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UPDATE 1-China says U.S. audit law targeting Chinese firms discriminatory

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SHANGHAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – China’s securities regulator said on Friday that U.S. legislation that threatens to kick Chinese firms off its exchanges is “clearly discriminatory” and politically driven, but China is still willing to talk.

The U.S. Congress passed legislation on Wednesday that would force Chinese firms to delist from U.S. exchanges unless they abide by U.S. accounting rules. It is expected soon to be signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said in a statement that the “Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act” is “clearly discriminatory” and not based on professional grounds.

The Act would force U.S.-listed companies to prove that they are not controlled by a foreign government, and require companies name Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials on their boards, and disclose whether their articles of incorporation contains any charter of the CCP.

“We firmly oppose

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Police Minister hits out at National’s ‘virtue-signalling on law and order’ in firearms debate



a person in a suit and tie: Watch as Police Minister Poto Williams is questioned in Parliament on the Government's gun law reforms.


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Watch as Police Minister Poto Williams is questioned in Parliament on the Government’s gun law reforms.

Police Minister Poto Williams has hit out at National’s “virtue-signalling” during a debate on gun law reform but she was criticised for saying she doesn’t expect criminals “to do anything lawful”.

Williams defended the Government’s record on firearms law reform in Parliament on Thursday following a recent shooting in Northland and the tragic death of police officer Constable Matthew Hunt in June. 

“Can I say that any incident where the use of weapons is involved is distressing for the police and the community, and police are frontline workers who go above and beyond to keep our community safe. We need to support our officers so we can continue to support our communities.”

Police Minister hits out at National’s ‘virtue-signalling on law and order’ in firearms debate

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Reform outdated offence of misconduct in public office, recommends Law Commission

Outdated and unclear laws governing misconduct in public office should be reformed, the Law Commission has announced today [4 December 2020]. The reforms would introduce two new statutory offences to replace the ancient common law offence, provide greater clarity, and target the most serious forms of misconduct in public office.

There has been an increase in the number of prosecutions for misconduct in public office in recent years, rising from single figures in the early 2000s to averaging more than 80 per year since 2006. In 2018 (the last available figures), there were 95 prosecutions.

The current common law offence of misconduct in public office has existed for hundreds of years. However, as the number of prosecutions has risen in recent decades, so have the calls to reform the law. The most commonly expressed concern is that the offence lacks clarity and precision. This creates the potential for misuse and

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The Klein Law Firm Reminds Investors of Class Actions on Behalf of Shareholders of RCL, MESO and LVS

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December 03, 2020 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) —
NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / December 3, 2020 / The Klein Law Firm announces that class action complaints have been filed on behalf of shareholders of the following companies. There is no cost to participate in the suit. If you suffered a loss, you have until the lead plaintiff deadline to request that the court appoint you as lead plaintiff.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL)Class Period: February 4, 2020 – March 17, 2020Lead Plaintiff Deadline: December 7, 2020

The RCL lawsuit alleges Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose during the class period that: (1) Royal Caribbean misled investors to believe that any issue related to COVID-19 was relatively insignificant; (2) the Company falsely assured investors that bookings outside China were strong

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Omnibus law discriminates against people with disabilities

Indonesia had made considerable progress in introducing policies that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in public life in the past decade. The newly adopted omnibus Law on Job Creation, however, is a huge step backwards.

A decade ago, Indonesia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopting the universal human rights principle of respecting the rights of people with disabilities.

Since then, Indonesia has introduced about 85 policies, laws (including the National Disability Law No. 8/2016), government regulations, presidential and ministerial decrees, and regulations at provincial and village level.

The omnibus law, however, puts efforts to bring about social change to almost 24 million Indonesians living with a disability in reverse by not inviting people with disabilities in the bill’s deliberation resulting in the law’s discriminatory provisions.

One step forward, two steps back

The omnibus law has been received with disappointment by

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Law & Order: SVU Season 22 Episode 3 Review: Remember Me in Quarantine


Lots of shows have addressed COVID-19, but few have focused on the way the pandemic has affected people’s mental health.


Law & Order: SVU Season 22 Episode 3 came close to doing that with its quarantine-inspired story.


This didn’t really feel like an SVU case with a few exceptions, but it got the point across effectively.

A Missing College Student/Tall - Law & Order: SVU Season 22 Episode 3


Maria’s death was a tragedy brought on by a ton of impulsive college-kid behavior made worse by the quarantine.


Bedhopping and relationship drama is part and parcel of the college experience for some students. Still, because these kids were all stuck together and had passionate views about proper pandemic behavior, their problems were more likely to end in violence.


And that’s exactly what happened: Perry was not only jealous that Maria got high and slept with someone else but felt betrayed by the only other person in the

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Australian spy law review says Asio should seek approval before targeting citizens overseas

An extensive review of Australia’s intelligence laws has found that Asio should seek government approval before targeting citizens overseas.



Christian Porter wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian


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The 1,300-page review, completed by former Asio director general Dennis Richardson, was released by the attorney general, Christian Porter, on Friday.

It makes 203 recommendations, 13 of which are classified. Porter said the government would accept all but four of the public recommendations.

Richardson recommended that the Asio Act should be amended so that it required ministerial authorisation for offshore intelligence collection relating to Australians, if those activities would require a warrant should they have occurred inside Australia.

Related: Growing far-right threat should spark new approach to extremism, Australian expert says

Porter would not be drawn on whether any particular Asio activity had raised Richardson’s concerns, but said it was likely he considered specific case studies.

Asio has repeatedly emphasised a focus

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The Gross Law Firm Announces Class Actions on Behalf of Shareholders of RCL, RTX and PINS

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December 03, 2020 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) —
NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / December 3, 2020 / The securities litigation law firm of The Gross Law Firm issues the following notice on behalf of shareholders in the following publicly traded companies. Shareholders who purchased shares in the following companies during the dates listed are encouraged to contact the firm regarding possible Lead Plaintiff appointment. Appointment as Lead Plaintiff is not required to partake in any recovery.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL)

Investors Affected : February 4, 2020 – March 17, 2020

A class action has commenced on behalf of certain shareholders in Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The filed complaint alleges that defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Royal Caribbean misled investors to believe that any issue related to COVID-19 was

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ROSEN, A HIGHLY RECOGNIZED LAW FIRM, Reminds First American Financial Corp. Investors of …

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NEW YORK, Dec. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of First American Financial Corp. (NYSE: FAF) between February 17, 2017 and October 22, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”), of the important December 24, 2020 lead plaintiff deadline in the securities class action commenced by the firm. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for First American investors under the federal securities laws.

To join the First American class action, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-1662.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email [email protected] or [email protected] for information on the class action.

According to the lawsuit, defendants throughout the Class Period made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) First American failed to implement basic security

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The Gross Law Firm Announces Class Actions on Behalf of Shareholders of HPQ, TILE and BIIB

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December 03, 2020 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) —
NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / December 3, 2020 / The securities litigation law firm of The Gross Law Firm issues the following notice on behalf of shareholders in the following publicly traded companies. Shareholders who purchased shares in the following companies during the dates listed are encouraged to contact the firm regarding possible Lead Plaintiff appointment. Appointment as Lead Plaintiff is not required to partake in any recovery.

HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ)

Investors Affected : November 6, 2015 – June 21, 2016

A class action has commenced on behalf of certain shareholders in HP Inc. The filed complaint alleges that defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (a) HP’s channel inventory management and sales practices resulted in the sale of supplies to customers that did

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