Germany will not exclude Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G mobile networks, saying it wants to create “a level playing field” for vendors. The US has banned Huawei from selling 5G equipment to its telecoms companies, saying it contained back doors that would enable Chinese surveillance. Huawei welcomed Germany’s “fact and standards based approach”.
Aides to Kim Jong Un are convinced the North Korean leader plans “a great operation”, state media said on Wednesday in a report that included lavish descriptions and images of the leader riding a white horse up North Korea’s most sacred mountain. Analysts say the symbolism underscores North Korea standing up to international sanctions and pressure over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
Four Bulgarian football fans have been detained after their game against England had to be stopped twice due to racism. Bulgaria’s ministry of interior confirmed the group are being questioned by police over their involvement in racist behavior at the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday night, which England won 6-0. Bulgaria has come in for heavy criticism for the conduct of home fans during the game.
Hong Kong’s beleaguered leader, Carrie Lam, has condemned ongoing violent street protests for dampening the economy and ruining the image of the financial hub, in a key annual policy speech that she was forced to deliver via video link after being heckled in parliament. Pro-democracy lawmakers jeered and yelled slogans as she walked into the legislature’s chamber and started to speak, forcing the unprecedented cancellation of the speech.
Today, NASA unveiled its designs for future spacesuits that astronauts will wear during trips to the lunar surface. The suits are still in development, but NASA claims they’ll be ready to keep astronauts alive in space by 2024 — the space agency’s deadline to return humans to the Moon. These new ensembles are upgraded so that astronauts wearing them can live and work on the Moon.