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Book Review: Farewell My Colony by Todd Crowell

Todd Crowell is a journalist who has worked in Hong Kong for Asiaweek. He wrote Farewell My Colony to chronicle the experiences of the last years leading up to the handover. It is an eye-opening book, chronicling the hopes and fears of both the pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps as well as the UK and People’s Republic of China. The book takes you through interviews with locals, legislators in both camps whom Crowell had lunch with, and gives a comprehensive telling of Chris Patten’s democrati

North Korea bombshell: Experts reveal how Kim Jong-un maintains life of luxury

Kim Jong-il launched the organisation in 1974. The organisation is particularly useful given that North Korea is limited by sanctions. David Maxwell, a retired US Army Special Forces colonel and North Korea expert, told the New York Post: “Where do you think Kim gets his cognacs, Mercedes and Rolex watches? “All the money to buy that stuff comes from Office 39.” It is believed the official name is Central Committee Bureau 39 of the Workers' Party of Korea, but it has been referred to as Room 39

China bombshell: Expert says country must be ready for ‘mid-sized war’ against India

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. Two weeks ago, clashes in the high altitude Galwan Valley left 20 Indian soldiers dead with unconfirmed reports of Chinese casualties. Qiao Liang, a retired air force major general and military theorist, wrote on WeChat the chances of an all-out war were low but China needed to be more prepared.

Coronavirus map LIVE: US reports almost 46k COVID-19 cases in one day - Highest day rise

The Government is expected to include Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Turkey, the Netherlands and Finland. Portugal and Sweden are not expected to make the cut. But Greek tourism minister Haris Theoharis this morning pushed back against the July 6 date, suggesting it could take weeks for his country to safely establish an air bridge with Britain. He said the Greek Government was working closely with health experts to devise a plan to kick-start the country's tourism indus

Coronavirus map LIVE: Study sparks alarm bells - as death toll sees spike of 186

As a result, it is not possible to draw conclusions from the data about the prevalence of the complications highlighted in the study. Benedict Michael, the lead author of the study from the University of Liverpool, said: “There have been growing reports of an association between COVID-19 infection and possible neurological or psychiatric complications, but until now these have typically been limited to studies of 10 patients or fewer. “Ours is the first nationwide study of neurological complicat

Melania Trump bombshell: New book claims first lady could be ‘the end’ of Trump

Washington Post journalist Mary Jordan spoke to 100 White House insiders for ‘The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump’. Sources have told CBS News that Donald Trump originally offered the position of Vice-President to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, but the offer to the now-former Governor was later withdrawn. Mr Christie said of Mrs Trump: “This is not some wallflower; this is somebody who is self-confident and self-assured. He adds people who claim Mrs Trump does not love h

World War 3: Iran targeted in tough new crackdown on rocket attacks at US troops

Rockets were seized and three commanders were arrested. Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraqi Prime Minister has expressed a willingness to be tougher on militia groups which target US installations. Several attacks near the US embassy in Baghdad and other US installations have occurred in recent months. A spokesman for the US-led coalition in Iraq has denied the commanders were handed over to the US military, who they claim played no part in the raid. An Iraqi official has said at least 20 fighters were d

India’s space agency in MAJOR breakthrough after offering massive boost to private sector

Kailasavadivoo Sivan, the chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) confirmed private farms will now be able to build satellites and rockets and launch them from Indian soil. At a Thursday press conference, he confirmed ISRO will focus on building technologies and undertaking deep space missions. Mr Sivan explained: “An open and inclusive space sector will result in accelerated growth, job creation as well as innovations and will enable the Indian space industry to be a significant p

China earthquake: Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes near Hotan in Xinjiang

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. The quake was picked up by seismologists at the US Geological Survey (USGS). It is thought to have had a depth of 10.0km. The USGC tweeted : “Prelim M6.4 Earthquake Xinjiang-Xizang border region Jun-25 21:05 UTC.” Structures built to resist earthquakes survive with slight to moderate damage. Th

Trump humiliation: Kosovo President indicted for war crimes ahead of meeting with Trump

Mr Thaci was due to meet Donald Trump at the White House this weekend. He was due to meet Trump and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić for a summit with reports claiming Trump was due to approve a deal for Belgrade to recognise Kosovo’s statehood. Mr Thaci returned to Kosovo without landing. Avdullah Hoti, Kosovo Prime Minister, was nominated to attend as a replacement but declined after the US backed the indictment. The embassy said in a statement the move was “a step forward in the justice an

World War 3: Donald Trump claims Huawei is controlled by Chinese military in fresh blow

Reuters has reported they have seen a document noting the status being placed on 20 companies. The publication say a defence official confirmed the authenticity of the document which has been sent to Congress. Other firms in the document include Hikvision, China Mobile Communications Group, China Telecommunications Corp and Aviation Industry Corp of China. The Defence Department drew up the list based on a 1999 law. The designations do not automatically draw up sanctions, but says the President

Australia records biggest single day increase in coronavirus cases for two months

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. Victoria State has seen 33 people test positive in the last 24 hours. Daniel Andrews, State Premier announced an increase in testing for the ten worst affected areas. Mr Andrews said: “We have ambulances and other vans that will literally be at the end of people’s streets. “We will see these num

Russia begins voting in referendum that could keep Putin in power until 2036

The vote is on a constitutional amendment which would allow the Russian President to run for another two terms. Mr Putin’s term expires in 2024 but if approved, he will be allowed two more six-year terms. The proposals are expected to go through, despite rising unemployment due to coronavirus damaging the economy. Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy, told Reuters: “Putin does not have an easy path to improve an economy that looked stagnant before the crisis, and which led to lethargic p

World War 3: North Korea spent two days planning liaison office explosion attack

But, a source from Kaesong, the surrounding city suggests preparations for the action began two days earlier on June 14. According to South Korean based Daily NK, North Korean soldiers were observed strengthening security and patrols in the surrounding areas. The source told the publication preparation “began to ramp up from June 14.” Authorities then issued an order calling local residents to “stay away from the Kaesong Industrial Complex no matter what.” It has been reported soldiers were see

Beijing demands Japan refuse to host US missiles - ‘Learn the lessons’

Beijing insisted on Wednesday if such a deal was reached it would not sit by. Japan is a historic ally of the United States. Defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a press conference: “In the meantime, China hopes Japan and other countries can take regional peace and stability into consideration, act prudently and say no to the US – which wants to deploy intermediate-range missiles on their land – so they don’t fall victim to a US geopolitical plot in the region.” The foreign ministry urged Ja

India-Pakistan tensions return while New Delhi deals with China border clash

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top politics stories again. The intervention comes after Narendra Modi , Indian Prime Minister revoked the autonomy of the disputed Kashmir region in August. Relations in that region of the world have been tense since border clashes last week between India and China further north. Sun Shihai, an expert on South Asian affair

Coronavirus map LIVE: Global cases could hit 10m NEXT WEEK after huge spike - WHO warning

"This is a sober reminder that even as we continue R&D (research and development) into vaccines and therapeutics, we have an urgent responsibility to do everything we can with the tools we have now to suppress transmission and save lives." The death toll from coronavirus in the UK has surged beyond 43,000, after the Government reported a further 154 fatalities across all settings. The Department of Health and Social Care(DHSC) announced the increased figure for those that have died in hospitals,

Barack Obama savages Trump at Biden fundraiser - ‘Actively promoting division’

Mr Obama was attending his first joint fundraiser of the election cycle. The funds raised made it the biggest fundraising of the cycle. Though he did not mention Donald Trump by name, Mr Obama accused his administration of "actively promoting division." Mr Obama explained: "Unlike our current President, (Democrats) recognise we have a public health crisis going on." "I am here to say the help is on the way if we do the work, because there's nobody I trust more to be able to heal this country an

South Korean based group launches 500,000 leaflets into North Korea despite warnings

This is despite Pyongyang insisting it will retaliate to such actions, which have been cited as a cause for a breakdown in the relations between the two Koreas. North Korea cut a hotline with Seoul and blew up a joint liaison office. Mr Park said in a statement the leafleting was for “a struggle for justice for the sake of liberation of” North Koreans. Local officials in South Korea are looking into the remarks. They may call for an investigation as a potential safety threat for people who live

Beijing second coronavirus outbreak coming to an end - ‘Strong control measures’

Most new cases in the capital have been linked to the Xinfandi wholesale food market. Feng Zijian, deputy director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said the outbreak had been bought under control. He told state television: “By analysing the number of infections, onset of symptoms and source of infection, we can see the [outbreak] among those who had direct exposure to Xinfadi is coming to an end. “The new cases were mostly down to community spread by those who had been
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