In this episode we look at three stories making headlines in different parts of the world.
A protest against proposals to allow Hong Kong to extradite individuals to mainland China drew thousands of people to the streets on Sunday – and may revive the territory’s pro-democracy movement. The rally highlights long-standing concerns among many Hong Kongers that region’s autonomy has been gradually worn away since it became a Chinese special administrative region in 1997. The march came days after several key figures within the broad-based movement were sentenced to months of jail after being convicted on public nuisance charges. We’ll consider what may happen next.
In the UK, thousands of foreign students are awaiting a ruling from Home Secretary Sajid Javid that will ultimately determine whether they can continue to live, study and work in the country. About 34,000 foreign students who took the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) had their visas cancelled or shortened by the Home Office after a BBC investigation in 2014 found evidence of cheating during exam sessions. Students, migrant advocates and several Members of Parliament have criticised the blanket cancellation of visas, saying that the original ruling by then-Home Secretary Teresa May was a political decision under her signature ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy. We’ll look at what lies in store for those affected.
In South Africa, millions of people are considering how they’ll vote in elections on May 8. While the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is expected to remain in power it is facing one of its sternest challenges from in years from the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). South African President and ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa says his leadership is a break with the tenure of his predecessor Jacob Zuma, which was dogged with allegations of corruption and wastefulness. But does his promise of a clean break carry much weight with voters who have grown frustrated at a lack of jobs and economic opportunity?
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