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  1. Around 130 Hong Kong firefighters and paramedics are set to join police as special constables to help the force handle anti-government protests.Some Government Flying Service crew will also come on board, bringing to nearly 700 the number of special personnel sourced from the five disciplined services.“Given their expertise and first aid qualifications, the new entrants could, for example, help to immediately put out a fire, remove obstacles and provide medical help at protest sites. This could…
  2. The Thai government has set up a working group to assess if the country should be part of an Asia-Pacific trade agreement, with opposition from the agriculture and healthcare advocate groups to the pact now tempered by concerns over the health of the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing US-China tensions.Deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said the committee’s conclusion, which would take into account public opinion, would help the cabinet decide on membership of the…
  3. 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, which could deal a devastating blow to the city’s economy and status as an international business centre, pointing fingers instead at their opponents for…
  4. Tensions with the US over Taiwan are at boiling point, but the use of military force will remain a last resort for China, a leading researcher in Taiwan studies said on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress in Beijing.Li Yihu, head of the Institute of Taiwan Studies with Peking University and an NPC deputy, said Taiwan was a “potential tipping point” for China-US relations, although it remained unknown whether it would escalate to an open collision.“The US will further look to the…
  5. A lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday contains previously unreported allegations that disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein raped a 17-year-old girl in 1994, court filings show.The suit filed by four Jane Does, now aged 70, 43, 38 and 35, seeks damages from Weinstein for allegedly sexual abusing the four women over a decades-long period, and his brother, Bob Weinstein, Miramax and Walt Disney for fostering a culture of silence and allowing the abuse to occur.In a 1994…
  6. 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 from the petition he backed, the city’s judiciary revealed on Thursday.Citing the Guide to Judicial Conduct, a judiciary spokesman said: “A…
  7. 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 was seen in cellphone video kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old George Floyd for almost eight minutes Monday night during his arrest on a suspicion of passing a…
  8. Hong Kong’s economic role has been gradually shifting towards serving mainland firms in a way that will eventually make the city indispensable to Beijing, one of the city’s most prominent economists said, as China moved a step closer to imposing a new security law on the financial hub.China’s parliament on Thursday endorsed a resolution authorising the legislation just hours after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the city is no longer suitably autonomous from China.There are fears the…
  9. The US trade war with China has slashed US$1.7 trillion from American companies’ market value, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said in a Thursday report.The higher tariffs, a tool to create a trade barrier against other countries, are poised to reduce American firms’ investment growth rate by nearly 2 percentage points.The increased cost has already cut US investment expansion by 0.3 percentage points through the end of 2019 and will decrease by another 1.6 percentage points this year,…
  10. The US government has charged more than two dozen North Koreans and five Chinese individuals with facilitating over US$2.5 billion in illegal payments for Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes, US media reported Thursday.According to a 50-page indictment, the individuals have been accused of acting as agents of North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank – its primary foreign currency bank, which is under sanctions – in what would be the largest North Korean sanctions violations case charged by the…