‘Where were the police?’ Hong Kong outcry after masked thugs launch attack
Pro-democracy activists and lawmakers in Hong Kong have accused the police of standing by as men dressed in white attacked commuters late on Sunday, leaving 45 hospitalised, including one who is critically injured.
Video footage from Hong Kong media showed dozens of men, most in masks, storming a subway station, chasing passengers and beating them with rods. Among those hurt in the attack, in Yuen Long in Hong Kong’s New territories, were demonstrators returning from a large anti-government rally, as well as a pregnant woman and a woman holding an infant, according to witnesses.
Germany’s India envoy visits ‘Nazi-inspired’ Hindu group
Ambassador Walter J Lindner’s visit to the headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has stirred a controversy in India. Experts say the Hindu extremist group glorifies Adolf Hitler and his “cultural nationalism.”
Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in Jerusalem area
Israel began demolishing a number of Palestinian homes it considers illegal south of Jerusalem early Monday, in a move which has drawn international concern.
The Palestinians immediately slammed the demolitions in the Sur Baher area which straddles the West Bank and Jerusalem, but Israeli defended the move as essential to its security.
Before dawn, hundreds of Israeli police and soldiers sealed off at least four buildings in the area close to the Israeli security barrier which cuts off the occupied West Bank, an AFP journalist said.
Reporters were prevented from reaching the buildings while residents and activists were dragged out of the homes.
Iran detains 17 citizens accused of spying for the CIA
Updated 0815 GMT (1615 HKT) July 22, 2019
Iran has detained 17 Iranian citizens accused of acting as spies for the United States Central Intelligence Agency, according to the country’s Ministry of Intelligence.
The fight for Dragon Island
Komodo dragons, owners of razor-sharp teeth and a venomous bite, are native to only one tiny corner of the globe.
Tourists have flocked to see them, and horror films have been inspired by them. Locals even believe they are physically and spiritually related to them.
But this human-lizard relationship may be about to change.
Constitution revision goal still far off for Abe
Extending his track record of election victories for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has secured the political stability he needs to become the longest-serving leader in November. But it came with a bitter taste.
The ruling bloc of the LDP and its partner Komeito, together with like-minded independent lawmakers, lost its two-thirds majority in the upper house in Sunday’s election, likely thwarting his ambitions to revise the pacifist Constitution and go down in history as the first leader to do so.
As he pursues the policies that he hopes will define his administration and his legacy in the years to come, his “Abenomics” program also comes into focus, though its success looks to be increasingly hanging in the balance.