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Hong Kong elections: Record numbers vote in district council polls

Voters have turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in Hong Kong’s district council elections. By lunchtime, the number of voters had already surpassed the final total in the 2015 elections. The election is seen as a test of support for embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Pro-democracy protest groups hope the vote will send a message to the ... Read More »

Labuschagne’s maiden ton and Starc’s late surge set up victory push

Pakistan 240 and 3 for 64 (Masood 27*, Starc 2-25) trail Australia 580 (Labuschagne 185, Warner 154, Burns 97, Wade 60, Yasir 4-205, Haris 2-75, Afridi 2-26) by 276 runs Marnus Labuschagne’s maiden Test century and highest first-class score, which he narrowly missed converting into a double, followed by an evening surge from the quick bowlers put Australia well on ... Read More »

Germany again deports Lebanese gang leader Ibrahim Miri

Lebanese gangster Ibrahim Miri landed in Beirut on Saturday morning. The criminal mastermind was deported just months before, but he thwarted a travel ban and re-appeared in Bremen where he registered an asylum claim. Miri’s flight landed at 10 a.m. German time (09:00 UTC) in Beirut, where the German police handed him over to Lebanese authorities. The deportation marked the ... Read More »

Hong Kong protesters hope poll will send message to China

Pro-democracy protest groups in Hong Kong are urging people not to disrupt Sunday’s local elections in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. They hope the polls will send a message to the government in Beijing after five months of political unrest. The authorities have threatened to suspend voting if there is serious disruption at polling stations. More than 400 councillors are due ... Read More »

Kenya landslide: At least 24 killed after heavy rains

At least 24 people are reported to have died in landslides caused by severe weather in West Pokot county, Kenya. Officials told local media that the bodies of at least 12 people, including seven children, were recovered on Saturday. The landslides, affecting the villages of Nyarkulian and Parua, were reportedly caused by heavy rains. Officials say the villages have been ... Read More »

German politicians urge Turkey to release embassy lawyer

A “provocation” from Ankara and a “foreign policy scandal:” German politicians are outraged over the detention of a lawyer who had been working on asylum cases. Dozens of documents are now with Turkish authorities. The detention of a Turkish lawyer who had been working with the German embassy in Ankara has sparked outrage in Germany, with officials across the political ... Read More »

Impeachment inquiry: Trump ‘promoted discredited Ukraine theory’

US President Donald Trump disregarded senior advisers and pushed a false theory that Ukraine had meddled in the 2016 election, an ex-White House aide has told the impeachment inquiry. Fiona Hill said the president had instead listened to the views of his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Ms Hill called the claims about Ukraine a “fictional narrative”. The inquiry is assessing ... Read More »

Grace Millane murder: Man guilty of killing backpacker in New Zealand

A man who strangled a British backpacker and hid her body inside a suitcase has been found guilty of murder. Grace Millane was found buried in bushland outside Auckland, New Zealand. A jury at the city’s high court rejected claims by the 27-year-old man, who cannot be named, that she died accidentally during “rough sex”. Ms Millane’s parents David and ... Read More »

Boy, 12, is youngest person convicted in Hong Kong protests

A boy aged 12 has become the youngest person convicted of an offence connected to Hong Kong’s anti-government protests, local media say. The child, who cannot be named, was arrested on his way to school the day after a demonstration in October. He admitted causing criminal damage by spray-painting slogans on a police station and a metro station, and will ... Read More »

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel PM charged with corruption

Israel’s attorney general has charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three separate cases. Mr Netanyahu is alleged to have accepted gifts from wealthy businessmen and dispensed favours to try to get more positive press coverage. He has denied any wrongdoing and said he is the victim of a “witch-hunt” by his ... Read More »

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