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Asylum for ‘tortured’ Hong Kong consulate worker could give hope to other activists

Asylum for ‘tortured’ Hong Kong consulate worker could give hope to other activists

World
A former worker at the UK's consulate in Hong Kong has told Sky News that Britain's decision to grant him asylum could set a precedent for others who fear Chinese persecution. Hong Kong-born Simon Cheng, 29, said the Home Office recently approved his asylum request after he was forced to flee the territory last year following more than two weeks in Chinese detention. In an interview with Sky News, the pro-democracy campaigner said he applauded a decision by Britain this week to offer millions of Hong Kong residents a path to UK citizenship if they hold the special status of British National Overseas (BNO).However, Mr Cheng said his case might mean those who do not qualify, including anyone who was born after Britain handed control of the city back to China in 1997, might be able to claim p...
US deaths from COVID-19 could be 28% higher than official figures

US deaths from COVID-19 could be 28% higher than official figures

Technology
The actual number of coronavirus-related deaths in America could be significantly higher than official figures show, according to new research.There have been almost 2.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US and more than 129,000 people who have tested positive for the virus have died. Almost half a million new infections have been reported in the country in the last two weeks alone, and states which had begun to allow bars to reopen such as Texas and California are now closing them again, fearing a second wave of the pandemic. ...
Climate change: UK could hit 40C ‘regularly’ by end of this century

Climate change: UK could hit 40C ‘regularly’ by end of this century

Science
Sweltering temperatures of up to 40C could be a regular occurrence in the UK by 2100 if carbon emissions stay very high says the Met Office.The current record stands at 38.7C, set in Cambridge last July.This new study says there is an "increasing likelihood" of going beyond this figure, because of the human influence on the climate. Under the worst emissions scenario, the 40C mark could occur every three and a half years by the end of this century.The past two summers have seen periods of significant and uncomfortable heat across much of the UK and Europe. Met Office researchers are clear that these hot summers occurred partly as a result of warming gases originating fro...
‘Millions of children could die unless the world wakes up to what’s happening here’

‘Millions of children could die unless the world wakes up to what’s happening here’

World
Her name is Salwa. She is five years old and weighs just three-and-a-half kilograms.In the middle of the world's worst humanitarian disaster, now hit by coronavirus and a crisis of funding too, this is what childhood looks like. Our cameraman found Salwa with her parents and siblings in the mud hut that is the family's third home in her short life. Image: Yemen's funding has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic "My daughter suffers from severe malnutrition," her father tells us. "She is five years old and was always like this."Now she is in a bad condition and our situation is much worse because of the war and coronavirus. We are trapped in our houses and we cannot afford 100 Yemeni Rials (less than 20p) for food for one day. ...
Arab League: Israeli annexation could ignite a religious war

Arab League: Israeli annexation could ignite a religious war

World
UNITED NATIONS -- The head of the Arab League warned a high-level U.N. meeting Wednesday that Israel’s annexation of parts of the West Bank would inflame tensions and endanger peace in the Middle East, and could ignite “a religious war in and beyond our region.” Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary-general of the 22-member organization, said annexation will also have “broader ramifications on the international security around the world.” “If implemented, Israeli annexation plans would not only be detrimental to the chances of peace today but will destroy any prospects for peace in the future,” he told the Security Council. “Palestinians will lose faith in a negotiated solution, I’m afraid Arabs too will lose interest in regional peace. A new dark reality will set in vis a vis this conflict and in