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Racism, Prejudice Against Ethnic Minorities - Hong Kong News Headline

Camy Lok Mei-ching, in her 50s, is married to 45-year-old Nigerian, Ezeakunne Sylvester, and has been leading a lonely battle against what she says is a clear-cut case of racial discrimination – part of a long-standing yet often neglected problem in Hong Kong.

“They say they fear a rise in crimes [if the centre is located there],” Lok says of her detractors. “It’s such a ridiculous excuse. Every time our association wants to do something, we are chased away like stray dogs.”Read More →

Donald Trump - Vladimir Putin

Trump opened the meeting with warm words for Putin, seated next to the Russian leader in an ornate presidential palace in neutral Finland, and said it was a longstanding goal of his to improve the relationship between the two countries.

“I think we will have an extraordinary relationship. I hope so. I’ve been saying it, and I’m sure you’ve heard over the years, and as I campaigned, that getting along with Russia is good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump said. Read More →

Isaias Afwerki and Abiy Ahmed - Eritrea News - Ethiopia Headline Story

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed hugged Isaias after he arrived at the airport, before they left together in the same armoured four-wheel drive car, the latest sign of rapprochement between the Horn of Africa neighbours.
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“Welcome home President Isaias!!” Abiy’s chief of staff, Fitsum Arega, wrote on Twitter, saying the Eritrean leader “received a heartfelt warm welcome” from the Ethiopian prime minister on his arrival. Read More →

Mike Pompeo and Kim Jong Un

Asked about reports based on U.S. intelligence assessments that North Korea had continued to develop its nuclear facilities even while engaging in dialogue, Pompeo said:

“We talked about what the North Koreans are continuing to do and how it’s the case that we can get our arms around achieving what Chairman Kim and President Trump both agreed to, which is the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

“Chairman Kim is … still committed” to that goal, Pompeo said, and he reiterated that Trump was “committed to a brighter future for North Korea”. Read More →

Moon Jae-in - Kim Jong Un - South Korea - North Korea

Two days of friendly basketball games winding up Thursday in Pyongyang were the latest in a slew of goodwill gestures between the Koreas in recent months. The women’s and men’s matches came just ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s arrival in North Korea on Friday for two days of talks over the future of the North’s nuclear program.Read More →

US Coffins With American Soldiers Remains

North Korea agreed to return US war remains during the June 12 summit between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump in Singapore. “We are ready to receive remains and be able to transport them in a dignified manner,” the command’s public affairs office told the Stars and Stripes and Military Times.Read More →

Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un - North Korea - China - Politics News Headlines

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing, Chinese state media reported Tuesday, a week after his unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump.Read More →

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Swaziland's King Mswati III

Chinese government sees special significance in a Beijing summit with African leaders set for September alongside the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. If China can bring the last holdout, Swaziland — recently renamed eSwatini — into its corner, it will go into the meeting having diplomatically conquered the continent, so to speak.Read More →