Hong Kong

China leader cautions against external forces

By Sat, Dec 20, 2014 1:41PM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is urging the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external forces after prolonged pro-democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.

Hong Kong maid abuse trial to resume next week

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:04PM UTC Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, left, an Indonesian maid who was allegedly tortured by her employer in Hong Kong, was interviewed by Hong Kong police investigators at a hospital in Indonesia in January. Pic: AP.

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih told the Hong Kong district court last week that she was so ill from her employer’s abuse that she had to wear adult diapers.

Asian nations lose out as Australia slashes foreign aid

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:27PM UTC Asian nations lose out as Australia slashes foreign aid

To cope with poor mid-year economic predictions Australia is slashing its foreign aid by another AUS$3.7 billion after May cuts of AUS$7.6 billion.

Making Mathematics relevant in Southeast Asia

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:55AM UTC Mathematics teachers attend a workshop in Northern Thailand. Pic: AP.

In Europe and North America there is a commonly held belief that Asian students are inherently good at Mathematics. This stereotype has been reinforced in recent years by the success of China, Singapore, Korea and Japan in international mathematics rankings compiled by PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment.

Analysis: What now for Hong Kong’s Occupy movement?

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:55AM UTC An excavation shovel is lowered to pick up an umbrella left behind by protesters as police clear barricades and tents on a main road in the occupied areas at Causeway Bay district in Hong Kong Monday. Pic: AP.

And so the protest in Hong Kong ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. Yesterday, the last protest site in Causeway Bay was cleared, effectively terminating the occupation of public spaces by protesters belonging to the ‘Umbrella Movement’.

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