02/22/2024, 09.27
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Hong Kong registers population growth but drop in youth

Today's news: Farmers' march in India suspended for two days due to one death in clashes with police; Palestinian attack on a check-point near Jerusalem; US authorities indicte a Japanese man accused of trafficking nuclear material from Myanmar to Iran; Papua New Guinea wants to call in Australian police to quell ethnic violence in the Highlands; In Tajikistan thousands of entrepreneurs go out of business because of corruption.

HONG KONG

According to the first statistics presented by the government, in 2023 the population of Hong Kong grew by 0.4% reaching 7.5 million, but at the same time there was a decline in people between 20 and 34 years old living in the city . A spokesperson for the statistics department said the increase was due to the influx of tens of thousands of people from mainland China holding one-way permits.

INDIA

Farmers marching towards Delhi suspended their demonstration for two days after a 21-year-old man was killed and 12 police officers were injured following clashes on the Punjab-Haryana border. Opposition leaders criticized the BJP-led central government for its alleged mishandling of the protest. A spokesperson for the protesters said it was a "brutal attack on the livelihoods of farming families protesting peacefully for the fulfillment of the prime minister's written promises."

USA – JAPAN – MYANMAR

US authorities have accused two Japanese criminals of trafficking nuclear material from Myanmar for use by Iran. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Takeshi Ebisawa and Somphop Singhasiri were also involved in purchasing weapons for one of the rebel groups fighting against the military junta. As of 2022, both men had been charged with international drug trafficking.

INDONESIA

A strong tornado hit Rancaekek in the Sumedang region of West Java yesterday. This environmental accident occurred during heavy traffic. No casualties were reported, but the local textile factory suffered serious damage: the roof was uprooted and the fences collapsed. Dozens of cars, motorbikes and long vans on the road were overturned.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – AUSTRALIA

The governor of Enga province, in Papua New Guinea, where tribal clashes have occurred in recent days, has asked to be able to turn to Australia to send police forces to stem the violence in the Highlands region. Enga is home to the controversial Porgera gold mine, operated by a joint venture between the Canadian company Barrick and the Chinese group Zijin Mining, accused of rights violations and environmental damage.

PALESTINE – ISRAEL

As Israeli bombardments continue in Gaza, three Palestinians opened fire on motorists near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank near Jerusalem this morning, killing one person and wounding five others. Police said officers killed two gunmen and wounded a third.

TAJIKISTAN

In Tajikistan in 2023, over 21 thousand entrepreneurs ceased their activities, or switched to employed work, including over a thousand legal entities, due to the excessive level of taxation and the phenomenon of widespread corruption, as stated by many experts and many people involved, also adding the excesses of state controls.

RUSSIA

The leader of the Apostolic Orthodox Church - schismatic compared to the patriarchal one - Grigory Mikhnov-Vajtenko, had issued a notice to celebrate a funeral liturgy in memory of Alexei Naval'nyj, but when he left the house he was arrested and put in a van by the policemen, and in his cell he felt ill for unclear reasons, he is currently in intensive care in the Elizavetinskij Hospital in St. Petersburg.

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