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Why is Hong Kong's China extradition plan so controversial?

Fpo - Hong Kong witnessed its largest protest since the city's 1997 handover to China on Sunday as hundreds of thousands came out to oppose plans to allow extraditions to the mainland.

Russian dailies publish same front page over reporter's arrest

Moscow - Three top Russian dailies on Monday published the same front page in an unprecedented act of solidarity over the arrest of an investigative reporter on drugs charges.

Hand-picked successor sweeps to victory in Kazakhstan vote

Astana - The hand-picked successor of Kazakhstan's longtime ruler has won a sweeping victory in a presidential election, authorities said on Monday, after a voting day marred by protests and arrests.Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took 70.

New Zealand calls time on non-combat mission in Iraq

Wellington - New Zealand will begin scaling back its non-combat mission in Iraq next month and bring home the last of its troops by mid-2020, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

Six convicted over notorious Indian gang rape

Pathankot - Six men were convicted on Monday over the notorious 2018 gang rape and murder in India of a young girl from a Muslim nomadic tribe that provoked horror and stoked inter-religious tensions.

Musical inspired by Greek mythology wins at Tony Awards

New York - A musical inspired by Greek mythology and a play about the conflict in Northern Ireland were the big winners Sunday at the Tony Awards, the highest honors in American theater.

Cuba's overseas medical brigade a repressive sham, ex-staffers say

Washington - A great source of pride for communist Cuba is a medical corps that has fanned out across the globe for decades to help people in troubled or poor countries.

Essential Science: Algorithm provides caffeine in-take strategy

For many people caffeine is an effective stimulant, providing much needed alertness. But when is the best time drink coffee? And how can you avoid drinking too much? An algorithm has the answers.

China's exports beat forecast to rise as trade war heats up

Bejing - China's exports beat gloomy forecasts to rebound in May though imports sank more than expected, official data showed Monday, as concerns lingered about the impact of its ongoing trade war with the United States.

Chinese media blames Hong Kong demo on collusion with West

Bejing - Chinese media on Monday blamed foreign interference over the huge protest that brought central Hong Kong to a standstill at the weekend, accusing opponents of the city's pro-Beijing government of "collusion with the West".

Hong Kong leader refuses to scrap extradition bill despite rally

Fpo - Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader on Monday refused to scrap a controversial plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland, a day after record crowds came out to oppose the proposal.

Man on a mediation mission: Japan's Abe heads to Iran

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Iran this week on a rare diplomatic mission, hoping to ease tensions between the Islamic Republic and Tokyo's key ally Washington.

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill will not be scrapped

Fpo - Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader said Monday she had no plans to scrap a controversial plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland, a day after huge crowds came out to oppose the proposal.

Brazil's Lula jailed to keep him from 2018 election: report

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Justice Minister and prosecutors collaborated to convict left-wing icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on corruption charges to prevent him from contesting the 2018 election, an investigative news outlet reported Sunday.

'In a zoo': Pakistan's Kalash battle tourism deluge

In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions.

The first transatlantic flight 100 years ago

Paris - When two British pilots steered a biplane across the vast Atlantic 100 years ago, battling frozen sleet and thick fog for more than 16 hours, they were making aviation history.

Rising misery as Ethiopia struggles to stem ethnic tensions

Addis Ababa - More than a year after his house in southern Ethiopia was razed to the ground, his coffee plantation destroyed and cattle stolen, Teketel Memheru is still too terrified to return home.

Op-Ed: Billy Ray Cyrus belongs in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Veteran country singer-songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus deserves to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a future ceremony.

Botswana to rule on scrapping anti-gay laws

Gaborone - Botswana could decriminalise gay sex on Tuesday when its high court is due to rule in a landmark case being watched across Africa after Kenya recently upheld its own anti-homosexuality laws.

Race to replace UK's May gets underway

London - Around a dozen British Conservative MPs will formally throw their hats into the ring on Monday in the fight to replace Theresa May as party leader and Prime Minister, with her former foreign secretary Boris Johnson seen as the runaway favourite.
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