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HONG KONG | Activist compares Beijing’s rule in Hong Kong to colonialism

HONG KONG  — A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing’s rule over the city as modern-day colonialism in a speech Tuesday to a foreign journalists’ association that defied the Chinese government’s demand that the event be canceled. The Chinese government swiftly criticized the talk, saying that freedom of speech in Hong Kong does not extend … Continue reading HONG KONG | Activist compares Beijing’s rule in Hong Kong to colonialism

BEIJING | Beijing: Anti-China forces are criticizing Uighur crackdown

BEIJING — China blamed “anti-China forces” on Tuesday for the growing criticism of Beijing’s policies in a far western region where large groups of ethnic Uighurs are being detained in internment camps. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said anti-China forces had made “false accusations against China for political purposes” after a U.N. human rights committee … Continue reading BEIJING | Beijing: Anti-China forces are criticizing Uighur crackdown

BERLIN | China to UN panel: No arbitrary detention in Uighur region

BERLIN  — China insisted Monday there is no “arbitrary detention” and there are no “re-education centers” in its western Xinjiang region, rejecting concerns raised by a U.N. human rights committee that more than 1 million ethnic Uighurs may be being held in camps. Beijing was responding to questions raised by the Committee on the Elimination … Continue reading BERLIN | China to UN panel: No arbitrary detention in Uighur region

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa urges nation to move beyond elections

HARARE, Zimbabwe  — Zimbabwe’s president has called on the troubled country to unite and “put the election period behind us and embrace the future” in his first public address since winning disputed elections. President Emmerson Mnangagwa was speaking on the Heroes’ Day holiday which commemorates the lives of those who died in this southern African … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa urges nation to move beyond elections

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia | AP Interview: Malaysia’s Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday he will seek to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects that were signed by his predecessor as his government works to dig itself out of debt, and he blasted Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims as “grossly unjust.” Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made the comments during a wide-ranging interview … Continue reading PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia | AP Interview: Malaysia’s Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

LONDON | Steve Bannon weighs in on UK burqa debate

LONDON  — Republican strategist Steve Bannon has weighed into Britain’s burqa debate, defending former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s comments that women who wear face-covering veils look like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers.” The former aide to President Donald Trump tells London’s Sunday Times in an interview that Johnson had “nothing to apologize for” and should … Continue reading LONDON | Steve Bannon weighs in on UK burqa debate

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso | Suspected jihadis kill 6 in east Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso State TV reports that five gendarmes and one civilian have been killed between the rural communes of Boungou and Ougarou in the nation’s far east. It reports the vehicle hit an explosive device late Saturday while gendarmes were escorting mining workers to their extraction site. This comes as Islamic … Continue reading OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso | Suspected jihadis kill 6 in east Burkina Faso