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Andy Chan pans Beijing in address

Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan (陳浩天) yesterday attacked China as an empire trying to “annex” and “destroy” the territory in a no-holds barred speech at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, which Beijing wanted cancelled. Chan, who leads the tiny Hong Kong National Party, said Beijing wasFULL STORY

Taliban overrun Afghan army base

The Taliban yesterday overran a base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers, even as Afghan forces battled the insurgents for the fifth straight day in the eastern provincial capital of Ghazni, trying to flush them out of the city’s outskirts, officials said. There were fears forFULL STORY

US state braced for death penalty by drug fentanyl

Nebraska was scheduled on Tuesday to carry out the US’ first execution employing the opioid fentanyl as part of a four-drug combination that has never before been used. The powerful synthetic painkiller — a key cause of death in the US’ opioid and heroin abuse epidemicFULL STORY

Crash outside parliament in London seen as terrorism

A motorist yesterday slammed into pedestrians and cyclists near Britain’s Houses of Parliament and police are treating the incident as an act of terror. A man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses after the silver Ford Fiesta collided with rush-hour commuters beforeFULL STORY

Fukushima nuclear boy statue ignites online furor

A giant statue of a child wearing a radiation suit in the Japanese city of Fukushima has touched off a storm of criticism online as the nuclear-hit area seeks to rebuild its reputation. Sun Child, a 6.2m figure sporting a yellow protective suit with a digitalFULL STORY

Boy at New Mexico compound died in militant ritual, prosecutors tell court

A three-year-old boy found buried at a New Mexico desert compound died in a ritual to “cast out demonic spirits,” but his extended family believed that he would “return as Jesus” to identify “corrupt” targets for them to attack, prosecutors said on Monday. Authorities unearthed theFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

NORTH KOREA Tour visas suspended Processing of tourist visas for foreigners has stopped ahead of a high-profile anniversary next month, a China-based tour operator said. The measure follows reports that Pyongyang had suspended visits as it prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding. KoryoFULL STORY

Mahathir wants to scrap Chinese deals2018-08-14

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday said 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.” Mahathir madeFULL STORY

Chinese paper defends tactics against Uighurs2018-08-14

China’s campaign of pressure against the nation’s Uighur Muslim minority has prevented Xinjiang from “becoming ‘China’s Syria’ or ‘China’s Libya,’” the Global Times said yesterday. The newspaper editorial came after a UN anti-discrimination committee on Friday raised concerns over China’s treatment of Uighurs, citing reportsFULL STORY

Omarosa recordings alarm Trump allies, others2018-08-14

Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman is drawing fire from US President Donald Trump’s allies and national security experts for secret recordings she made at the White House, including her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room. Manigault Newman on SundayFULL STORY

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