Month: November 2019

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on charges of fraud and accepting bribes

Israel’s attorney general on Thursday formally charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, throwing the country’s paralysed political system into further disarray and threatening the long-time leader’s grip on power.Capping a three-year investigation, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit charged Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three different scandals….

Impeachment inquiry: Donald Trump’s ex-Russia adviser Fiona Hill scolds Republicans for spreading Ukraine ‘falsehoods’

US President Donald Trump’s former Russia adviser Fiona Hill urged lawmakers in the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry on Thursday not to promote “politically driven falsehoods” that cast doubt on Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election.Hill spoke on the final day of scheduled public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee probing whether Trump asked…

Hong Kong protests: second day of calm in city as low-key peaceful protests mark four months since Yuen Long MTR attack and call for an end to PolyU siege

Hong Kong had a rare second consecutive day of calm as relatively peaceful protests took place in the city while the government handed a goody to motorists, pledging temporary free use of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel soon, with both moves seen as conciliatory gestures ahead of district council elections on Sunday.On Thursday night, the police siege…

US$5 billion opportunity for US hog farmers in China’s African swine fever epidemic, hardly taken advantage of due to trade war

The African swine fever that has devastated China’s pig population has created a new US$5 billion market for American pork farmers – but the trade war isn’t letting US producers take full advantage of it.Since early this year, the disease-induced hog crisis has wiped out a huge section of China’s pork production and led to…

Hong Kong election authorities increase the honorarium for presiding officers ahead of district council polls

Hong Kong’s election authorities have increased the honorarium for civil servants who will serve as presiding officers of more than 600 polling stations across the city for the district council elections on Sunday. The authorities decided this after finding it difficult to recruit staff for the purpose in the wake of months-long anti-government protests.In an…

Hong Kong court postpones decision on whether to retain or suspend ruling which deemed anti-mask law unconstitutional

A Hong Kong court will decide later whether to suspend its ruling to declare the government’s anti-mask law unconstitutional following the justice department’s request on Thursday. Court of First Instance Justices Anderson Chow Ka-ming and Godfrey Lam Wan-ho said they would come up with their decision on a later day after the Department of Justice…

A Sydney man assaulting his ‘vampire’ neighbour, the queen’s art adviser being exposed as a Soviet spy and a teenager being swallowed by a python: headlines from 40 years ago

A Sydney man assaulting his “vampire” neighbour, the queen’s art adviser being exposed as a Soviet spy and a teenager being swallowed by a python made the headlines four decades ago this week.November 18, 1979● Left-wing British Labour Members of Parliament demanded to know later that week whether the queen was ever informed that her…