Hong Kong protesters defy ban on masks as they clash with police

Petrol bomb thrown at metro station and government offices vandalised as unrest continues Thousands of protesters are continuing to defy a ban on wearing masks in Hong Kong as clashes have again taken place between demonstrators and authorities. A petrol bomb was thrown at the gate of a metro station, and two government offices and a cafe were vandalised, although the mood on Saturday was less tense than at recent protests because police had not used teargas. Late on Saturday, however, the mood changed when police fired a shot outside the Mong Kok police station. The shot, possibly a rubber bullet or sponge round, was fired after a small group of protesters shouted obscenities and shone laser at police officers, …

Jair Bolsonaro pictured with second accused in Marielle Franco murder case

Photos of Brazils president with a suspect in the killing of a Rio councillor have emerged seven months after a similar incident Brazilian opposition figures and human rights observers are seething after a photo emerged of the countrys far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, grinning and giving the thumbs up alongside a man arrested in connection with the lsecond time the president has been photographed alongside a suspect in Brazils most high-profile political murder in a decade. In March, a photo of Bolsonaro with lcio Vieira de Queiroz, a former policeman accused of driving the car used in Francos killing, circulated on social media. Queirozs arrest appeared to support suspicion that Franco had been targeted by the s of Rio and are …

South Korea: woman reportedly kills herself after being secretly filmed by doctor

Family said she was suffering nightmares and trauma after the incident as nations spy cam epidemic continues A woman in South Korea has reportedly killed herself after discovering she had been secretly filmed in a hospital change room, amid growing public alarm at the voyeurism epidemic gripping the country. The woman, referred to in two men were arrested for secretly filming 1,600 people in 30 hotels across 10 cities in South Korea. The films were uploaded to a subscription website. Na-Young Lee, a professor of sociology at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, saidSouth Korean women were increasingly alarmed by the molka epidemic. There are cameras everywhere from toilets to motels, houses where you are living alone, to school, and these pictures …

French PM pledges security review after police HQ attack by staff member

Government accused of serious failings as it emerges assailant had links to radical Islam The French prime minister, douard Philippe, has promised a security review of staff working in counter-terrorism intelligence units after the state prosecutor said the police administrator who killed four people in an attack at a Paris headquarters adhered to a radical vision of Islam. Opposition politicians this weekend criticised the government for what they called serious failings, asking how a long-standing staff member working within a high-security police department was able to carry out exchanged more than 30 religious text messages with his wife before leaving work to buy the knives, displaying no nervousness. Politicians on the left and right warned of security failings inside the …

Change will come to China, but not through following western ways | Hans van de Ven

As it celebrates its first 70 years, the Peoples Republic might benefit from re-examining its past On Tuesday, 15,000 perfectly groomed military personnel, each between 5ft 9in and 6ft 1in tall, will march down Changan Avenue in Beijing. Some 170 aeroplanes and 580 ballistic missiles, drones, tanks, machine guns and other military kit will showcase the might of the Peoples Republic of China. The parade marks the 70th anniversary of the day that Mao Zedong announced the founding of the Peoples Republic from atop the Tiananmen Gate. It will inspire a sense of pride among Chinese citizens and worries among their neighbours, especially Taiwan. However, to measure the state of China now, it is worth bearing in mind another anniversary …

At least 20 killed and 70 injured in day of violence in West Papua

Deaths occurred in two separate incidents in the restive Indonesian province, with activists claiming police opened fire on students Graphic photos of the bloodied victims of what appear to be gunshot wounds have emerged amid ongoing unrest sparked by an incident in Surabaya when police and military-aligned militia allegedly taunted West Papuan students with racist slurs. The surge in anger over racism, which West Papuans say they have long endured, has culminated in renewed and widespread calls for independence from Indonesia. With AP.

Woman behind ‘French #MeToo’ found guilty of defaming media executive

Sandra Muller calls verdict in favour of Eric Brion backwards step and vows to appeal A woman who launched a French version of the #MeToo campaign to expose abusive male behaviour has been found guilty of defaming a media executive she accused of making lewd and sexist remarks. #balancetonporc (expose your pig), which called on French women to name and shame men in an echo of the #MeToo movement that began in response to allegations that toppled the film producer column in Le Monde in 2017, Brion admitted making inappropriate remarks to Muller at a cocktail party. He wrote: Effectively I did make misplaced comments to Sandra Muller during a drunken cocktail party very late one night, but only once. …

The myth of the free speech crisis

The long read: How overblown fears of censorship have normalised hate speech and silenced minorities When I started writing a column in the Guardian, I would engage with the commenters who made valid points and urge those whose response was getting lost in rage to re-read the piece and return. Comments were open for 72 hours. Coming up for air at the end of a thread felt like mooring a ship after a few days on choppy waters, like an achievement, something that I and the readers had gone through together. We had discussed sensitive, complicated ideas about politics, race, gender and sexuality and, at the end, via a rolling conversation, we had got somewhere. In the decade since, the …

Hong Kong: Revolution is war, and no war is without bloodshed

Anger is rising as the state crackdown intensifies, and protesters say they are prepared for confrontation and sacrifice Ryan Lee, a 27-year-old computer engineer, only started taking part in Hong Kongs demonstrations in June. Since then, it has been a steep learning curve. He has tackled a police officer to the ground to rescue another protester, tossed teargas canisters back at the police and covered the gas grenades with the metal dishes commonly used in Hong Kong for steaming fish. Within weeks, Lee has transformed into a militant fighter one of the black-clad protesters in full protective gear who have faced off week after week with police behind makeshift barricades. Saturday was no exception when police in riot gear stormed …

Germans kept up at night by noisy igelsex (thats hedgehog coupling)

Police called out to reports of nocturnal disturbances find hedgehogs having fun German emergency services called out to attend to nighttime disturbances are increasingly finding themselves confronted with copulating hedgehogs. People are calling 110 (the German equivalent of 999) to complain about noises they typically put down to neighbours having unacceptably loud sex or to injured animals crying out for help. The spread of the hashtag #igelsex (hedgehog sex) on social media reveals the disturbances sometimes have a less predictable source. Recently police in Augsburg were called to a primary school one night after suspicious noises were heard in the playground and a security light was activated. Only after the caretaker had been dragged out of bed and several police …

Cairo car bomb kills at least 20 outside hospital

Interior ministry blames Hasm group for blast that injured dozens near cancer institute Twenty people have been killed and 47 injured after a car bomb collided with other vehicles, triggering an explosion outside a cancer hospital in central Cairo. The blast occurred around midnight local time on a road running alongside the Nile River in an area outside Egypts National Cancer Institute. Pictures taken just after the incident and said they were searching the Nile for additional victims who may have fallen in during the attack. In the morning, police and security officials watched over patients accessing the institute, where twisted metal, possibly from the bumper of a car, hung from the damaged facadeand broken glass and tiles covered the …

A$AP Rocky assault trial: prosecutor calls for six-month sentence

US rapper has been in detention since 3 July over incident in Swedish capital A Swedish prosecutor has demanded that A$AP Rocky serve six months in prison for assault causing actual bodily harm in a case that that has outraged the US rappers fans and inflamed transatlantic relations. The prosecutor, Daniel Suneson, told the court in Stockholm the musician, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, should serve a longer sentence than two members of his crew who are also accused of attacking the alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari, in a street brawl in the centre of the Swedish capital publicly demand Mayers release. The prosecution alleges that after a violent altercation over a pair of headphones, Mayers, 30, threw Jafari, 19, …

Indian teenager who accused politician of rape injured in crash

Family says car crash that left two relatives dead was attempt to silence alleged victim A teenager who alleged she had been raped by a ruling party official in India is critically injured in hospital after a car crash. Two female relatives were killed in the crash, which occurred on Sunday when a truck collided with their car in Uttar Pradesh. Her lawyer was also badly injured. Police said the collision appeared to have been an accident, but that they were investigating claims it may have been an attempt to silence the girl. We are analysing all the aspects, we are looking into call details and have recorded statements of eyewitnesses, said the states police chief, OP Singh. The girl …

Venezuela: UN report accuses Maduro of gross violations against dissenters

In withering report, human rights chief details how Maduros security forces allegedly torture members of the opposition The UN has issued a withering appraisal of the human rights situation in Venezuela, as horrific details emerged of the injuries inflicted on a navy captain allegedly tortured to death during a crackdown on alleged plotters against president Nicols Maduro. A report by UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet which follows a notorious special forces group blamed for a wave of politically-motivated killings. The a shadowy special forces unit activists suspect has been tasked with subduing opposition to Maduro in Venezuelas impoverished periphery. The report said Bachelets team had interviewed relatives of 20 young men killed by FAES between June 2018 and April …

Putin: Skripal attack should not affect UK-Russia relations

Russian president says the Salisbury poisonings are not worth all this fuss his meeting with Theresa May at the G20 summit in Japan that relations between Britain and Russia should not suffer because of last years nerve agent attack on the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. All this fuss about spies and counterspies is not worth interstate relations. This spy story, as we say here, is not worth 5 kopecks, plummeted to a post-Cold War low last year when London accused Moscow of the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury. The Kremlin denies sending GRU military intelligence agents to Britain to carry out the attack, which triggered scores of diplomatic expulsions between Moscow and western countries. The …

Accidental cat filter appears on Pakistan official’s briefing

Human error blamed for livestreamed briefing in which officials appeared as cats As a veteran journalist Shaukat Yousafzai was used to press conferences. He had also served as regional health minister, representative of the ruling Mansoor Ali Khan (@_Mansoor_Ali) According to KP governments social media team we now have a cat in the cabinet pic.twitter.com/LNl7zwOfLU Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) You can’t beat this! Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt’s live presser on Facebook with cat filters.. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways