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Hong Kong elders march to support young demonstrators

World
Some 2,000 Hong Kong senior citizens, including a popular actress, are marching in a show of support for youths at the forefront of monthlong protests against a contentious extradition bill in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Wearing white tops and black pants, the seniors also slammed alleged police brutality in the latest protest Sunday in Hong Kong's Sha Tin district, where violent scuffles in a shopping mall saw dozens injured and over 40 people detained. Veteran actress Deannie Ip said police shouldn't use heavy-handed tactics against young protesters, who "have no guns" and were peacefully expressing their frustrations. Ip and several others held a banner reading "Support youth to protect Hong Kong" as they marched Wednesday in a financial district.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC...
Minaj quits Saudi festival to show support for women’s rights

Minaj quits Saudi festival to show support for women’s rights

World
Singer Nicki Minaj has pulled out of a music festival in Saudi Arabia to show her support for women's rights, LGBTQ community and freedom of expression in the conservative kingdom. In a statement, the 36-year-old singer and rapper said: "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. "While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression."Trinidad and Tobago-born Minaj was scheduled to perform at the Jeddah World Fest, billed as "one of the biggest music events ever staged in the Middle East", on 18 July.On Tuesday, the star's name wa...
More adults seeking support for alcoholic parents

More adults seeking support for alcoholic parents

Health
The number of adults seeking help to cope with an alcoholic parent has tripled over five years, according to a leading charity.The National Association for the Children of Alcoholics took more than 23,000 calls or messages last year from over 18s, compared to 6,400 in 2013.Experts say more funding to support families and friends would help more people with alcoholic parents. The Department of Health said it was investing £6m to tackle the issue.'My homeless dad' Amelia and Joe Carr, from Newcastle, grew up with an alcoholic father. His drinking became very serious when Joe was 13 and Amelia was five. It continued up until his death two years ago. Towards the end of his l
Sports Direct seeks support for £61.4m Debenhams bid

Sports Direct seeks support for £61.4m Debenhams bid

Business
By James Sillars, business reporter Sports Direct says it could make a £61.4m all-cash bid for crisis-hit Debenhams, but it would come with several conditions.The sporting goods retailer controlled by Mike Ashley, which is the largest shareholder in Debenhams with 30% of the equity, said it would pay 5p per share for the stock it did not already own under its plans. Sports Direct faces seeing its stake wiped out, along with those of other shareholders, under a restructuring plan being thrashed out by the Debenhams board which would see lenders take over.Market analysts have suggested a takeover bid might be the only way for Mr Ashley to gain control because the department store chain has consistently rejected his own offers of a financial lifeline.S...