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Hong Kong police fire pepper pellets to disperse protests over security bill

Hong Kong police fire pepper pellets to disperse protests over security bill

Hong Kong riot police fired pepper pellets to disperse protesters in the heart of the global financial centre on Wednesday, as new national security laws proposed by Beijing revived anti-government demonstrations.

Proposed health code app sparks anger in China

Proposed health code app sparks anger in China

A Chinese local government’s proposal for a post-coronavirus health app that ranks citizens based on their smoking, drinking, exercise and sleep habits has sparked fury online over privacy concerns.

HK police issue warning amid calls for new demonstrations

HK police issue warning amid calls for new demonstrations

Hong Kong police issued a warning late yesterday that they would not tolerate disruptions to public order, after activists circulated calls online for fresh demonstrations today.

Centre, states get court notice on migrant crisis

Centre, states get court notice on migrant crisis

The Supreme Court yesterday took suo motu cognizance of problems of migrant labourers who were stranded in different parts of the country during the nationwide lockdown to contain Covid-19 outbreak.

10 days of mourning for virus victims in Spain

10 days of mourning for virus victims in Spain

Spain is to hold 10 days of official mourning for victims of the coronavirus epidemic that has so far claimed more than 27,000 lives, the government said yesterday.

Putin orders WWII parade in June as Russia passes virus peak

Putin orders WWII parade in June as Russia passes virus peak

Russia has passed its peak of coronavirus infections, President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, ordering a World War II victory parade postponed by the pandemic to be held next month.

Minister quits in protest at Cummings’ lockdown trip

Minister quits in protest at Cummings’ lockdown trip

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government was hit by its first resignation yesterday over the controversy surrounding his top aide Dominic Cummings’ cross-country trip during the coronavirus lockdown.

Minister assures transparent probe into PIA plane crash

Minister assures transparent probe into PIA plane crash

Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmad Shah has assured that a transparent investigation will be conducted into Karachi plane crash as per the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

SpaceX readies for blast-off with Nasa astronauts aboard

SpaceX readies for blast-off with Nasa astronauts aboard

Gray skies loomed yesterday over Florida’s Atlantic coast, just one day before two astronauts were set to blast off aboard a SpaceX capsule on the most dangerous and prestigious mission Nasa has ever entrusted to a private company.

Galaxy of African stars hold virtual coronavirus concert

Galaxy of African stars hold virtual coronavirus concert

Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour and Grammy-winner Angelique Kidjo were among a galaxy of African talent brought together for a virtual concert to raise awareness of the coronavirus pandemic.

Soldiers, police enforce Indonesia’s virus curbs

Soldiers, police enforce Indonesia’s virus curbs

Indonesia’s military ordered the deployment of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and police yesterday to enforce rules on wearing masks and safe distancing after reports of people in the world’s fourth-most populous nation flouting them.

Police hold transport test run to prepare for commuter rush hour

Police hold transport test run to prepare for commuter rush hour

Police in the Philippine capital did a dry run yesterday of measures to enforce social distancing on public transport and control the spread of coronavirus, a tricky task in a densely populated city known for its commuting chaos.

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