24 October 2014

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China blocks BBC website amid Hong Kong protests

China blocks BBC website amid Hong Kong protestsHONG KONG: The BBC’s website was blocked in China Wednesday, one day after a video of Hong Kong police beating and kicking a pro-democracy protester began circulating online.The move appears to be the first time the British broadcaster’s website has been completely blocked in China since December 2010, when it was inaccessible for days ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.The BBC’s Chinese-language website has been blocked in China since it was

Recognition of Palestine 'still long way off'

PARIS  Despite a highly-symbolic British vote to recognise Palestine as a state, the road to official recognition is still fraught with obstacles, experts say, with the hoped-for two-state solution a long way off.Diplomats and analysts see Monday s overwhelming British vote to recognise Palestine as a state, following Sweden s decision to do so, as a "small shift", but warn against reading too much into it."It s moving a little bit. Certain European countries are trying to make themselves

British MPs pass non-binding vote to recognise Palestine

British MPs pass non-binding vote to recognise PalestineLONDON: British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognising Palestine as a state on Monday, in a non-binding motion heavy with symbolism but unlikely to change government policy.The motion was passed by 274 in favour to 12 votes against, to "recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution".The heated debate in the House of Commons was watched around the world, and could have

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