Man arrested for tribute
A man who paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II near the British Consulate was on Monday arrested for alleged sedition. Police on Tuesday said the 43-year-old man was detained near the consulate, where dozens of people had gathered to remember the late monarch. Local media reports said the man had stood outside the consulate playing songs on a harmonica including Glory to Hong Kong, the anthem of democracy protests that rocked the territory in 2019. Video posted online showed the crowd singing along as he played. Police said the man was arrested for investigation on suspicion of “committing an act with seditious intent.”
Murder suspect found dead
Police yesterday said they found the body of a Palestinian man suspected of killing an 84-year-old Israeli woman after an overnight search. Police said the body was found in Tel Aviv, hours after he was alleged to have struck and killed the woman in Holon. Police earlier said they were searching for Musa Sarsour, 28, from the West Bank city of Qalqilya. They were treating the death as an attack with nationalist motives, police said, and hundreds of officers fanned out to comb through the area. Yiftach District Police Chief Haim Bublil said Sarsour was found hung in central Tel Aviv, off a major shopping district, early yesterday. The woman was found unconscious on the side of a road on Tuesday afternoon and media reported that security camera footage showed the woman being struck from behind with a heavy object.
Fiona upgraded to Category 4
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) yesterday upgraded Hurricane Fiona to a Category 4 storm, as it continued its slow and devastating march northward after slamming the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday and leaving a trail of destruction in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The center said the storm had grown stronger, registering maximum wind speeds of 210kph as it barreled toward Bermuda. “Swells from Fiona are expected to reach Bermuda by early Thursday. The swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the NHC said in its latest advisory. At least five people have died as the storm churned across the region.
Pentagon reviews accounts
The Department of Defense has launched a review of its psychological warfare operations after the discovery of fake accounts on social media promoting pro-West disinformation, an official confirmed on Tuesday. Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder confirmed the review after a Washington Post report said Facebook and Twitter had shut down nearly 150 fake accounts suspecting they were created by the military. Ryder did not confirm or deny that the military was behind fake accounts, and said the information still needed to be reviewed. The Post cited a report last month by Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory on pro-Western covert influence operations, which said that Twitter and Facebook had removed accounts originating from the US and Britain in July and last month for engaging in “inauthentic behavior.” It said that Graphika and the observatory discovered an interconnected web of accounts on eight social media platforms that had been using “deceptive tactics” to promote pro-Western narratives in the Middle East and in Central Asia.
LOST AT SEA: Survivors of a sunken Cambodian ship said they floated for two days in open waters, while a UN official said that traffickers might continue undeterred Chinese survivors from a boat that sank near a Cambodian island, killing three people and leaving eight missing, said they embarked on what they believed would be a short-term fishing job and ended up without food and water aboard the vessel, and their belongings were taken away. Cambodian authorities said on Friday they rescued 21 people one day after the boat small wooden fishing vessel sank near Koh Tang, a Cambodian island close to the maritime border with Vietnam. Nine more people were rescued by the Vietnamese and three bodies were recovered by Cambodia, leaving eight people still missing, Preah Sihanouk provincial
TACIT APPROVAL: While the mainland sticks to its ‘zero COVID’ policy, the Chinese leadership appears to back Hong Kong’s shift to home health monitoring Hong Kong wants to ease COVID-19 rules like mandatory hotel quarantine that have made travel difficult for nearly three years, Chief Executive John Lee (李家超) said yesterday, as mainland Chinese officials signaled their approval. The number of infections in Hong Kong has fallen to about 6,000 a day, creating room to reconsider the measures that have crimped the territory’s competitiveness, Lee told reporters at a weekly briefing. Hotel quarantine will be replaced with seven days of home health monitoring, the South China Morning Post reported, though it said the change would not be announced until all the details have been determined. The
UNREST: Images posted online showed women removing their headscarves in defiance of religious law, with some even setting them on fire or symbolically cutting their hair Protests spread to 15 cities across Iran overnight over the death of Mahsa Amini after her arrest by the country’s “morality police,” state media reported yesterday, adding that four police officers were injured and one “police assistant” died from injuries on Tuesday in the southern city of Shiraz. In the fifth night of street rallies, police used tear gas and made arrests to disperse crowds of up to 1,000 people, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said. Demonstrators blockaded streets, hurled stones at security forces, set fire to police vehicles and garbage bins, and chanted anti-government slogans, it added. “On Tuesday evening,
Ukraine is now deploying captured Russian tanks to solidify its gains in the northeast amid an ongoing counteroffensive, a Washington-based think tank said yesterday, as Kyiv vowed to push further into territories occupied by Moscow. The Institute for the Study of War, citing a Russian claim, said that Ukraine had been using left-behind Russian T-72 tanks as it tries to push into the Russian-occupied region of Luhansk. “The initial panic of the counteroffensive led Russian troops to abandon higher-quality equipment in working order, rather than the more damaged equipment left behind by Russian forces retreating from Kyiv in April, further indicating