The extremist Islamist party has violently attacked France over the Muhammad cartoons. Paris urges its citizens and businesses to leave Pakistan.
The lawyer and pro-democracy activist tells the court why she took part in an unauthorised protest. Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are the most precious rights the people of Hong Kong have. Defending the rule of law may even mean taking to the streets.
The accused were convicted of organising and taking part in a large anti-government protest on 18 August 2019. Media mogul Jimmy Lai and barrister Margaret Ng are given a one year sentence; Martin Lee, 11 months. Former lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung gets a stiffer sentence.
They went from 2.1 billion to 260 million euros between February and March. US and European investors fear for their holdings. The drop is mitigated by the growth in production. Beijing now has fewer resources to stimulate recovery from the pandemic crisis.
The bank wants the government to loosen birth control policies. Between 2019 and 2050, China's population might shrink by 32 million. The number of people of working age will drop while pensioners will grow. For US Intelligence, demographic decline will complicate China’s rise.
A new civil conflict is likely, but the country can be saved. The Taliban will take advantage of the US withdrawal to regain power. The need for a new Afghan political class. Young people can be a force for change. A conversation with a Barnabite priest in Afghanistan for over 30 years.
Joe Biden: support for the Afghan government, but no longer on a military level. There are 3,500 US troops on the ground, along with another 7,000 from NATO. The Taliban sing victory: The United States has lost, we will restore the Islamic government. A civil war scenario. The conflict has caused almost 160 thousand deaths: between 35 and 43 thousand are civilians. US forces suffered 2,312 casualties.
Argentina relies on Sinopharm, whose level of effectiveness has yet to be verified. Sinovac used in Chile and Brazil has a success rate just above 50 per cent. For immunologist Guillermo Docena, any vaccine is better than nothing during a pandemic. Chinese vaccines could be enhanced with Russia’s Sputnik.
South Korea wants to take Japan to an international court. Taiwan and China demand the involvement of neighbouring countries before any decision is made. China is threatening action. For the US and the International Atomic Energy Agency, Japan’s plan meets scientific standards.
Legco elections originally due September 2020. The executive cancelled them over pandemic: a move to avoid the Democrats victory and launch an electoral reform that rewards pro-Beijing forces. Whoever calls for a boycott of the vote will be punished. Public voter records deleted.
The two activists took part in an unauthorised demonstration in 2019. Wong is already in prison on other charges and is set to be tried on more. For his part, a defiant Koo told the court, “I will violate the national security law next time,” and called for an “End the one-party dictatorship”.
China’s leading online microcredit company is forced to comply with the same rules as traditional banks. Like its majority shareholder Alibaba, it must obey the government’s directives. The authorities want the personal data of Ant's 730 million users. The Chinese Communist Party battles web giants.
Government says waste water, used to cool reactors after March 2011 Tsunami, no longer poses danger. Local fishermen, environmental groups, neighboring states and the Catholic Church are opposed. The US and the International Atomic Energy Agency support the disposal plan.
Cardinal Coutts welcomed the new archbishop who is taking over from him. Humility and love for those living on the margins will guide the new shepherd.