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Xi Jinping's directive broadly welcomed  Listenfacebook
Local scientists and academics have broadly welcomed a newly-announced directive issued by President Xi Jinping ordering state agencies to support Hong Kong's development into an international innovation and technology hub. National-level funding previously denied to all Hong Kong institutions have already been granted to more than a dozen so-called Key State Laboratories -- which are local partners of state-funded research centres in the mainland. Academics are hoping that more will follow. The Director of Chinese University's Centre for Innovation and Technology, Professor William Wong, spoke to Jim Gould about the significance of the initiative:
Ma Ying-jeou given prison sentence  Listenfacebook
Former Taiwanese President and Kuomintang chairman, Ma Ying-jeou, has been sentenced to four months in prison after being found guilty of helping to leak classified information. He was originally acquitted in March last year, but faced a new trial after state prosecutors brought fresh charges against him. The case dates back to 2013 when Ma was still in office and immune from prosecution. Taiwan's Central News Agency said Ma's prison term could be commuted to a fine and he can appeal against the conviction. Taipei-based journalist, Cindy Sui, spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Israel condemned for killing Palestinians   Listenfacebook
The killing of more than 50 Palestinians in Gaza by Israeli forces has triggered widespread international condemnation. The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, called the deaths a massacre. France's President Emmanuel Macron condemned the violence, while his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accused Israel of state terror and genocide. But the United States has blocked the adoption of a United Nations Security Council statement, calling for an independent inquiry into the violence. Earlier, the White House spokesman, Raj Shah, accused the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas of provoking the response from Israeli security forces against Palestinian protesters. Professor Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, spoke to Annemarie Evans: