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Japan’s Shinzo Abe raises Hong Kong freedom issue

Japan’s Shinzo Abe raises Hong Kong freedom issue

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June 29 (UPI) -- Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe raised the issue of Hong Kong's freedom in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid extradition bill protests. Takeshi Osuga, Japan's foreign press secretary and official spokesman for the G20 conference, said Abe had raised issue of Hong Kong along with autonomous territory in northwest China, Xinjiang, during a meeting Thursday with Xi. "The prime minister pointed out the importance of [maintaining] a free, open and prosperous Hong Kong under the 'one country, two systems, formula with the recent extradition bill situation in mind," Osuga said. The bill would allow Hong Kong to extradite certain suspects to mainland China, sparking allegations that Bejing could use the law as a way to extradited people for political reasons wit...
Austria’s far-right Freedom Party ministers all resign amid scandal

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party ministers all resign amid scandal

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All ministers from Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) have resigned, throwing the government into chaos. The Freedom Party's leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who was also vice-chancellor, was forced to resign at the weekend after a video sting. Mr Strache was filmed proposing to offer government contracts to a supposed Russian oligarch's niece.The FPÖ threatened a mass resignation earlier on Monday if Interior Minister Herbert Kickl was also forced out. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had called over the weekend for Mr Kickl to be sacked, saying that as general secretary of the party he should take responsibility for the scandal. The scandal broke on Friday when footage from 2017 was published in German media, showing Mr Strache an