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Protesters return to streets despite the suspension of Hong Kong extradition bill

Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, despite the bill having been suspended. The densely-packed crowds are demanding that the bill be completely scrapped. It will allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China.


The US Military states, unexploded device spotted on tanker

The US Military has released a video which allegedly shows Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from a tanker attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for the attacks yesterday, which involved the Front Altair owned by a Norwegian shipping company and Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous.
However, he didn't present clear evidence to support the accusation.

The US Central Command said in a statement, the video shows a Revolutionary Guard patrol boat approach the Kokuka Courageous, and remove the mine, nine hours after the attacks. The device is believed to be a limpet mine which can be detonated remotely.

Hong Kong extradition protests: Lam criticises 'organised riots'

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam criticised protests against a proposed bill that would allow extradition to China, calling them "organised riots".She said the clashes between protesters and police were "unacceptable for any civilised societies".Seventy-two people aged between 15 and 66 were injured in violence, including two men who were in critical condition.


Thailand election date set

Thailand's military government has announced: political parties are free to start campaigning ahead of a long-awaited election scheduled for 24th February.
The announcement ends a ban on political campaigning, brought in when the military ousted the elected government in a coup, four years ago.

The military took power in Thailand in 2014, overthrowing the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the hugely popular Pheu Thai party. At the time, Military leaders said, they were restoring order after months of political unrest which had at times turned violent. They later drew up a new Constitution with changes to the Electoral System, which were approved by the public in a referendum last year.
The Constitution effectively ensures that even after the election, the military will remain an influential force in politics. It will be able to appoint the Senate, which in turn will help choose the next Prime Minister.

Theresa May suffers three Brexit defeats in Commons

Theresa May has suffered three Brexit defeats in the Commons as she set out to sell her EU deal to sceptical MPs. Ministers have agreed to publish the government's full legal advice on the deal after MPs found them in contempt of Parliament for issuing a summary.

And MPs backed calls for the Commons to have a direct say in what happens if her deal is rejected next Tuesday. Mrs May said MPs had a duty to deliver on the 2016 Brexit vote and the deal on offer was an "honourable compromise".

Nigerian President Buhari denies death and body double rumours

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has denied rumours that he had died and had been replaced by a lookalike. Some people thought he had been cloned. Mr Buhari said it was real him. Rumours that he had been replaced with a body double called "Jubril" from Sudan had been widely shared online.The 76-year-old Mr Buhari, who is seeking re-election in
February next year, has been beset by ill health since taking office in 2015.

Brexit: Minister resigns over Theresa May's 'naive' deal

A UK minister has resigned saying a row over involvement in the EU's Galileo satellite-navigation system exposes Theresa May's Brexit deal as "naive". The UK had wanted to stay part of Galileo after Brexit, but the EU said it would be banned from the extra-secure elements of the programme. Mrs May confirmed on Friday that the UK was pulling out of the project. Science minister Sam Gyimah said it was "a clarion call" and that any deal with Brussels would be "EU first".(BBC)

Touchdown triumph for NASA's Mars probe

The US space agency: NASA has landed the new robot 'InSight' on Mars, after a dramatic seven-minute plunge to the surface of the Red Planet.

Confirmation of touchdown came through at 7.53pm GMT.

The 'InSight' probe, aims to study the planet's deep interior, which makes it the only planet - apart from Earth - that has been examined in this way. Scientists want to know how the planet is constructed - from its core to its crust.

InSight is now sitting on a vast, flat plain known as Elysium Planitia, close to the Red Planet's equator. The first picture of this landscape came back very quickly. The image was taken through the translucent lens-cap of a camera positioned on the underside of the lander. The dust kicked up in the descent obscured much of the scene, but it was still possible to make out a small rock, and the sky on the horizon.

Russia resists Western calls to free captured Ukrainian ships

Russia resisted international calls today to release three Ukrainian naval ships that its border patrols had fired on and seized near Crimea at the weekend, triggering the most dangerous crisis in years between Moscow and Kiev. With relations still raw after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its backing for a pro-Moscow insurgency in eastern Ukraine, the incident risks pushing the two countries towards a wider conflict and is likely to renew Western calls for more sanctions on Moscow.

The Pakistan Prime Minster lashes out at Trump 'tirade'.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan today lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump following his remarks that Pakistan doesn’t “do anything” for the United States despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid for the South Asian nation. The friction threatens to further worsen already fragile relations between Islamabad and Washington, who have repeatedly clashed about the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s alleged support for Islamist militants. Khan said in a series of tweets that “record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pakistan” over the weekend.

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