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Embattled Hong Kong leader Lam suspends China extradition bill

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 09:34
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday delayed indefinitely a proposed law to allow people to be extradited to mainland China for trial after widespread anger and large-scale protests in the Asian financial hub.
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Hong Kong media say controversial extradition bill may be suspended

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 09:12
Hong Kong media reported on Saturday the city's government would suspend a proposed law on extradition to mainland China that sparked widespread anger and violent protests, with leader Carrie Lam planning to address reporters later in the day.
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Grueling Himalayan effort to retrieve bodies of avalanche-hit climbers

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 08:17
Two weeks after an avalanche swept up and probably killed a group of climbers in the Himalayas, Indian authorities mounted efforts to pluck their bodies from an exposed mountain face, braving harsh weather and treacherous terrain.
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Ancient Afghan citadel collapses, cultural heritage sites at risk

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 07:56
An ancient tower dating back 2,000 years in the historic Afghan city of Ghazni collapsed this week, local officials said, raising concerns about the vulnerability of the country's cultural heritage and the government's ability to protect them.
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Hong Kong leader Lam to meet media at 3 p.m. on Saturday: statement

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 07:41
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam will meet the media at 3 p.m. (0700 GMT) on Saturday, a government statement said, amid reports the government will suspend a proposed bill on extradition to mainland China that sparked protests.
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China denies hit and run as pressure builds on Duterte to speak up

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 07:32
China has rejected Philippine allegations that a Chinese fishing vessel abandoned 22 Filipinos after it sank their boat in the South China Sea, as pressure builds on President Rodrigo Duterte to take a tougher line.
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Hong Kong news outlets say controversial extradition bill may be suspended

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 05:02
Hong Kong media reported on Saturday the city's government would suspend a proposed law on extradition to mainland China that sparked widespread anger and violent protests, with leader Carrie Lam planning to address reporters later in the day.
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UK court sets Assange U.S. extradition hearing for February 2020

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 04:19
The full extradition hearing to decide whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be sent to the United States to face accusations including spying charges will take place in February next year, a London court ruled on Friday.
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Indian migrant girl, 6, died in Arizona desert as mother sought water

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 03:15
A six-year-old girl from India died of heat stroke in an Arizona desert after her mother left her with other migrants to go in search of water, a medical examiner and U.S. Border Patrol said on Friday.
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U.S. plan to make Guatemala take asylum seekers called ludicrous by rights group

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 03:03
A U.S. plan to make asylum seekers from Honduras and El Salvador seek refuge in Guatemala instead of the United States would endanger, not protect, refugees, a prominent rights group said on Friday as U.S. negotiators met Guatemalan officials.
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Saudi-led coalition in Yemen strikes Houthi positions in Sanaa: Saudi state TV

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 02:26
The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has targeted military positions in the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, including air-defense systems, Saudi state TV said on Saturday.
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Trump says 'Iran did do it,' as U.S. seeks support on Gulf oil tanker attacks

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 02:25
The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international consensus about the threat to shipping, despite Tehran denying involvement in the explosions at sea.
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Mexico, Honduras say will work together to protect migrant rights

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 01:44
Mexico and Honduras will coordinate to protect the rights of Honduran migrants in transit through Mexico as well as strengthen their cooperation to tackle human trafficking, their foreign ministries said in a joint statement on Friday.
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U.S. ramps up Mexico asylum returns, Trump confirms 'safe third country' plan

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 01:42
The United States has doubled the number of asylum seekers it sends back each day to Mexico from El Paso, Texas, a Mexican immigration official said on Friday, in the first sign of action following a deal struck to avert U.S. tariffs last week.
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U.S. sending more asylum seekers back to Mexico via Texas border crossing: official

Reuters worldNews - za, 15/06/2019 - 01:16
The U.S. government on Thursday began ramping up the pace of returns of asylum seekers to Mexico to wait out their U.S. court hearings by sending around 200 migrants back through the El Paso, Texas, port of entry, according to a Mexican official.
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Mexico to urge G20 to pay attention to Central America migrant crisis

Reuters worldNews - vr, 14/06/2019 - 23:57
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday that he will present a document at the Group of 20 summit this month that would ask the member nations to take note of the high numbers of migrants fleeing Central America through Mexico.
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Senegal police detain protesters amid outcry over gas deal

Reuters worldNews - vr, 14/06/2019 - 23:50
Senegalese riot police fired tear gas and detained more than 20 people on Friday at an unsanctioned protest in Dakar over a BBC report of allegations the president's brother was involved in fraud related to two offshore gas blocks developed by BP PLC.
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U.S., others object to U.N. counterterrorism chief visit to China's Xinjiang

Reuters worldNews - vr, 14/06/2019 - 23:46
The United States and other western countries have objected to a visit by the United Nations counterterrorism chief to China's remote Xinjiang, where U.N. experts say some one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in detention centers.
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Brazil markets spooked by minister's complaints on pension reform

Reuters worldNews - vr, 14/06/2019 - 23:36
Brazil's economy minister and lower house speaker exchanged harsh words on Friday over progress on pension reform, creating another drag on Brazilian financial assets already feeling the heat from global market weakness.
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Eletro-belts, spiked batons, even a gas chamber - EU seeks ban on trade in torture items

Reuters worldNews - vr, 14/06/2019 - 20:59
Trade in instruments for torture and execution should be illegal and could one day be banned under an initiative spearheaded by the European Union, Argentina and Mongolia, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told Reuters on Friday.
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