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Chinese #MeToo journalist jailed for five years

15-06-2024 BEIJING: A prominent female #MeToo activist in China has been handed a five-year jail sentence for “subversion against the state”. Sophia Huang Xueqin was convicted and sentenced on Friday, nearly 10 months after she went on trial. Labor activist Wang Jianbing, who stood trial with Huang, was sentenced to …

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Hong Kong cancels passports of 6 activists in exile in UK

14-06-2024 CITY OF VICTORIA: Hong Kong has cancelled the passports of six pro-democracy activists who are in exile overseas under its newly-enacted domestic security law, calling them “lawless wanted criminals”. The government said that in addition to the cancellation of the “absconders’” travel documents, the six were also banned from …

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Leaders arrive in Italy for 3 days G7 summit

14-06-2024 APULIA/ PUGLIA: Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States are meeting for a three-day summit to discuss global affairs in the southern Italian region of Puglia (Apulia). Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he expects “important decisions” …

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Hamas rebuffs Blinken blame for elusive ceasefire

14-06-2024 CAIRO/ GAZA CITY: Hamas has pushed back after being criticized by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for not yet accepting a ceasefire proposal, saying it had shown “positivity” towards the negotiations. The group said it had “dealt positively… with the latest proposal and all proposals to reach a …

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Buenos Aires rocked by clashes over Milei reforms

14-06-2024 BUENOS AIRES: Argentina’s Senate has narrowly approved President Javier Milei’s controversial economic reform package, with the vote taking place as violent clashes raged between protesters and riot police outside Congress. Demonstrators in Buenos Aires who say the measures will hurt millions of Argentines threw petrol bombs and stones, setting …

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Thousands of Muslims arrive in Makkah for Hajj

14-06-2024 MAKKAH: Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have flocked to the Saudi holy city of Makkah for the Hajj pilgrimage, as the religious festivities of Zil Hajj commenced last week. One of the world’s largest annual religious gatherings officially begins Friday, and the officials in Saudi Arabia are trying to …

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