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Hong Kong protesters in court as US warns troops massing on China border
ong Kong police hauled dozens of protesters through court yesterday to face draconian charges of rioting in a move likely to further stir violent unrest. Charges were read against 23 people on Wednesday, accusing them of setting up road blocks, breaking fences, damaging street signs, and attacking police officers with
Ethiopia ‘breaks’ tree-planting record to tackle climate change
Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in a day, officials say, in what they believe is a world record. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is leading the project, which aims to counter the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drought-prone country. Some public offices have been shut
South Korea fires warning shots at Russian military aircraft
South Korea says its jets fired warning shots at a Russian surveillance plane that entered its airspace on Tuesday. Officials said the plane twice violated the airspace over the Dokdo/Takeshima islands, which are occupied by Seoul but also claimed by Japan. South Korea’s Ministry of Defence said it scrambled fighter
BT comes home: Phone giant retreats from almost half its foreign outposts to end global ambitions
BT has put its entire business in Latin America up for sale in the strongest signal yet that the telecoms giant is dialling its attentions back to Britain. City sources said BT had privately settled on a strategy of offloading ‘everything outside the UK’ to draw a line under overseas
Nato faces crisis as defiant Turkey buys Russian military kit
Turkey considering ‘alternatives’ to US fighter jet amid Russian offer Nato member Turkey enters ‘uncharted terrain’ after delivery of Russian air-defence system A defiant Turkey said it was considering “alternatives” to US fighter jets, including Russian models or making its own, a day after Washington suspended it from a programme to build and deploy advanced warplanes. The
Salvini calls urgent meetings in bid to stop Italy’s far-right government collapsing
Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he would meet coalition partner and leader of the 5-Star Movement Luigi Di Maioamid speculation that the increasingly unwieldy government might collapse. “We will certainly meet,” said Mr Salvini, who heads the far-right League party. “The problem is not Di Maio, but opposition coming from many
Parliament’s intelligence committee says new PM must make Huawei decision quickly
The committee stated that the debate “has been unnecessarily protracted” and has “damaged our international relationships”. The intelligence and security committee of parliament has called for the next prime minister to quickly make a decision on Huawei’s role in the UK’s 5G infrastrucutre. In a three-page statement published on Friday,
NHS waiting lists surge due to pensions row
Waiting lists for routine surgery have risen by up to 50% in England because senior doctors say they cannot afford to work extra shifts. Consultants have begun refusing to work beyond their planned hours after receiving unexpected tax bills, following new pension rules in 2016. NHS hospitals said delays are
FBI Investigates Leak Of 1,000 Pages Of ‘Top Secret’ Air Force Intelligence
The FBI is investigating a leak of more than 1,000 pages of highly sensitive classified documents from a critical American air and space intelligence unit, Forbes has learned. The files were taken home by a contractor at the U.S. Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) based out of Ohio’s
Southern California shaken by 6.4 magnitude earthquake
Southern California has been struck by a moderate earthquake, of 6.4 magnitude, which has caused some fires. The tremor’s epicentre was near the city of Ridgecrest, about 150 miles (240 km) northeast of Los Angeles. People from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific coast are reported to have felt shaking