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North Korea rebuffs US offer of December talks, urges halt in military drills, Asia News

North Korea rebuffs US offer of December talks, urges halt in military drills, Asia News

SEOUL – North Korea said on Thursday it had turned down a US offer for fresh talks, saying it was not interested in more talks merely aimed at “appeasing us” ahead of a year-end deadline Pyongyang has set for Washington to show more flexibility in negotiations. Kim Myong Gil, North Korea’s nuclear negotiator, said in […]

Flaming arrows and petrol bombs: Inside Hong Kong protesters’ ‘weapons factories’, Asia News

Flaming arrows and petrol bombs: Inside Hong Kong protesters’ ‘weapons factories’, Asia News

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Under a November full moon, hundreds of young people dressed in black set about turning several of Hong Kong’s top universities into fortresses, well stocked with improvised weapons. At City University, protesters used ping pong tables, potted plants, furniture, sports equipment, and bamboo to form a network of barricades to block […]

War crimes court OKs probe into deportation of Myanmar’s Rohingya, Asia News

War crimes court OKs probe into deportation of Myanmar’s Rohingya, Asia News

THE HAGUE, Neatherlands – The International Criminal Court said on Thursday it had approved a prosecution request to investigate crimes against humanity against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority who were systematically driven across the border to Bangladesh. More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since a 2017 crackdown by Myanmar’s military, which UN investigators […]

China’s Xi warns Hong Kong protesters jeopardise ‘one country, two systems’, Asia News

China’s Xi warns Hong Kong protesters jeopardise ‘one country, two systems’, Asia News

China’s President Xi Jinping warned Thursday that protests in Hong Kong threaten the “one country, two systems” principle governing the semi-autonomous city that has tipped into worsening violence with two dead in a week. Hong Kong has been ruled by a unique system guaranteeing greater freedoms than on the mainland since its handover from British […]

Hong Kong government blasted for inaction as protestors close tunnel, firebomb rail tracks, Asia News

Hong Kong government blasted for inaction as protestors close tunnel, firebomb rail tracks, Asia News

The beleaguered Hong Kong government came under mounting criticism from across the political spectrum on Thursday for its failure to bring normalcy back to a city that protesters held hostage for the fourth straight day with their spree of besieging and blocking roads. The Cross-Harbour Tunnel was effectively defunct for an entire day as protesters […]

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