4 June 2021 News

China, Hong Kong, United States, Britain, Diplomacy were the most important topics in the news of the Friday 4 June 2021, but also: Military, Japan, India, Russia, Environment.

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ASEAN envoys meet Myanmar junta leader

Envoys from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held talks with Myanmar's junta Friday, with its top general reiterating he would only...

Putin says wants to find ways with Biden to improve ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he hoped to improve deeply damaged relations with the United States when he holds his first summit...

US intel report on UFOs inconclusive : reports

The conclusion of a classified US intelligence report on the existence of alien UFOs is . . . inconclusive, US media reported Friday.

Brazilian Amazon deforestation hits record for May

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached a record for the month of May this year, the space research institute INPE said.

German bishop offers to quit over church’s abuse ‘failure’

One of Germany's leading Catholic bishops, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, said Friday he had offered Pope Francis his resignation over the church's...

EU and UK probe Facebook advertising data use

The European Union and Britain launched parallel competition probes on Friday into whether Facebook uses data from advertisers to unfairly dominate...

Hong Kong park empty on Tiananmen anniversary but protests flicker

A Hong Kong park that traditionally hosts huge vigils on the anniversary of China's deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown lay empty for the first...

‘Uyghur Tribunal’ hears allegations of rampant China abuses

A London panel investigating the plight of Uyghurs in China on Friday heard witness testimony of torture and gang rapes, in a process slammed...

Hong Kong park empty for first time in 32 years on Tiananmen anniversary

A Hong Kong park that traditionally hosts huge vigils on the anniversary of China's deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown lay empty for the first...

Sri Lanka sued over ship disaster as possible oil spill looms

Environmentalists on Friday sued the Sri Lankan government and operators of a container ship loaded with chemicals and plastic that burned offshore...

The Indian who took the Beatles home for tea

Ajit Singh, the Indian music shop owner who befriended the Beatles during their magical mystery trip in Rishikesh over half a century ago, has...

Jailed Samsung leader fined for taking propofol shots

South Korean prosecutors fined the jailed de facto leader of the giant Samsung group 50 million won ($45,000) on Friday for illegally taking...

Release medical records of bat cave patients, Fauci urges China : FT

Top US scientist Anthony Fauci has urged China to release the medical records of nine people who fell sick with a coronavirus-like illness prior...

Cyprus north-south crossings reopen as Covid curbs eased

Crossing points reopened Friday along the UN-patrolled ceasefire line that divides Cyprus as coronavirus restrictions first imposed 15 months...

China tells US to ‘face up’ to own rights abuses after Tiananmen criticism

China on Friday ripped into the United States' human rights record and told Washington to "look in the mirror" after America's top diplomat said...

Japan births hit new record low in pandemic

The number of babies born in Japan hit a new record low last year, official data showed, highlighting concern over the pandemic's impact on one...

Murals and memories : How Bosnian Serbs revere war criminal Mladic

The triumphant face of war criminal Ratko Mladic stares out of a roadside mural in his hometown with a caption hailing him simply as a "hero"...

After attack on rival, IS jihadists battle for control in northeast Nigeria

For years, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was a dreaded figure in Nigeria's insurgency, terrorising local communities with attacks, bombs...

Beijing’s crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong

China has moved to crush Hong Kong's democracy movement after huge and violent protests rocked the finance hub two years ago, hammering the flickering...

Tokyo panda’s possible pregnancy delivers stocks bump

A possible panda pregnancy at a Tokyo zoo caused stocks of a nearby restaurant chain to briefly soar 30 percent on Friday as the chance of a...

Hong Kong democracy site pulled ‘by mistake’

Israel-based web host Wix made an error in pulling a Hong Kong democracy website from its servers following a takedown request by the Chinese...

No evidence mystery UFOs are alien spacecraft, report finds : NYTimes

There is no evidence that unexplained aerial phenomena spotted in recent years by US military personnel are aliens, an upcoming government report...

Welcome to the jungle : Myanmar rebels teach coup protesters to make war

Nervous laughter breaks out in Myanmar's eastern jungle as a young man training to overthrow the junta is knocked backwards by the kick of a...

Senior British judge to quit top Hong Kong court : media

A senior British judge has announced she will quit Hong Kong's top court when her term ends, stating there were "all sorts of question marks"...

International experts deployed for Sri Lanka oil spill

Foreign experts have been deployed to help Sri Lanka contain a potential oil leak from a burnt-out container ship partially sunk off Colombo,...

Hong Kong democracy vigil leader detained on Tiananmen anniversary

Hong Kong police detained one of the organisers of the annual vigil commemorating Beijing's deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown, as authorities...

Australia media fined for breaching Pell trial gag order

A dozen major Australian news organisations were fined Friday for breaching court orders that banned reporting on Cardinal George Pell's 2018...

Japan donates more than 1 million Covid-19 jabs to Taiwan

More than one million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine donated by Japan arrived in Taiwan on Friday, as the island struggles to secure...

Childcare shortage forces Mongolian women back into the home

Mongolia once guaranteed free childcare for working mothers under communist rule but decades after the landlocked country transitioned to democracy,...

Singapore egg-freezing ban forces women to head overseas

With a busy job that left little time to think about starting a family, Erica decided to sidestep Singapore's ban on egg freezing for a chance...

Pedro Castillo, rural teacher with a shot at Peru’s presidency

Rural school teacher Pedro Castillo was largely unknown in Peru until he led a nationwide strike four years ago.

Political dynasty heiress Fujimori aiming to make history

For the third time, Keiko Fujimori is one step away from following her disgraced father into the top political job in Peru and becoming her country's...

‘Uyghur Tribunal’ to convene over abuses as China fumes

A panel of UK-based lawyers and rights experts investigating the plight of Uyghurs in China will begin hearing evidence from witnesses on Friday,...

India’s scammers profit from Covid misery

From fake medicines to fire extinguishers disguised as oxygen cylinders and recycled personal protective equipment, India's coronavirus hell...

Peruvians face choice for ‘lesser evil’ in presidential vote

Peruvians will be faced with choosing the "lesser evil" between rightwing populist Keiko Fujimori and radical leftwing unionist Pedro Castillo...

Like mother like daughter : Nicaragua’s Chamorro a threat to Ortega

Like her mother before her, Nicaraguan opposition figure Cristiana Chamorro -- placed under house arrest Wednesday on government claims of money-laundering...

Hong Kong democracy leader detained on Tiananmen anniversary

Hong Kong police detained a democracy leader on Friday morning as authorities sought to prevent any public commemoration of the anniversary of...

Hong Kong police detain democracy leader on Tiananmen anniversary : AFP

Hong Kong police detained prominent democracy activist Chow Hang-tung on Friday morning, with authorities determined to prevent any protests...

Facebook to bar politicians from posting deceptive content : report

Facebook plans to eliminate an exemption for politicians that allows them to post content deemed deceptive or abusive, and will hold them to...

Arctic sea ice thinning faster than expected, new study shows

Sea ice in the Arctic's coastal regions may be thinning up to twice as fast as previously thought, according to a new study, with worrying implications...