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China’s Xi warns Hong Kong protesters jeopardise ‘one country, two systems’

China’s President Xi Jinping warned Thursday that protests in Hong Kong threaten the “one country, two systems” principle governing the semi-autonomous city that has tipped into worsening violence with two dead in a week. Hong Kong has been ruled by a unique system guaranteeing greater freedoms than on the mainland since its handover from British […]

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War crimes court OKs probe into deportation of Myanmar’s Rohingya

THE HAGUE, Neatherlands – The International Criminal Court said on Thursday it had approved a prosecution request to investigate crimes against humanity against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority who were systematically driven across the border to Bangladesh. More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since a 2017 crackdown by Myanmar’s military, which UN investigators […]

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Flaming arrows and petrol bombs: Inside Hong Kong protesters’ ‘weapons factories’

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Under a November full moon, hundreds of young people dressed in black set about turning several of Hong Kong’s top universities into fortresses, well stocked with improvised weapons. At City University, protesters used ping pong tables, potted plants, furniture, sports equipment, and bamboo to form a network of barricades to block […]

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Indonesia’s first world champion shuttler Johan Wahyudi dies at 66

Indonesia lost a doubles specialist legend in badminton, Johan Wahyudi, on Friday at the age of 66. He and partner Tjun Tjun were the country’s first to ever win a World Championships title in 1977. According to his family, Johan passed away at Panti Waluya hospital in Malang, East Java after suffering from dengue fever. […]

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Hong Kong police use controversial anti-riot sound device for first time

Hong Kong police have for the first time used a controversial anti-riot sound device they bought 10 years ago, rejecting claims by activists that it is a weapon that can cause harm. A low-frequency “woo-woo” sound could be heard coming from a police armoured vehicle on Sunday, according to reporters covering intense clashes between radical […]

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Indonesia considers mandatory premarital class for couples in 2020

Would-be married couples in Indonesia may soon have to join mandatory premarital classes before tying the knot as the government considers a new programme designed to prepare couples to build a family. Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said that the programme, which is expected to be introduced next year, would equip couples […]

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