Asia

Attempts to split China risk ‘smashed’ bodies: Xi

BEIJING, China (AFP) — President Xi Jinping has warned that any attempts to split China would result in “bodies smashed and bones ground to powder”, amid four months of anti-Beijing unrest in Hong Kong. Xi issued the dire message during …

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Kurds announce deal with Damascus as Turkey pushes deep into Syria

by Delil Souleiman QAMISHLI, Syria (AFP) — Syria’s Kurds on Sunday announced a groundbreaking deal with Damascus on a Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey, as Ankara pressed a deadly cross-border offensive that has sparked an international outcry. …

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Up to 35 dead as Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan

by Harumi OZAWA / Miwa SUZUKI TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Tens of thousands of rescuers worked through the pre-dawn hours Monday to reach people trapped by landslides and floods in Japan caused by a powerful typhoon that has killed up …

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Civilians flee as Syria Kurds battle Turkish invasion

by Delil Souleiman TALL TAMR, Syria (AFP) — Syria’s Kurds battled to hold off a Turkish invasion on Thursday as thousands of civilians fled airstrikes and shelling that deepened fears of a humanitarian crisis. US President Donald Trump tried to …

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Apple pulls Hong Kong app used by protesters after China warning

by James EDGAR HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Apple on Thursday removed an app criticized by China for allowing protesters in Hong Kong to track police, as Beijing steps up pressure on foreign companies deemed to be providing support to …

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China warns Apple against ‘reckless’ support of HK protesters

BEIJING, China (AFP) — China’s state media accused Apple Wednesday of supporting pro-democracy protesters, warning the US tech giant would suffer consequences for its “unwise and reckless” decision, in an echo of campaigns against other Western firms. An opinion piece …

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Turkey boosts troops on Syria border after operation threat

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey on Tuesday sent more armoured vehicles to the border with Syria, an AFP correspondent said, after the defence ministry said Ankara was ready for a cross-border offensive. Dozens of vehicles made up a large convoy …

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Hong Kong ‘won’t rule out’ Chinese over protests: leadersts: leader

by James EDGAR / Jasmine LEUNG HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Hong Kong’s under-fire leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday she would not rule out accepting help from mainland China in tackling increasingly violent pro-democracy protests. The financial hub has been …

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Hong Kong cabinet member floats internet curbs to contain unrest

by Jerome TAYLOR / Jasmine LEUNG HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Hong Kong may curb access to the internet in a bid to contain months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests, a cabinet member told AFP on Monday, after an emergency-law …

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Iraqi president urges end to ‘escalation’ after days of deadly protests

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AFP) — Iraq’s president called Monday for a “halt to escalation” after widespread protests that killed dozens, including an overnight rally in east Baghdad in which the military admitted using “excessive force”. Demonstrations have rocked the capital and …

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Trump urges ‘humane solution’ in Hong Kong

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump on Monday urged a “humane solution” in Hong Kong but noted that the crowds protesting against Chinese authorities were smaller than before. “We just want to see a humane solution,” Trump …

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Fake news sparks panic among Indonesia quake victims

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Thousands of Indonesians are still in shelters nearly two weeks after a deadly earthquake sparked a stream of fake news and hoaxes warning that an even bigger disaster was looming, the government said Monday. The local …

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