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  1. Nineteen sailors from a Hong Kong-registered oil tanker were kidnapped by pirates this week off the coast of Nigeria – an area in the Gulf of Guinea known to be dangerous for seafarers.The Marine Department on Friday confirmed that the Hong Kong-flagged crude oil tanker – the Nave Constellation – was the victim of a pirate attack in the early hours of Wednesday, Hong Kong time.“Out of the 26 crew on board, 18 Indians and one Turkish crew members were kidnapped and taken away by pirates,” a…
  2. Three people including a suspected shooter were killed and at least seven others were injured on Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola, a major US Navy base in Florida, authorities said.It was the second deadly shooting at a US military installation this week.An “active shooter” was encountered on the base on Friday morning, according to the Escambia County sheriff’s office.A few minutes later, the shooter was dead, according to the sheriff’s office and the Navy. WEAR TV, a local news channel,…
  3. Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Hong Kong on Friday night for a rally against the use of tear gas, as protesters’ representatives released a survey that said some of those exposed to the smoke suffered from rashes, diarrhoea and coughed up blood.The event at Edinburgh Place in Central was held although officials had repeatedly dismissed fears that tear gas was toxic, with welfare minister Law Chi-kwong saying the level of carcinogenic dioxins resulting from police’s crowd-control weapon…
  4. Police over the last nine days have seized 75kg of cocaine with a street value of more than HK$90 million (US$11.5 million) from a drug gang in northern Hong Kong.Officers from the Narcotics Bureau and the Key Points and Search Division on Friday found some 36 bags of cocaine hidden in a cargo container of cowhides during a raid at a logistics centre in Sheung Shui. The cocaine in the bags was valued at HK$50 million.The raid was carried out after police seized 35kg worth of cocaine and…
  5. China is trying to take advantage of its neighbours’ disagreements with the US to boost its own diplomatic standing, but observers have questioned whether it will be able to enjoy any long-term benefits.During a recent trip to South Korea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chose to play down the bitter dispute over the deployment of a US missile defence system, and instead focused on criticisms of America.Relations between Washington and Seoul and Tokyo have been hit by the Trump administration…
  6. Pressure is mounting on British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to come out more strongly in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong and take a clearer line on China and human rights. The calls for a more assertive stance of support came at a meeting held by the Labour-affiliated Fabian Society, Britain’s oldest think tank, in London this week. The meeting was addressed by Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, who spoke via video link after a court in the city banned him from…
  7. The north of the Philippines has been hit by some of its worst flooding in decades, with torrents of muddy run-off forcing 66,000 from their homes and prompting rescues of trapped locals, authorities said on Friday.Luzon island, the nation’s largest, has been hit by a string of storms that have battered its northern tip while monsoon rains were intensified by the passage of Typhoon Kammuri this week.Large swathes of lush green land were inundated after rivers burst their banks, leaving only…
  8. More than 50 polar bears have gathered on the edge of a village in Russia’s far north, environmentalists and residents said, as weak Arctic ice leaves them unable to roam.The Russian branch of the Worldwide Fund for Nature said climate change was to blame, as unusually warm temperatures prevented coastal ice from forming.The WWF said 56 polar bears had gathered in a one-square-kilometre area near the village of Ryrkaipy in Chukotka on the northeastern tip of Russia.There were concerns they…
  9. Once low-profile diplomatic players, China’s ambassadors are now going on the offensive, threatening sanctions on countries that challenge Beijing’s stand on big issues like Xinjiang and the anti-government protests in Hong Kong.Among the most vocal is Gui Congyou, China’s envoy to Sweden, who said on Wednesday that China would limit economic and trade cooperation, according to Swedish news reports.“The Chinese government absolutely cannot allow any country, organisation or person to harm China…
  10. Office workers, delivery boys and teenagers in school uniforms hurried through the rain, past the battered concrete slab without giving it a second glance.Hana Lee strode up, stared at it pensively, then snapped a photograph.The panel – 3.7 metres (12 feet) wide, about as tall and 38cm (15 inches) thick – is a piece of the Berlin Wall. It has been on display in downtown Seoul since 2005, when Germany gifted it to South Korea as a “symbol of hope for the peaceful unification of the Korean…