Two dozen Hong Kong activists charged over June 4 commemoration vigil

Two dozen people in Hong Kong, including pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, have been charged with participating in an illegal assembly at a vigil on June 4 commemorating the crackdown on protesters in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen square in 1989. It was the first time the vigil had been banned in semiautonomous Hong Kong, with police… Read More Two dozen Hong Kong activists charged over June 4 commemoration vigil

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos sells $3.1billion worth of shares

Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos sold shares worth $3.1 billion in the e-commerce company in recent days, regulatory filings showed on Wednesday. The stock sale comes at a time when the company’s shares have surged more than 73% this year. During the first two working days of August, Bezos sold 1 million shares… Read More Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos sells $3.1billion worth of shares

Pope Francis appoints six women to Vatican financial council

Pope Francis has appointed six women, including the former treasurer for Britain’s Prince Charles, to the council that oversees Vatican finances, naming them in one fell swoop to some of the most senior roles. The appointments to one of the Holy See’s most important offices marked the latest attempt by the pope to keep promises… Read More Pope Francis appoints six women to Vatican financial council

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube takes down post of President Donald Trump over violation of misinformation rules

Facebook Inc on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus. The post contained a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier in the day, in which Trump claimed that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19. “This… Read More Facebook, Twitter, YouTube takes down post of President Donald Trump over violation of misinformation rules

Death roll from Lebanon explosion rises to at least 145

Lebanese rescue teams pulled out bodies and hunted for missing people on Wednesday from the wreckage caused by a massive warehouse explosion that sent a devastating blast wave across Beirut, killing at least 145. Prime Minister Hassan Diab declared three days of mourning from Thursday as early investigations blamed negligence for the explosion at Beirut… Read More Death roll from Lebanon explosion rises to at least 145

Dozens dead following massive explosion in Lebanon

A powerful blast in port warehouses near central Beirut storing highly explosive material killed 78 people, injured nearly 4,000 and sent seismic shockwaves that shattered windows, smashed masonry and shook the ground across the Lebanese capital. Officials said they expected the death toll to rise further after Tuesday’s blast as emergency workers dug through rubble… Read More Dozens dead following massive explosion in Lebanon