Belonging to China, but gifted with a more liberal legal system, Hong Kong is in the throes of a self-proclaimed “revolution.” Its adherents say they are simply fighting for basic rights such as free speech and fair elections.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China a day after the city's biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
Every Chinese high school senior takes a test that can truly determine their future. Score high enough, and you could be whisked away to Hong Kong and one of the best educations money can buy. Miss, and your options are limited. But some students buck the test and head overseas. Each decision changes students' future path.
Great White Sharks are fearsome predators, but not invincible. Researchers are investigating a tagged nine-foot-long Great White that was killed, dragged deep underwater and eaten off the coast of Australia. Plus, El Niño is set to change the world's climate and China stirs up controversy in Hong Kong. That and more in today's Global Scan.
Just who runs protests in places like Kiev and Hong Kong? It's not an easy question to answer, but that doesn't mean the protest movements in those places lack energy or direction. In fact, their loose structure may be a new model for political organization.
Elephants have enough up against them without having to worry that one of their oldest ancestors also is causing problems. But that's the case. The tusks of long-dead woolly mammoths are being used as a cover in the illegal trafficking of elephant ivory.