Hong Kong protesters regroup under sea of umbrellas – Reuters

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong anti-government protesters marched in pouring rain on Sunday, regrouping under a sea of umbrellas after sometimes violent clashes a day earlier that prompted police to fire tear gas for the first time in more than a week. To read more just click here Continue reading Hong Kong protesters regroup under sea of umbrellas – Reuters

AP News: Die-hard Hong Kong protesters defend tactics as unity cracks

HONG KONG (AP) — On a recent sweltering Saturday, a day now reserved for protest in Hong Kong, a demonstrator named Wayne stepped past a row of plastic barricades, lifted a pair of binoculars and squinted. Four hundred meters away, a line of riot police stood with full-length shields, batons and tear-gas launchers. It was a familiar sight for Wayne after more than two months on the front lines of Hong Kong’s turbulent pro-democracy demonstrations. Along with hard hats and homemade shields, face-offs with police have become part of the 33-year-old philosophy professor’s new normal. To read more just click … Continue reading AP News: Die-hard Hong Kong protesters defend tactics as unity cracks

Demonstrations in China

Following the escalation in violence during the past few days, the demonstrations this weekend will provide a litmus test as to whether the protest movement can retain the broad support that it has appeared to enjoy. Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement that enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997. To read more just click here Continue reading Demonstrations in China

Deploying new U.S. missiles would be ‘reckless act’: North Korean media – Reuters

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper this month said he was in favor of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia, a day after the United States withdrew from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia. “The U.S. pointed out that it is now examining a plan for deploying ground-to-ground medium-range missiles in the Asian region and South Korea has been singled out as a place for the deployment, To read more just click here Continue reading Deploying new U.S. missiles would be ‘reckless act’: North Korean media – Reuters

Judge orders ex-Mexican minister to be taken into custody in corruption case – Reuters

(Reuters) – A Mexican judge ordered former minister Rosario Robles to be taken into custody pending criminal proceedings in a case involving loss to taxpayers, Mexican media reported on Tuesday. Robles, who for more than 2-1/2 years was the social development minister in the last administration, has appeared in court over prosecutors’ claims that over 5 billion pesos ($258 million) destined for welfare programs under her tenure were unaccounted for, according to local media reports. To read more Click here Continue reading Judge orders ex-Mexican minister to be taken into custody in corruption case – Reuters

AP News: Trump heads for golf club holiday as summer storms loom

NEW YORK (AP) — Now is the summer (vacation) of the president’s discontent. As Donald Trump prepares to leave on Friday for his annual August holiday at his lush New Jersey golf club, he’s confronting a storm of crises, at home and abroad, that could set the course for his upcoming re-election bid. With his poll numbers stalled and his ability to rally the country questioned, he’s being tested by an escalating trade war with China that may slow the economy, rising tensions with both Iran and North Korea and, in the aftermath of the mass shootings last weekend, pressure … Continue reading AP News: Trump heads for golf club holiday as summer storms loom

AP News: Kashmir on edge, locked down, as India looks to split state

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s lower house of Parliament was set to ratify a bill Tuesday downgrading the governance of the Indian-administered portion of Muslim-majority Kashmir, as an indefinite security lockdown continued in the disputed Himalayan region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government submitted the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill for a vote by the Lok Sahba a day after the measure was introduced alongside a presidential order dissolving a constitutional provision that gave Kashmiris exclusive hereditary rights and a separate constitution. for more information click here Continue reading AP News: Kashmir on edge, locked down, as India looks to split state