Thousands protest new extradition laws in HK

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HONG KONG: Thousands of people marched on Hong Kong’s parliament yesterday to demand the scrapping of proposed extradition rules that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial – a move which some fear puts the city’s core freedoms at risk. Opponents of the proposal fear further […]

Australian PM promises migration cut, refugee freeze if re-elected

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SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, trailing in opinion polls ahead of a May 18 election, yesterday campaigned on the hot-button issue of immigration, promising to cut annual migrant numbers and freeze the country’s refugee intake. The pace of migration and the over crowding of Australia’s major cities is a […]

China says criticisms on IP protection lack evidence amid trade spat

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BEIJING: Criticisms of China’s intellectual property (IP) protection “lack evidence” and IP infringement is a worldwide problem, the head of China’s National Intellectual Property Administration said yesterday. Critics also ignored the significant progress China has made on IP protection, Shen Changyu told a press conference in response to a question […]

Good news from China could boost materials shares

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NEW YORK: Even as the lift from optimism over prospects for US-China trade detente shows signs of wearing off for the wider US stock market, upbeat sentiment around China’s economy could bolster shares of materials companies. Shares of S&P 500 industrial and technology companies, which were buffeted by last year’s […]

Police hunt 140 linked to IS after bombings

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COLOMBO: Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels that killed 253 people, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday. Muslims in Sri Lanka were urged to pray at home and […]

Cyclone hits Mozambique after lashing Comoros

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MAPUTO / MORONI: Cyclone Kenneth battered northern Mozambique on Thursday with gusts of up to 280km per hour after killing three people on the island nation of Comoros overnight. Impoverished Mozambique is still recovering from another powerful tropical cyclone which made landfall further south last month, flattening the port city […]

Migrants evacuated as Tripoli fighters trade fires

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TRIPOLI: The United Nations on Thursday evacuated more than 350 migrants from a detention centre in southern Tripoli where a fierce battle raged as fighters from rival Libyan camps traded rockets and artillery shells. The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by commander Khalifa Haftar, which is allied to a rival […]

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