Hong Kong leader apologizes to public after massive protests over extradition bill

Hong Kong - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologized to the public on Sunday with “utmost sincerity and humility” after the second massive protest in a week over a proposed extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial. Lam’s statement came after hundreds of thousands of people clogged the streets in central Hong Kong dressed in black to demand that she steps down, a day after she suspended the extradition bill.

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UK group warns of Oman Sea incident as Japan PM visits Iran

Dubai - Two tankers were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman and the crew have been evacuated, shipping sources said Thursday, a month after a similar incident in which four tankers in the region were struck. U.S. Naval forces said they were assisting the tankers after receiving two distress calls. "We are aware of the reported attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

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China's Xi speaks to Saudi king amid Iran tensions

Beijing - Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday amid tensions with Riyadh's regional rival Iran after Tehran announced it was scaling back some commitments under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. China has had to tread a fine line as it has close energy and business relations with both countries, in a part of the world where Beijing has traditionally exerted far less sway than the United States, Russia, France or Britain. China's Foreign Ministry did not directly mention Iran in its statement on the call between Xi and Salman, instead concentrating on Xi's comments on cementing bilateral ties. Xi visited Saudi Arabia and Iran on the same trip in 2016, and Salman paid a return visit to China in 2017. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Xi in Beijing in February of this year. 

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