Australia steps up Hong Kong action in wake of China security law

Australia steps up Hong Kong action in wake of China security law

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Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suspended the country's extradition agreement with Hong Kong and extended visas for an estimated 10,000 Hong Kong people already in Australia because of concerns about the impact of the national security law that China imposed on the territory 10 days ago. Morrison said the extradition pact was being suspended because…
US-Mexican presidents celebrate odd bromance in mini-summit

US-Mexican presidents celebrate odd bromance in mini-summit

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United States President Donald Trump, who has denigrated Mexican migrants and threatened the US ally with crippling tariffs, welcomed Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to the White House on Wednesday, calling him a cherished partner and claimed the countries' economic and security ties were reaching new heights. Trump's warm words were in stark contrast…
UN chief: Foreign interference in Libya at ‘unprecedented levels’

UN chief: Foreign interference in Libya at ‘unprecedented levels’

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned the UN Security Council (UNSC) that the conflict in Libya has entered a new phase "with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels". Libya was plunged into chaos by the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed its longtime leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Since 2014, the oil-rich country has been split,…
Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies

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Gon Coulibaly had returned to Ivory Coast last Thursday after two months in France to undergo a heart exam and rest. [Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters] Ivory Coast's prime minister and the ruling party's candidate for the October presidential election, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, has died just days after returning from two months of medical treatment in France. The 61-year-old…
British aid worker in Syria held ‘incommunicado’ after abduction

British aid worker in Syria held ‘incommunicado’ after abduction

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More than two weeks since a British aid worker living in Syria's opposition-held Idlib province was arrested by a dominant armed group, his exact whereabouts and health condition remain unknown. Tauqir Sharif, 33, was taken last month by Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an al-Qaeda-linked group and United Nations-designated "terrorist" organisation that has been in control…
Russia and China veto UN extension of cross-border aid to Syria

Russia and China veto UN extension of cross-border aid to Syria

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Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution to extend aid deliveries from Turkey to Syria, which the UN says is crucial to save millions of lives. The six-year-long UN approval of aid deliveries to Syria from Turkey is authorised until Friday. The remaining 13 UNSC members voted on Tuesday in favour…
Death toll in Ethiopia violence over singer’s killing hits 239

Death toll in Ethiopia violence over singer’s killing hits 239

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The death toll from demonstrations and ethnic violence that erupted in Ethiopia last week following the murder of a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group has risen to 239, according to police. Pop star Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, a hero to many Oromo who saw him as the voice of their marginalisation, was shot dead by…
Myanmar air raids ‘that killed children amount to war crimes’

Myanmar air raids ‘that killed children amount to war crimes’

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Myanmar's military has killed civilians, including children, in indiscriminate air attacks amid worsening conflict in the country's western Rakhine and Chin states, a prominent rights group has said, urging the United Nations Security Council to launch a war crimes investigation. In a report on Wednesday, Amnesty International said it collected new evidence showing Myanmar's military…
‘Historic moment’: China opens security office in Hong Kong

‘Historic moment’: China opens security office in Hong Kong

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China has opened an office to "safeguard national security" in Hong Kong, turning a hotel near a hotspot for pro-democracy protests and the annual vigil marking the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown into its new headquarters. Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, called the inauguration on Wednesday of the Office of Safeguarding National Security…
FBI chief says China threatens families of overseas critics in US

FBI chief says China threatens families of overseas critics in US

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FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday said that almost half of nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases now underway are related to China [File: Yuri Gripas/Reuters] FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday urged people born in China and living in the United States to contact the FBI if Beijing officials tried to force them to…