Report: HK activists plead guilty to protest charges

Report: HK activists plead guilty to protest charges

Friday, 20 August 2021 | AP | Hong Kong

Seven Hong Kong pro-democracy activists pleaded guilty on Thursday to organizing and inciting others to take part in an unauthorized assembly held in 2019, local media reported. The seven activists appearing in court included Raphael Wong, the former chairman of the League of Social Democrats political party, and Figo Chan, who...

Was Biden handcuffed by Trump's Taliban deal in Doha?

Friday, 20 August 2021 | AP | Washington

After President Donald Trump signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020, he optimistically proclaimed that “we think we'll be successful in the end.”  His secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, asserted that the administration was “seizing the best opportunity for peace in a generation.” Eighteen months later, President Joe...

UK Min: Taliban takeover will inspire terrorists

Friday, 20 August 2021 | PTI | London

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan will inspire terrorists and trigger an “explosion” of extremism and security challenges for the world, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace warned on Thursday. Speaking to the BBC, the Cabinet minister said he feared that terror groups like Al Qaeda would view the Taliban advance as an...

400 people booked for molesting Pak YouTuber girl

Thursday, 19 August 2021 | PTI | Lahore

Lahore police have booked 400 people who allegedly harassed and molested a YouTuber girl on Pakistan’s Independence Day at the historic Minar-i-Pakistan, officials said. The police got into action following the videos of her harassment and molestation that went viral on social media with calls to Prime Minister Imran Khan and...

Hong Kong Police arrest 4 from university student union

Thursday, 19 August 2021 | AP | Hong Kong

Four members of a Hong Kong university student union were arrested on Wednesday on accusations of advocating terrorism when they paid tribute to an attacker who stabbed a police officer and then killed himself, police said. Those arrested included the president and council chairman of the University of Hong Kong’s student...

Will decide on recognising Taliban regime in Af only after Govt formation: China

Thursday, 19 August 2021 | PTI | Beijing

China on Wednesday said it will decide on extending diplomatic recognition to the Taliban in Afghanistan only after the formation of the government in the country, which it hoped would be “open, inclusive and broadly representative”. “China’s position on the Afghan issue is consistent and clear,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao...

UAE says Afghan President Ghani is in the country

Thursday, 19 August 2021 | AP | Kabul

The United Arab Emirates says it has accepted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his family for “humanitarian considerations.” Ghani fled Afghanistan just as the Taliban approached Kabul. The statement carried by the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency on Wednesday did not say where Ghani was in the country. It quoted the...

Right’s group: 1,001 killed since military took over Myanmar

Thursday, 19 August 2021 | AP | Bangkok

More than 1,000 people have been killed by security forces in Myanmar since the military seized power from the elected Government of Aung San Suu Kyi about six months ago, a human rights group said on Wednesday. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which monitors protest-related arrests and deaths in Myanmar,...

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