CHINA EXTENDS TERM OF ALL HONG KONG LAWMAKERS

Tue 11 August 2020: Development comes amid tightening of security apparatus, coronavirus in semi-autonomous city ANKARA (AA) – China’s parliament on Tuesday endorsed Hong Kong’s decision to delay elections in the semi-autonomous region by a year, state-run media reported. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee unanimously voted to extend the terms of Hong Kong Legislative […]

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KASHMIRI FAMILY DEMAND THE BODIES OF THEIR LOVED ONES KILLED IN FAKE ENCOUNTER

Tue 11 August 2020: SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir (AA) – The family members of three missing cousins in Indian-administered Kashmir have alleged that the Indian army killed the trio in a staged gunfight last month and passed them off as militants. Muhammad Yusuf, a sheep farmer, told Anadolu Agency that his son Abrar Ahmad, 25, […]

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DUTERTE’S ANTI-TERRORISM LAW FACES TOP COURT CHALLENGES

Tue 11 August 2020: President Rodrigo Duterte signed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 to curb ‘terror threats and acts’ in July, The Philippines’ top court will hear at least 25 petitions against a new anti-terror act approved by President Rodrigo Duterte last month. The Philippine Supreme Court said in a statement it would “conduct oral arguments on […]

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UN SAYS FACEBOOK HAS NOT SHARED ‘EVIDENCE’ OF MYANMAR CRIME

Tue 11 August 2020: The head of a UN investigative body on Myanmar said Facebook has not released evidence of “serious international crimes”, despite promising to work with investigators looking into abuses in the country including against the majority-Muslim Rohingya. Nicholas Koumjian, head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar (IIMM), told the Reuters news […]

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COVID-19, ‘NATIONAL SECURITY’ HONG KONG’S DUAL BATTLE

Tue 11 August 2020: Coronavirus cases rise to over 4,100 in semi-autonomous region, also seeing wave of arrests under controversial new law ANKARA (AA) – Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous region under China, is now fighting on two fronts – the COVID-19 pandemic as well issues of national security, seen through the prism of a controversial […]

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INDONESIA’S SINABUNG VOLCANO RE-ERUPTS

Mon 10 August 2020: Volcano on Sumatra island spews clouds of ashes up to 5 kilometers Sinabung volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra island erupted again Monday, said local authorities. The volcanic activity started at 10.16 a.m. local time [0316GMT], an official from the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazar Mitigation told Anadolu Agency. “Ash column towered […]

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100,000 EXPATS TO EXIT KUWAIT PERMANENTLY BY END OF 2020

Mon 10 August 2020: As many as 100,000 expatriate workers will permanently leave Kuwait by the end of this year, Al-Qabas newspaper reported yesterday. The paper quoted security sources as saying that campaigns have intensified over the past few months to tackle the issue of “residency trade” which led to 450 companies being referred for investigation and […]

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HONG KONG MEDIA TYCOON JIMMY LAI ARRESTED UNDER SECURITY LAW

Mon 10 August 2020: Police accuse Apple Daily tabloid founder of ‘foreign collusion’, arrest 6 others  Top media practitioner and founder of Apple Daily tabloid in Hong Kong, Jimmy Lai Chee-ying was arrested at his residence on Monday, according to local media. Jimmy was arrested on suspicion of foreign collusion under newly imposed national security […]

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INDIA’S COVID-19 RECOVERIES CROSS 1.5M, 54,859 HIGHEST SINGLE-DAY RECOVERIES

Mon 10 August 2020: Experts have believed that India’s coronavirus peak is yet to come. As per World Health Organization data, India has been recorded more coronavirus cingle-day cases than the United States or Brazil for past four days. NEW DELHI – India’s recoveries from the novel coronavirus rose to 1,530,070 on Monday, accounting for […]

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