Crackdown as HK security chief warns of growing ‘terrorism’

Crackdown as HK security chief warns of growing ‘terrorism’

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Hong Kong's security chief on Monday warned "terrorism" was growing in the city as the local government rallied behind Beijing's plan to impose national security laws on the restive territory and police fired tear gas and pepper spray at thousands of people who took to the streets to protest. "Terrorism is growing in the city…
UK’s Johnson defends Dominic Cummings amid calls for resignation

UK’s Johnson defends Dominic Cummings amid calls for resignation

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended the actions of his chief adviser Dominic Cummings, who has faced growing calls to resign for allegedly breaching national coronavirus lockdown regulations. Johnson addressed a government news conference on Sunday amid growing pressure to remove Cummings, who has defended his decision to drive 250 miles (400 kilometres) from…
Russian fighters flown out of western Libya after Haftar retreat

Russian fighters flown out of western Libya after Haftar retreat

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Russian fighters in Libya were flown out a town south of Tripoli by their Libyan allies after retreating from front lines at the capital, the town's mayor said. The reported departure of the Russians on Sunday was another blow to the Libya National Army (LNA) of eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar and his foreign allies.…
US says China’s HK national security law could lead to sanctions

US says China’s HK national security law could lead to sanctions

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China's proposed national security legislation for Hong Kong could lead to US sanctions and threaten the city's status as a financial hub, the White House has said. Beijing, meanwhile, warned of a "new Cold War" with the United States, saying the country had been infected by a "political virus" compelling figures there to continually attack…
First Iranian oil tanker reaches Venezuelan waters

First Iranian oil tanker reaches Venezuelan waters

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The first of five Iranian oil tankers heading to Venezuela to help ease fuel shortages has entered the country's waters, encountering no immediate signs of US interference amid a diplomatic standoff. Amid heightened tensions due to what Venezuelan authorities described as threats from the United States, the oil vessel Fortune officially entered Venezuela's Exclusive Economic…
Netanyahu arrives at court for corruption trial amid protests

Netanyahu arrives at court for corruption trial amid protests

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived at a court in occupied East Jerusalem for his corruption trial to become the first serving Israeli prime minister to face criminal prosecution. "The objective is to topple a strong prime minister from the rightist camp and thus to remove the right-wing from leadership for many years," he said…
Putin changes Russia’s electoral law to allow remote vote

Putin changes Russia’s electoral law to allow remote vote

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Putin proposed changes to the constitution in January [Kremlin/Sputnik via Reuters] Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved changes to the country's electoral law, allowing Russians to vote electronically or by mail in future polls, according to the Kremlin. Opponents to Saturday's move say an electronic system will be easier to manipulate and will make it…
Netanyahu to become 1st serving Israel PM facing criminal charges

Netanyahu to become 1st serving Israel PM facing criminal charges

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The long-awaited corruption trial of Benjamin Netanyahu is due to open in Jerusalem, where he will become the first serving Israeli prime minister to face criminal prosecution. Netanyahu is required to appear for Sunday's session in Jerusalem District Court, a week after he was sworn in to a record fifth term as head of a…
Hong Kong braces for protests on heels of proposed security law

Hong Kong braces for protests on heels of proposed security law

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Hong Kong police fired tear gas and pepper spray at demonstrators on Sunday, as thousands gather for the first protest since Beijing's controversial plan to directly impose national security laws on the city, in what could provide a litmus test of public opposition to China's tightening grip over the financial hub. Images posted on social…
Libya: GNA-aligned forces retake military camps near Tripoli

Libya: GNA-aligned forces retake military camps near Tripoli

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Forces aligned with Libya's internationally recognised government have retaken three military bases from eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) south of the capital Tripoli. In a statement on Saturday, military spokesman Mohamed Gnunu said troops loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) overran the Yarmouk, al-Sawarikh and Hamza camps.  More: Turkey…