The US president is the preferred choice because of his hardline against China. Others argue that his anti-democratic positions tend to favour China. Only a few countries support Trump, but for a former US ambassador to China, Chinese leaders want Biden.
Voters in the small Caucasian nation must choose their parliament at a time of economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. For observers, the country’s future hangs between Europe and Russia. Exiled former President Saakashvili is trying to make a comeback. Opposition groups are seeking unity but opinion polls favour the ruling party.
In a telegram of condolences, Pope Francis cites his “generous service to the Church in Malaysia and his longstanding commitment to the promotion of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue”.
In April, King Salman cancelled capital punishment for minors, but Saudi prosecutors continue to demand it. For Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabia uses "spin doctors" to claim progress that has yet to materialise. In one case, one of the accused was nine at the time of the alleged crime.
The High Court also ordered that no arrests take place. The girl had been kidnapped, converted to Islam and married to a 44-year-old man, Ali Azhar. The Commission for Justice and Peace in Pakistan also denounces the "many other incidents of this type that are not reported". Forced conversions have become the major tool of persecution against Christians and Hindus.
The guidelines set for the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) and those of a medium-term strategy renamed “Vision 2035”. Focus on technological self-sufficiency and growth of domestic consumption. Hong Kong remains central. Create an army equal in strength to that of the USA by 2027. Decoupling from Washington is considered unrealistic.
Breathonix, a start-up linked to the national university, has developed a test similar to the breathalyser for alcohol. 90% reliability, but work is underway to make it even more accurate. The goal is a green light for use by the first quarter of 2021.
Shahidunnabi Jewel, with probable mental problems, had entered the local mosque saying that it housed a group of radical jihadists. A second person was wounded. Local authorities had tried to save the two victims from the attack. The police send reinforcements to calm the situation.
Brahim Aouissaoui is a 21-year-old young man who arrived in France a few days before the attack. For the head of the anti-terrorism services, the target would be the Catholic Church. But yesterday there were other abortive attacks: in Jeddah, in Lyon, in Avignon. They were targeting France. Yesterday was the Muslim festival of Walid, in honor of the birth of Muhammad. Prayers in all the churches of France for the victims of Nice and for an end to the violence. Secularism and blasphemy.
Informers’ identity will be protected. Hotline is in place to allow informers to snitch on last year’s pro-democracy protests. Since Hong Kong’s national security law came into effect, police have arrested 22 men and six women.