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‘World’s greatest archaeological dispute’ to be decided as Indian supreme court wraps up Ayodhya hearing

Destruction of Babri Masjid by right-wing Hindu mob in 1992 sparked communal riots across India. Now, the Supreme Court must decide whether a temple to the Hindu Lord Ram – promised by Narendra Modi – can be built on the site → Read More

China 'building cark parks and playgrounds' over Uighur Muslim graveyards 'to eradicate ethnic group's identity'

China has destroyed scores of traditional burial grounds belonging to Uighur Muslims in the north-western Xinjiang province, in what critics say is part of a campaign to wipe out the minority group’s cultural identity. Satellite images analysed by Earthwise Alliance and published on Wednesday showed flattened earth, new car parks or standardised facilities in places that once → Read More

Carrie Lam says Chinese military could step in if Hong Kong's situation gets worse: 'Nothing can be ruled out'

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has warned that the Chinese military could step in to quash pro-democracy protests if the city’s unrest continues to deteriorate, saying that “no options could be ruled out”. The chief executive’s comments come after foreign envoys in the city expressed concern that China appears to have doubled its garrison of troops in Hong Kong to a record → Read More

US blacklists dozens of Chinese tech companies and agencies over ‘brutal oppression’ of Uighurs

The US has blacklisted 28 Chinese companies and government agencies over what it called the “brutal” treatment of Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang province. The banned groups are mostly technology companies, developing facial recognition, artificial intelligence and video surveillance equipment which the American government said was being used to → Read More

NBA in grovelling apology after China suspends broadcasts of Houston Rockets games over Hong Kong 'freedom' tweet

The NBA has been forced to issue a grovelling apology to China after a team’s general manager tweeted support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. Daryl Morey, manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted the umbrella logo of a protest movement in the city alongside the slogan “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” The tweet has since been deleted. → Read More

Hong Kong protests: Leader Carrie Lam invokes emergency powers to ban face masks at demonstrations

Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam has invoked rarely-used emergency laws to ban the wearing of face masks at protests, a move that is expected to provoke an angry backlash from the pro-democracy movement. Ms Lam announced the measure at a news conference on Friday, following government talks to stave off escalating violence after the police shooting of an 18-year-old → Read More

Hong Kong protests: 18-yr-old shot by police to be charged with rioting and assaulting an officer

Hong Kong police say criminal charges will be filed against an 18-year-old student who was shot in the chest on Tuesday in an incident that has sparked outrage and International condemnation. Tsang Chi-kin is in a stable condition after receiving surgery, the government said on Thursday. In a statement, the police said Mr Tsang would be charged with rioting and two counts of → Read More

India at odds over Gandhi's legacy as nation marks founding father's 150th birthday

Events were held across India on Wednesday to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the man known as the father of the nation. Prime minister Narendra Modi paid an early morning tribute to Gandhi at the Raj Ghat memorial on the banks of the Yamuna River in Delhi that is dedicated to the independence leader. → Read More

Hong Kong suffers 'one of most violent days in history' as students strike over shooting of classmate

Workers clean streets that became battlefield on 70th anniversary of People's Republic of China, while students at 18-year-old Tsang Chi-kin's school chant that police are 'murderers' → Read More

Hong Kong protests: Man shot in chest by police firing live rounds

A protester has been shot in the chest as police fired live rounds during clashes in Hong Kong, according to activists and local media. The Demosisto protest group shared a video on social media that appeared to show a police officer firing a handgun into the chest of an approaching protester at near-point-blank range. The video, captured and posted online by a Hong Kong → Read More

Taiwan bridge collapse: 11 trapped on boats below as oil tanker plunges into river

At least 11 people are feared to have been trapped after an arch bridge collapsed into a bay in eastern Taiwan, sending an oil tanker falling into the waters below and crushing a number of fishing boats. Dramatic footage from a nearby CCTV camera showed the moment the tanker drove over the bridge, and was almost safely at the other side, when the entire 140m-long structure → Read More

China marks 70th anniversary with huge display of military might: 'No force can stop us'

China has begun celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding as a communist nation, with president Xi Jinping overseeing a huge military parade through central Beijing. Tanks, hypersonic ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US, formations of goose-stepping troops and a formation of fighter jets trailing coloured smoke were all on display as the country flexed its → Read More

India floods: More than 100 dead as central states hit by 'unprecedented' crisis

More than 100 people have died due to flooding after three days of heavy rain in the populous Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. National disaster management chief SN Pradhan said thousands of people were being evacuated from the Bihar state capital, Patna, calling the situation “unprecedented”. → Read More

Hong Kong Police warn of 'very, very dangerous' situation as protesters vow to defy ban on China's 70th anniversary

The authorities in Hong Kong have refused to overturn a ban on a major pro-democracy march on Tuesday, planned to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China. Protesters still say they are going to turn out in large numbers, wearing black for “a day of grief” on what will be marked across China as National Day, a public holiday. Protests on Sunday → Read More

Hong Kong braces for fresh unrest as protesters look to embarrass Beijing on China's 70th anniversary

Hong Kong is bracing for a series of protests leading up to the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic’s of China on Tuesday, with major rallies planned over the weekend and on the day itself. Police have given permission for a demonstration on Saturday at Tamar Park, near the headquarters of the under-fire Legislative Council, that will also mark five → Read More

Two children beaten to death in India 'for defecating in public'

Two children have been beaten to death in India after they were seen defecating in the open near a village council building, police say. The victims, a 12-year-old girl named Roshni and Avinash, a boy aged 10, were cousins from the Dalit (formerly Untouchable) community. Two men, brothers from the upper-caste Yadav community, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. → Read More

Indonesia protests: Police fire tear gas on third day of unrest over laws to ban sex outside marriage

Police opened fire with tear gas on students and activists who again took to the streets in Indonesia on Wednesday, the third consecutive day of protests against a string of controversial new laws and reforms. Thousands of students clashed with police as they attempted to reach the parliament building in the capital Jakarta, the scene of similar violence after midnight on → Read More

Boris Johnson compares Brexit to eternal torture in speech to UN General Assembly

Boris Johnson mostly avoided talking about Brexit during his rambling inaugural address to the UN General Assembly on the topic of AI. Speaking in a late slot on Tuesday to a sparsely populated hall, Mr Johnson discussed the potential perils of new technological advances while hailing London as having "the biggest tech anywhere in Europe". → Read More

China is killing religious and ethnic minorities and harvesting their organs, UN Human Rights Council told

The Chinese government is harvesting and selling organs from persecuted religious and ethnic minorities on an industrial scale, the UN Human Rights Council has been told. Speaking at the council’s headquarters in Geneva on Tuesday morning, lawyer Hamid Sabi presented the findings of the China Tribunal, an independent tribunal on allegations of forced organ harvesting. → Read More

Backlash against Modi as Indian PM 'endorses Trump for 2020 in breach of diplomatic convention'

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has been accused of “interfering” in the next US presidential election, after he gave a speech in Texas that critics say tacitly endorsed Donald Trump for re-election in 2020. Mr Modi made the comments as he appeared on stage alongside the US president during a rally in Houston on Sunday, which was attended by more than 50,000 members of → Read More