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  1. 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…
  2. France faced a second day of travel chaos and understaffed schools and hospitals on Friday as unions said there would be no let-up in a strike against Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms until the president backed down.Much of France ground to a halt on Thursday as transport workers went on strike – joined by teachers, doctors, police, firefighters and civil servants. Smoke and tear gas swirled through the streets of Paris and Nantes as protests turned violent. Paris police fired tear gas at…
  3. Portugal will not exclude Chinese companies from supplying technology for the country’s next-generation 5G wireless network, senior Portuguese officials told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday.Portugal is the latest European Union country to resist US efforts to persuade allies they should shun Huawei’s bids to provide the hardware that operators will use for the new ultra-fast 5G networks.The Chinese government “will not hesitate” to use Huawei as a back door to sensitive data,…
  4. At least 58 migrants heading to Europe died as their makeshift boat sank off the coast of Mauritania, but 83 survivors managed to swim to shore, the International Organisation for Migration said.The migrants “were mostly clandestine immigrants trying to reach Spain, coming from Banjul in Gambia,” Mauritania’s interior ministry said in a statement released Wednesday night.“At least 58 people are confirmed dead after a vessel carrying migrants sank as it approached the coast of Mauritania,” the…
  5. Six people, including two children, were killed and another two were reported missing after a gas explosion destroyed a house in a ski resort in the south of Poland late Wednesday, local authorities said.Around 100 firefighters were still scouring the debris of the house in Szczyrk on Thursday morning in search of possible survivors.“We’re still hoping for a miracle,” local prefect Jaroslaw Wieczorek told reporters.He said that two of the bodies recovered were children and the other four were…
  6. A group of over a dozen Russian spies belonging to an elite unit of military intelligence that carried out operations in Europe including the attempted poisoning of defector Sergei Skripal used a French alpine region as a rear base, a report said.The Le Monde daily said an investigation by British, Swiss, French, and US intelligence had drawn up a list of 15 members of the 29155 unit of Russia’s GRU military spy agency who moved within Europe from 2014-2018.It said they had all at some point…
  7. In a barn in southwest France, farmer Valerie Fosserie squirts serum into a gosling’s mouth as a prelude to what she says is production of the world’s first ethically friendly foie gras.The delicacy, long a feature on the menu of gourmet restaurants across the globe, is made by force-feeding geese to turn their livers to fat, a process long denounced as cruel by animal rights activists and increasingly viewed with unease by authorities in some western cities.In October, New York City, often…
  8. The United States has steered Nato allies in Europe to define China as a strategic challenge for the first time in the military alliance’s 70-year history.Washington’s effort is coupled with increasing geopolitical concern shared by some Central and Eastern European countries, according to diplomatic sources.But other major European leaders were quick to keep China on their side – at least to a certain extent – after the Nato summit in Britain came to a close on Wednesday.China’s growing global…
  9. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted that Britain could follow some of its international security allies by restricting or banning Huawei Technologies from its fifth-generation telecommunication networks.“I don’t want this country to be unnecessarily hostile to investment from overseas,” Johnson told a news conference in Watford, England, after hosting the Nato summit.“On the other hand, we cannot prejudice our vital national security interest. Nor can we prejudice our ability to cooperate with…
  10. Nato kicked off tense summit talks on Wednesday seeking to make a show of unity despite bickering among leaders as a festering row with Turkey rumbles on.The members pledged their commitment to collective defence, and the leaders of the 29 nations affirmed in a declaration that “our solemn commitment as enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty that an attack against one Ally shall be considered an attack against us all”.What should have been a celebration of Nato’s 70th birthday has been…