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Hong Kong protesters call for new demo after demands are snubbed

Fpo - Hong Kong opposition groups called Thursday for another major demonstration after the pro-Beijing government did not respond to demands of protesters who have shaken the city with massive rallies.

100,000 South Koreans call for judge to be sacked over child rape case

Seoul - More than 100,000 South Koreans are demanding the dismissal of a judge who reduced the prison sentence of a child rapist to three years.

Yemen rebels target Saudi desalination plant: coalition

Apo - A Yemeni rebel strike targeted a desalination plant in the southwestern Saudi province of Jizan, a Riyadh-led military coalition fighting the rebels said Thursday.

Britain suspends new Saudi arms licences linked to Yemen

London - The British government said on Thursday it would suspend issuing new Saudi licenses for the sale of arms that might be used in the Gulf kingdom's bombing campaign in Yemen.

Verdict expected in mass Turkey trial of 'coup ringleaders'

Ankara - A Turkish court is set to hand down verdicts Thursday to more than 220 suspects in one of the biggest trials relating to the 2016 failed overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Tale of two cities: Hong Kong turmoil may boost Singapore

Fpo - Hong Kong's reputation as a stable financial hub has been shaken by a controversial extradition bill that prompted massive protests, and its loss might just be Singapore's gain, experts say.

From El Salvador to Texas, navigating the US asylum maze

El Paso - Exactly 146 days after leaving home in El Salvador, a petite, soft-spoken woman named Yolanda sat in a Texas courtroom seeking to reunite with her year-old grandson and teenage daughter, separated when they crossed the Mexican border.

Putin says use of US force against Iran would be 'disaster'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said any use of force by the US against Iran would lead to disaster as tensions escalate between Washington and Tehran. "The US says it does not rule out the use of force...

China's former Interpol chief pleads guilty to bribery

Bejing - Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei pleaded guilty at a trial in China on Thursday to accepting $2.1 million in bribes -- a remarkable fall from grace for the former vice minister of public security.The Tianjin No.

Ekrem Imamoglu: Turkey's rising political star

Istanbul - A softly-spoken football fan and former district mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu has come from nowhere to become a figurehead of the long-suffering Turkish opposition.

Europe seeks compromise candidate for top EU job

Apo - European leaders will try once again Thursday to agree on a compromise EU leader after political groups failed to unite behind one candidate.

Democrats say little gained as Trump ex-aide Hicks snubs lawmakers

Washington - Hope Hicks, a former longtime aide to US President Donald Trump, testified before Congress Wednesday, but Democratic lawmakers said she refused to answer several questions about her time at the White House.

Iran says shot down US drone over its territory

Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it had shot down a US "spy drone" which violated Iranian airspace near the Strait of Hormuz, in the latest incident to stoke tension in the strategic sea lane.

UN rights commissioner arrives to survey Venezuela crisis

Caracas - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet arrived in Venezuela Wednesday as part of a visit to review the country's ongoing economic and political crisis.

Three rescuers among 15 civilians killed by Syria regime fire: monitor

Sar - Regime bombardment killed 15 civilians including seven children and three rescue workers in jihadist-run northwest Syria Thursday, as fighting killed dozens on the edges of the anti-government bastion.

Pro-migrant German mayors receive death threats

Berlin - At least three prominent German pro-migrant mayors have received death threats, it emerged Thursday, days after police arrested a suspected far-right extremist over the assassination-style gun murder of a local politician.

Erdogan's party fights to retake Istanbul in mayoral re-run vote

Istanbul - Istanbul will vote for a mayor for the second time in three months on Sunday as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party fights to win back the city after a shock defeat in March.

'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder: UN expert

Geneva - There is "credible evidence" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a UN expert said Wednesday, calling for sanctions on the prince's foreign assets.

Op-Ed: UN report says Crown Prince Salman involved in Khashoggi murder

Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur found in a thorough and quite critical report that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing carried out by top Saudi officials including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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