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China Bans Growth Of ‘Abnormal’ Facial Hair And Veils As An Anti-Extremist Measure

Bans against beards and veils had been irregularly implemented in the past.

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Chinese officials are aiming to curb extremism and radicalization in the Muslim-dominated province Xinjiang, by imposing a ban on wearing veils in public as well as sporting “abnormal” facial hair. The move was partly prompted by the hundreds of deaths in the province over the past years because security forces had to confront Islamist militants and the unrest among the Muslim Uighur people.

Xinjiang is home to the traditionally Muslim group, the Uighurs. Many of these people have complained that they have been repressed religiously and culturally and have faced discrimination. The unrest in the area has become deadly and authorities got involved in controlling the situation.

Xinjiang, China has imposed a ban on the growth of abnormal facial hairs.

Source: Reuters

The new regulation, which has been approved by Xinjiang lawmakers and signed into force since Saturday, prohibits the growth of “abnormal” facial hair and covering up the whole body and face. The Chinese government also bans the spread of “extremist ideas,” which means they shouldn’t watch government propaganda and denying children “national education.”

The government also bans wearing of veils or robes that cover the entire body.

But for the rights groups, the unrest population is said to have existed because of repressive policies. They also argue that the new regulations could even push the Uighurs more into extremism.

Xianjing is a province in China dominated by Muslims.

The new rule also states that public employees, such as those in airports and stations, should discourage those who cover their whole bodies from entering and report those people to the police.

Chinese authorities had already imposed restrictions on passport grants to Uighurs and other measures such as banning prayers at home, Ramadan fasting and religious education for the kids. According to AsiaOne, growing beards and wearing of veils had been enforced irregularly in the past but now, the new ban is more formal.

H/T: AsiaOne, BBC

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The Legendary Fight Between Conor McGregor Vs. Floyd Mayweather is Finally Happening

This is the fight that everyone’s been waiting for!

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The combat sports community has been waiting for what they consider as the “Match of the Century” between one of the best boxers of all time, Floyd Mayweather, and current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Speculation has been rife about the two finally having a face-off and the day may just come sooner than you think.

UFC President Dana White has already been asked by the media about the venue and the date for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight. White said that the Irish fighter is more than willing to face Mayweather but the issue is the money that will be made from the fight.

Mayweather assures that the fight will happen and he will come out of retirement just to face his opponent and give fans the legendary fight. And in a video posted on Mar. 11 at FightHype.com, the 40-year-old professional boxer just set the date and venue for the much-awaited fight.

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CIA Is Hacking TVs, Smartphones, and Cars To Spy On The Public, According To WikiLeaks

If the allegations are true, then this is very alarming.

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In a shocking and alarming revelation, WikiLeaks recently released Vault 7 and made claims that the United States government is using hacking tools to spy on billions of people across the world via everyday devices such as televisions, smartphones, and even cars.

According to the documents released by WikiLeaks, the “Weeping Angel” tool, for instance, attacks Samsung SmartTVs claiming, “After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on, In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server.”

WikiLeaks claims that CIA is hacking smartphone devices and even vehicles to spy on the public.

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China Says Philippines Can’t Claim Benham Rise as Its Own Territory Despite UN Ruling

The latest installment in the territorial dispute between China and the Philippines involves the resource-rich Benham Rise.

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It wasn't too long ago when the Philippines scored a legal victory when the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) — an international tribunal based in The Hague, Netherlands — backed its claim in the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea.

As everyone knows, China had contested the Philippines' territorial claim. China has always insisted that it has a historical "9-dash line" claim on the largest portion of the South China Sea.

It may be recalled, though, that the PCA ruled that China did not have the right to claim the disputed territories. It was also pointed out that China "had committed violations by building structures in the area."

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