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UK expands visa route to young Hong Kongers

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Britain announces an expanded visa route that will allow teenage Hong Kongers born after the 1997 Handover to live, work and stay in the UK

Hong Kong teenagers born after 1997, with one parent who holds a British National (Overseas) Passport will be able to apply to live, work and stay in he UK.

The announcement was made by Home Secretary Priti Patel – who says the visa changes will come into effect in Autumn.

“The further changes I have announced, which will come into effect this autumn, will continue to deliver on our historic and moral commitment to the people of Hong Kong.”

PRITI PATEL, UK HOME SECRETARY

It’s an expansion to the already-existing arrangement that was announced in 2021 following the implementation of the Beijing-inspired National Security Law in the former British colony.

The UK las labelled the law as a clampdown on dissent and democracy in Hong Kong, and accused China of breaking the Sino-British joint agreement that guaranteed Hong Kong could keep its autonomy, freedoms and capitalist way of life for fifty years following its 1997 handover to China.

China in return said that it would no longer recognise BN(O) passports.

THE BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS) PASSPORT

Almost three million Hong Kongers were eligible for the new UK visa route from January 2021.

So far, fewer than 150,000 people have applied.

The latest announcement will allow almost 12,000 more Hong Kongers to be eligible for the scheme if they so choose.

HONG KONG WAS A BRITISH COLONY UNTIL IT WAS HANDED BACK TO CHINA IN 1997

The British National (Overseas) passport – or BN(O) was issued to Hong Kongers when Hong Kong was still a British colony.

It allows holders of the passport to visit the the UK for an extended period, but does not offer them citizenship rights.

Simon is a ticker NEWS corespondent in London. Simon started his career in his hometown of Sydney as a news video producer for NineMSN, then moved to the UK with Good Morning Britain on ITV, followed by a TV reporter for a local news service in Manchester in England’s north. Simon joins ticker News after several years in the London headquarters of ITN Productions as a news producer, and as an assistant news editor for ITV News.

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WhatsApp ramps up privacy features

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WhatsApp ramps up privacy features to prevent subscriber loss

The world’s two billion plus WhatsApp users will soon have greater privacy controls with new platform changes on the way.

Meta boss, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the new WhatsApp updates in a Facebook post earlier this week.  

Users will be able to make a stealthy exit from group conversations without the rest of the participants being notified.

Other changes include allowing users the ability to check messages without others knowing and controlling who sees when they are online.

These functions have been flagged as being rolled out to WhatsApp users over the next month.  

Even more significant to user privacy is a function that is still under development.

Here, WhatsApp users can allow their messages to be viewed only once with an added screenshot blocking feature.

This will prevent other users saving their communication onto their phones for future reference.  

The changes have been announced after Meta was scrutinised last year for their data sharing practices after an update of its Terms of Service.

META CEO, Mark Zuckerberg as WhatsApp ramps up privacy features

Users were concerned over suggestions WhatsApp user data would be shared and utilised by parent company Meta.

WhatsApp has always boasted about the benefits of its end-to-end encryption preventing.

The news that WhatsApp planned to share user data more widely with Meta shook users’ faith in the platform.  

As the third most popular social media platform, it seems Meta is keen to retain this market share by increasing its privacy features.

Some would say this is both to allay security fears and to prevent them from moving to other popular messaging apps such as Signal.  

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Why airline executives are being forced to face customers

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As frustrated customers take their anger out on the remaining airport checkin staff, airline executives are being forced onto the front line to face customers.

The return of summer in Europe has been overshadowed by travel chaos, leaving passengers frustrated and often out of pocket.

Thousands of people have been left to battle airport queues that last hours, long delays and thousands of cancellations.

Airports and airlines face staff shortages forcing them to reduce the number of scheduled flights – often at short notice. 

It’s a global problem, with airports and airlines rushing to hire back the thousands of positions they axed at the start of covid.

But how do you do it, and how long until things return to normal?

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Facebook hands teen’s data to police for abortion charge

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New reports reveal that Facebook has handed over data to police to help criminally punish a teenager for seeking to get an abortion

The tech giant turned Celeste Burgess’ Facebook message’s into the authorities, where she is being charged for “removing and abandoning a dead human body.”

The 17-year-old lives in Nebraska where abortion isn’t illegal, but the abortion happened via medication at 23 weeks.

Nebraska has a 20 week pregnancy cut off date, and the medication also warns against medical abortion past this time.

The teen’s mother is also facing 5 charges.

This comes amid widespread controversy after the historic Roe v Wade ruling was overturned in the United States.

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