The Online Citizen

Thousands hold vigils as Hong Kong student’s death triggers outrage

by Yan Zhao and Su Xinqi Thousands of Hong Kongers held vigils Friday night for a student who died from a fall during recent protester clashes with police, triggering fresh outrage from the pro-democracy movement and renewed violence. Although the precise chain of events leading to 22-year-old Alex Chow’s fall last weekend is unclear and disputed, his death Friday morning …

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US identifies likely culprit of vaping illness outbreak

by Issam AHMED US health officials said Friday they had identified vitamin E acetate as the likely culprit behind a vaping-linked lung injury epidemic that has killed 39 people and sickened thousands. Investigators have previously pointed to the oil, which is sometimes used as a thickening agent for vaping products that contain a psychoactive substance called THC, as a possible …

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Iran earthquake kills five, leaves 300 injured

An earthquake rocked northwestern Iran before dawn on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 300 in crumbling and collapsed buildings. The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at 1:17 am (2247 GMT Thursday) about 120 kilometres (75 miles) southeast of the city of Tabriz, in East Azerbaijan province, the Iranian Seismological Centre said. Described as “moderate”, the quake was …

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Hong Kong student’s death triggers fresh outrage

by Yan Zhao and Su Xinqi A Hong Kong student who sustained head injuries when he fell during clashes with police died on Friday, triggering a fresh wave of outrage from the pro-democracy movement and fears of more violent unrest. Although the precise chain of events leading to 22-year-old Alex Chow’s fall are unclear and disputed, his death is the …

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Philippine drug war critic vows end to ‘senseless’ killing

The vocal critic that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has named to a lead role in his deadly drug war called on Friday for revamping the crackdown and ending its “senseless” killing. Opposition leader Leni Robredo has regularly attacked Duterte’s internationally condemned initiative, prompting the president to appoint her this week to a post supervising it. Critics have warned the job …

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Singapore probes Hong Konger over protest discussion

Police in Singapore are investigating a YouTube star from Hong Kong who allegedly organised a gathering to discuss the protests in his home city, a potential violation of tough public assembly laws. Singapore’s elite are increasingly nervous about the unrest in rival financial hub Hong Kong, observers say, as they fear it could inspire demonstrations in the tightly controlled city-state …

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China calls Hong Kong protesters ‘mobsters’ after stabbing

China has slammed radical protesters in Hong Kong as “mobsters” using violence to influence upcoming local elections, after a pro-Beijing lawmaker was injured in a stabbing. The international finance hub has been shaken by five months of huge and increasingly violent protests calling for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability. With Beijing and Hong Kong’s unpopular leader Carrie Lam refusing …

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Robin Low: Don’t get divided by the E-scooter ban

by Robin Low Adding labels divide you. Oh, you are “Pro-PMD!” or are you “Anti-PMD” I don’t support the behavior and some PMD users, and I don’t support the sudden blanket ban of PMDs. The Singapore government has a stunning record of being consistent. Just look at Ng Yat Chung, this scholar is very consistent. As former Chief of defence, …

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China slams British MP university report as ‘fictitious’

Beijing on Thursday criticised as “fictitious” a report by British politicians claiming there was “alarming evidence” of Chinese interference on university campuses. The report, which was released Tuesday, cited examples where Beijing-linked organisations appeared to suppress freedom of speech at institutions of higher education. One academic told lawmakers he saw Confucius Institute officials confiscating papers which mentioned Taiwan — which …

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