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Britney Spears asks judge to end father’s control over her finances and personal life

Britney Spears asks judge to end father’s control over her finances and personal life

Entertainment
Britney Spears has officially asked a judge to permanently end her father's control over her finances and personal life.The singer, 39, has been subject to a court-ordered conservatorship since 2008 after suffering two mental breakdowns. This means her father Jamie Spears, 68, has been in charge of all her financial and personal affairs ever since, temporarily stepping down from the latter role in September 2019 due to health reasons.A care professional called Jodi Montgomery replaced him on a temporary basis, but the star now wants her to be made her conservator permanently.The Los Angeles court documents also show she wants to be able to completely end the controversial arrangement entirely if necessary. ...
Chinese lawmakers endorse tighter control over Hong Kong

Chinese lawmakers endorse tighter control over Hong Kong

World
China’s ceremonial legislature has endorsed the ruling Communist Party’s move to tighten control over Hong Kong by reducing the role of its public in picking the territory’s leadersBy JOE McDONALD and KEN MORITSUGU Associated PressMarch 11, 2021, 10:14 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- China’s ceremonial legislature on Thursday endorsed the ruling Communist Party’s move to tighten control over Hong Kong by reducing the role of its public in picking the territory’s leaders.The measure adds to a crackdown against a protest movement in Hong Kong calling for greater democracy. The crackdown has prompted accusations Beijing is eroding the autonomy it promised when Britain handed Hong Kong to China in 1997 and is hurting its status as a global financial ...
Myanmar coup: Army takes control after detaining Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar coup: Army takes control after detaining Aung San Suu Kyi

World
Myanmar's military has taken control of the country after detaining a number of leading politicians and claiming there were "huge discrepancies" in November's election.A one-year state of emergency has been declared, according to military-owned TV, and power has been handed to the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Min Aung Hlaing. Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was among those detained in an early morning raid on Monday, according to her party. Vice President Myint Swe has been made acting president. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Myanmar: Acting pre...
WHO team in Wuhan visits disease control centers

WHO team in Wuhan visits disease control centers

Health
A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic has visited two disease control centers in the province where the outbreak emergedBy EMILY WANG FUJIYAMA Associated PressFebruary 1, 2021, 9:56 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWUHAN, China -- A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic visited two disease control centers on Monday that had an early hand in managing the outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.The WHO investigators arrived in Wuhan, the provincial capital, last month to look for clues and have visited hospitals and a seafood market where early cases were detected.The team on Monday visited both the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and its Wuhan cit...
UK government backs birth control for grey squirrels

UK government backs birth control for grey squirrels

Science
The UK government has given its support to a project to use oral contraceptives to control grey squirrel populations. Environment minister Lord Goldsmith says the damage they and other invasive species do to the UK's woodlands costs the UK economy £1.8 billion a year.The bizarre-sounding plan is to lure grey squirrels into feeding boxes only they can access with little pots containing hazelnut spread.These would be spiked with an oral contraceptive.Lord Goldsmith says the damage from squirrels also threatens the effectiveness of government efforts to tackle climate change by planting tens of thousands of acres of new woodlands. On Tuesday, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) told BBC News: "We hope advances in science can safely help our nature to thrive, includ...