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Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested for 2019 illegal assembly

Hong Kong police arrested prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong on Thursday for participating in an unauthorised assembly in October 2019 and violating the city`s anti-mask law, according to a post on his official Twitter account.Wong`s latest arrest adds to several unlawful assembly charges or suspected offences he and other activists are facing related to last year`s pro-democracy protests, which prompted Beijing to impose a sweeping national security law on June 30. Hong Kong police confirmed they arrested two men, aged 23 and 74, on Thursday for illegal assembly on October 5, 2019.The arrest of Wong, aged 23, comes around 6 weeks after media tycoon Jimmy Lai was detained on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces. Wong had been a frequent visitor to Washington where he appealed to the U.S. Congress to support Hong Kong`s democracy movement and counter Beijing`s tightening grip over the global financial hub. His visits drew the wrath of Beijing, which says he is a "black h…

First female army pilots trained by Chinese PLA Ground Force to graduate in 2021

The Chinese People's Liberation Army Ground Force has said in a statement that first 10 female flight students trained by the PLA Ground Force would graduate and join operational units in 2021. The statement added that the female trainees were selected in 2017 from high school graduates across the country as part of a recruitment drive launched to recruit women for flight training. These female trainees are currently studying at the PLA Ground Force Aviation Institute. All these female flight students recently completed their first solo flights at a Ground Force airport in southern Shanxi province. A video clip released by the Ground Force showed.These students were trained to operate the French Gazelle light-duty helicopter to carry out some simple maneuvers.These female flight students will continue taking flight training and will be assigned to Ground Force units after their graduation. The Ground Force has also released some pictures in which the women can be seen standing in f…

School bus-sized asteroid to fly past Earth on September 24, but here's the good news

World's premier space agency NASA has said that an asteroid, roughly the size of a school bus, is set to zoom past Earth on Thursday (September 24) at a distance of about 22,000 kilometres above the surface of earth.Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona in Tucson discovered this asteroid named 2020 SW on Friday (September 18). According to NASA, the celestial body will make its close approach below the ring of geostationary satellites orbiting about 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometres) away from Earth. According to astronomers, asteroid 2020 SW is roughly 15 to 30 feet (5 to 10 meters) wide or about the size of a small school bus, but there is nothing to worry as the asteroid is not going to cause any harm to us.NASA scientists said that the asteroid is not on an impact trajectory with Earth and if it were then it would almost certainly break up high in the atmosphere and will apear as a bright meteor.“There are a large number of tiny asteroids like this one, and several of …

Israeli cabinet tightens coronavirus lockdown as infections climb

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s cabinet decided on Thursday to tighten Israel`s coronavirus lockdown after he voiced alarm that a surge in infections was pushing the nation to "the edge of the abyss".Israel went back into lockdown, its second during the pandemic, on September 18. But over the past week, the number of daily new cases has reached nearly 7,000 among a population of 9 million, severely straining the resources of some hospitals. "We reached a decision to pull the handbrake," Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch said on Israel Radio about the cabinet decision, without giving precise details of the restrictions.Israel Radio and several Israeli news sites said the revised edicts, due to take effect on Friday pending parliamentary ratification, will allow fewer businesses to operate, and only in "essential" sectors such as finance, energy, health, technology, agriculture and food sales and production. The current 1,000-metre (0.6-mile)- limit on tr…

Hassan Rouhani says US can impose neither negotiations nor war on Iran

Iran`s president told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that the United States could impose "neither negotiations nor war" on the Islamic Republic amid heightened tension between the longtime foes over Tehran`s 2015 nuclear deal with major powers."Iran is not a bargaining chip in US elections and domestic policy ... Any US administration after the upcoming (US) elections will have no choice but to surrender to the resilience of the Iranian nation," Hassan Rouhani told the annual UN gathering in a video message. The US-Iranian confrontation has intensified since 2018 when President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers and unilaterally reimposed sanctions that have hobbled the Islamic Republic’s economy. Trump wants a broader agreement with Tehran`s clerical rulers that would further restrict Iran’s nuclear programme, halt its ballistic missile development work and end its support for proxy forces around the Middle East.I…

Coronavirus developed at government lab in Wuhan, claims Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan

Chinese virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan on Tuesday (September 22) claimed that coronavirus was developed in a government laboratory in Wuhan and alleged that the World Health Organization (WHO) is very much part of the cover-up. Dr Li-Meng Yan made these startling revelations in an exclusive interview with news channel WION's Executive Editor Palki Sharma. She also said that the Chinese government was aware of the spread of COVID-19.  The Chinese virologist, who investigated the origin of the COVID-19 virus during the initial outbreak in Wuhan, said that she discovered a cover-up operation in Wuhan. The Chinese government knew about the spread of the deadly virus before publicly acknowledging it, she added.According to Dr Li-Meng Yan, Wuhan's wet market is just a smokescreen from the Chinese Communist Party. She also claimed that the Chinese government is trying to tarnish her reputation through social media, conduct cyber-attacks on her and intimidate her family in China. The Chinese…

Russia to register second coronavirus vaccine by October 15

Russia expects to register a second potential vaccine against coronavirus COVID-19 by October 15, the TASS news agency cited Russian consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor as saying on Tuesday (September 22).The vaccine has been developed by Siberia's Vector Institute, which completed early-stage human trials of the vaccine last week.Russia registered its first vaccine candidate, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, in August. Late-stage trials, involving at least 40,000 people, are ongoing.

UK at critical point in COVID-19 pandemic, top medical adviser says

Britain is at a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic and faces a very challenging winter, one of the government`s top medical advisers will warn at a public briefing on Monday.Cases in Britain are on the increase in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson has labelled a second wave of the virus, with large areas of the country subject to restrictions on social freedom and London expected to be next in line. "The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic," England`s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is expected to say in an address set for 1000 GMT on Monday."We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus ahead of a very challenging winter period." More than 40,000 people in Britain have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in March, the highest number in Europe.New cases fell rapidly due to an unprecedented three-month national lockdown, but h…

Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump's plan to push for Supreme Court nominee before election

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden urged Senate Republicans not to vote on any candidate nominated to the Supreme Court as the November election approaches, calling his rival Donald Trump`s plan an "exercise of raw political power."Biden was speaking on Sunday, the day that a second Senate Republican voiced objections to Trump`s plan for a quick vote on a replacement to liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday. Such an appointment by the president, if approved by the Senate, would cement a 6-3 conservative majority that could influence American law and life for decades. "Voters of this country should be heard ... they`re the ones who this Constitution envisions should decide who has the power to make this appointment," Biden said in Philadelphia. "To jam this nomination through the Senate is just an exercise of raw political power."Biden said that if he wins the November 3 election, he should have the chance to nominate the next Sup…

Czech government could declare coronavirus state of emergency: Health Minister Adam Vojtech

The Czech government could declare a state of emergency if a recent spike in coronavirus cases continues in the coming days, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said.The Czech Republic`s daily count of new coronavirus cases has reached record highs in recent days and the country of 10.7 million had reported a total of 48,306 cases as of Saturday, Health Ministry data showed. "Should we need to have some deeper measures (against the epidemic), then the emergency state will be necessary," Vojtech said in a televised debate on Sunday.The government should debate this step on Monday, Vojtech said, added that he would not yet propose a declaration of a state of emergency. "We have not seen an escalation. The `R` (reproduction) number is around 1.6. We will have to assess it based on weekdays when more tests are done," he said.The `R` number measures how many people are likely to get infected by one person that carries the virus.Earlier in the weekend, Vojtech told the seznamzpra…

Facebook to restrict political ads for a week ahead of US Presidential election on November 3

Ahead of the US Presidential election 2020 in November, Facebook will enact a host of measures to ensure its platform is not used to sow chaos and spread misinformation before, during and after the poll. The company announced that it will restrict new political advertisements a week before the election and remove posts that convey misinformation about COVID-19 and voting.  In a post shared on his official page, CEO Mark Zuckerbeg wrote: "This election is not going to be business as usual. We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy. That means helping people register and vote, clearing up confusion about how this election will work, and taking steps to reduce the chances of violence and unrest."  With the nation divided, and election results potentially taking days or weeks to be finalized, there could be an "increased risk of civil unrest across the country," Zuckerberg said. Here's what he posted: Posts shared on the social media platform with obvio…

China’s accelerated intrusions over Senkaku Islands to gauge Japan’s strength

China is on an aggressive mission to further its expansionist agenda and troubling its neighbours. Currently, China has adopted an aggressive approach at different border fronts including elevated conflicts with India, Philippines, and Japan, among others. Though the Ladakh standoff has pulled a significant amount of traction, China's conflict in the waters of South and East China Seas have largely gone unnoticed. The conflict over Japan-controlled Senkaku islands in the East China Sea is a long standing issue between the two Asian countries. In order to begin its campaign for dominating the East China Sea, China announced its Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over Senkaku islands in 2013. Most of the region of the ADIZ declared by China comprised of the territory controlled by Japan. Since then, China has been intruding over the Japan controlled land to claim its ownership. The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircrafts have been roving over the Senkaku island…