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China won't release activists detained in probe of Ivanka Trump supplier

Activist probing Ivanka Trump shoe supplier detained The Chinese government is refusing to release three activists who were detained while investigating working conditions at a company that made shoes for the Ivanka Trump brand and other prominent retailers. The U.S. State Department had urged China to free the men immediately and give them “the judicial and fair trial protections to which they are entitled.” But China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday that the matter didn’t concern other countries. “The judicial authorities of China can handle relevant cases according to ...

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Labour leadership: Corbyn vows to give 'more power' to activists

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to give more say over policy-making to grass-roots Labour supporters to help build a “more equal and decent society”. The newly re-elected Labour leader said the way that decisions were taken in the party had to be opened up. MPs critical of his leadership should now focus on “making the party and the movement stronger”, he told the BBC. He also queried MI6’s plans to expand and said UK troops should not be immune from legal claims over past conduct. The Labour leader, who was re-elected ...

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Hong Kong election: Anti-China activists set to take LegCo seats

A new generation of anti-China activists have won seats on Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo), preliminary results indicate. Among them is Nathan Law, one of the young leaders of the mass pro-democracy demonstrations of 2014, who is now on course to win a constituency seat. It is the first taste of real political power for the young protest leaders. But pro-Beijing politicians will retain a majority of seats, partly because of the electoral system. Results were delayed by a record voter turnout, which saw some 58% of 3.8 million registered ...

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These tech activists have a plan to improve diversity

Chris Sacca: ‘I have a greed case for diversity’ There’s a lot of talk about diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley, but actual improvements are hard to come by. A new non-profit called Project Include wants to help startups take concrete steps toward hiring a more diverse workforce in an industry that remains stubbornly male and white. Led by a group of tech veterans including Ellen Pao, Pinterest’s Tracy Chou and Slack’s Erica Joy, the project is focusing on startups with 50 to 1,000 employees. They’ve launched a website with ...

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Advice to delay pregnancy due to Zika virus is naive, activists say

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women in El Salvador and Colombia are being cautioned to avoid pregnancy due to the potentially dangerous Zika virus, but little access to contraception or abortion and pregnancies from rape leave many women unable to heed that advice, campaigners say. Reuters: Health News

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Oregon activists picked the wrong battle, militia leaders say

Ammon Bundy arrives to address the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, January 4, 2016. Reuters/Jim Urquhart Self-styled militia members who seized federal property in rural Oregon in an effort to galvanize opposition to the U.S. government appear to have made a tactical error – potential allies say they picked the wrong battle. As armed anti-government activists occupied a snowy wildlife refuge for a third day to call attention to a land-use dispute, militia leaders from similar groups across the country criticized the seizure of federal ...

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On Sandy Hook anniversary, U.S. activists call for gun restrictions

U.S. gun control activists called for expanded background checks for firearms purchasers and for a ban on sales to people on federal watch lists on Monday, in a protest marking the third anniversary of the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Speakers including U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, and survivors of recent U.S. mass shootings made their call outside the Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters of the National Rifle Association lobbying group. About 100 people attended the protest in the Washington suburb. On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot ...

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