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The UK gives posthumous pardons to all prosecuted for homosexuality

The United Kingdom government has agreed to approve an amendment to existing law enrolled by the Liberal Democrat Lord Sharkey, allowing a posthumous pardons to all prosecuted for homosexuality. This is an extension of a posthumous pardon given in 2013 to the World War II code breaker, Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency. The campaign for this move, …

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Oil jumps as Russia and Saudi Arabia reach consensus on production curb

By Margaret Yang Yan Energy stocks rally as oil prices jumped to one-year high Crude oil prices rose to its one-year high after Russian President Putin and Saudi Arabia’s energy minster reached consensus on production freeze to support the oil price in an energy conference held in Istanbul. OPEC members have just reached an agreement on curbing output in their earlier …

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Western Australia properties at a bargain?

By Property Soul During our recent vacation in Perth, we dropped by to visit our relative’s family who had been staying there for longer than a decade. They lived in a nice southern suburb 20 minutes’ drive from the Perth CBD. It was a quiet and friendly neighborhood with residents from middle or upper middle class. The houses were all …

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Korean police may be denied use of fire hydrants during demonstrations

A group of South Korean politicians are moving to restrict police from using fire hydrants for their water cannons, following the recent death of a Korean farmer, Baek Nam-ki. 68-year-old Baek Nam-Gi died on 25 September after a 10-month fight at the hospital for a severe injury that he sustained from the high-pressure water cannon used by the police. The …

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Public support for death penalty in America drops below 50 percent

The US Death Penalty Information Center has reported that the US public support for the death penalty fell by 7 percentage points in the last year, with fewer than half of Americans (49 percent) now saying they support the death penalty, according to a national Pew Research Center poll released on September 29. As the US Supreme Court prepares to hear the first of …

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PSB Academy Expands Footprint in Asia with NTC Group Cambodia Partnership

By PSB Academy PSB Academy (PSBA), one of Singapore’s leading private education institutions, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NTC Group, a leading private education community in Cambodia. The agreement covers a three-year partnership that highlights areas of cooperation with respect to the adaptation of PSBA’s educational frameworks and ideas for the development of academic courses and workshops …

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UN appoints senior official to end reprisals against human rights defenders

NEW YORK & GENEVA – A new report prepared by ISHR for the UN Secretary-General demonstrates the need for the UN and States to prevent and ensure accountability for acts of intimidation and reprisals against those who cooperate with the UN, and lays out a series of recommendations for reform in that regard. The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) has …

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Indonesia-Singapore Army Joint Exercise

The annual Singapore Armed Forces Kartika (SAFKAR) Indopura, a joint exercise between the Singaporean and Indonesian armies, was conducted in West Bandung, Indonesia, from 16 to 23 September. Now in its 28th year, Exercise SAFKAR Indopura reaffirms the long-standing defense relations between both countries. Military Area III/ Siliwangi Commander, Major General Hadi Prasojo, represented by Chief of Staff, Brigadier General …

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Four hotspots in South Kalimantan detected by satellite

TANJUNG, South Kalimantan—In order to fight and reduce land and forest fires, Indonesia continues to monitor  hot spots everyday, either via satellite or by patrols on the ground. On 19 September, Banjarmasin Tribune reported that one of the methods used to monitor by satellite is via data from Aqua Terra (MODIS). MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) is a key instrument …

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Renho wins leadership of Japan’s Opposition Democratic Party

TOKYO — Renho, a half-Taiwanese parliamentarian, was elected as the leader of Japan’s main opposition party. The Democratic Party (DP) selected the acting leader Renho as its new chief Thursday. This makes the 48-year-old third-term member of the House of Councillors as the first woman to head Japan’s main opposition party. She easily defeated her competitors, the former administrative reform …

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