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Hourly News 2014-12-02
   2014-12-05 11:01:57    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han



China's HK gov't strongly condemns illegal acts of violent radicals

The Hong Kong government has issued a strong condemnation of the so-called Occupy protesters.
The condemnation follows a violent outburst yesterday morning, which saw protesters clash with police as they attempted to surround Hong Kong's main government buildings.
Hong Kong Chief-executive CY Leung is also warning demonstrators not to return to the protest site.
The violent protests yesterday morning left 11 police officers injured.
Around 40 demonstrators were arrested.
There have been increasing calls in Hong Kong for the protesters to stop blocking the roads amid growing concerns over the impact on people's daily lives and the local economy.

'Fox Hunt': 149 Suspects Surrender before Deadline

The Chinese government says 149 suspects have surrendered to authorities ahead of the December 1st deadline for people suspected of committing economic crimes to give up and receive lighter punishments.
The temporary partial amnesty is part of the government's anti-corruption drive to repatriate individuals who have fled abroad, code named "Fox Hunt."
The operation has seen 329 suspected economic criminals arrested since being launched in July.

China to Monitor Foreign Company Profits to Prevent Tax Evasion

Chinese tax authorities are promising stepped-up supervision of multinational companies in a new crack down on tax evasion.
Authorities say they are going to increase their monitoring of the profit levels of foreign companies to make sure there is no "base erosion" or "profit shifting."
The tax authorities are also planning to work with other countries to try to clamp down on cross-border tax evasion.
China is the world's largest destination for foreign direct investment.
As such, China is additionally vulnerable to companies who try to shift profits across international borders to take advantage of different tax rates and loopholes.

UN Climate Summit opens in Lima

A two-week long United Nations climate summit has opened in Peru, with experts and analysts from around the world gathering to discuss melting glaciers and the rise in extreme weather.
The Lima negotiations are expected to work out the key elements of a new global climate deal set to be finalized in Paris in a year's time.
China's delegation to the event is expected to continue pressing industrialized countries to do more to help poorer countries deal with climate change.

UN briefing on World AIDS Day

The United Nations says there are 35 million people living with HIV globally.
The announcement has coincided with World AIDS Day on Monday.
The latest stats show 2.1 million people around the world became infected with HIV last year and 1.5 million died as a result of the virus.

Sigrid Kaag named new UN coordinator for Lebanon

Sigrid Kaag, who has led the joint mission to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, has been named new UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon.
Kaag will succeed the UK's Derek Plumbly, who has led the UN's work in Lebanon for more than two years.
Kaag headed the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Mission to oversee the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.
The mission ended in September.

WFP suspends refugee food aid scheme in Syria

The World Food Programme has been forced to suspend its food aid program for more than 1.6 million Syrian refugees because of a funding shortfall.
The program provided Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt vouchers to buy food.
The UN agency says it needs at least 64-million dollars this month alone to keep the massive refugee population from going hungry.
The 3-year-long conflict in Syria has created close to 11-million refugees, over 3-million of whom have fled to neighboring countries.

Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

Russia has decided to cancel its South Stream gas pipeline project, which was meant to supply gas to southern Europe.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the South Stream project was supposed to go through Bulgaria, but the European Union has been putting pressure on Bulgaria to hinder the project amid the dispute between the two sides over the situation in Ukraine.
Putin, who's wrapped up his one-day visit to Ankara, says Moscow is now focusing on shipping Russian gas into Turkey.
Europe still gets a majority of its gas supplies from Russia.
But the dispute over Ukraine has led EU officials to begin exploring other areas in search of natural gas supplies.

Edward Snowden wins award in Sweden

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has issued a new call for the United Nations to better protect media freedom.
Snowden made the call while accepting the Right Livelihood Foundation Award via a video-link in Sweden on Monday.
Snowden has been trapped in exile in Russia, as he faces charges in the United States for leaking classified government information.
Lonnie Snowden, his father, did show up in Stockholm for the ceremony.
The Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize', is a human-rights award established in the 1980's.





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