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Shops in Hong Kong close doors to ‘find breath of freedom’

Hong Kong, Jun 13 : By the entrance of his restaurant, Kelvin Chung hung a piece of paper announcing the restaurant’s intention to strike on Wednesday. “Hoping to find a breath of freedom,” the sign said, adding that the shop would offer free honey green tea at lunch time to boost the city’s morale. His modest Japanese-style grill joined other ...

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Mexico says Guard deployment beginning, forms migrant team

Photo: Mexican soldiers ride in the back of a pick up truck as they escort the caravan carrying Mexico’s Minister of Defense, in Tapachula, Mexico, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Tapachula, Jun 12 : Mexican officials said Tuesday they are beginning deployment of the country’s new National Guard for immigration enforcement, an accelerated commitment of a 6,000-strong force made as part ...

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100s of protesters surround Hong Kong HQ before bill debate

Photo: Protesters gather in front of policemen in anti-riot gear outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  Hong Kong, Jun 12 : Hundreds of protesters surrounded government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday as the administration prepared to open debate on a highly controversial extradition law that would allow accused people to be sent to China for ...

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Thai junta chief proclaimed second-time prime minister

Photo: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles after the speech for the opening ceremony of Anti-Human Trafficking Day in Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok, Jun 11 : Thailand’s junta leader has been officially proclaimed prime minister after the king endorsed Parliament’s vote to allow him to keep the position. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha knelt to a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn during a ...

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One dead in helicopter crash on NYC skyscraper

The pilot of a helicopter died after it crash-landed on top of a skyscraper in Manhattan, fire officials say. The incident sparked a rooftop fire, which was quickly extinguished. Some workers were evacuated from the tower, but none were hurt. The office building close to Times Square shook from the impact, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.New Yorkers, he added, ...

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Tree symbolizing Trump-Macron friendship dies

Last year, two world leaders stood with their wives on the South Lawn of the White House, gold-plated shovels in hand, and happily planted a sapling oak, a gift from France to the United States that symbolized the strength of the allies’ bond. Now, it appears that the tree has met an unfortunate demise. French newspaper Le Monde was first ...

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Hong Kong chief says extradition law will go to legislature

Hong Kong, Jun 11 : Hong Kong’s leader says a highly controversial extradition law will proceed to the territory’s legislature. Carrie Lam’s comments on Tuesday came after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory over the weekend to the legislative proposal that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. The ...

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Massive extradition bill protest fills Hong Kong streets

Photo: Protesters march along a downtown street against the proposed amendments to an extradition law in Hong Kong Sunday, June 9, 2019. Hong Kong, June 10 : Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to voice their opposition to legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China where they could face politically charged ...

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Kazakhstan: Protests of presidential vote bring 500 arrests

Photo: A detained demonstrator shouts from a police bus during an anti-government protest during the presidential elections in Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan, Sunday, June 9, 2019. Moscow, June 10 : Police detained hundreds of people in Kazakhstan amid unauthorized protests of a presidential election Sunday that opponents alleged was a fake exercise in democracy. Officers, some in riot ...

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Venezuela-Colombia border reopens after four months

  Tens of thousands of people crossed the border with Venezuela and Colombia after it reopened for the first time in four months on Saturday, officials say. The crossing was closed in February at President Nicolás Maduro’s request as opposition leader Juan Guaidó prepared to bring in US-backed humanitarian aid. The country has faced shortages of basic supplies as a ...

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