Some 500 policemen raided the offices of pro-democracy paper Apple Daily, alleging its reports breached a national security law. Police arrested the editor-in-chief and four other executives at their homes. It also froze $2.3 of assets owned by 3 companies linked to Apple Daily. The paper is owned by Jimmy Lai, who is in jail. Apple Daily is known to be critical of the mainland Chinese leadership.
Russian President Putin compared the BLM movement in the US to pro-Democracy protests in Russia led by opposition leader Navalny. ’We feel sympathy for the USA but we don’t want that to happen on our territory. We’re doing our utmost in order to not allow it to happen,’ Putin said, referring to the police killing of George Floyd. He said that the organization led by the Navalny broke the law.
Greenpeace apologized for injuries caused by a protester whose parachute landing ’did not go as planned’ before Germany’s game against France at the Euro Championship. Uefa said ’several people’ were treated in hospital after the man, on his way down, connected with camera wires and caused debris to fall on to the pitch and main grandstand. The protester’s parachute had the slogan ’KICK OUT OIL!’
Some 30 German soldiers are being recalled from service in Lithuania, with ringleaders facing immediate dismissal, after they were accused of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks and of sexual violence. Investigations found that soldiers had sung a birthday song for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler at a gathering. German military’s general inspector has apologized to his Lithuanian counterpart.
Government troops have burned most of a village in Myanmar’s heartland. The action appeared to be an attempt to suppress resistance against the ruling military junta. Photos and videos of devastated Kinma village in Magway region showed much of the village flattened by fire and the charred bodies of farm animals. One report said the village had about 1,000 residents.
US President Biden and Russian President Putin kicked off their summit on Wednesday with a handshake outside the Geneva villa where they are meeting. ’It’s always better to meet face to face,’ Biden said as the two men sat down with their top diplomats, kicking off the summit. Putin said he hoped the ’meeting will be productive.’
The former top aide to British PM Johnson ramped up his criticism of the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, releasing what appeared to be private message exchanges in which Johnson branded his health minister Matt Hancock ’hopeless.’ Dominic Cummings published screenshots of WhatsApp exchanges, apparently with Johnson. There’s been no comment from Johnson’s office.
Israel’s military launched airstrikes at the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, in response to incendiary balloons fired by militants in the Palestinian territory. The exchange marked the first major flare-up between Israel and Gaza since a May 21 ceasefire. The Israel Defense Forces said it was ’ready for all scenarios, including renewed fighting in the face of continued terrorist acts emanating from Gaza.’
Some 28 Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone on Tuesday, in what is said to be the largest reported incursion so far. Fighters and nuclear-capable bombers were among those in the so-called air defense identification zone (ADIZ). The brazen operation came just a day after Nato leaders at a summit warned of the military threat posed by China.
A Malaysian high court has said that a coroner erred in ruling that the death of a French-Irish teenager whose body was found near a jungle resort was likely due to a misadventure that didn’t involve other people. The judge agreed with Nora Anne Quoirin’s parents that it would not have been likely for the 15-year-old to venture out on her own. He’s replaced an earlier ruling with an open verdict.
The delta Covid variant, first detected in India, has now spread to more than 80 countries and it continues to mutate as it spreads across the globe, WHO said Wednesday. The variant now makes up 10% of all new cases in the US, up from 6% last week. Studies have shown the variant is even more transmissible than other variants. The WHO is also tracking recent reports of a ’delta plus’ variant.
Hungary’s parliament has passed a law banning LGBT content in schools. The legislation outlaws sharing information with under-18s that the govt. considers as promoting homosexuality or gender change. The national assembly passed the legislation ignoring a plea by a leading European human rights officials to abandon the plan as ’an affront against the rights and identities of LGBTI persons.’