Hong Kong police arrest five over three books with 'treacherous' tales

Hong Kong police arrest five speech therapists on suspicion of inciting a backlash against Beijing after their three books told ‘treacherous’ tales to children The five speech therapists were paraded hooded and handcuffed in Hong Kong They are published by the General Association of Hong Kong Speech Therapists The books pit pro-democracy activists as sheep against wolves, said to be

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China floods: People trapped on subway trains as city sees more rain in an hour than flood-hit Germany in three days

People have been left trapped in cars and underground train carriages after heavy rain caused widespread damage in central China. More than 200mm of rain fell on the city of Zhengzhou, Henan province, in a single hour on Tuesday. In the recent European floods, the worst hit areas of Germany saw 182mm over three days. So far, there have been

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Kim Jong Un demotes military officials to focus on food over nukes

Kim Jong Un-derlings: New images show North Korean leader has demoted military officials as he focuses on feeding his country instead of nukes amid ‘great crisis’ North Korea has faced significant food shortages in recent months Anti-pandemic policies have exacerbated economic problems and food scarcity In April, Kim Jong Un warned of a famine which could lead to the deaths

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Fear a friendless future and other commentary

Iconoclast: Fear a Friendless Future “Friendlessness is on the rise,” cautions The Week’s Damon Linker. “That’s the troubling takeaway” from a study showing the number of Americans with “no close friends” has risen “fivefold over the past 30 years.” It’s not just “bad for the lonely,” it’s “a bad sign for our country and our society.” We’re “social, communal creatures”

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The pandemic forced millions of Americans to leave the work force earlier than planned.

Millions of Americans have decided to retire since the pandemic began, part of a surge in early exits from the work force. The trend, which has broad implications for the labor market, is a sign of how the pandemic has transformed the U.S. economic landscape. For a fortunate few, the decision was made possible by 401(k) retirement accounts bulging from

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Teen allegedly killed by dad over fetish photos didn’t want to visit him: friends

A 13-year-old boy allegedly killed by his Colorado father after finding his twisted fetish photos did not want to visit his depraved dad during a court-ordered Thanksgiving trip, friends testified. The first day of testimony Tuesday in the trial of Mark Redwine — charged with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the 2012 death of his 13-year-old son Dylan

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U.S. documents solve mystery of war criminal Tojo's remains

TOKYO (AP) — Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's remains was one of World War II's biggest mysteries in the nation he once led.  Now, a Japanese university professor has revealed declassified U.S. military documents that appear to hold the answer.  The documents show the cremated ashes of Tojo, one of the masterminds of

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Company closures spark fears of surge in Covid loans fraud

Company closures spark fears of surge in Covid loans fraud as experts warn thousands of firms may have deliberately stopped trading to avoid repayments Figures show that in the first three months of 2021 40,000 firms were ‘struck off’ Worries that thousands stopped trading to avoid repaying Government loans Around £22billion is estimated to have been handed out through the BBLS

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Michael Gove 'would bet on relaxation' of restrictions on June 21 in glimmer of hope for Brits

MICHAEL Gove has told colleagues he would "bet on a relaxation" of restrictions on June 21 despite mounting fears the PM will hold off. In a flicker of hope amid gloomy rumblings of a delay, the senior Cabinet Minister was bullish about taking some restraints off on "Freedom Day". 🔵 Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates Mr Gove

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