Hong Kong police arrest more than 300 protesting China's 'birthday gift' of security law

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested more than 300 people on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of sweeping security legislation introduced by China to snuff out dissent. Beijing unveiled the details of the much-anticipated law late on Tuesday after weeks of uncertainty, pushing China’s freest city and

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Malawi election re-run a test case for African democracy

BLANTYRE (Reuters) – Malawians vote on Tuesday in a re-run of a discredited poll that has become a test case for the ability of African courts to tackle vote fraud and restrain presidential power. Malawi’s judiciary infuriated President Peter Mutharika, in power since 2014, when it overturned his narrow election victory in February on the basis of “systematic and grave”

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EU should take China to U.N. court over Hong Kong, lawmakers say

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union should take China to the International Court of Justice in The Hague if Beijing imposes a new security law on Hong Kong, the European Parliament voted on Friday, also calling on the bloc to use economic leverage to dissuade China. EU governments have already expressed “grave concern” over China’s security law for Hong Kong,

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Afghan president and rival strike power-sharing deal after feuding for months

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate, Ghani’s spokesman said on Sunday, a step that could smooth efforts to end the country’s longrunning war. “The Political Agreement between President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has just been signed,” said Sediq Sediqqi, Ghani’s spokesman, on Twitter.

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Meaford man charged with 1st-degree murder after missing man’s remains found

Ontario Provincial Police say a 34-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after a missing 25-year-old Meaford man’s remains were found. OPP officers said Emerson Sprung was last seen leaving his family’s home on a bike at around 9 p.m. on May 2. Sprung was reported missing to police on the afternoon of May 3. On Wednesday, police said

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Venezuela government says it foils attempted mercenary 'incursion'

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government said it foiled a marine incursion on Sunday by “terrorist mercenaries” who attempted to enter the country on speedboats from neighboring Colombia. President Nicolas Maduro frequently accuses political adversaries of attempting to overthrow his administration with the support of the United States, which has vowed to force him from office through sanctions that have crippled

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U.S. charges ex-Honduran police chief 'El Tigre' with drug conspiracy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Thursday announced drug trafficking charges against a former chief of the Honduran National Police, the latest in a string of U.S. drug cases against officials of the Central American country. Prosecutors said that Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares, also known as “El Tigre,” oversaw the multi-ton shipments of cocaine bound for the United States

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