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Hong Kong summons German consul in friction over asylum case -

Hong Kong summons German consul in friction over asylum caseGermany's consul general to Hong Kong was brought in for talks, following reports Berlin had granted asylum to a student who faced prosecution for demonstrating against the city's extradition law, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The ministry confirmed that Consul General Dieter Lamle had been summoned Wednesday by Hong Kong authorities, but wouldn't provide further details. Hong Kong's government said in a statement that Lamle was brought in at the request of Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung, Hong Kong’s No. 2 official, who told him the government “strongly objects to the harboring of criminals under different pretexts by other jurisdictions.”


Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:41:46 -0400

Thailand revokes protest ban that backfired -

Thailand revokes protest ban that backfiredThailand on Thursday revoked an emergency decree aimed at ending months of protests against the government and monarchy that had only inflamed anger and brought tens of thousands of people onto Bangkok streets. A government statement published in the official Royal Gazette said it would end measures that included bans on political gatherings of five or more people and publishing news that could affect security. "The current violent situation that led to the announcement of the severe situation has eased and ended to a situation in which government officials and state agencies can enforce the regular laws," the statement said. The only specific incident given for the ban was one in which Queen Suthida's convoy was jeered by protesters, but it came after protests that are the biggest challenge in years to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Protesters, who have given Prayuth a three-day deadline to quit, said withdrawing the measures was not enough. "He's still seeking to stay in power while ignoring all the people's demands. The emergency decree shouldn't have been issued in the first place," Sirawith "Ja New" Seritiwat, one of the leaders, said.


Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:26:37 -0400

Jobless claims come in below 800,000 for the 1st time since March -

Jobless claims come in below 800,000 for the 1st time since MarchThe number of Americans filing new jobless claims has declined to less than 800,000 for the first time in seven months.The Labor Department on Thursday said that 787,000 Americans filed new jobless claims last week, a decline of 55,000 from the previous week's revised level. This was significantly below the 875,000 claims economists had been expecting, CNBC reports. It's also the first time since the middle of March that the number of claims has been below 800,000, CNN notes.Additionally, the number of continuing claims declined by about 1 million to 8.37 million claims, according to CNBC. Thursday's report came after last week, the number of new jobless claims unexpectedly rose to the highest level in almost two months.At the same time, CNN notes that "23.2 million Americans received some form of government jobless benefits in the week ended October 3." The number of new jobless claims has also still yet to fall below 695,000, which was the record for most claims filed in one week prior to the COVID-19 pandemic."Some recovery is better than no recovery, but we want this to be stronger," Evercore ISI managing director and policy economist Ernie Tedeschi told The New York Times. "It's at risk of getting knocked off its slow momentum if we get another shock, another wave of the virus." More stories from theweek.com The left embraces rigging democracy The greatest risk for a Biden administration A new constitution? Be careful what you wish for.


Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:53:00 -0400

Ghislaine Maxwell: 'Intimate' details of British socialite's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein to be released in court documents -

Ghislaine Maxwell: 'Intimate' details of British socialite's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein to be released in court documentsMaxwell’s lawyers fought hard to keep deposition secret


Thu, 22 Oct 2020 08:43:31 -0400

Tilting Venezuelan vessel could lead to catastrophic oil spill -

Tilting Venezuelan vessel could lead to catastrophic oil spillThe stranded oil ship threatens to dump up to 80 million gallons of oil into the sea.


Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:24:00 -0400