China Says Stopping Violence is the Most Important Thing in Hong Kong
BEIJING (REUTERS) – China said stopping violence is the most important thing in Hong Kong now after the United States condemned “unjustified use of deadly force” in the latest violence and urged China to honour its commitments to freedom of expression in the territory. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng... Read more
Poland Reacts Angrily to Netflix Nazi Death Camp Documentary
Poland’s prime minister has written a letter to the streaming company Netflix insisting on changes to a documentary about the Nazi death camps. Mateusz Morawiecki said a map shown in the series locates the death camps within modern-day Poland’s borders. This misrepresents Poland as being responsible for the death... Read more
What US Coal Country Makes of Trump Impeachment
Celebrations have been held on the streets of Welch in West Virginia to commemorate Veterans Day. The city is in McDowell County, where US President Donald Trump received more than 70% of the vote in the 2016 election. The BBC spoke to local people about the ongoing impeachment inquiry... Read more
Philippines Beefs Up Security for SEA Games Athletes Amid Terror Threat
MANILA – The Philippines is beefing up security arrangements for athletes who will be participating in the 30th edition of the South-east Asian Games next month to ward off attacks, possibly from Muslim extremists. Security officials are deploying close to 20,000 policemen, soldiers, first responders and traffic enforcers to... Read more
US Looks to Connect F-35 Stealth Jet to X-37B Spacecraft
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein announced last week to attendees of the Air Force Association breakfast series that the service’s efforts to improve the transmission of information between service members and platforms may one day transcend the Earth’s bounds. “The most important work is to set... Read more
US Condemns Latest Hong Kong Violence, Urges Both Sides to De-escalate
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The United States on Monday (Nov 11) condemned “unjustified use of deadly force” in the latest Hong Kong violence and urged police and civilians alike to de-escalate the situation, a senior Trump administration official said. The US statement came after Hong Kong police shot and critically... Read more
Trump Calls Resignation of Bolivia’s Morales a ‘Significant Moment for Democracy’
US President Donald Trump issued a statement Monday, calling the recent resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales a “significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere.” “After nearly 14 years and his recent attempt to override the Bolivian constitution and the will of the people, Morales’s departure preserves democracy... Read more
Sydney Declares Emergency as ‘Catastrophic’ Bush Fires Loom
SYDNEY • Sydney residents were warned of “catastrophic” danger yesterday, and a state of emergency was declared as Australia girded itself for a fresh wave of devastating bush fires. For the first time, Australia’s largest city and the surrounding area faced the top level of fire warning – with... Read more
PAL Holdings President Lucio ‘Bong’ Tan Jr Dies
MANILA • PAL Holdings president Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr, son of Philippine billionaire Lucio Tan, died yesterday, after collapsing while playing in a basketball game days earlier. He was 53. The younger Mr Tan died of brain herniation, the Philippine Star reported. He was admitted to a hospital last... Read more
Sri Lanka Minister Slams Facebook Over ‘Censorship’
COLOMBO (AFP) – A senior Sri Lankan minister accused social media giant Facebook on Monday (Nov 11) of censoring comments he made questioning the citizenship of presidential election frontrunner Gotabhaya Rajapakse. The nationality of Rajapakse, brother of former strongman president Mahinda, is a key issue ahead of voting on... Read more