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russia today puts japan on the map, where new zealand should be | world news

New channel apologises to New Zealanders for map mix-up that also labelled Papua New Guinea as South KoreaRussian news channel RT has apologised for apparently accidentally labelling New Zealand as “Japan”, and Papua New Guinea as “South Korea” in an embarrassing southern hemisphere mix-up.The mistake came in a segment produced by their US bureau about potential new missile bases in “Japan, South Korea and Australia”. But in a large, erroneous graphic only Australia was correctly labelled. Conti...

uk consulate worker detained in china is freed in hong kong | world news

Simon Cheng is back in Hong Kong, say family, after weeks of detention in mainland ChinaA staff member at the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in mainland China has been released, his family said on Saturday, ending an ordeal that lasted more than two weeks.“Simon [Cheng] has returned to Hong Kong. Thanks to everyone for your support!” said an online message from Rescue Simon Cheng Facebook page run by his family and friends. It said Cheng and his family needed “time and space” to...

north korea fires two suspected missiles after branding pompeo a 'toxin' | world news

Launch comes day after regime called US secretary of state ‘impudent’ and questioned his ability in nuclear talksJapan’s Coast Guard has said it has detected a suspected ballistic missile launch from North Korea on Saturday that, if confirmed, would be the seventh such test in the past month.South Korea’s military Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the regime fired two projectiles on Saturday morning from around Sondok, South Hamgyong province. Sondok is the site of a North Korean military airfiel...

hong kong protesters join hands in 30-mile human chain | world news

Event inspired by anti-Soviet ‘Baltic Way’ across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 1989 A human chain stretched for kilometres across both sides of Hong Kong harbour on Friday night, as people turned out for a peaceful demonstration inspired by anti-Soviet protesters three decades ago.Joining hands and singing songs, tens of thousands of demonstrators lined Hong Kong’s pavements, overpasses, waterfronts and parks, and scaled one of its most famous peaks, picking out the outline of Lion Rock with...

china puts $75bn of retaliatory tariffs on us goods | world news

Move puts additional 5% and 10% on imports in latest tit-for-tat between top two economiesChina has unveiled retaliatory tariffs against about $75bn (£60bn) worth of US goods, putting up to 10% on top of existing rates in the latest tit-for-tat in the dispute between the world’s top two economies.The salvo from China on Friday comes after the US unveiled tariffs on an additional $300bn of Chinese goods, including consumer electronics, scheduled to go into effect in two stages on 1 September and ...

hong kong protests: youtube takes down 200 channels spreading disinformation | technology

Google-owned service says it discovered channels ‘behaved in a coordinated manner’ against pro-democracy protestsYouTube has disabled 210 channels that appeared to be part of a coordinated influence campaign against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.The action by the Google-owned service came as Twitter and Facebook accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and sow political discord in the city. Continue reading...

asian billionaires embark on uk spending spree as pound nosedives | news

China and Hong Kong’s super-rich buy up everything from skyscrapers to private schoolsChina’s president, Xi Jinping, and David Cameron famously sealed their countries’ “golden era” friendship in 2015 over a pint of Greene King IPA at The Plough at Cadsden, a five-minute drive from the then prime minister’s Chequers country residence.They were clearly a nice couple of pints. A year later the Chinese investment firm SinoFortone bought the 16th-century pub for £2m, and announced plans (which have n...

north korea calls pompeo 'poisonous' to diplomacy | world news

Ri Yong-ho says US secretary of state cast ‘dark shadows’ over nuclear talksNorth Korea’s top diplomat has called the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, a “diehard toxin” who only complicates denuclearisation talks and said North Korea was ready for both dialogue and standoff.Talks aimed at dismantling the North’s nuclear and missile programmes have stalled since a failed second summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in Hanoi in February. Continue reading...

pakistani refugee sets himself alight on nauru | world news

Medecins Sans Frontieres accuses Nauru of breaching medical ethicsA 36-year-old Pakistani refugee has been hospitalised after he set himself alight on Nauru on Friday.This comes amid warnings the government’s attempts to repeal the medevac laws could have fatal consequences, and accusations by Medecins Sans Frontieres that Nauru has breached medical ethics. Continue reading...

west papua: indonesia claims province has 'returned to normal' amid internet blackout | world news

Protesters dispute claim by Indonesian president Joko Widodo that order has been restoredIndonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has said West Papua “has returned to normal” after clashes with police, a claim dismissed by independence protesters who said mass rallies were likely to continue.There have been protests across the archipelago, including in Jakarta and Bali, as well as in the Papuan towns of Jayapura, Timika, Sarong and Fakfak, where police reportedly used tear gas and fired warning shots...

'we must defend our city': a day in the life of a hong kong protester | world news

As demonstrations entered their 11th week, the Guardian shadowed a protester for the day at a major anti-government rally banned by the police It is noon on a muggy August day in Hong Kong. Patrick Wong*, 20, has just eaten a breakfast of instant noodles and vegetables with his parents at a nearby cha chaan teng, an old-school local diner. Now he is preparing for another long Sunday on the streets.He is packing a black T-shirt, a yellow helmet, and a pair of goggles that can withstand 0.22-calib...

hong kong businesses fear protests will push economy into recession | world news

Amid mass demonstrations and a trade war, financial observers say the city’s slowdown could deepenHong Kong is a free marketer’s dream. The tiny island has a GDP bigger than many industrialised countries, low tax and abundant cheap labour, and is a world-class financial centre boasting a stock market with a total value of more than £2.5tn.No wonder then that the city’s most powerful vested interests are showing signs of nerves after 11 weeks of street protests that have paralysed the city, spark...

south korea cuts intelligence ties with japan, raising fears over north korea | world news

Trade dispute widens, sparking concerns that information about North Korea’s missile programmes may not be sharedSouth Korea has said it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo and deepening a decades-old dispute that has hit trade and undercut security cooperation over North Korea.South Korea’s Kim You-geun, a deputy director of the presidential National Security Council, said Japan had created a “grave change” in the environment for bilateral secu...

china's state media accuses worker at uk consulate 'of visiting prostitutes' | world news

Claim over Simon Cheng, of Hong Kong consulate, often used by Bejing authorities to smear criticsChinese state media has accused a worker at the British consulate in Hong Kong was detained in mainland China for visiting prostitutes – an accusation often used by the authorities to smear the reputation of government critics.Simon Cheng, 28, a trade and investment officer for Scottish Development International, travelled to Shenzhen, a city that borders Hong Kong, on 8 August. He sent messages to h...

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