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Hong Kong democrats hold primary despite security law warning


July 12, 2020

HONG KONG: Pro-democracy parties in Hong Kong held primary polls on Saturday to choose candidates for upcoming legislative elections despite warnings from government officials that it may be in breach of a new security law imposed by China. Thousands queued in the intense summer heat at unofficial polling stations across the city hours after police raided an opinion pollster helping …

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Slew of white nationalist Twitter accounts suspended


July 12, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Friday said it suspended more than 50 white nationalist accounts for violating policies against violent extremism. “The accounts in question were suspended for violating our policies in relation to violent extremism,” a Twitter spokesman said, confirming a report by NBC News. The move came days after release of a report by nonprofit Global Project Against Hate and …

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Erdogan rebuffs criticism over Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque


July 12, 2020

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday rejected worldwide condemnation over Turkey’s decision to convert the Byzantine-era monument Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, saying it represented his country’s will to use its “sovereign rights”. Erdogan, who critics say is chipping away at the Muslim-majority country’s secular pillars, announced on Friday that Muslim prayers would begin on July 24 at …

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Amitabh, son Abhishek hospitalised with Covid-19


July 12, 2020

MUMBAI: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, 77, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday and was admitted to hospital in Mumbai, with his actor son Abhishek — who also announced he had the virus — saying both cases were mild. “I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital,” Amitabh Bach­chan told his 43 million Twitter followers. “All that have been in …

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Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone’s prison sentence


July 12, 2020

WASHINGTON: Presi­dent Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president’s own conduct. The move came on Saturday, just days before Stone was to begin serving a 40-month prison sentence for lying to Congress, witness tampering …

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Protests in Russia after popular governor’s arrest


July 12, 2020

MOSCOW: At least 10,000 protesters marched through the eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk on Saturday in support of a popular local governor arrested this week for allegedly ordering several murders. A court in Moscow on Friday ruled to hold 50-year-old Sergei Furgal for two months pending trial for the murders of several businessmen 15 years ago. He vehemently denied any …

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Iran says cannot shut down economy despite worsening virus outbreak


July 12, 2020

TEHRAN: Iran said on Saturday that it cannot afford to shut down its sanctions-hit economy, even as the country’s novel coronavirus outbreak worsens with record-high death tolls and rising infections. Iran must continue “economic, social and cultural activities while observing health protocols”, President Hassan Rouhani said during a televised virus taskforce meeting. “The simplest solution is to close down all …

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US warns of ‘arbitrary detention’ risk in China


July 12, 2020

BEIJING: The United States on Saturday warned citizens of “heightened risk of arbitrary detention” in China as tensions between Beijing and Washington soared over issues including Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet. US citizens in China “may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention for reasons related to ‘state security’”, the State Depart­ment warned in a security alert. The State …

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WHO urges aggressive virus measures as flare-ups spark new closures


July 12, 2020

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation has urged countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some nations clamp fresh restrictions on citizens. With case numbers worldwide more than doubling in the past six weeks, Uzbekistan has returned to lockdown and Hong Kong said schools would close from Monday after …

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Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic


July 12, 2020

United States President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus. Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center …

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