As Tuesday also marked the first day of Myanmar's new year's holiday, or Thingyan, the Dawei protesters carried flowers, normally displayed during festivities to mark the new year.Opponents of the military government across the country have canceled traditional festivities and instead showed their anger through silent displays of defiance and small protests across the country. The five-day holiday is usually celebrated with prayers, ritual cleaning of Buddha images in temples, the displaying of ornate flowers, and high-spirited water-dousing on the streets.The coup mounted against an elected government on Feb. 1 has plunged Myanmar into crisis after 10 years of tentative steps toward democracy.
Thousands of Islamists blocked highways and rail tracks and clashed with police in different parts of Pakistan in protest against the arrest of their leader ahead of rallies denouncing French cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad, officials said. The blockades have paralysed business in almost all major cities. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, government official Naveed Zaman said, adding that they had refused to leave until the release of their leader, Saad Rizvi, who was arrested on Monday.
Almost one million people are facing severe hunger in northern Mozambique where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee a jihadist insurgency, the U.N. food agency said on Tuesday. "As the security situation continues to deteriorate, more than 950,000 people in the north of Mozambique are now facing severe hunger," Tomson Phiri, a spokesman for the World Food Programme, told a briefing in Geneva. Islamic State-linked militants have escalated attacks in Mozambique's northernmost province Cabo Delgado in the past year, murdering villagers, fighting the army and seizing towns.
VIENNA (Reuters) -Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober of the Greens, the junior partner in the conservative-led coalition, said on Tuesday he is stepping down, exhausted and sick from battling the coronavirus pandemic and occasionally other officials. "I ... do not want to break myself," Anschober said in a short-notice statement to the media, describing blood-pressure problems that have caused him to take sick leave twice recently. Anschober, a 60-year-old former journalist and schoolteacher, is one of the country's most popular politicians, known for his long, patient explanations of the pandemic's challenges, often while holding up large print-outs of charts.
Businesses board up windows and residents remain on alert as Brooklyn Center, Minnesota braces for another night of protests following the police shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, in a traffic stop on Sunday. "It’s an uneasy, not very pleasant feeling just to know there’s a lot of tension in the air," a part-time resident tells AFPTV. National Guard troops have been deployed and a curfew has been put in place as tensions escalate.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia on Tuesday to withdraw troops that the alliance says Moscow is massing on Ukraine's borders, ahead of an emergency meeting of allied foreign and defence ministers. Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba flew to Brussels for talks with Stoltenberg a day after Kyiv accused the Kremlin of ignoring its request for talks between the two countries' presidents over a build-up of Russian troops near its border.
Hong Kong's government on Tuesday said it will be illegal for residents to encourage others to boycott or cast blank ballots in the city's already limited local elections as part of China's drive to ensure only "patriots" govern the finance hub.
Children brandishing replica rifles march alongside armed adults as residents of Ayahualtempa, south-western Mexico, form a 'self-defence' group to train for a possible attack from criminal organisations that operate in the area. "Los Ardillos criminal group kidnapped my loved ones, and on the roads, if you go unarmed, they kidnap you and disappear you. That's why we are uniting as a community in this town to defend ourselves," says one member.
Two Hong Kong tutors were among five people arrested by customs officers last week on suspicion of violating the city’s copyright law by selling patented teaching kits online. More than 59,000 electronic files containing suspected copyrighted teaching materials for primary schools were seized, said Superintendent Phoebe Wong Wai-chuen of the Customs and Excise Department’s intellectual property investigation bureau, who described the operation as the “biggest of this kind”. The materials – containing questions and suggested answers, as well as test papers – were designed by local publishers for primary school teachers, but they were not meant to be sold to the public, according to the customs department. The seized materials were for subjects such as English language, Chinese language, mathematics and general studies from the Primary One to Six levels.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Five Hongkongers – one man and four women – were arrested last Thursday when officers raided the Sai Ying Pun office of a private tutorial centre. Raids were also conducted on four residential units in Sai Ying Pun, Sha Tin, Fanling and Tseung Kwan O. Two of the suspects were tutors at the centre, while the others were a housewife, a jobless woman and one person whose occupation was not specified. Hong Kong copyright bill explained: Why are people so concerned about this? Assistant Superintendent Henry Wong Che-yin, head of customs’ intellectual property technology crime unit, said he did not think there was a syndicate behind the suspects. “We believe they worked individually to sell the suspected copyright-infringing teaching materials on the internet,” he said. He added some of the suspects had set up web pages to sell the teaching kits, while others joined online chat groups for parents to tout the illegal business. He said the materials were sold for between HK$100 (US$13) and HK$600 a set, and links for downloading the kits were sent to buyers after the transfer of money to designated bank accounts. Customs officers began investigating the matter late last year after receiving a complaint from a copyright owner. Customs defends operation to seize mislabelled goods from company Superintendent Wong said officers posing as customers purchased the materials on the internet to gather evidence. After identifying the suspects, they swung into action and made the arrests. During the operation, five computers and four tablets were seized, along with some memory devices and mobile phones. Officers found more than 50,000 electronic files of suspected copyrighted question banks for primary schools in one of the computers. The suspects, aged between 39 and 55, were arrested for violating the Copyright Ordinance, which carries a maximum penalty of four years in jail and a HK$50,000 fine per infringement. The five have been released on bail pending further investigation. Officers are still looking into the source of the teaching materials.More from South China Morning Post:Hong Kong copyright bill explained: Why are people so concerned about this? Hong Kong customs arrests two, seizes HK$32 million in crystal meth hidden in child car seats after 17 days of surveillanceHong Kong customs arrests 22, seizes HK$20 million in high-end fruit, frozen meat during raid on barge used as ‘mobile warehouse’This article Two tutors among five Hongkongers arrested for selling suspected copyrighted teaching materials in ‘biggest’ raid of its kind first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Two former opposition lawmakers currently facing prosecution under Hong Kong’s national security law were slapped with more charges on Tuesday, as prosecutors accused them of contempt of the legislature over an incident that took place when they were still members last year. Andrew Wan Siu-kin and Helena Wong Pik-wan were not required to enter pleas at their first appearance over the new case at Eastern Court on Tuesday, with the defence requesting an adjournment pending the Court of Final Appeal’s ruling on the constitutionality of a similar prosecution. The two Democratic Party members, who are among the 47 opposition politicians and activists charged with subversion over an unofficial primary election last summer, are now facing a combined total of three counts of contempt under Section 17(c) of the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance, which penalises interruptions of Legco sessions.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Wong, 62, was technically charged in two separate cases, the first for allegedly creating or joining “a disturbance which interrupted or was likely to interrupt” a Legco committee hearing on October 15 last year. She was said to have committed the offence together with fugitive ex-lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung, who is now in Australia. In the second case, Wong was charged alongside Wan, 51, with creating another disturbance in a separate committee meeting the next day. The legality of prosecuting lawmakers by invoking a provision designed to protect their rights has been the subject of debate in a separate case involving former legislator “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, who was charged with the same offence for snatching a folder from a government official during a Legco sitting in 2016. The 64-year-old has applied to overturn an appellate court’s ruling that upheld the constitutionality of his prosecution. The full hearing before the top court is slated for August 31. Judiciary reveals bail decision reasons in several security law cases In Tuesday’s hearing, Principal Magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen granted defence lawyers’ request to postpone the case to October 4, pending the determination of Leung’s appeal. He released Wan and Wong on HK$1,000 (US$129) cash bail, though Wan will remain behind bars as he was previously remanded in custody in the security law case. Wong had been granted bail in the earlier proceedings. Contempt of the Legislative Council is punishable by one year imprisonment and a fine for a first offence.This article Former Hong Kong lawmakers facing prosecution under national security law hit with fresh charges of contempt of Legislative Council first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Japan says it will release more than a million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear station into the sea.On Tuesday, the government announced a plan to begin releasing the water in about two years.The plant's operator, TEPCO, will filter the water to remove harmful radioactive isotopes.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga again made his country's argument that the water must be released to decommission the Fukushima plant."We will secure safety which is far above the regulation standards, and the government as a whole will conduct exhaustive measures against harmful rumours. We've judged that oceanic release is a realistic (option)."One isotope that has sparked anxiety is called tritium, as it is difficult to separate from water.However, it is considered to be relatively harmless because it does not emit enough energy to penetrate human skin.Suga says that even still, its concentration in the water Japan dumps would be reduced to around one-seventh of the drinking water standard defined by the World Health Organisation.Other plants around the world routinely pump water with lows levels of tritium into the ocean.But local fisherman have opposed dumping the water for years.And neighbours aren't happy either.China called the move 'extremely irresponsible' on Tuesday, and spokesman for South Korea called the decision unacceptable.Japan has been working closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency since the meltdown.Despite the outrage, the government has pointed out there is simply no more room at the site in the huge tanks that hold waste water.The Japanese government has been keen to stress the filtering and dilution processes.A senior government spokesperson emailed media outlets on Monday to request the term "contaminated" not be used in reporting, arguing it was misleading.
COURTESY: MUNDO MARINOWaddling to freedomLOCATION: SAN CLEMENTE DEL TUYU, ARGENTINAThese Magellanic penguins are returning to the Atlantic Oceanafter conservationists nurtured them back to healthNAME: SERGIO RODRIGUEZ, HEAD OF MUNDO MARINO FOUNDATION"We found these animals in a state of malnutrition and dehydration. And in some cases they had an issue with moulting, so the natural replacement of their feathers had been interrupted for various reasons including the lack of nutrients. That means they lacked the feathers to withstand the cold sea waters."There are up to 3.2 million adult Magellanic penguinsThey are named after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand MagellanMost are found in Chile and Argentina
Hong Kong confirmed 13 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, while the city’s BioNTech vaccination programme was boosted by the arrival of 300,000 more doses. Three of the latest Covid-19 cases were locally transmitted, one of which was untraceable, and the rest were imported from India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Japan. Eight of those imported cases involved a mutant strain of the coronavirus, taking the total number of variant-strain infections identified in Hong Kong to 210.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. “We believe there are still some unknown cases in the community … we are expecting there might be some rebound of cases [after the Easter holiday], so we need to closely monitor the situation,” said Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, of the Centre for Health Protection. “One or two of the cases today had onset of symptoms quite early on. They had gone to various places in the community so there is a risk of spread.” The day’s sole untraceable case involved a 55-year-old housewife living in Sham Tseng. She bought groceries near Yeung Uk Road wet market during both her incubation and infectious periods, and also visited Leisurely Veggie restaurant at Citywalk shopping centre in Tsuen Wan on March 28 with relatives and a friend. The woman went grave-sweeping on April 3 with her family in Tsang Tsui before eating at Pastaholic restaurant in Tuen Mun’s Trend Plaza. She also shopped at Toys ’R’ Us and Uniqlo in Tuen Mun Town Plaza. The two others confirmed on Tuesday as infected locally were the 55-year-old’s relatives. One of them was a 34-year-old woman who briefly lived with the housewife, and works at Prosperity Tower in Central. Hong Kong ‘vaccination bubble’ plan not intended to coerce jabs: Lam They took part in some shopping, eating and grave-sweeping activities together, while the younger woman also engaged in the latter in Tseung Kwan O with eight relatives. The other local case involved a 38-year-old man, who has two homes in Tsim Sha Tsui and Ngau Chi Wan. He also stays at the housewife’s home on occasion and works on the 29th floor of the Clifford Centre in Cheung Sha Wan. More than 20 colleagues of the two workers will be quarantined. Asked about the contagion risks associated with grave-sweeping, Chuang said: “I do not think grave-sweeping itself will pose risks to the spread of Covid, if [people] put on masks. “But if some of the members of the [grave-sweepers] take off their masks and share food after grave-sweeping, they may pose risks to other members nearby.” Fewer than five preliminary-positive cases were also reported on Tuesday. The city’s official tally now stands at 11,607 cases, with 207 related deaths. Separately, the government has launched its pilot Covid-19 vaccination programme for care homes, under which outreach teams and visiting medical officers will attend 10 facilities for the elderly and administer shots for suitable residents. The scheme will be extended later to the rest of the city’s 1,100 or so institutions for the elderly, people with disabilities and nursing homes. On Monday, health minister Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee assured that more BioNTech doses were on their way and supplies were stable after vaccinations using the German-made shots were halted over packaging defects on more than 50 vials. The reported issues triggered a 12-day suspension starting in late March of that vaccination programme, leaving 1 million doses in storage pending an investigation. Question marks remain over whether they will be put to use. The latest BioNTech shipment follows the delivery of 300,000 doses on April 2. Two vaccines have been approved for emergency use in Hong Kong: CoronaVac, produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech, and Comirnaty, which was jointly developed by US-based Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, and is supplied through the mainland firm Fosun Pharma. Meanwhile, authorities have said current social-distancing rules, which include limiting public gatherings and restaurant tables to four people, will be extended for another two weeks to April 28 when they expire on Wednesday, given the ongoing possibility of a rebound in infections after the Easter holiday. Officials have also banned Emirates passenger flights from Dubai and Bangkok from landing in Hong Kong for two weeks until April 26, after flight EK384 brought in five passengers who tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival at the airport on Sunday.More from South China Morning Post:Coronavirus: Hong Kong residents will be allowed to dine out in larger groups, access travel privileges under ‘vaccination bubble’ incentives aimed at boosting jabs rateCoronavirus: Hong Kong ‘vaccination bubble’ plan not intended to coerce residents into getting jab, Carrie Lam saysThis article Coronavirus: Hong Kong confirms 13 new cases; 300,000 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shots land in city first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Londoners hit the streets in droves on Monday as lockdown restrictions across England were partially eased, allowing all shops to reopen and pubs and restaurants to serve food and drinks in outside dining areas. Once again, many of the streets around Soho in central London were pedestrianised to allow people to dine into the evening.
The "Late Night" host threw back to the time the former president repeatedly called the lawmaker by the wrong name.
The buyer of a $69 million digital artwork in the form of "non-fungible tokens" (NFTs) says he felt a "soul connection" with the artist as both men started as relative amateurs in their field but found success after years of hard work. Singapore based Vignesh Sundaresan, also known as MetaKovan, defends the price he paid for the collage of 5,000 pieces of art created on consecutive days, which has transformed its creator, real name Mike Winkelmann, into the third-most valuable living artist.
Jailed Hong Kong opposition activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung has been handed another prison sentence, this time for four months, for joining an unauthorised rally and flouting a government-imposed mask ban over a year ago. Eastern Court on Tuesday sentenced the 24-year-old on charges arising from a Hong Kong Island demonstration on October 5, 2019, when hundreds of people marched from Causeway Bay to Central in protest against a government-imposed mask ban, which came into effect that morning. His co-defendant, 75-year-old veteran activist Koo Sze-yiu, who took part in the same rally, was jailed for five months, just six days after he completed his jail term in a separate case.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. City leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor had invoked a colonial-era emergency law, on the grounds of public danger, to prohibit facial coverings at demonstrations in a bid to quell months of anti-government protests, sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition bill. The Court of Final Appeal has upheld the legality of the ban for all public assemblies, meetings and processions, saying it was a proportionate measure necessary for dealing with the frequent violence that accompanied the protests. Prosecutors alleged that Wong and Koo took part in the October protest knowing it was not sanctioned by the police commissioner. Most of the participants were said to have worn masks and chanted slogans including the rallying cry “Five demands, not one less”. The pair’s involvement could be seen in multiple news clippings. In particular, Wong could be seen accepting media interviews and taking a selfie with a foreign journalist during the procession, while Koo held a long, narrow flag emblazoned with the words “Glory to Hong Kong”. In January, Wong pleaded guilty to knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly and using a facial covering at an unauthorised assembly. Koo was convicted on Tuesday of knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly after a trial last month. In Tuesday’s mitigation hearing, Wong’s lawyer, Jeffrey Tam Chun-kit, urged the court to pass a lenient sentence, such as a fine or suspended jail time, in view of the peaceful nature of the march. “He did not wear the mask to conceal his identity; he was only there to protest,” Tam said. “He was not there to commit violence or evade criminal liability.” But Magistrate Daniel Tang Siu-hung said taking part in an illegal, large-scale protest, notwithstanding the absence of violence or vandalism, in general warranted a deterrent sentence – a principle laid down by the Court of Appeal in recent protest-related proceedings. Hong Kong government lashes out at unnamed countries for harbouring criminals Koo, speaking for himself at the bar table, said he was set to undertake surgery for rectal cancer, but would “cooperate with” the court’s ruling as he was prepared to serve time in prison for the 11th time in his life. Instead of requesting a lighter sentence, Koo asked the magistrate not to show leniency as he would continue to break the law in the future. “Next time, I will deliberately break the national security law. Do not be lenient or take pity on me,” Koo said before making a political speech. Passing sentence, Tang set a starting point of six months in jail for the unauthorised assembly offence to reflect the defendants’ leading roles in the march. He trimmed two months from Wong’s term in view of his guilty plea, and one month from Koo’s, as he did not dispute most parts of the prosecution’s case in the trial and therefore saved the court’s time. The magistrate also jailed Wong for 10 days for violating the mask ban, but ordered the sentence be served concurrently with the other charge. Wong is already serving a 13½-month prison term for incitement and organising an unauthorised assembly over a 15-hour siege of police headquarters in Wan Chai on June 21, 2019. But Wong is set to plead guilty to still more charges at the end of this month in a separate case connected to his role in an unauthorised assembly on June 4 last year, when residents defied a government ban on gathering in public and flocked to Victoria Park to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. Held every year since 1990, the annual vigil was banned for the first time ever by police, who cited pandemic-related social-distancing concerns.More from South China Morning Post:Hong Kong government lashes out at unnamed countries for harbouring criminalsHongkongers flock to support AbouThai retail chain raided by customs officers over mislabelled goodsHong Kong protests: more than 10,200 arrested in connection with unrest since 2019, government tells lawmakersThis article Hong Kong protests: court adds to activist Joshua Wong’s jail time with four-month sentence for 2019 mask demonstration first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Murdoch has created an echo chamber that propelled Trump into the White House, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.
South Korea's health authorities said on Tuesday they would consider the use of coronavirus self-test kits despite their relatively low accuracy, after the new mayor of Seoul called for their approval. The government had been reluctant to allow self-test kits, citing their lower accuracy than industry-standard PCR tests and specialist-administered rapid tests which are already in place. But some local government chiefs and experts have highlighted the need for the use of self-test kits as a supplementary tool in recent weeks amid fears of a potential fourth wave of outbreaks of COVID-19.
The World Health Organization called on Tuesday for a halt to the sale of live wild mammals in food markets to prevent the emergence of new diseases such as Covid-19.
One Hong Kong police officer drew his gun and another used pepper spray to subdue a 45-year-old man accused of attacking a fellow officer with a hammer at one of the force’s precincts in the early hours of Tuesday. Two officers suffered minor injuries in the incident, which took place in the car park of Kwun Tong Police Station soon after 12.30am. A video circulating online shows the man carrying a hammer in his right hand and climbing over a barrier at the entrance to the police station’s car park on Lei Yue Mun Road, but does not capture the ensuing alleged attack.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Hong Kong police officer among 65 arrested in raid on illegal gambling den According to police, as officers approached the hammer-wielding man, he began chasing one of them and attacked him with the tool. “After repeated warnings were ignored, one of the officers drew his service revolver and another policeman pulled out his baton to guard against the man before he was pepper-sprayed and eventually subdued,” a police source said. A sergeant from the patrol subunit of the Kwun Tong Police Station suffered injuries to his hand, while his colleague – a constable – suffered a fractured finger. The two injured officers were taken to United Christian Hospital for treatment. Police arrested the man on suspicion of wounding and possession of an offensive weapon. Man shot after car chase in Hong Kong believed to be linked to burglary ring: police An initial investigation showed the suspect, who worked as the driver of a delivery van, had suffered from an unspecified mental illness for about five years and required regular consultations at a public hospital, according to the source. The man lives in a nearby public housing estate. As of midday, the suspect was still being held for questioning and had not been charged. Detectives from the Kwun Tong district crime squad are handling the case. In 2020, police handled 1,049 reports of wounding across the city, a 1.8 per cent increase from 1,030 cases in the previous year.This article Hong Kong police draw gun, deploy pepper spray while subduing hammer-wielding man in station car park first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.