Demonstrations over the outcome of last month’s presidential election gripped the heart of Indonesia’s capital on Wednesday after an overnight face-off between police and protesters in which Jakarta’s governor said six people were killed. The riots followed an announcement on Tuesday by the General Election Commission (KPU) confirming that President Joko Widodo had beaten his challenger, former general Prabowo Subianto, in the April 17 poll. Police have arrested up to 100 people on suspicion of provoking riots.
The founder of Huawei has said the US “underestimates” the Chinese telecom makers’s strength and that conflict with the US is inevitable in the quest to “stand on top of the world”. Ren Zhengfei said his company was fully prepared to face US bans on key components following new trade restrictions caused by Donald Trump’s declaration of a national economic emergency last week. The US has been working to thwart the company’s global 5G ambitions, which it sees as a national security threat to other nations.
Some of the biggest names in American footwear have penned a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to remove shoes from a proposed list of tariffs on China imports. The letter, dated May 20, was posted on the website of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), and signed by nearly 200 companies, including Nike Inc., Under Armour Inc., Foot Locker Inc., and Reebok. Trump has said that he’s looking “very strongly” at additional levies of 25% on $325 billion in imported Chinese goods, a list that includes shoes.
Omani author Jokha Alharthi has become the first Arabic-language writer to win the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for Celestial Bodies, a novel that deals with family connections and history in the coming-of-age account of three sisters. Alharthi’s book beat five other shortlisted novels from Europe and South America to take the prize, which celebrates translated fiction from around the world and included a $64,000 award divided equally between author and translator.
A US jury has found that a former Uber driver living in Virginia committed acts of torture during Somalia’s civil war in the late 1980s. Somali citizen Farhan Tani Warfaa testified last week in the Washington DC suburbs that ex-Somali colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali shot and tortured him. Ali was a commander in the national army and supporter of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, say court documents. Mr Warfaa said he was kidnapped from his home in northern Somalia by a group of Ali’s soldiers in 1987. Until this month, Ali drove for Uber, with a high 4.89 rating.