Belarus rally attracts thousands to hear presidential rival

Tens of thousands turned out in the Belarus capital of Minsk on Thursday to support the president’s election rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. It was the largest rally seen in the country since independence from the Soviet Union. The rally came as Belarus authorities accused top members of the opposition of collaborating with Russian fighters to destabilise … Read more Belarus rally attracts thousands to hear presidential rival

Pro-democracy and pro-independence candidates banned in upcoming Hong Kong elections | ABC News

China’s government has been accused of conducting a political purge in Hong Kong, disqualifying twelve candidates from upcoming elections. Read more here: https://ab.co/2XdJdxV For more from ABC News, click here: https://ab.co/2kxYCZY You can watch more ABC News content on iview: https://ab.co/2OB7Mk1 Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ab.co/1svxLVE Go deeper on our ABC News In-depth channel: … Read more Pro-democracy and pro-independence candidates banned in upcoming Hong Kong elections | ABC News

Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from legislative election

Prominent activist Joshua Wong and 11 other opposition figures have been barred from running in Hong Kong’s upcoming elections, a move they decried as the latest assault on China’s critics in the semi-autonomous city. The government of Hong Kong, in a statement on Thursday, said electoral authorities had disqualified the 12 nominees for failing to … Read more Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from legislative election

4 Hong Kong Activists Arrested in Latest Use of Security Law

Hong Kong police said officers arrested four more people under the city’s Beijing-drafted national security law, amid increasing speculation that authorities would ask for China’s help to delay upcoming legislative elections. The Hong Kong Police Force said it had arrested four suspects, including three males and one female aged 16 to 21, in connection with publishing content online in … Read more 4 Hong Kong Activists Arrested in Latest Use of Security Law

4 Hong Kong Youths Arrested Under New National Security Law

Hong Kong police arrested four student activists over online comments they said violated a new Beijing-drafted national security law, the first time authorities have used the controversial legislation to limit speech on the internet. Police detained four people ages 16 to 21 — including three who were male and one who was female — over … Read more 4 Hong Kong Youths Arrested Under New National Security Law

Najib Razak: Malaysian ex-PM gets 12-year jail term in 1MDB corruption trial – BBC News

A court in Malaysia has sentenced former PM Najib Razak to 12 years in jail after finding him guilty on all seven counts in the first of several multi-million dollar corruption trials. Najib had pleaded not guilty to the charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power. The case against him … Read more Najib Razak: Malaysian ex-PM gets 12-year jail term in 1MDB corruption trial – BBC News

IMF approves $4.3 bn to help South Africa fight COVID-19

In tonight’s edition: The International Monetary Fund said it had approved $4.3 billion in aid to South Africa to help the country fight the coronavirus pandemic. South Africa has the largest number of detected COVID-19 cases. And Tunisian-French lawyer Gisèle Halimi died in Paris this Tuesday at the age of 93. The feminist activist, who fought for womens’ rights … Read more IMF approves $4.3 bn to help South Africa fight COVID-19

Barr Confronts Democrats Who Say That He Gives In to Trump

William Barr offered a combative defense of his independence from Donald Trump and the federal response to protests as he testified before a committee in the Democratic-controlled House for the first time since he became attorney general more than 17 months ago. “The president has not attempted to interfere,” Barr said in opening comments at … Read more Barr Confronts Democrats Who Say That He Gives In to Trump

Chicago Police Hail ‘Tenuous Progress’ in Efforts to Stem Gun Violence

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said “tenuous progress” has been made in the department’s efforts to stem gun violence. There were three homicides over the weekend compared to 12 and eight the previous two weekends and 17 over the July Fourth weekend, Brown said at a news conference. From 6 p.m. Friday until midnight Sunday, … Read more Chicago Police Hail ‘Tenuous Progress’ in Efforts to Stem Gun Violence

Thousands March in Budapest Against Firing of Hungary News Editor

Thousands took part in a march in Budapest, expressing solidarity with the editorial staff of Index.hu, Hungary’s most-read news site whose editor-in-chief was fired on Wednesday, with nearly all other staffers resigning on Friday. Opposition politician Miklos Hajnal, whose Momentum party organized the rally, said it sought to “honour the editorial staff which today probably … Read more Thousands March in Budapest Against Firing of Hungary News Editor

Kenya’s colonial inequalities continue, decades after independence – BBC News

The Black Lives Matter protests in the UK and the debate over public statues have shone a light on the nation’s imperial past and its continuing reverberations. Kenya was at the heart of the British Empire in Africa, with the country’s best and most fertile land owned by a small elite. The country gained independence … Read more Kenya’s colonial inequalities continue, decades after independence – BBC News

Johnson visits Scotland after year in office

The coronavirus pandemic has shown the “merits” of the union between England and Scotland are “very strong”, the prime minister has said. Speaking during his first visit to Scotland since his December general election victory, Boris Johnson reiterated his opposition to a second independence referendum. The PM said the strength of the UK has been … Read more Johnson visits Scotland after year in office

Boris Johnson tells Scotland the UK is “fantastically strong institution” – BBC News

Boris Johnson has said the response to the coronavirus pandemic shows the UK is a “fantastically strong institution”. The Prime Minister was speaking on his first visit to Scotland since the General Election. He promised to be a Prime Minister for “every corner of the UK”. But his trip comes as some polls suggest growing … Read more Boris Johnson tells Scotland the UK is “fantastically strong institution” – BBC News

WHO chief calls Pompeo remarks ‘unacceptable’

Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has come under criticism, especially from U.S. President Donald Trump and Pompeo, who have accused him of being pro-China. “And the comments are untrue and unacceptable and without any foundation, for that matter,” he said in response to a question at a Geneva briefing about remarks by Pompeo reported in … Read more WHO chief calls Pompeo remarks ‘unacceptable’