Hong Kong is preparing to present a bill on Wednesday which would make it a crime to mock or disrespect the Chinese national anthem with jail terms of up to three years, according to Reuters. Chinese authorities have attempted to grow patriotism for the mainland in the former British colony, but there have been tense standoffs between pro-democracy activists and the forces loyal to Beijing on the island. Critics said the proposed legislation raises concern about freedom of expression in the city
The FBI Agents Association released a report on Tuesday which contained several anonymous testimonials about the difficulties the 14,000 active and former FBI agents were experiencing during the longest-ever partial government shutdown, according to Politico. One agent said their job has "never been so hard or thankless" than the last five weeks of working without pay, while another said the lack of funds was hindering their ability to "protect and serve the American people." "It’s bad enough to
Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) was claiming to be behind the fatal car bombing of a police academy in Bogota last week on Monday, according to CNN At least 20 were killed in the attack which the leftist rebel group said was in retaliation for the government's bombings of its camps, despite the two sides having a ceasefire in place since September 2017. "Therefore, the operation carried out against said establishment and troops is legal per the 'right of war,'" said the ELN's
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1/4 plus 1/8 teaspoon salt 7 1/2 ounce frozen asparagus, thawed and cut into 1-inch pieces 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Directions 1 of 4 In a medium-size saucepan heat oil over medium heat; add onion and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in quinoa, broth and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 17 to…
NBC News reports with plans well underway for a second US-North Korea nuclear summit looming in February, reports have surfaced saying researchers have discovered a secret ballistic missile base in North Korea — one of as many as 20 undisclosed missile sites in the country, according to the researchers’ new report. This is the first time the Sino-ri Missile Operating Base has been revealed to the outside world run by the secretive regime of Kim Jong un, the report said. Beyond Parallel, a
DOHA - Qatar will invest $500 million in Lebanese government US dollar bonds to support Lebanon's struggling economy, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. Lebanon has one of the world's highest levels of public
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