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Hong Kong residents rushed in the early hours of Thursday to snap up copies of the final edition of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, which was forced to close after 26 years after becoming the target of a national security crackdown. Emotions ran high as supporters of the popular newspaper, which has faced an unrelenting squeeze since its owner and staunch Beijing critic, Jimmy Lai, was arrested under the national security law in August 2020, queued for their last copies just after midnight. Apple Daily printed 1 million copies on Thursday, more than 10 times its usual print run.
Taiwan condemned the closure of Hong Kong's most vocal pro-democracy newspaper the Apple Daily on Thursday as "political oppression" of the Chinese-run city's media, saying it sounded the death knell for freedom of speech and the media. The paper printed its last edition on Thursday after a stormy year in which its tycoon owner and other staff were arrested under a Beijing-imposed new national security law in Hong Kong, and its assets frozen. Taiwan's China policy-making Mainland Affairs Council, in a statement on the Apple Daily's closure, said it felt "extreme regret and solemnly condemned" the fact that Hong Kong media has been unable to operate due to "political oppression" brought about by the national security law.
The top-ranked athlete in the male -68kg category will be bearing the weight of national pride for South Korea after leaving Rio and London with a bronze and silver, respectively. The father of a toddler at age 29, Lee has said he not only wants to win gold in Tokyo but also disprove the assumption he once held himself that parent-athletes tend to lose their grit.
Hong Kongers queued Thursday for the final edition of the city's beloved pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily after it was forced to close under a sweeping new national security law, ending a 26-year run of taking on China's authoritarian leaders.
Abdulrashid Sadulaev will headline Tokyo 2020 as a returning Olympic gold medallist, after bagging the gold at 86-kg in Rio. Now competing at 97-kg, his fiercest rival will be defending Olympic champion Kyle Snyder of the United States. Nicknamed the "Russian Tank," Sadulaev has won four World championships in the last six titles.
On Tuesday, David Crosby declared to Howard Stern’s listeners that filmmaker Robert Zemeckis would be directing a documentary on Crosby, Stills & Nash, making possible use of “10,000 hours” of existing footage as well as fresh interviews. On Wednesday, that announcement got walked back a bit, with word that the tantalizing prospect of a full-on […]
New Zealand cricket fans on Thursday hailed a "David and Goliath" win over India in the inaugural World Test Championship, praising Kane Williamson's men for erasing the heartache of recent big-match failures.
British sailor Mills went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs at in Rio de Janeiro. With the Tokyo Games put back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 32-year-old has delayed retiring form the sport to compete in the women's 470 class. At the age of 59, six-time Olympian Lange is returning to the Games to defend the Nacra 17 title he won in Rio with Cecilia Carranza.
European Union leaders will on Thursday consider whether to seek a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of a new strategy to manage relations with Moscow that the EU says are in a "negative spiral". Envoys for France and Germany on Wednesday proposed that holding a summit with Putin was a possible way to repair ties between the close trade partners, following on from U.S. President Joe Biden's summit in Geneva with Putin. On opposing sides in issues including Ukraine and Belarus, and at odds over human rights, the EU and Russia accuse each other of meddling in elections, disinformation and threatening security and stability from the Baltics to the Black Sea.
Stewards tackled a rainbow flag-waving pitch invader ahead of Germany’s UEFA Euro 2020 match against Hungary in Munich on June 23.This footage by Kerry Hau shows a person running in front of the teams, waving the flag, as they stood for the Hungarian national anthem. As many as five stewards can be seen running toward the person.The incident came after UEFA denied a request from Munich’s mayor to light the stadium in rainbow colours for the match amid controversy over amendments to a number of Hungarian laws accused of being anti-LGBTQI+.In a statement released on Twitter in which its logo has been updated to show the rainbow flag, UEFA said that its decision to turn down Munich’s request was not political.“On the contrary, the request itself was political, linked to the Hungarian football’s team’s presence in the stadium for this evening’s match with Germany,” it wrote. ""For UEFA, the rainbow is not a political symbol, but a sign of our commitment to a more diverse and inclusive society," it said, adding that it “is proud to wear the colours of the rainbow”. Credit: Kerry Hau via Storyful
The Brazilian's high-flying acrobatic approach has made him one of the most popular surfers on the circuit and he is the runaway leader at the top of the men's Championship Tour standings, over 8,000 points ahead of compatriot Italo Ferreira. The 28-year-old Hawaiian faces a race against time to be fit for Tokyo following an operation for an unspecified knee injury in May, but if he can make it he should be among the top draws as surfing makes its Olympic debut. Introduced to the sport by his mother as a baby, Florence was said to have been able to surf by himself at the age of five and he has gone on to become hugely successful in the professional ranks, winning back-to-back World Surfing League titles in 2016 and 2017.
Buckingham Palace, which has come under fire from Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan for the way it deals with race, has not done enough to increase diversity among staff, a senior royal source has said. In its annual report on the Sovereign Grant, which details the queen's taxpayer-funded spending, the palace said on Wednesday that only 8.5% of its staff were from ethnic minorities, the first time it has given such a breakdown. The palace says it aims to have 10% of staff from ethnic minorities by the end of 2022.
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Britain's royal family for the first time revealed how many ethnic minority staff it employs on Thursday, and admitted it has not made sufficient progress on diversity.
An Australian judge on Thursday dismissed a woman’s appeal against extradition to Chile, where she is wanted on kidnapping charges dating to Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship in the 1970s. Adriana Rivas had appealed against a Sydney magistrate’s decision in October that she could be extradited on allegations that she kidnapped seven people in 1976 and 1977, including Communist Party leader Victor Diaz. Federal Court Justice Wendy Abraham in Sydney ruled that Rivas could be extradited on the seven charges of aggravated kidnap.