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Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from election

Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from election

World
Hong Kong authorities have disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates from upcoming elections, deepening political tensions in the Chinese territory.Opposition legislators had hoped to obtain a majority in the Legislative Council (LegCo) in September's poll after Beijing's imposition of a highly controversial national security law.Among those barred are high-profile activists Joshua Wong and Lester Shum.The government said the candidates were not fit to run for office.It said they could not be considered to be abiding by the constitutional duty required of lawmakers if they: advocated for, or promoted, Hong Kong's independence solicited intervention by foreign governments in Hong Kong's affairs expressed "an objection in principle"...
‘The nation is counting on you’: CIA’s thrilling advert to recruit more diverse candidates

‘The nation is counting on you’: CIA’s thrilling advert to recruit more diverse candidates

Technology
The CIA has launched a recruitment campaign across online video streaming websites, emphasising the value that women and people from minority ethnic backgrounds bring to the agency.The thrilling commercial - which could play out before audiences watch a geopolitical drama - stars a number of young actors, with the majority of speaking roles belonging to women. It's the first time the agency has run such ads, and comes as intelligence communities across the world face challenging competition from the private sector to recruit the best candidates. Image: Graphs showing diversity in US intelligence community in 2018. Pic: US ODNI The agency's director Gina Haspel - who is the first woman to hold the post on a permanent basis - has descri...
Pro-democracy candidates make big gains in Hong Kong elections

Pro-democracy candidates make big gains in Hong Kong elections

World
Pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong have made large gains as the results come in from district council elections.They have won 201 of the 241 that have declared so far, with 452 total seats up for grabs - according to the South China Morning Post. Previously they had less than a third.The elections have taken on new significance coming amid months of clashes between Hong Kong authorities and protesters, who say the Chinese government is eroding the territory's freedoms. A record 1,104 candidates are standing in the poll, which takes place every four years, and electoral affairs chief Barnabus Fung said the turnout was a record 71%. Last time it was 47%. Advertisement The largest pro-Beijing party has ...
Student debt is a ‘top tier’ issue in 2020 presidential campaign. What the candidates are proposing

Student debt is a ‘top tier’ issue in 2020 presidential campaign. What the candidates are proposing

Finance
Democratic presidential hopefuls in partnership with Univision at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019.Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty ImagesStudent loan borrowers have reason to pay close attention to the 2020 presidential campaign.Many of the Democratic presidential candidates have detailed plans to address what increasingly is called a student loan crisis.Education debt in the U.S. has eclipsed credit card and auto debt. Today the average college graduate leaves school $ 30,000 in the red, up from $ 10,000 in the 1990s, and nearly 1 in 3 student loan borrowers are in delinquency or default. Research has shown that the debt makes it harder for people to buy houses and cars, start businesses and families, save or invest.More than half of Americans say student ...
Democratic debates: Ten candidates clash over healthcare and immigration

Democratic debates: Ten candidates clash over healthcare and immigration

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls have clashed in a televised US debate that laid bare the party's deep divisions over how best to win in 2020.Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, the most liberal candidates in the crowded field, came under attack from their more moderate colleagues.The three women and seven men on stage in Michigan debated healthcare, border policy and how to defeat Donald Trump.Ten more Democrats, including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, will debate on Wednesday.The winner of the Democratic presidential nomination will be announced next July at the party convention. The presidential election will take place months later, in November. Who stood out in the debate? The curse of being a Democrati...