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3Novices:Italy’s proposed new divorce law would turn back the clock 50 years on women’s rights, critics say

Italy’s government is pushing draft legislation that would revolutionise the country’s divorce laws, abolishing child support and taking custody away from parents who bad-mouth their exes or try to otherwise harm their relationships with their children.
The idea behind the bill, which is supported by Italy’s governing coalition and has a good chance of becoming law, is to enforce what it describes as “perfect co-parenting.”
Children of divorced couples would spend…
September 19, 2018 at 10:53AM https://ift.tt/2QEUHFH
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3Novices:China won’t weaken currency to help exporters amid US trade war, Premier Li Keqiang says

China has no intention of weakening its currency to help exporters and will not engage in any form of “competitive devaluation” of its exchange rate, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday, a day after the latest tit-for-tat measures in the US trade war.
Li told the World Economic Forum in Tianjin that Beijing had not manipulated the exchange rate of yuan to cope with trade tensions, rejecting speculation that the Chinese government deliberately engineered the 8 per cent…
September 19, 2018 at 10:30AM https://ift.tt/2D9XXGp
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3Novices:How a stolen banana helped Shanghai police crack burglary case

A burglary suspect was caught after a crime spree in suburban Shanghai thanks to a banana taken during a home break-in, according to local police.
The unnamed man is suspected of taking more than 10,000 yuan (US$1,450) worth of items from three homes in suburban villages in recent days, local news site Xinmin.cn reported on Monday.
At first, police said they had difficulty coming up with a list of suspects as the villages in Heqing township targeted were not equipped with many surveillance…
September 19, 2018 at 09:51AM https://ift.tt/2PRUAWn
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3Novices:Cathay Pacific aeroplane gets new paint job, complete with massive typo

If you’ve ever been refused boarding to a flight because your name was spelled wrong on the ticket, you might take comfort from this fairly glaring error on the side of a Cathay Pacific plane. Or should that be “Cathay Paciic”?
On Wednesday morning, photos emerged of a plane for the Hong Kong carrier, with its distinctive green livery missing an “F”.
Taking the fuselage foul-up with good grace, Cathay Pacific posted on its Facebook page: “Oops this special…
September 19, 2018 at 09:45AM https://ift.tt/2PMjdUc
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3Novices:Poland’s president has a cunning plan to get a US military base. He says they’ll call it ‘Fort Trump’

After months of pushing for a permanent US military presence in Poland as a bulwark against Russia, the Polish president offered President Donald Trump a new incentive tailored to his real estate sensibilities: naming rights.
“I would very much like for us to set up a permanent base in Poland, which we would call Fort Trump,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said Tuesday in a joint press conference at the White House. “I firmly believe that this is possible. I am convinced that…
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3Novices:China’s waste ban has rocked the recycling world and revealed Hong Kong’s dire record. What next for the city’s rising mountains of trash?

Rubbish is all about economics in Berlin.
“We can’t have too much,” said Michael Paulus, an executive at BSR, the city’s government-owned waste collection firm. “But we can’t have too little either.”
Such a statement may sound counter-intuitive to a place like Hong Kong – where governments past and present have been haplessly trying to cut waste production at source to ease pressure on the city’s overflowing tips. But in Germany’s…
September 19, 2018 at 08:31AM https://ift.tt/2MLrPbI
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3Novices:Hong Kong jury sent away to decide fate of professor accused of yoga ball murder

A High Court jury in Hong Kong was sent away on Wednesday morning to decide whether a Malaysian professor murdered his wife and daughter with a gas-filled yoga ball as alleged by prosecutors.
At 10.58am, the five men and four women – who had spent the past four weeks in court listening to the allegations against Khaw Kim Sun, 53 – were excused and headed to the jury room with a stack of documents.
They will remain there until they have reached a unanimous verdict or a majority one…
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