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Judge orders Seattle to stop using tear gas during protests
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Judge orders Seattle to stop using tear gas during protests

SEATTLE - A U.S. judge on Friday ordered Seattle police to temporarily stop using tear gas, pepper spray and flash-bang devices to break up largely peaceful protests, a victory for groups who say authorities have overreacted to recent demonstrations over police brutality and racial injustice. The liberal city with a lengthy history of massive, frequent protests has taken hits from all sides — from demonstrators, some city officials, the president and now a judge — over the way it’s responded to crowds taking to the streets following George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. Those on the right say the mayor and police chief aren’t being tough enough on protesters who have taken over part of a neighbourhood near downtown Seattle, while those on the left say police tactics hav
France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions
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France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions

PARIS - France announced Wednesday that it is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea after a standoff with a Turkish warship, amid growing tensions within the military alliance over the conflict in Libya. France’s Defence Ministry said that the government sent a letter Tuesday to NATO saying it is halting its participation in Sea Guardian “temporarily.” It came after NATO investigators submitted their report into the June 10 incident. A ministry official said France wants NATO allies to “solemnly reaffirm their attachment” to the arms embargo on Libya, which is being policed in part by a European Union naval operation. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity under the government’s customary practices. France has accused Turkey of repeat
SP  Jihadist terrorism continues to pose threat to Europe amid covid-19 outbreak
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SP Jihadist terrorism continues to pose threat to Europe amid covid-19 outbreak

A recent report has revealed that jihadist terrorism and threats posed by the extreme left and right-wing activists continue to terrorize Europe amid the Covid-19 pandemic.The European Union (EU) Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) 2020 report launched by European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) said, "Activists both on the extreme left and right and those involved in jihadist terrorism attempt to seize the opportunity the pandemic has created to further propagate their aims"."In the first months of 2020, lockdown measures introduced to combat the spread of COVID-19 could further escalate some of the trends identified in the TE-SAT, given the potential economic and social impact of the pandemic worldwide. These developments have the potential to further fue...
SP  Xi failed to promise transparency for China’s role in Covid-19 spread: US State Secy Pompeo
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SP Xi failed to promise transparency for China’s role in Covid-19 spread: US State Secy Pompeo

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo lashed out at China for making "empty promises" during the China-Africa summit in June and said that Chinese President Xi Jinping "failed to promise real transparency and accountability" for Beijing's role in "unleashing" the deadly coronavirus, which has infected over nine million people globally."At last week's China-Africa Summit, we, unfortunately, saw more empty promises and tired platitudes from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). While President Xi said, 'we must always put our people and their lives front and centre'. He failed to promise real transparency and accountability for China's role in unleashing this deadly virus,” Pompeo said.He added: “He was not putting lives front and centre when the CCP hid the truth about COVID-19 from the world u
SP  Kenyan court declares $3.2 billion railway contract with China illegal
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SP Kenyan court declares $3.2 billion railway contract with China illegal

A Kenyan appellate court called the USD 3.2 billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project between Kenya and the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) illegal, as the Kenya Railways failed to comply with and violated the country's law "in the procurement" of the concerned railway.Kenyan activist Okiya Omtatah and the Law Society of Kenya, an association of practicing advocates, filed the suit in 2014 in a bid to halt the construction of SGR.The petitioners said the railway was a public project that should have been subject to a fair and transparent procurement process. The petitioners said the project was not put up for tender and bidding process was not duly followed despite it being a government contract, the cost of which would be borne by the Kenyan taxpayers.When the case was in the ...
Tahiti to welcome foreign tourists in July
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Tahiti to welcome foreign tourists in July

Spectators gather on “taxi boats” as they prepare to watch local surfers in action at Teahupoo off the coast of Tahiti in French Polynesia on May 11. Teahupoo has been chosen to host the surfing events of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. (AFP Photo) Tahiti and other islands will be opened to international travel next month as French Polynesia tries to salvage its vital tourism industry, the government said on Saturday. The French overseas territory in the South Pacific halted all international flights in March in a bid to contain the coronavirus, and it has reported just 60 cases of the disease and no deaths among its population of about 280,000. But with no tourists for three months, the economy has been ravaged, and all of its hotels have been shuttered, triggering calls in the industry
Security Council trying again for first COVID-19 resolution
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Security Council trying again for first COVID-19 resolution

TANZANIA, Tanzania - The U.N. Security Council is trying again to reach agreement on its first resolution on COVID-19 since the coronavirus started circling the global in February, after a lengthy dispute between the U.S. and China over mentioning the World Health Organization. A revised draft resolution by France and China was submitted for a vote Tuesday and the result is expected to be announced on Wednesday. The draft resolution backs Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ March 23 call for global cease-fires to tackle the pandemic, and demands an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in all conflicts on its agenda including Syria, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and Congo. It calls on all warring parties “to engage immediately in a durable humanitarian pause for at least 90 consecutive days”
China ambush in Himalayas threatens peace
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China ambush in Himalayas threatens peace

China ambush in Himalayas threatens peace Never bring a knife to a gunfight, the saying goes, but China does it differently. It brings clubs. On Monday, China and India had the nastiest frontier incident since their border war of 1962. In the Galwan Valley of the Aksai Chin, a disputed region the size of Switzerland in the western Himalayas, Chinese and Indian border patrols clashed and twenty Indian soldiers were killed -- yet not a shot was fired. The killing was all done with clubs, stones and bare hands. Killing people without firearms is actually quite hard, but the fact that the fight happened on a steep ridge at night makes it easier to understand how so many died: many apparently fell or were pushed to their deaths. What's not so easy to explain is why most or all of the dead w...
ADVANCING THAILAND’S MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING
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ADVANCING THAILAND’S MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING

VANCING THAILAND’S MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING New Opportunities Arising As the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus rapidly increased the global use of medical devices, the Thai government is stepping up its efforts to attract foreign investors looking at expanding their manufacturing base in this promising industry. The continuous growth of Thailand’s healthcare services from the population, medical tourists and expatriates has driven the growth of the medical device supply chain. According to Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, the country is home to around 500 medical device manufacturers and 2,500 medical device importers operating at present. Ranging from small and medium-sized enterprises to international giants, the companies are catering to the demand for a variety of product
Malaysia resumes travel, haircuts and retail therapy as coronavirus curbs ease
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Malaysia resumes travel, haircuts and retail therapy as coronavirus curbs ease

Malaysia resumes travel, haircuts and retail therapy as coronavirus curbs ease Visitors look at a giraffe at National Zoo which re-opened after lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday. (Reuters photo) KUALA LUMPUR: Hair salons and shopping malls reopened, traffic jams returned and interstate travel resumed in Malaysia on Wednesday in a further easing of coronavirus restrictions to revive an economy hard hit by the pandemic. In the capital Kuala Lumpur, customers queued for temperature checks at malls while shop staff added the finishing touches to window displays. Barber shops and beauty salons were reopening to customers after having to remain shut for nearly three months. "Thank God the government decided to ease movement con...