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June 12, 2019 | Via Sky News

Hong Kong: Anti-Extradition Protesters Block Government HQ

Protesters have blocked government headquarters in Hong Kong as they fight a law that would allow people to be sent to China for trial. The largely peaceful demonstration saw barriers overturned and many businesses closed in the area. The protests come three days after a rally that organizers said brought more than one million people onto the streets to condemn the proposed bill.

June 12, 2019 | Via CNBC

Russia Frees Detained Journalist After Public Outcry and Media Pressure

A Russian investigative journalist who was charged with drug dealing, widely seen as fabricated charges, has been freed after a widespread public outcry and media rebellion against the case. Journalist Ivan Golunov was arrested last Thursday by police in Moscow who said they found mephedrone on Golunov and cocaine at his flat. He was then charged over the weekend with possessing drugs with intent to supply. Golunov denied all the accusations and said the drugs had been planted on him.

June 12, 2019 | Via Reuters

U.S.-Mexico Migrant Deal Includes Regional Asylum Plan: Document

The U.S.-Mexico migration agreement reached last week includes a regional asylum plan and Mexico’s commitment to examine and potentially change its laws, according to a copy held up to journalists by President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The deal lays out “a regional approach to burden-sharing in relation to the processing of refugee status claims to migrants,” the document said. A Reuters photograph of the folded document, taken as Trump held it up, allowed reporters to read parts of it.

June 12, 2019 | Via CBS News

Uganda Confirms First Ebola Case Outside Outbreak in Congo

A child in Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighboring Congo last year, Uganda’s health ministry said late Tuesday, in a blow to efforts by health workers who for months sought to prevent contamination across the heavily traveled frontier. The announcement puts new pressure on the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the Ebola outbreak — the second-deadliest in history — a global health emergency.

June 12, 2019 | Via BBC

Botswana Decriminalizes Homosexuality in Landmark Ruling

Botswana’s High Court has ruled in favor of decriminalizing homosexuality in a landmark decision for campaigners. The court rejected laws that impose up to seven years in prison for same-sex relationships, stating they were unconstitutional. The move contrasts with Kenya’s recent ruling against campaigners seeking to overturn laws on gay sex. The law has been in place since 1965 when it was brought in by the colonial British government.

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