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Hong Kong police raid on newspaper filmed in real time as China flexes muscles

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Six weeks after China imposed sweeping national security laws on Hong Kong, police moved in on media tycoon Jimmy Lai, one of the most outspoken critics of Beijing in the city. Media tycoon Jimmy Lai is detained under national security law after Hong Kong police raid Apple Daily office in Hong Kong, China in this still picture taken frpm a social media video August 10, 2020. Apple Daily/Handout via REUTERS. Lai, 71, was ... Full story

Belarus election: Clashes after poll predicts Lukashenko re-election

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption People have been detained in cities across Belarus, according to media reports. Protesters and riot police have clashed in Belarus's capital Minsk and other cities, after a state TV exit poll said long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected in Sunday's election. Police used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon. A human rights group said one protester was killed and ... Full story

Beirut explosion: Death toll rises to 200 as protests continue

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Starting with the epicentre, we follow how the blast ripped through the city, bringing life to a halt. More than 200 people are believed to have been killed by Tuesday's devastating explosion in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, its governor has said. Marwan Abboud said dozens were still missing, many of them foreign workers. The army has meanwhile called off the rescue phase of its search ... Full story

Indonesia volcano spews huge ash cloud in second eruption in three days

Sinabung volcano spews volcanic ash during eruption in Karo, North Sumatra province, Indonesia August 10, 2020 in this still image obtained from social media video. Gilbert Sembiring via REUTERS. JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian volcano spewed a giant ash cloud 5 km (3.1 miles) into the sky on Monday in its second eruption in three days, emitting a thunderous noise and turning the sky dark, authorities and witnesses said. The eruption of Mount ... Full story

"Media briefing on #COVID19 with @DrTedros"

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Afghan president to sign release of Taliban prisoners, peace talks expected in days

FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani arrives at his inauguration as president, in Kabul, Afghanistan March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail. KABUL (Reuters) - Long-awaited peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban were expected to start in Qatar within a week once the final batch of Taliban prisoners were released, the U.S. special envoy and Afghan government sources said on Monday. The government accepted the ... Full story

South Korea's Moon replaces some aides amid falling ratings

FILE PHOTO: South Korea's President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 21st National Assembly, in Seoul, South Korea July 16, 2020. Jung Yeon-je/Pool via REUTERS. SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in replaced some of his senior aides on Monday as part of a shake-up aimed at jacking up approval ratings amid criticism over skyrocketing home prices. Moon swapped out his senior secretary for political ... Full story

UK says getting children back to school is a national priority

FILE PHOTO: Children during a class at Heath Mount School as some schools reopen, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Watton-at-Stone, Britain, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge. LONDON (Reuters) - It is a national priority for children to return to school after months away from the classroom due to the coronavirus pandemic, a junior British health minister said on Monday. “Sadly we have seen children from more ... Full story

Turkish regulator eases banks' required asset ratio

FILE PHOTO: Turkish lira banknotes are seen in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration. ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish regulator said on Monday it lowered deposit banks’ asset ratio to 95% from 100%, easing a rule set in April in the face of coronavirus that effectively forced private banks to lend more and buy more government debt. The decision had been expected after a meeting last week - when the Turkish lira ... Full story

India's largest crocodile park strapped for cash after virus lockdowns

CHENNAI (Reuters) - India’s largest crocodile park may have as little as four months before it runs out of funds to feed animals, pay staff and do research, as ticket revenue shrinks after coronavirus lockdowns choked the flow of visitors, park officials said. Crocodiles rest in their enclosure at the Madras Crocodile Bank, closed due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mahabalipuram, India, August 3, 2020. Picture taken ... Full story