580 000 Hong Kongers cast ‘protest’ vote against new security laws

12 July 2020, 5:53 PM
Nearly 600 000 Hong Kong citizens cast ballots over the weekend in what the Chinese-ruled city's opposition camp said was a symbolic protest vote against a tough national security law directly imposed by Beijing.
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Crews wary as gusty winds stoke huge California wildfire 16 December 2017, 7:18 AM

Crews battled shifting winds and difficult terrain on Friday to stop a mammoth wildfire that has burned for nearly two weeks along the scenic California coastline, killing a firefighter and destroying more than 720 homes.

Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians, wound scores in protests over Jerusalem 15 December 2017, 6:16 PM

Israeli troops shot and wounded more than 40 Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank on Friday medical officials said, as protests over U.S.

EU launches next phase of Brexit 15 December 2017, 4:14 PM

The European Union agreed on Friday to move talks forward with London on Britain’s exit from the bloc as leaders warmed to the British premier, but there was little clarity on trade, as well as on some issues already discussed.

French and Polish leaders meet during Euro Summit 15 December 2017, 11:45 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron and new Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki held a bilateral meeting on Friday during a EU leaders summit in Brussels. Mateusz Morawiecki, who took over as Poland’s premier this week, said on Thursday that he expected the European Commission to launch an unprecedented punishment procedure against Warsaw next week after months […]

Putin, Trump discuss N Korea in phone call 15 December 2017, 7:02 AM

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program in a phone call Thursday, in which the US president took the unusual step of thanking his Russian counterpart for praising America's economy.

May tells EU Brexit on track despite vote disappointment 14 December 2017, 6:36 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to brush off a humiliating parliamentary defeat as she arrived at a Brussels summit on Thursday, insisting Brexit was on track.

EU’s new eastern leaders stick to guns on refugees 14 December 2017, 3:27 PM

The new prime ministers of Poland and the Czech Republic vowed not to give any ground on the divisive issue of hosting refugees as they arrived in Brussels on Thursday for their first summit of European Union leaders.

British PM’s Brexit defeat looms over EU summit 14 December 2017, 5:42 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May heads to a Brussels summit Thursday reeling from a parliamentary defeat over Brexit that threatens to undermine her just as EU leaders back the opening of trade talks.

Palestinian President says America has lost capability as a broker in Middle East peace talks 13 December 2017, 8:43 PM

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that the United States of America’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital was a crime.

Kouwenhoven’s arrest may have been premature 13 December 2017, 8:02 PM

Laywers for convicted Dutch weapons smuggler, Guus Kouwenhoven, say his arrest in Cape Town last week may have been premature.

Israeli undercover unit breaks up Palestinian protest 13 December 2017, 6:29 PM

An Israeli undercover unit infiltrated a Palestinian protest on the outskirts of Ramallah on Wednesday before dispersing it by firing into the air.

EU pushes to curb Africa migration more 13 December 2017, 6:52 AM

European Union leaders will discuss how to further curb immigration from across the Mediterranean over dinner on Thursday but are as divided as ever on how to take care of refugees who still make it to Europe.

US slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber 13 December 2017, 6:41 AM

US prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization.

ICC prosecutor’s resolve on Darfur unshakable 13 December 2017, 6:25 AM

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says the resolve of her office is unshakable and that they will continue in their efforts to bring those responsible for crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region to justice.

Democrat wins US Senate seat in Alabama setback for Trump 13 December 2017, 5:59 AM

Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's election for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, scoring an upset victory in a deeply conservative state against a Republican candidate who was backed by President Donald Trump, U.S. media said.

Serbia is emerging gracefully from decades of war & conflict 12 December 2017, 5:53 PM

The South Eastern European country of Serbia is fastly becoming the economic powerhouse in the Balkan region, 17 years after the violent overthrow of former president Slobodan Milosevic.

Universal equal human rights not yet achieved: UN 12 December 2017, 1:08 PM

The recognition of the inherent dignity and equal rights of human beings is still far from universal. That was the message from the UN Secretary General at an event to mark the 70th anniversary since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Thulsie terrorist case back in court 12 December 2017, 8:18 AM

Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie are Tuesday morning expected to appear in the High Court in Johannesburg for their pre-trial hearing.

US authorities investigate possible pipe bomb explosion 11 December 2017, 5:56 PM

A possible pipe bomb explosion at a busy transport hub in New York City has led to mass evacuations and left only one person, thought to be carrying the bomb, injured.

South Africa lends support to Serbia 11 December 2017, 5:05 PM

The Eastern European nation of Serbia is still reeling from the effects of the NATO bombings against this former Yugoslavia territory in 1999. Ruined buildings bear testimony to the conflict.

Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests 11 December 2017, 8:50 AM

Israel's leader faces renewed pressure from Europe on Monday to reboot the Middle East's moribund peace process.

Macron asks Netanyahu to make gestures to break peace impasse 10 December 2017, 8:03 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron told Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that he needed to make gestures to the Palestinians to enable to break the impasse between the two sides. Netanyayu was in Paris ahead of a meeting with EU foreign ministers on Monday when they will try present a unified front after U.S. […]

Egyptians march against Trump’s decision on Jerusalem 10 December 2017, 7:08 AM

Hundreds of people rallied against the United States President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. They demand that Jerusalem be recognized as a Palestinian capital. “All those believe in a unified Arab consciousness, we reject Trump’s insult. We reject this ignorance of historic rights, […]

US isolated in UN Security Council over Jerusalem decision 9 December 2017, 9:32 PM

The US has found itself isolated in the UN Security Council over its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel with plans afoot to move its Embassy from Tel Aviv.

Thousands mourn rock idol Hallyday at Paris memorial 9 December 2017, 5:23 PM

Thousands of people lined the streets of Paris on Saturday as a convoy of 700 Harley Davidson motorcycles escorted the white coffin of late French rock and roll giant Johnny Hallyday to a memorial service attended by French stars and politicians. Hallyday’s hearse drove the length of the famous Champs Elysees from the Arc de […]

US criticized over Jerusalem 9 December 2017, 7:50 AM

The US continues to take criticism from the United Nations for Trumps' moves.

SA seeks to convene Peace Summit in Mandela’s name 9 December 2017, 7:08 AM

South Africa is leading discussions at the United Nations for the General Assembly to convene a High Level Peace Summit next year in former President Nelson Mandela's name.

US fly solo in Security Council over Jerusalem recognition 9 December 2017, 6:32 AM

The United States has found itself isolated in the UN Security Council over its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel with plans afoot to move its Embassy from Tel Aviv.

High prices for haute cuisine in France this Christmas 8 December 2017, 6:20 PM

If you’re holidaying in France this festive season, you’ll have to pay more for delicacies like foie gras and snails after a turbulent year for agricultural production that saw duck flocks decimated by bird flu and butter shortages in supermarkets. The holiday season in France is a showcase for culinary specialities, with households spending an […]

Tutu lashes out at Trump’s Jerusalem move 8 December 2017, 7:40 AM

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says God is weeping over Donald Trump's inflammatory and discriminatory recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.