming that the use of English demonstrated a “lack of …

Hong Kong

Minister attacks universities over visa comments

Appearing before peers yesterday, Mark Harper also admitted the government had failed to get its messaging right on changes to post-study work for …

Iranian man who survived execution must be hanged again, judges say

On an autumnal Wednesday earlier this month, Alireza, a 37-year-old man jailed for smuggling drugs and sentenced to death in Iran, woke up to what was supposed to be his last day alive. Outside his cell in Bojnurd prison, in Iran's northern Khorasan province, the gallows were waiting and the …

Australian judge lays down gauntlet for the angels of human rights

<b>J.D. Heydon: Are Bills of Rights necessary in common law systems?</b> – read lecture<p>Former Australian High Court Justice Heydon’s thought-provoking …

Letter to justice minister calls for separation of C of E from judicial affairs

The ceremony is one of the defining images of the British constitution: judges in their wigs, scarlet gowns and gilt regalia processing from a service in Westminster Abbey across the road into parliament for the lord chancellor's breakfast.<p>The official opening of the judicial year takes place again …

Blog Archive What's So Terrible About Chemical Weapons?

Yes, the title is intended to be provocative. And yes, I think chemical weapons are indeed terrible. But statements like this — offered by John Kerry …

Chris Bryant backs down over Tesco and Next use of foreign workers

Labour has backed down on claims that Tesco and Next are examples of "unscrupulous employers" over their use of foreign workers.<p>The party became embroiled in a row after the shadow immigration minister, Chris Bryant, briefed newspapers that he would criticise both firms for favouring foreign …

Here's The Law That's Driving Record Numbers Of Americans To Renounce Their Citizenship

To my surprise, the list of new ex-Americans is publicly available; I didn't recognize any of the names on a quick scan.<p>According to the Journal, the surge in expatriations seems to be driven by the upcoming implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), a 2010 law that forces …

Home Office backs down over 'go home' vans after legal complaint

The Home Office has backed down in a legal battle over its vans warning illegal immigrants to go home.<p>Ministers were threatened with court action by two clients of the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London, who argued the rhetoric on the vans breached the government's duties on …

Gentrification blues

RECENTLY, the <i>Guardian</i> has been running an interesting series of videos on its website, looking at gentrification in the poorer parts of London. One, …

Australia to send asylum-seekers to PNG

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/996000/996210_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534596701_acffe5380e7e0dd8cc33186f2ea94fc5<p><b>Asylum-seekers arriving by boat will no longer be resettled in Australia but will go to Papua New Guinea, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced.</b><p>The …

Mark Zuckerberg Runs A Giant Spy Machine In Palo Alto, California

Mark Zuckerberg runs a giant spy machine in Palo Alto*, California. He wasn't the first to build one, but his was the best, and every day hundreds of thousands of people upload the most intimate details of their lives to the Internet. The real coup wasn't hoodwinking the public into revealing their …

Top 10 strangest visa applications revealed

Bringing “flamenco to the streets of Norwich” and working in the UK “as a zombie” are among the 10 strangest visa applications of the past year.<p>One South African man said his reason for going to Romania was “hunting vampires”, while a British dog food taster said he hoped to use his skills in the …