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HRW calls on global community to combat China’s threat to human rights

HRW calls on global community to combat China’s threat to human rights

World
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Chinese government poses a threat to the rights of people worldwide, non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch said, calling on the international community to band together to counter Beijing's attacks. In HRW's annual 2020 report analyzing the world's human rights situation, its executive director, Kenneth Roth, warned that since China sees human rights as an existential threat, how it combats that threat jeopardizes the rights and freedoms of the rest of the world. "At home, the Chinese Communist Party, worried that permitting political freedom would jeopardize its grasp on power, has constructed an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state and a sophisticated Internet censorship system to monitor and suppress public criticism," wrote Roth. "Abroad, it uses its...
Thames Water calls in advisers on £12bn debt mountain

Thames Water calls in advisers on £12bn debt mountain

Business
The UK's biggest water supplier has called in bankers to advise on its £12bn debt mountain, amid concern about the impact of a looming regulatory crackdown on its finances.Sky News has learnt that Thames Water has hired restructuring experts from Gleacher Shacklock ahead of a crucial ruling next week from Ofwat, the industry watchdog, that will determine how much it can charge customers over the next five years. Thames, which is owned by a consortium of international investors, was dismayed by Ofwat's draft determination in July.It proposed that the company could spend up to £9.3bn during the next regulatory period - sharply lower than Thames's own proposed figure of about £11bn.Thames and a number of other large water suppliers will consider appealing to the Competition and Markets Author
China suspends U.S. military port calls, sanctions NGOs over pro-Hong Kong law

China suspends U.S. military port calls, sanctions NGOs over pro-Hong Kong law

World
Dec. 2 (UPI) -- China retaliated against the United States on Monday for signing legislation in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong by suspending port calls by U.S. military ships to the embattled region and imposing sanctions against non-governmental organizations. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during a regular press conference that China is suspending reviews of requests from U.S. military vessels and aircraft to visit Hong Kong in response to President Donald Trump on Thursday signing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law that allows the United States to punish the Asian nation for infringing upon Hong Kong's autonomy. China also sanctioned several NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, the National Endowment for Democracy, the National Democ...
AMA calls for ban on all e-cigarette, vaping products

AMA calls for ban on all e-cigarette, vaping products

Health
Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The American Medical Association has called for a total ban on all e-cigarette and vaping products that have not been approved as cessation tools by the Food and Drug Administration. In a statement Tuesday, the AMA said it is urging all levels of government to ban the sale and distribution of all e-cigarette and vaping products unless sold by prescription to aid in the quitting of smoking tobacco. The influential doctors group also called for studies into the effectiveness of these products on tobacco cessation and other potential drug and non-drug treatment strategies for minors addicted to nicotine. It also urged for policies to persuade retail pharmacies to immediately end the sale of tobacco products and for the adoption of diagnostic codes for e-cigarette and vaping...
Brittany Kaiser calls for Facebook political ad ban at Web Summit

Brittany Kaiser calls for Facebook political ad ban at Web Summit

Technology
Former Cambridge Analytica employee Brittany Kaiser, recognisable to many as the unlikely star of the Netflix documentary The Great Hack, has appeared at Web Summit in Lisbon.The documentary followed the self-styled whistleblower as she testified to the UK parliament about what she knew when she worked at the firm as a business development manager.Now with a book out, she has reinvented herself as a data privacy guru aiming to educate youngsters about disinformation, and planning to put data back into the hands of users via blockchain technology.The Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in 2016 when it emerged that the data of up to 87 million Facebook users had been harvested via a personality quiz - and it's never been exactly clea...