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Boy or girl? HK at centre of banned China gender test

Publication date 23 May 2019 | 14:45 | ICT

Shady middle-men are openly advertising on Chinese social media to smuggle blood samples of pregnant women to Hong Kong to skirt the mainland’s ban on gender testing, an AFP investigation has found.

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  • Malaysia: King’s father, former Pahang Sultan, passes away at age 88

    Publication date 23 May 2019 | 14:43 | ICT

    THE former Sultan of Pahang, Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah al-Musta’in Billah ibni al Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri’ayatuddin al-Mu’adzam Shah, has passed away.

  • Fake news rampant after Sri Lanka attacks despite social media ban

    Publication date 23 May 2019 | 14:35 | ICT

    Sri Lankan social networks saw a surge in fake news after the Easter suicide bombings a month ago despite an official social media blackout, highlighting the inability of governments to contain disinformation, experts said.

  • The 99-year-old standing up to VN’s coal rush

    Publication date 23 May 2019 | 14:27 | ICT

    Toothless and nearly blind, grandmother Pham Thi Ca refuses to leave her plot of land even after bulldozers demolished her house – an extraordinary holdout against communist Vietnam’s deepening addiction to coal.

  • Argentine court begins graft trial of ex-president Kirchner

    Publication date 23 May 2019 | 14:15 | ICT

    Former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner listened to the charges against her on Tuesday in the first hearing of a corruption trial that will unfold as the country heads towards general elections in October.

  • Joint report: Nations fall short on energy goals

    Publication date 23 May 2019 | 13:44 | ICT

    More than 150 million people are gaining access to electricity every year, reducing the ranks of those who live without power, but this is not enough to meet global development goals, according to a report released on Wednesday.

  • Trump administration appears to ease tones on Iran, assures it does not seek war

    Publication date 23 May 2019 | 13:16 | ICT

    President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday appeared set on easing weeks of escalating tensions with Iran, assuring worried lawmakers it does not seek war and crediting robust US military moves with deterring the clerical regime.

  • Duterte tightens grip on power

    Publication date 23 May 2019 | 13:01 | ICT

    Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stormed to a landslide victory in midterm polls, final results showed on Wednesday, dissolving a last check on his controversial rule.

  • UK PM’s final bid to salvage Brexit deal appears doomed

    Publication date 23 May 2019 | 11:34 | ICT

    British Prime Minister Theresa May’s final bid to salvage her EU divorce deal appeared doomed as pro-Brexit Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party rejected her attempts at compromise.

  • US billionaire’s gift to graduates triggers student debt debate

    Publication date 23 May 2019 | 11:33 | ICT

    When the American billionaire Robert Smith announced to students graduating from historically black Morehouse College that he would pay off their student loans, he put himself at the centre of one of the 2020 US election’s key issues.

  • Six killed as election riots rock Jakarta

    Publication date 23 May 2019 | 11:25 | ICT

    At least six people were killed as Indonesia’s capital erupted in violence on Wednesday when police clashed with protesters opposed to the re-election of President Joko Widodo.