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Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong protests, as analysts weigh in on national security law’s impact

Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong protests, as analysts weigh in on national security law’s impact

Finance
Protesters chant for five demands during street protests on Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China on July 1, 2020.Tommy Walker | NurPhoto | Getty ImagesAbout 370 protesters were arrested in Hong Kong on Wednesday — 10 of them were apprehended for breaching the new security law just one day after it took effect.The new law came into force late Tuesday night, hours after the top decision making body of China's parliament passed the controversial legislation.Police used water cannons to disperse thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong who poured out into the streets. In some cases, the protests turned violent. Seven officers were injured while on duty, police said.Opponents of the law say it undermines the city's autonomy that was promised when Hong Kong was handed over from the U.K. to C
Hundreds test positive for COVID-19 in German slaughterhouse

Hundreds test positive for COVID-19 in German slaughterhouse

World
Hundreds of workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at a slaughterhouse in northern Germany, prompting to the closure of local schools and an urgent investigation.Toennies, one of Germany's biggest meat processors, said it had stopped slaughtering on Wednesday and was shutting the abattoir in stages. More than 1,000 workers were tested and a total of 657 people tested positive for coronavirus, DW News reported. ...
Pollution: Birds ‘ingesting hundreds of bits of plastic a day’

Pollution: Birds ‘ingesting hundreds of bits of plastic a day’

Science
Birds living on river banks are ingesting plastic at the rate of hundreds of tiny fragments a day, according to a new study.Scientists say this is the first clear evidence that plastic pollutants in rivers are finding their way into wildlife and moving up the food chain.Pieces of plastic 5mm or smaller (microplastics), including polyester, polypropylene and nylon, are known to pollute rivers. The impacts on wildlife are unclear. Researchers at Cardiff University looked at plastic pollutants found in a bird known as a dipper, which wades or dives into rivers in search of underwater insects."These iconic birds, the dippers, are ingesting hundreds of pieces of plastic every day," said Prof Steve Ormerod of Cardiff University's Water...
Figures show hundreds of COVID-19 deaths in UK care homes

Figures show hundreds of COVID-19 deaths in UK care homes

World
Hundreds more people with COVID-19 have died in Britain than have been recorded in the government’s daily tally, official figures showBy JILL LAWLESS and SYLVIA HUI Associated PressApril 14, 2020, 10:04 AM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLONDON -- Hundreds more people with COVID-19 have died in Britain than have been recorded in the government’s daily tally, official figures showed Tuesday — including a tide of deaths in nursing homes that staff say are being overlooked. The Office for National Statistics said 5,979 deaths that occurred in England up to April 3 involved COVID-19, 15% more than the 5,186 deaths announced by the National Health Service for the same period. As of Monday, the government had reported 11,329 deaths in the U.K. of people wi
Australian beach closed after hundreds gather in defiance of ‘social distancing’ rules

Australian beach closed after hundreds gather in defiance of ‘social distancing’ rules

World
Australia's most popular beach has been closed after hundreds of people gathered there on Friday in defiance of "social distancing" rules.Prime Minister Scott Morrison had asked Australians not to gather in groups of more than 500 outdoors, while an indoor limit was set at 100. It was also advised that people stay at least 1.5m away from each other.So Friday's scenes at Bondi Beach in Sydney sparked anger from many, including Australia's health minister Greg Hunt. Mr Hunt told reporters that those pictured on the beach had been "putting others at risk". ...