Hong Kong police, protesters clash, hundreds of shops trashed

20 October 2019, 1:25 PM
Protesters dressed in black erected fiery barriers on Nathan Road, a major retail strip in the Kowloon district, as scores of riot police, shields in front, marched towards them, while others fired tear gas.
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Anti-government demonstrators set a barricade on fire during a protest in Hong Kong, China.
Uber and Grab under fire in Singapore 13 April 2018, 1:58 PM

Singapore on Friday imposed restrictions on ride-hailing firm Grab's acquisition of Uber's Southeast Asian business until it concludes a probe into whether the sale may have infringed competition rules.

New Yorkers remember iconic Mam’ Winnie 13 April 2018, 8:47 AM

Winnie Madikizela Mandela's life has been described as a remarkable journey of a truly remarkable woman, by the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations - the keynote speaker at the first of two memorials to be held in New York over two days.

Russia voices concerns over looming Syria strike 13 April 2018, 6:13 AM

United Nations (UN) Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia voiced concerns over an imminent strike against Syria by the United States and her allies, saying "the immediate priority is to avert the danger of war".

Spain court rules proposed Catalan leader must stay in jail 12 April 2018, 8:49 PM

Spain’s Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request by Catalonia’s pro-independence presidential candidate Jordi Sanchez to be let out of jail and sworn in as regional head. The Catalan parliament had been scheduled to hold a debate and vote on Sanchez’s candidacy on Friday, but after the court’s ruling Catalan parliament speaker Roger Torrent announced […]

Trump on attacking Syria: ‘very soon or not so soon at all!’ 12 April 2018, 1:54 PM

President Donald Trump was evasive Thursday about when the United States might attack Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons assault, saying it could be “very soon or not so soon at all!” A day after warning starkly that “missiles will be coming,” Trump in another early morning tweet storm wrote: “Never said when […]

Trump signals strikes against Syria, lays into Assad ally Russia 12 April 2018, 7:38 AM

US President Donald Trump comments raised the prospect of direct conflict over Syria for the first time between the US and Russia.

Bolivia requests UNSC meeting over Syria strike threat 12 April 2018, 6:10 AM

United Nations Security Council member Bolivia has requested a meeting of the council on Thursday over the threat of unilateral military action against Syria by the United States.

Facebook CEO says his own data was shared by Cambridge Analytica 11 April 2018, 7:11 PM

Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday told lawmakers that he was among the 87 million or so Facebook Inc users whose data was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. But the chief executive of the world’s largest social media network pushed back on Congress members’ suggestions that users do not have enough control of their data […]

WHO demands access to victims of alleged Syria chemical attack 11 April 2018, 2:29 PM

The World Health Organization on Wednesday demanded "immediate" access to the victims of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, voicing indignation at the strike that caused symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic substances.

Russia vetoes UNSC draft on Syria chemical attack probe 11 April 2018, 7:00 AM

Russia has vetoed a US-draft resolution to establish an investigative mechanism that would assert responsibility for alleged chemical attacks in Syria.

US readies response to Syria attacks after UN clash with Russia 11 April 2018, 6:03 AM

President Donald Trump faced a decision on whether to strike Syria and risk a clash with Damascus ally Russia, after UN members failed on Tuesday to agree on action to probe chemical attacks in the war-wracked country.

UN meets over chemical weapons in Syria 10 April 2018, 8:40 PM

The UN Security Council is meeting in New York at this hour as some countries, led by the US, push for the establishment of a new inquiry into chemical weapons use in Syria.

Anger after alleged chemical attack in Syria 10 April 2018, 10:25 AM

Russia has dismissed allegations that a chemical attack took place in the Syrian town of Douma while the United States warned that the world was on the edge of a dangerous precipice.

Trump vows ‘forceful’ response after Syria attack 10 April 2018, 8:25 AM

US President Donald Trump was poised Tuesday to decide on possible military action against the Syrian regime, after vowing to respond "forcefully" to the latest alleged chemical atrocity in the country's bloody civil war despite strong warnings from Damascus-ally Russia.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Germany condemns Syria gas attack, says evidence points to Assad 9 April 2018, 2:18 PM

Germany on Monday (April 9) condemned the use of chemical weapons in Douma, a rebel-held town in Syria's eastern Ghouta, and said the circumstances pointed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad being responsible for the attack.

With Lula behind bars, what’s next for Brazil? 9 April 2018, 7:32 AM

After more than 52 hours of fraught twists and turns, Brazil’s former president Lula was finally put behind bars over the weekend, watched by a nation divided between those who adore him and those who abhor him. And with a presidential election just six months away, Latin America’s biggest economy is entering a new stage […]

Casualties reported in strike on Syria air base: state media 9 April 2018, 5:32 AM

A missile attack on a Syrian military airport left several dead and wounded, state media said Monday, after the US warned Damascus and its allies over an earlier suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town. The strike on the Tayfur air base in the central province of Homs, came as international outrage mounts over an […]

Deadline for Guptas to appear before Indian tax officials 8 April 2018, 9:20 PM

Authorities in India are still hopeful the Gupta brothers will appear before tax officials.

New York memorials planned for Madikizela-Mandela 8 April 2018, 3:05 PM

Two memorials are planned for Winnie Madikizela Mandela in New York this week.

Trump sees end to China trade dispute 8 April 2018, 2:58 PM

United States President Donald Trump on Sunday said he sees an end to the escalating trade dispute with China, after tit-for-tat retaliatory tariffs and threats that rattled markets.

Ramaphosa expresses condolences to Nene family 8 April 2018, 9:45 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his condolences following the death of former diplomat George Nene.

US takes aim at Russia over alleged Syria chemical attack 8 April 2018, 7:31 AM

The United States strongly condemned an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Eastern Ghouta late Saturday, saying Russia bore some responsibility due to its "unwavering support" for the regime.

Brazil’s Lula maintains innocence but is ready to surrender 7 April 2018, 7:11 PM

Brazil's former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Saturday he had been falsely accused of corruption but was ready to surrender for arrest.

Palestinian journalist killed in Israel-Gaza protests 7 April 2018, 1:10 PM

A Palestinian journalist died on Saturday (April 7) after being wounded by Israeli fire on Friday (April 6) while covering deadly protests along the Israel-Gaza border, health officials said.

Under scrutiny, Brazil’s political elite eyes Lula arrest with concern 7 April 2018, 8:25 AM

The imminent jailing of Brazil's Lula may have dealt a crippling blow to the country's left, but it has also shaken up their political rivals on the right, most of whom are also under investigation for graft.

Eight killed, over 1000 injured in new Gaza border protests 7 April 2018, 7:22 AM

Eight Palestinians were killed and 1,070 others injured on Friday during a daylong of bloody confrontations between hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. One Palestinian had died Friday of wounds he sustained last Friday and seven more were killed during the fresh large clashes that […]

S. Korea’s Park jailed for 24 years for corruption 6 April 2018, 5:54 PM

South Korea’s disgraced former president Park Geun-hye was jailed for 24 years Friday for corruption, completing a dramatic fall from grace for the country’s first woman leader who became a figure of public fury and ridicule. A trial which lasted more than 10 months and highlighted shady links between big business and politics in South […]

Trump says WTO is unfair to US 6 April 2018, 5:44 PM

US President Donald Trump teed up a fight with the World Trade Organization Friday, claiming the 164-country body was biased against the United States. A day after China asked the WTO to referee a rapidly escalating trade fight with Washington, Trump questioned the organization’s impartiality. “China, which is a great economic power, is considered a […]

UK rolls out sugar tax in battle against obesity 6 April 2018, 4:49 PM

The UK put into force on Friday a tax on sugary drinks as part of an anti-obesity policy as some scholars say the sugar tax had already produced results.

Leaving jail, Puigdemont calls on Madrid to enter dialogue 6 April 2018, 2:24 PM

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont called on Spain to abandon its attempts to prosecute separatist leaders after leaving a German prison on Friday, urging Madrid to enter into dialogue with them. Puigdemont, who was granted bail after German judges ruled he could not be extradited on rebellion charges brought by Spain, thanked prison staff as […]