Police pepper spray Hong Kongers defying ban to mark Tiananmen


Police pepper-sprayed some Hong Kong protesters on Thursday who defied a ban to stage candlelight rallies in memory of China's bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy crackdown, accusing Beijing of stifling their freedoms too.

Michael White: US Navy veteran detained in Iran for two years en route home

The Independent | Justin Vallejo

A Navy veteran detained in Iran for nearly two years has been released and is on his way home aboard a Swiss government aircraft, US officials said Thursday.

China knife attack at a kindergarten injures at least 39

Fox News

A school security guard injured at least 39 people in a knife attack at a kindergarten in southern China on Thursday morning, state media reported. The motive remains unknown.

Protest disrupts Hong Kong legislative debate over China national anthem bill


Police and firefighters entered Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday after two pro-democracy lawmakers threw foul-smelling liquid to protest against China's "murderous" crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square 31 years ago.

Arctic oil spill prompts Russia’s Putin to declare emergency and slam slow response

Washington Post | By Isabelle Khurshudyan

Putin declared a state of emergency in the Siberian city of Norilsk over the 20,000-ton spill.

Republican senator 'struggling' to support Trump praises Mattis letter denouncing president as 'true, honest and overdue'

The Independent | Griffin Connolly

'When I saw General Mattis' comments yesterday I felt like perhaps we are getting to a point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up,' Alaska Republican Senator Murkowski said

Houses swept away in powerful landslide in Norway


Several houses have been swept into the sea following a powerful landslide in Alta municipality, northern Norway, on Wednesday.

UK business minister Sharma 'doing fine' after being taken ill


British business minister Alok Sharma is "doing fine" after being taken ill in parliament on Wednesday and subsequently tested for coronavirus, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday.

From Tiananmen Square to Lafayette Square

Washington Post | By Adam Taylor

Three decades ago, President Trump praised Beijing's "vicious" tactics against protesters. Today, his fight against China is undermined because of his own.

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The Trump administration chose 5 companies as the most likely to produce a vaccine. The tally of new cases is rising in the U.S., partly because of expanded testing. Italy ends travel restrictions.

South Korea seeks arrest of Samsung heir in succession probe


South Korean prosecutors have requested an arrest warrant against Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee, they said on Thursday, in the investigation of a controversial 2015 merger and alleged accounting fraud in a suspected bid to aid his succession plans.

China eases flight curbs after United States targets its carriers


China said it will ease coronavirus restrictions to allow more foreign carriers to fly to the mainland, shortly after Washington vowed to bar Chinese airlines from flying to the United States due to Beijing's curbs on American airlines.