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Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover

Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover

In 1898, to enforce its control of the area, the United Kingdom leased additional land, known as the New Territories, promising to return them to China in 99 years. Speaking later, Xi praised Hong Kong's outgoing leader, Leung Chun-ying, who cracked down hard on pro-democracy Occupy protests in 2014, for his substantial contributions to the country, "especially safeguarding national security".


North Korea vows to expand nuclear arsenal in defiance of USA warnings

North Korea vows to expand nuclear arsenal in defiance of USA warnings

In its reply, South Korea National Intelligence Agency (NIS) said the North's request is "unpardonable" condemning it for making threats against its citizens and said the news report of a plot to kill Kim Jong Un "had no grounds". -South Korea relationship operates on the basis of something like the North Atlantic Treaty's collective-defense clause, Article 5: any North Korean aggression against South Korea will, it is assured, be met by the combined forces of South Korea and the U.S.


Iraqi forces battling for last 'one percent' of Old Mosul

Iraqi forces battling for last 'one percent' of Old Mosul

More than 100,000 civilians, of whom half are believed to be children, remain trapped in the crumbling old houses of the Old City , with little food, water or medical treatment. A US -led Arab-Kurdish coalition is closing in on the extremists as well in Raqqa, their final major holdout in Syria. ISIS remains in control of large areas of both Iraq and Syria.



Nations urged to negotiate to resolve Qatar crisis

The four Arab countries cut off ties to Qatar due to Qatar's support for Islamist groups. Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani said the stance was "contrary to the principles" of global relations. The Qatari foreign minister is also in Washington where he held talks with Mr Tillerson on Tuesday, shortly before the U.S. secretary of state met with Kuwaiti minister of state for cabinet affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al Sabah whose country has taken on the role of mediator in the dispute.


Trump accepts Macron invite to attend Bastille Day parade

Trump accepts Macron invite to attend Bastille Day parade

Macron's office on Tuesday said it had invited Trump on two occasions to attend the celebrations next month during which the USA military will take part to mark 100 years since it joined World War 1. Macron, who has made clear his differences with Trump notably on climate change, invited Trump and his wife Melania to attend the July 14 parade in Paris on Tuesday.


Helicopter hurled grenades at Venezuela Supreme Court: Maduro

Helicopter hurled grenades at Venezuela Supreme Court: Maduro

Villegas said security forces were being deployed to apprehend Mr Perez as well as recover the heisted German-built Bolkow helicopter. Or, starting today, free ourselves from this corrupt government.” “We are Gods warriors and our mission is to live at the service of the people.