Month: May 2020

Coronavirus latest: Germany slams Trump split from WHO; India to exit lockdown in stages

Germany on Saturday blasted US President Donald Trump’s decision to sever ties with the World Health Organisation (WHO), describing it as “disappointing” and a setback for global health.The WHO “needs reform” if it is to “make any difference”, Health Minister Jens Spahn said in a tweet released in English, German and French.“And the EU must…

Coronavirus latest: Germany slams Trump split from WHO; India to exit lockdown in stages

Germany on Saturday blasted US President Donald Trump’s decision to sever ties with the World Health Organisation (WHO), describing it as “disappointing” and a setback for global health.The WHO “needs reform” if it is to “make any difference”, Health Minister Jens Spahn said in a tweet released in English, German and French.“And the EU must…

China braces for international fallout over Hong Kong national security law

Beijing is bracing for an international storm over its controversial national security law for Hong Kong, with expected repercussions to be announced by US President Donald Trump and a European Union meeting on the issue.While Beijing likely anticipated the global outcry over the proposed legislation on Hong Kong, it appears to have determined that the…

US actions against Hong Kong ‘will be as targeted as possible’, American consul says

The United States’ consul general for Hong Kong and Macau has promised that actions Washington takes aimed at the city will be as targeted as possible, but its residents will not be adversely affected. Hanscom Smith’s remarks came as expectations ran high US President Donald Trump will touch on Hong Kong in a press conference…

Australian student who led anti-Beijing protests suspended from University of Queensland for 2 years

An Australian student who led protests against Beijing at the height of the anti-government movement in Hong Kong last year has been suspended from the University of Queensland (UQ) for two years, in a move he claims is retaliation for his political activism.Drew Pavlou, a 20-year-old philosophy student, said he was accused of 11 counts…

Coronavirus: Malaysia’s law delay on improving migrant worker housing criticised

Malaysia’s delay in enforcing a law meant to improve the quality of migrant worker lodgings could potentially worsen the spread of the coronavirus, rights groups say, as the country records a surge of coronavirus infections at construction sites and immigration depots.The government was supposed to begin enforcing amendments to the Minimum Standards of Housing and…

Hong Kong’s lawmakers point fingers over who’s to blame for threat of sanctions and curbing of trading rights by the United States

A blame game ensued among Hong Kong’s politicians on Thursday, a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared the city as no longer autonomous from China, a determination which could be a precursor to sanctions or crimping its preferential trading terms.Each side insisted they were not responsible for the threat of such actions,…

Hong Kong protests: judge who signed petition against extradition bill barred from handling related cases

A Hong Kong judge has been barred from handling protest-related cases after he signed a petition against the now-withdrawn extradition bill that sparked the ongoing anti-government unrest, the second to be sidelined in a bid to avoid the perception of bias.The High Court’s Patrick Li Hon-leung would not hear any cases connected with issues arising…

US police officer accused of killing George Floyd involved in three shootings, received 17 complaints

A white Minneapolis police officer accused of killing a black suspect by kneeling on his neck is a 19-year veteran of the force with a service record that includes three shooting incidents, one of them fatal, and nearly 20 complaints.Derek Chauvin, 44, became the focus of angry street protests and a federal investigation after he…