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Turkey says would retaliate against U.S. sanctions over Russian S-400s

Turkey will “take reciprocal steps” if the United States imposes sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 defenses, the Turkish foreign minister said on Friday, marking the latest step toward a standoff between the NATO allies. “If the United States takes any negative actions towards us, we will also take reciprocal steps,” Mevlut Cavusoglu, the minister, said when asked about… READ MORE

Tory leadership contest: 10 rivals face first ballot of MPs

Tory MPs are voting in the first round of the contest to select a new party leader and the next prime minister. A secret ballot is being held in the House of Commons, with a result expected some time after 13:00 BST. Outgoing leader Theresa May refused to say which of the 10 contenders she had voted for, telling reporters:… READ MORE

Violence breaks out in Hong Kong as protesters challenge bill allowing criminal suspects to be tried in mainland China

Hong Kong authorities fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and high-pressure water hoses on demonstrators who had gathered outside the city’s headquarters on Wednesday to protest a controversial extradition bill that is widely seen as Beijing’s encroachment over the semiautonomous territory. The escalation of force came hours after the government postponed debate on the bill until later this month. The crowd… READ MORE

Iran has increased production of enriched uranium – IAEA

The head of the global nuclear watchdog has confirmed Iran is increasing its production of enriched uranium. But International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano said it was not clear when they will reach a limit set under a 2015 international deal. Iran announced last month that it would suspend some commitments in retaliation for sanctions reinstated by the… READ MORE

Hong Kong pushes bill allowing extraditions to China despite biggest protest since handover

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China a day after the city’s biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997. Riot police ringed Hong Kong’s legislature and fought back a hardcore group of several hundred protesters who stayed behind early… READ MORE

Hong Kong’s Top Court Issues Landmark Ruling for LGBT Rights

The top appeals court in Hong Kong issued a landmark ruling granting spousal benefits to a married gay couple, the latest rebuke to Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s government over the issue of equal rights for LGBT people. In a unanimous ruling, the five justices ruled in favor of a local civil servant who argued that his husband, whom he had… READ MORE

Thai parliament elects ex military government chief Prayuth as PM

Retired general Prayuth Chan-ocha, the man who led a military coup in Thailand five years ago, has been elected as the country’s civilian prime minister. The ex-junta leader had been serving as prime minister since the coup. He was chosen by parliament on Wednesday, but the opposition said the vote was rigged as the Senate was largely hand-picked by the… READ MORE

Australian Police Raid Public Broadcaster Over Leaked Defense Documents

The Australian Federal Police on Wednesday raided the headquarters of the country’s public broadcaster, the ABC, in connection with a story the network broadcast in 2017 detailing misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. The plainclothes officers arrived at the network’s offices at about 11:30 a.m., acting on a search warrant authorizing them to look into “allegations of publishing classified… READ MORE

Tiananmen: China rebukes Pompeo on 30th anniversary of protests

China has rebuked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for remarks he made on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest. Mr Pompeo criticised China’s human rights record and called for it to reveal how many died in the crackdown. A Chinese embassy spokesman in Washington DC said his comments were “an affront to the Chinese people”. In 1989,… READ MORE

Beijing vows to defend ‘islands and rocks’ in the South China Sea

A high-level colonel in the Chinese military admits there’s a possibility of a “miscalculation” in the South China Sea, but defended China’s “need” to protect what Beijing deems as its territory. Zhou Bo, a senior colonel of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said that “China does need to have necessary defense of these islands and rocks which we believe are… READ MORE

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