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Attack by mobsters clad in white leave protestors and passengers injured in Hong Kong, police allegedly turn a blind eye to assailants

On the fringes of the chaos resulting from clashes between police and anti-extradition Bill protestors in the heart of Hong Kong on Sun night (21 Jul), dozens of men clad in white believed to be triad gangsters stormed into the Yuen Long MTR station, subsequently targeting protestors as well as train passengers and other members of the public the same …

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Hong Kong’s extradition Bill opponents storm into suburban Sha Tin district, Carrie Lam stays mum on total withdrawal

Protests against the Hong Kong government’s extradition Bill show no signs of quelling as tens of thousands stormed into New Town Plaza Mall in the suburban Sha Tin district on Sun (14 Jul). Reuters reported that clashes between the protestors and the police officers were particularly violent, as umbrellas and plastic bottles were thrown against the police officers, leaving 10 …

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Extradition Bill is ‘dead’: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam

After seismic clashes between protestors and the police that rocked Hong Kong for weeks, the city’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has announced that the controversial extradition Bill that sparked the protests is now “dead”. Chairing the Executive Council meeting on Tue (9 Jul), she said: “I have almost immediately put a stop to the (bill) amendment exercise, but …

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Anti-extradition Bill Hong Kongers to organise more protests this weekend

The movement against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition Bill is showing no signs of slowing down as protestors anticipate another round of protests on Fri (5 Jul) and Sun (7 Jul), barely three days after Hong Kong’s Legislative Council was swarmed and broken into by protestors on Mon (1 Jul). The Straits Times‘ China Correspondent reported that a group called Hong …

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Hungarian PM Orbán’s “illiberal democracy” bears striking similarities to Singapore’s model?

The prevalence of alleged cronyism and nepotism, the muzzling of independent press and opposition party supporters, and the use of state resources for election propaganda are some of the elements that characterise Hungary’s “illiberal democracy”, presently led by prime minister Viktor Orbán. British historian and Professor of European Studies at Oxford University Timothy Garton Ash, who prefers to label Orbán’s …

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Erdoğan’s ruling AK party loses re-run of Istanbul mayoral election

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost a re-run of Istanbul’s mayoral election on Sun (23 Jun) to Turkey’s primary opposition party by almost 777,000 votes, or 54 per cent of the total votes counted, according to the latest results. The repeat was held following allegations of stolen votes during the initial election in Mar, …

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