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Proposed legislation puts Hong Kong's freedom in limbo
Richard Powell, 12 November 2002
A controversial piece of legislation due to be introduced in Hong Kong constitutes a draconian assault on basic freedoms and could drive away foreign investment, end press freedom and ban political opposition, critics warn.
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Scourge of the earth: The global landmine menace
Richard Powell, 2 November 2002
Richard Powell, a freelance reporter who spent time in the post-Bosnian war minefields, investigates the scale of the problem as UK organisations prepare for Landmine Action Week.
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China frees key political prisoner ahead of US visit
Richard Powell, 22 October 2002
A 25-year old Tibetan nun was released this week just days before Chinese President, Jiang Zemin, is due to visit the US.
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Bristol 'sex tourist' charged in Romania
Dominic Hipkins, 18 October 2002
A 52-year-old Bristol man has been charged with abusing young boys in Romania.
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Kosovans urged to bury hatchet
Richard Powell, 8 October 2002
Citizens of one of the areas hardest hit by Kosovo conflict are being urged to put aside their ethnic differences for forthcoming elections or risk "stagnation."
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Waite slams Blair's handling of Iraq crisis
Richard Powell, 24 September 2002
Terry Waite, the former Middle East hostage negotiator, has likened the Government's handling of consultation over Iraq as "similar to a dictatorship."
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Kosovo's refugees set to ignore return plea
Richard Powell, 2 July 2002
An appeal to UK-based Kosovar refugees to come home and help to rebuild their country is likely to fall on deaf ears.
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Health watchdogs abolished
Richard Powell, 9 June 2002
NHS Community Health Councils - which helped lead to the conviction of the serial killer Harold Shipman and rogue gynaecologist Rodney Ledward - are to be axed.
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When devotion leads to deportation
Richard Powell, 14 February 2002
Leeds schoolboy, Alexander Rostron, has arrived back in the UK after being deported from Beijing for protesting against alleged human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners.
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Followers banned for their beliefs
Richard Powell, 13 February 2002
Activists representing the spiritual group, Falun Gong, which is outlawed in China, were detained on arrival in Iceland during a recent visit by the Chinese premier, Jiang Zemin.
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