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China plans to replace Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam with ‘interim’ chief executive: Financial Times

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday. | JAPAN CABINET OFFICE / VIA AP

China plans to replace Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam with an “interim” chief executive, the Financial Times reported, citing people briefed on the deliberations, which ...

U.N. mission head sees risk of Rohingya genocide recurring in Myanmar

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

Rohingya refugees come out of their homes after the visit of Indonesian President Joko

The head of a U.N. fact-finding mission on Myanmar says that “there is a serious risk of genocide recurring” against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.Marzuki ...

Kim Jong Un wants South Korean facilities at Mount Kumgang resort removed: KCNA

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

The Mount Kumgang tourist resort area is seen during North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's visit in this undated picture released by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday. | KCNA / VIA REUTERS

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said South Korean facilities in the Mount Kumgang tourist resort must be removed by agreement with South Korean authorities, ...

Half of North Koreans undernourished, U.N. investigator says

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

Military guard posts of North Korea (top rear) and South Korea stand above fields in Paju, South Korea, on Oct. 15. | AP

Food insecurity in North Korea “is at an alarming level,” with nearly half the population — 11 million people — undernourished, the U.N. independent investigator ...

Murder suspect walks free as Hong Kong and Taiwan authorities clash

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

Chan Tong-kai, a Hong Kong citizen who was accused of murdering his girlfriend in Taiwan last year, leaves from Pik Uk Prison in Hong Kong on Wednesday. | REUTERS

A murder suspect whose case led to mass street protests in Hong Kong walked free from jail Wednesday as the city’s government squabbled with Taiwan, ...

Malaysia privately discusses Goldman Sachs penalty of $2 billion over 1MDB scandal

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (center) arrives at Kuala Lumpur High Court on Tuesday. Najib is facing 42 charges of corruption, abuse of power and money laundering in five separate criminal cases linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of 1MDB. | AP

Again and again, Malaysia has publicly demanded Goldman Sachs pay an eye-popping $7.5 billion for its role in the 1MDB scandal. But privately, Malaysian negotiators ...

Hong Kong police have AI facial recognition tech — are they using it against protesters?

By Blake Schmidt
- via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

In defiance of a government ban on face coverings, Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are donning a variety of masks, including of cartoon characters and superheroes. | AP

Hong Kong law enforcement authorities have access to artificial intelligence software that can match faces from video footage to police databases, but people familiar with ...

Wife of North Korea’s Kim makes first public appearance in nearly four months

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

The wife of Kim Jong Un made her first appearance in state media Wednesday after a nearly four-month absence, showing up in photos accompanying the ...

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong’s corruption retrial hangs over phone maker

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

The heir to the Samsung empire returns to court this week for a retrial over a sprawling corruption scandal that could see him return to ...

Hong Kong extradition bill officially killed, but more unrest likely

via The Japan Times    Oct 23, 2019

People attend a flash mob singing event outside Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Months of increasingly violent pro-democracy demonstrations in the financial hub were sparked by protests against a now-canceled extradition law —which would have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China. | AFP-JIJI

Hong Kong’s legislature on Wednesday formally withdrew planned legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but the move was unlikely to end months ...




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