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France paralysed by biggest strike in years
France's largest nationwide strike in years has severely disrupted schools and transport. Workers are angry about planned pension reforms that would see them retiring later or facing reduced payouts.
Teachers and transport workers have been joined by police, lawyers, hospital and airport staff, and other professions for a general walkout.
President Emmanuel Macron wants to introduce a universal points-based pension system.
That would replace France's current system, which has 42 different pension schemes across its private and public sectors, with variations in retirement age and benefits.
Quote of the Day
The baby Jesus was the last homeless person the Republicans liked.
Facebook to ban anti-vaxx conspiracy theories
False claims that the vaccine contains microchips or is being tested on people without their consent will be removed
China plans rapid expansion of 'weather modification' efforts
Ambition to cover area more than one and a half times size of India likely to concern country’s neighbours
TERRIFYING VIDEO: Intruder Breaks Into Woman's Home As She Records TikToc Video
Hannah Viverette wrote on her Instagram page that she was dancing in her Hagerstown, Maryland apartment on Nov. 22 when she heard her balcony door open. Viverette was not harmed...
When you die, will your digital assets actually reach your loved ones?
Leaving all your online wealth to the family is your present for their future. Unfortunately, digital assets don’t really “fit” into a conventional physical will. eWill.org is ...
Pro-democracy Hong Kong activist plans to go into exile in Britain
A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and former politician said that he will move to Britain in exile.
University of Hong Kong professor gets life for wife’s ‘cold-blooded’ murder
Cheung Kie-chung was convicted last week despite bid to reduce charge to manslaughter because he was depressed at time of killing. At sentencing, judge says Cheung ‘cold-blooded...
12 Inspiring Tiny Homes That Were Entirely DIY’ed
The owners of these micro houses dreamed big and built small.
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail after fraud charge
Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai was denied bail on Thursday on a charge of fraud related to the lease of a building that houses his Apple Daily, an a...
Hong Kong Cinemas Closed Again Amid Fourth Covid Wave
Hong Kong has shuttered its cinemas again, for a period of two weeks beginning today. This comes as the government instituted new restrictions amid a rising wave of Covid-19 inf...
This Season's Couture Confections Spark Major Joy
Prepare for a riot of ruffles, pleats, feathers, and sequins.
JD.com's digital health-care unit raises $3.5 billion in Hong Kong IPO
JD Health, the health-care unit of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, has raised $3.5 billion in a Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO), CNBC has confirmed.
Rand Paul calls out Dr Fauci for changing position on closing schools
Rand Paul says Fauci owes parents and students an apology over pandemic measures. Fauci and Paul have clashed several times since the pandemic began, with the Kentucky Republica...
Hong Kong Publishing Tycoon, Pro-Democracy Activist Arrested Again
Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy advocate Jimmy Lai has been arrested and charged with fraud.
Austin Mayor tells community to stay home while in Mexico holiday after flying there in private jet
Austin Mayor Steve Adler recorded a video of himself urging the public to “stay home if you can” while he vacationed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Analysis: With arrests and a security law, Hong Kong is fast running out of avenues for dissent
Hong Kong is running out of opposition. Three high-profile democracy activists were jailed Wednesday, others have already fled the city, while still more face prosecution.
Google engineer demonstrate how he could get full control and copy all data from 25 iPhones without touching them
iPhone security? Hmmm... In this demo I remotely trigger an unauthenticated kernel memory corruption vulnerability which causes all iOS devices in radio-proximity to reboot, wit...
Hong Kong’s largest pay TV operator i-Cable apologises for handling of lay-offs
Company says no further firings or pay cuts coming for next two years after backlash over reassignment or sacking of 100 employees.
Colombia Is Considering Legalizing Its Massive Cocaine Industry
2020 is not over yet: A new bill in congress suggests the Colombian government buys up and sells cocaine.
‘Several hotels’ in Hong Kong sign up for Covid-19 quarantine scheme
Health officials expect to get 10,000 hotel rooms by the Friday deadline, a source says. The scheme is likely to be launched in mid-December.
TRY NOT TO LAUGH
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What Hongkongers must understand about China’s constitution
Without the constitution, the Basic Law and the HKSAR would not have existed. It has also provided the basis for the implementation of ‘one country, two systems’, thus playing a...
Obama, Bush, Clinton volunteer to get COVID-19 vaccine on camera
About six in 10 (58%) United States citizens would agree to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
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