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  1. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is set to begin a three-day visit to China on Tuesday at a time of rising military tensions between the two countries. Analysts said the visit, which is the first by a US defence secretary since 2014, could help the two sides to find ways to deal with areas of contention. Ren Guoqiang, Beijing’s defence ministry spokesman, said he hoped that military ties...
  2. Philippine soldiers mistakenly killed six police officers and wounded nine on Monday during an operation against Maoist guerillas in thick jungle, an army general said. A platoon of soldiers was operating in a remote village on Samar island when they mistook a group of police officers as communist New People’s Army (NPA) guerillas, and opened fire, said Major General Raul...
  3. President Xi Jinping has made a rallying cry for all Chinese involved in diplomacy to toe the Communist Party line amid spiralling trade tensions with the United States. Analysts said the call was an effort to shore up decision-making power within the party as it seeks to override the interests of different agencies involved in the nation’s diplomatic affairs. In a diplomatic work agenda...
  4. Two prominent Christian leaders on Monday vowed to clamp down on sexual harassment in Hong Kong’s churches, as claims mounted of preachers making improper advances on parishioners. That came as other high-ranking clergy accused churches of handling harassment reports poorly, avoiding independent investigations with a view to sweeping things under the carpet and protecting their...
  5. Organisers of Hong Kong’s annual July 1 pro-democracy rally have told supporters not to flock to Victoria Park this weekend but to join the march as it passes through one of the city’s busiest shopping districts – despite being ordered not to do so. The Civic Human Rights Front made the announcement on Monday, after its plea for marchers to be allowed to assemble at locations...
  6. Protesters in the Iranian capital swarmed into its historic Grand Bazaar on Monday, news agencies reported, and forced shopkeepers to close their stalls in apparent anger over the Islamic Republic’s troubled economy, months after similar demonstrations rocked the country. The seemingly unplanned action came a day after protests forced two major shopping centres for mobile phones and...
  7. A British driver zipping through northern France was caught going 265 kmh (165mph) during a clandestine car rally across Europe, local authorities said on Monday. The driver was one of six given tickets for going at least 180km/h on the A26, known as the “British Motorway”, which links the port city of Calais with Reims. The Voix du Nord newspaper, which first reported the racers,...
  8. The two-hour waiting time for Hong Kong’s iconic Peak Tram could be reduced to about 20 minutes, with passengers spared from the sweltering summer heat or rain if authorities give the go-ahead for a multimillion-dollar facelift. The Peak Tramways Company, the operator of the funicular railway attraction, revealed its HK$684 million (US$87.2 million) renovation plan to the Legislative...
  9. Boyish actor and Canto-pop singer Julian Cheung Chi-lam on Monday testified against a former manager accused of cheating him out of almost HK$1.5 million (US$192,200) by lying about the real value of advertising deals with international brands. Cheung, husband of popular actress Anita Yuen Wing-yi, told the District Court he began to have suspicions about manager Leung Nga-sze during a work trip...
  10. Okinawa residents held a protest at sea on Monday against land reclamation work for a US military base in Japan’s southernmost island prefecture. While the landfill work for moving US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is expected to start as early as August 17, many residents are against the plan as they want the base moved out of the prefecture. Some 70 canoes and several small vessels...