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Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon arrested

Asia | In a blow to the city’s press freedom, police arrest Apple Daily publisher Jimmy Lai and raid his newspaper office
by June Cheng
Posted 8/12/20, 05:39 pm

Two hundred police officers in face masks barged into Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newsroom Monday, hours after police arrested the pro-democracy newspaper’s publisher, Jimmy Lai, on charges of “colluding with foreign forces” under the new national security law. The arrest and raid make up the highest-profile attack on the free press in Hong Kong since the law went into effect on June 30. 

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Israeli protesters want to cancel Netanyahu

International | Calls increase for the prime minister’s resignation
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/07/20, 01:25 pm

Protesters calling for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s resignation gathered outside his official residence and his beach house in central Israel while thousands flooded intersections across the country last weekend. Some held signs that read, “Crime Minister,” and, “Make Israel Free Again,” and many pledged to return to the streets this weekend. Police said they detained at least 12 demonstrators and cleared out others from the prime minister’s residence.

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Myanmar sentences pastor for defying COVID-19 orders

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/06/20, 04:32 pm

Pastor David Lah, a Canadian citizen born in Myanmar, held a worship service on April 7 in Yangon, the largest city in the Southeast Asian country also known as Burma. A court on Thursday convicted him of violating Myanmar’s coronavirus gathering ban and sentenced him to three months in prison. The judge applied the time Lah spent in jail awaiting a ruling against the sentence and said authorities likely will release him within a few weeks.

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