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Employee of Britain’s Hong Kong mission held in China over prostitution -report - Dotemirates
22/08/2019

Employee of Britain’s Hong Kong mission held in China over prostitution -report

BEIJING: An employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong has been detained in China for involvement in prostitution, the state-backed Global Times newspaper said on Thursday, as Britain said it continued to urgently seek information.China’s foreign ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the employee, Simon Cheng, had been detained in the border city of Shenzhen neighboring Hong Kong.In a report on its English-language website, the paper, published by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, cited Shenzhen police as saying Cheng had been detained for 15 days for “solicitation of prostitution.”Police in Shenzhen’s district of Luohu said Cheng had violated...


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17/09/2019

Iran’s supreme leader rules out negotiations with US

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday ruled out negotiations with the US, as tensions mount between the arch-foes after Washington blamed Tehran for attacks on Saudi oil installations.“The policy of ‘maximum pressure’ against the Iranian nation is worthless and all Islamic Republic of Iran officials unanimously believe there will be no negotiations with the US at any level,” he said, quoted on his official website. JERUSALEM: Israel began voting in its second election in five months Tuesday that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s term as the country’s longest-serving prime minister despite corruption allegations...
17/09/2019

Japan’s Abe says he will meet Iran’s Rouhani this month in NY

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the end of the month, as regional tensions rise in the Middle East after the weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, public broadcaster NHK said.It was during a meeting with members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that Abe repeated his intention of speaking with Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, according to NHK.Abe added that he would travel to Belgium after the UNGA session and meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, NHK said....
17/09/2019

Farooq Abdullah: Outrage over detention of senior Kashmiri MP

The detention of a veteran Kashmiri parliamentarian and former chief minister under a controversial law has generated heated debate in India.Farooq Abdullah is now detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA), which among other things, allows detention without formal charge for two years.He had previously been under house arrest along with other leaders ahead of a move to strip Kashmir of its special status in August.His detention has been criticised. Many, including veteran journalists and politicians, have condemned the move as "draconian" and argued that it sets a dangerous precedent. Skip Twitter post by @ShekharGupta Farooq Abdullah, 83, with transplanted...

17/09/2019

New Zealand PM To Meet US President For First Formal Talks In New York

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday she plans to meet with US President Donald Trump in New York next week, in what would be the first formal bilateral discussions between the two leaders.The 39-year-old New Zealand prime minister is often contrasted with Mr Trump for her views on issues including women's rights, climate change and diversity.Ms Ardern joined a march championing women's rights after Mr Trump's inauguration in 2017, before she was elected prime minister. She has publicly rejected Mr Trump's view on the threat of white nationalism and recently said she "completely and utterly disagreed"...
17/09/2019

House of Ukraine's ex-Central Banker set on fire

Ukrainian police say the home of the country's former central bank chief has been burned to the ground in the third chilling incident concerning the banker. Police said in a statement on Tuesday that they are investigating a suspected arson attack late Monday on the house of Valeria Gontareva outside the capital, Kyiv. Gontareva has said that she has received threats from Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, who lost his PrivatBank to a government nationalization that was carried out under Gontareva's leadership in 2016. Gontareva was hit by a car in London at the end of August and earlier that month...
17/09/2019

Police clear major migrant camp in northern France

GRANDE-SYNTHE, France: French police began clearing around 1,000 migrants from a gymnasium near the northern port of Dunkirk on Thursday after a court ruled it was a health and security hazard.The mayor of Grande-Synthe in December 2018 opened up the sports hall to migrant families seeking shelter from the cold.Since then, it has grown into a makeshift camp, with around 800 people sleeping in tents pitched around the crammed gymnasium where around 170 people, mostly Iraqi Kurds hoping to reach Britain, had been sheltering.Thursday’s clearance operation began shortly after 8:00 am (0600 GMT).Young men traveling alone were the first to...