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July 13, 2017

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate and political prisoner, dies at 61 in Chinese custody

Peace prize winner and democracy activist dies of liver cancer, after spending almost a quarter of his life behind bars in China

China is facing a barrage of international criticism for its treatment of the Nobel laureate and democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo, who died at the age of 61 on Thursday.

Liu, who championed non-violent resistance as a way of overcoming “forceful tyranny”, had been serving an 11-year jail sentence for demanding an end to one-party rule when he was

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July 1, 2017

Beijing warns Hong Kong marchers not to challenge mainland rule

Twenty years after Britain returned its colony, China’s president provokes pro-democracy anger

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters delivered a rebuke to President Xi Jinping after the Chinese leader warned that Hong Kong must not become a launchpad for challenges to Beijing’s authority.

Related: China tears up promises to UK and shows the world who is in charge

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June 30, 2017

‘We wanted democracy’: is Hong Kong’s two-systems experiment over?

As China tightens its grip on the city over which British rule ended 20 years ago, pro-democracy activists are still fighting against erosion of freedoms

For President Xi Jinping, the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China is a moment to toast the reunification of a nation and hail its unstoppable rise. But for activists such as Eddie Chu, one of the leading lights of a new [...]

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June 28, 2017

A million bottles a minute: world’s plastic binge ‘as dangerous as climate change’

Exclusive: Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another [...]

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