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SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (Hong Kong), BBC (UK)

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HONG KONG – Hong Kong's pan-democracy wing has failed to capitalize on the growing anti-Chinese sentiment, after a disappointing outcome in the legislative council elections.

Albert Ho, the leader of Hong Kong"s biggest pro-democracy party has announced he will step down as chairman after his party won only four seats, compared to eight seats in 2008.

The South China Morning Post reported Ho as saying: "In recent months, the public has been impatient with the current administration, and maybe some of them preferred to choose people who were much more aggressive in their stances and roles, that might cause some to lose votes."

However, the various pro-democracy groups - who oppose the current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his loyalty to Beijing - won 27 out of 70 seats and will therefore retain the power to veto major constitutional changes.

The disappointing outcome of the elections for the pro-democracy groups seems to demonstrate that the anti-mainland protests have begun to disperse, after Leung's policy reversal on the new pro-China school curriculum at the weekend.

Leung announced that the mandatory Chinese patriotism classes would now be optional, declaring: "The schools are given the authority to decide when and how they would like to introduce the moral and national education," the BBC reports.

The video below shows a 120,000 strong protest on Friday night in central Hong Kong.

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In Uganda, Having A "Rolex" Is About Not Going Hungry

Experts fear the higher food prices resulting from the conflict in Ukraine could jeopardize the health of many Ugandans. Take a look at this ritzy-named simple dish.

Zziwa Fred, a street vendor who runs two fast-food businesses in central Uganda, rolls a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex.

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WAKISO — Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance he is used to consuming. Kizito says this much-needed staple has shrunk in size.

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Most streets and markets in Uganda have at least one vendor firing up a hot plate ready to cook the Rolex, short for rolled eggs — which usually comes with tomatoes, cabbage and onion and is priced anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan shillings (28 to 57 cents). Street vendor Farouk Kiyaga says many of his customers share Kizito’s disappointment over the dwindling size of Uganda’s most popular street food, but Kiyaga is struggling with the rising cost of wheat and cooking oil.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted exports out of the two countries, which account for about 26% of wheat exports globally and about 80% of the world’s exports of sunflower oil, pushing prices to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency. Not only oil and wheat are affected. Prices of the most consumed foods worldwide, such as meat, grains and dairy products, hit their highest levels ever in March, making a nutritious meal even harder to buy for those who already struggle to feed themselves and their families. The U.N. organization warns the conflict could lead to as many as 13.1 million more people going hungry between 2022 and 2026.

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