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Hong Kong’s freedoms threatened by China’s new security law

Hong Kong’s freedoms threatened by China’s new security law

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China has announced new national security legislation for Hong Kong that could threaten the city's traditional freedoms.The law is widely drafted to cover any act "to split the country, subvert state power, organise and carry out terrorist activities and other behaviours that seriously endanger national security", according to Xinhua, China's state news agency. National security laws are routinely used on the Chinese mainland to jail critics of the ruling Communist Party. Image: Protesters throw tear gas canisters back at police during an anti-government rally in Hong Kong last summer Hong Kong's Basic Law - the mini constitution adopted when it was handed over by the UK to China in 1997 - gives Hong Kongers the rights "of freedom of ...
Colombia warlord’s son tapped to lead victims’ program, sparking outrage

Colombia warlord’s son tapped to lead victims’ program, sparking outrage

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May 21 (UPI) -- The Colombian government this week named the son of one of the country's most notorious warlords to run a program meant for victims of its long-running civil war. Survivors and victims' rights groups expressed outrage with the selection of Jorge Rodrigo Tovar to operate the program run out of the interior ministry created to compensate victims. Tovar's father, Rodrigo Tovar, known as Jorge 40, has been accused of nearly 400 massacres. Tovar, leader of the Northern Bloc of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), was blamed for the torture and dismemberment of 60 peasant farmers in 2000 among other crimes. He was extradited to the United States in 2008 and is serving a 16-year sentence for drug trafficking. "It's not just because he's Jorge 40's son," Colombia Sen...
Coronavirus cases worldwide top five million

Coronavirus cases worldwide top five million

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More than five million people have been infected with coronavirus globally and over 328,100 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.Latin America has overtaken the United States and Europe in the past week to report the largest portion of new daily COVID-19 cases. The United States has seen nearly 92,000 deaths and Europe has had nearly 165,000.It comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) recorded 106,000 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday - the most in a single day yet."We still have a long way to go in this pandemic," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference. ...
Trump claims US having 1.5 million coronavirus cases is a ‘badge of honour’

Trump claims US having 1.5 million coronavirus cases is a ‘badge of honour’

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Donald Trump has claimed the fact the US has 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases - the most of any country in the world - is a "badge of honour".The country has suffered almost 92,000 deaths of people with COVID-19, but the president suggested the infection figures should be a source of pride. "By the way, you know when you say that we lead in cases, that's because we have more testing than anybody else," he told reporters at the White House. :: Listen to Divided States on Apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Spreaker"So when we have a lot of cases, I don't look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better. ...
Lebanese soldiers detained for slapping, pushing doctor

Lebanese soldiers detained for slapping, pushing doctor

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Lebanon's army says it's detained two soldiers caught on camera slapping a doctor and pushing him into a corner inside an emergency room at the hospital in the country's northern city of TripoliBy SARAH EL DEEB Associated PressMay 20, 2020, 10:16 AM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIRUT -- The Lebanese military has arrested two soldiers caught on camera slapping and pushing a doctor in an emergency ward at a hospital in the northern city of Tripoli, the army said Wednesday. The video, widely circulated online, caused an uproar — particularly as the nation’s health sector struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The closed-circuit TV footage from the hospital shows a group of armed soldiers cornering a doctor in scrubs in the corridors of