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  1. Prada has apologised after some of its products displayed at a store in New York appeared to contain blackface imagery. The US$550 figurines, part of a line of goods called Pradamalia, were pulled after they prompted outrage and accusations that they depicted racist caricatures of black people. Prada said in a statement that it had not intended the products – some of which seemed to...
  2. When top neuroscientist Professor Nancy Ip Yuk-yu planned to launch a study to identify genetic risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease among Chinese people around four years ago, she knew that she would need data from 1,000 people. “I think if I had approached Hong Kong doctors at the time … the answer would be a ‘no’ as there was no centre that could provide us with...
  3. A secondary school in Tuen Mun is taking a radical new approach to education, by letting students decide which questions will be asked in their exams. YOT Chan Wong Suk Fong Memorial Secondary School said it was testing a learning model that allows students to choose what homework they did, and how their exams are set. To do that, teachers assessed students’ abilities in several subjects...
  4. Weary climate negotiators limped across the finish line Saturday after days of round-the-clock talks, striking a deal that keeps the world moving forward with plans to curb carbon emissions. But the agreement fell well short of the breakthrough that scientists – and many of the conference’s own participants – say is needed to avoid the cataclysmic impacts of a warming...
  5. Thousands of protesters in Vienna braved snow and icy temperatures Saturday to protest Austria’s ruling coalition between the conservatives and the far-right a year after they came to power. Some 17,000 people took to the streets of the capital despite the bad weather, according to police estimates, while organisers put turnout at 50,000. Many were waving banners reading “Fascists...
  6. The United States has built a full-size replica of a Chinese fighter jet for use as a training aid, according to official US military sources, a move analysts said reflects Washington’s growing concern over the fighting strength of its Asian rival. The mock-up of a Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon was spotted at a military facility on the perimeter of Savannah-Hilton Head Airport in Georgia,...
  7. Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music. Putin says “if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it”. But Putin said at a St Petersburg meeting with cultural advisers on Saturday that attempts to ban artists from performing...
  8. Groups of defiant “yellow vest” demonstrators faced off with tens of thousands of police around France on Saturday, but their numbers were sharply lower on a fifth and decisive weekend for the anti-government movement. President Emmanuel Macron, facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, announced a series of concessions on Monday to defuse the explosive “yellow vest”...
  9. T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp believe their foreign owners’ offer to stop using Huawei Technologies equipment will help with the US clearing their US$26 billion merger deal, sources said, underscoring the lengths to which Washington has gone to shut out the Chinese company. Like all major US wireless carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint do not use Huawei equipment, but their majority owners,...
  10. Donald Trump’s embattled interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, is stepping down, following a series of scandals in which he is accused of using his position for personal gain. Trump tweeted that Zinke would “be leaving the administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years”. Trump added that Zinke had “accomplished much during his...