Suspected ‘Triad’ Gangs Mark Dangerous New Phase in Hong Kong’s Crisis

Laignee Barron / Hong Kong It should have been a normal ride home. But when the passenger train pulled into Yuen Long station on the outskirts of Hong Kong Sunday night, the doors opened onto a blood-splattered platform and a bat-wielding mob. People screamed as assailants in white shirts stormed the carriages, as seen in footage broadcast live and a video shot by a lawmaker. Protesters returning from a pro-democracy march in the city center, as well as journalists and bystanders, were battered with sticks, umbrellas and what appeared to be metal rods. Viral videos showed people being beaten as … Continue reading Suspected ‘Triad’ Gangs Mark Dangerous New Phase in Hong Kong’s Crisis

Australian Man Driving a Van With $140 Million of Meth Crashed Into Parked Police Cars

Associated Press (SYDNEY) — A driver has been charged after methamphetamine valued at more than $140 million was found in a van that crashed into police cars parked outside a Sydney police station, police said on Tuesday. A Toyota HiAce van hit the cars outside the Eastwood Police Station on Monday morning, causing significant damage to one car but injuring no one, a police statement said. Police stopped a van in a nearby suburb about an hour later, arrested 28-year-old Simon Tu and seized 273 kilograms (602 pounds) of crystal meth with an estimated street value of more than 200 … Continue reading Australian Man Driving a Van With $140 Million of Meth Crashed Into Parked Police Cars

The Trump Administration Is Moving to End Food Stamps for 3 Million People

Mike Dorning / Bloomberg The Trump administration is moving to end food stamp benefits for 3 million people with proposed new regulations curtailing the leeway of states to automatically enroll residents who receive welfare benefits. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said state governments “have misused this flexibility.” “We are changing the rules, preventing abuse of a critical safety net system, so those who need food assistance the most are the only ones who receive it,” he added. Conservatives have long sought cuts in the federal food assistance program for the poor and disabled. House Republicans tried to impose similar restrictions on … Continue reading The Trump Administration Is Moving to End Food Stamps for 3 Million People

South Korea Fired Warning Shots After a Russian Warplane Violated Airspace

Hyung-Jin Kim / AP (SEOUL, South Korea) — South Korean jets fired warning shots after a Russian military plane violated South Korea’s airspace on Tuesday, Seoul officials said, in the first such incident between the countries. Three Russian military planes initially entered South Korea’s air defense identification zone off its east coast before one of them entered the country’s territorial sky, the South’s Defense Ministry said. South Korean fighter jets then scrambled to the area to fire warning shots, a ministry official said, requesting anonymity due to department rules. The Russian plane left the area but it returned and violated … Continue reading South Korea Fired Warning Shots After a Russian Warplane Violated Airspace

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Orders Increase of Naval Weapons While Inspecting a New Submarine

HYUNG-JIN KIM / AP (SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea leader Kim Jong Un has inspected a newly built submarine and ordered officials to further bolster the country’s military capability, state media reported Tuesday, as the North is increasing its pressure on the United States ahead of the possible resumption of nuclear diplomacy. Last week, North Korea said it may lift its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests to protest expected military drills between the United States and South Korea that North Korea views as an invasion rehearsal. The Korean Central News Agency reported Kim expressed “great satisfaction” with … Continue reading North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Orders Increase of Naval Weapons While Inspecting a New Submarine

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Says He Can’t Stop China in Disputed Seas

JIM GOMEZ / AP MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday there was no way to stop Chinese from fishing in his country’s exclusive economic zone and he would not risk losing Filipino forces in a clash in the disputed South China Sea. “When Xi says ‘I will fish,’ who can prevent him?” Duterte said as he defended his nonconfrontational approach to China over the territorial disputes in his annual state of the nation address before a joint session of Congress. He was referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping. “If I send my marines to drive away the … Continue reading Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Says He Can’t Stop China in Disputed Seas

Trump Meets With Chipmakers on Huawei and Other Economic Issues

By KEVIN FREKING and MARCY GORDON / AP WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met with executives from several of the nation’s leading chip and computer part makers Monday and discussed restrictions his administration has imposed on the sale of components to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the White House said. Huawei is embroiled in a trade dispute between China and the U.S. The Trump administration in May sanctioned Huawei, which it has deemed a threat to national security, and curbed sales of U.S. equipment to the Chinese company. The move was widely seen as intended to persuade resistant U.S. allies in … Continue reading Trump Meets With Chipmakers on Huawei and Other Economic Issues