Police in Hong Kong say 240,000 people flooded the streets of the city on Sunday in a show of defiance against a government proposal that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges. Organizers of the protest say the turnout was more than 1 million. People carrying banners and signs objecting to the government-backed legislation marched and chanted “no extradition” through the city center. Many of the marchers wore white, a symbol of justice and mourning in Chinese culture.
U.S. President Donald Trump defended his administration’s deal with Mexico against criticism that there were no major new commitments to stem a flow of Central American migrants crossing into the United States, and said on Sunday more details would soon be released. The deal, announced on Friday after three days of talks in Washington, averted Trump’s threatened imposition of 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods that had been due to start on Monday unless Mexico committed to do more to help reduce an increase in migrants arriving at the U.S. southern border.
Police detained hundreds of people in Kazakhstan amid protests against a presidential election set to confirm Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as the country’s new leader. The snap election was called after the unexpected resignation of 78 year-old president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had led the country since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Mr Nazarbayev, who holds the official title of Yelbasy, or national leader, hand-picked Mr Tokayev, the 66-year-old speaker of the upper house, to succeed him as president.
Iranian police have shut down 547 restaurants and cafes in Tehran for not observing “Islamic principles”, the capital’s police chief has said. Fars news agency said the operation was carried out over the past 10 days. The infractions included “unconventional advertising in cyberspace, playing illegal music and debauchery”, Fars reported. “Observing Islamic principles is … one of the police’s main missions and responsibilities,” the police chief said.
Rafael Nadal maintained his stranglehold on the French Open by beating Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in four sets to lift a 12th men’s singles title. The 33-year-old is the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors overall. Thiem, 25, suffered his second Grand Slam final defeat after losing in three sets to Nadal in last year’s final.