Several protesters have been arrested while trying to run from a Hong Kong university campus surrounded by police. It is the third time protesters have tried to leave, following a fiery overnight stand-off with police. In the past week, the campus has turned into a battleground as long-running anti-government protests become more violent. The violence is some of the worst seen during months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Iranian intelligence officers have co-opted much of the Iraqi government’s cabinet, infiltrated its military leadership, and even tapped into a network of sources once run by the CIA, leaked cables have revealed. The cables, contained in 700 pages that both news organizations say have been verified, offer a snapshot of political life in Iraq in 2014-15, during the height of the Islamic State insurgency, when Iran stepped up its involvement in Iraq.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defense official revered by Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority for his role in ending a bloody civil war but feared by minorities for his brutal approach, declared victory Sunday in the nation’s presidential election. Rajapaksa, the campaign front-runner and former defense secretary under his brother, ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, pledged to restore security to the Indian Ocean island nation still recovering from ISIS-inspired attacks last Easter.
Disgraced rugby star Israel Folau has linked bushfires in New South Wales and drought to Australia’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage and abortion. The 30-year-old, who was delivering a sermon at the Truth of Jesus Christ Church in Sydney on Sunday, said “God is speaking” to Australians and called for the laws to be reversed.
Prince Andrew has defended his decision to take part in an interview about his former friendship with deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that was described by critics as a “car crash” and condemned by the financier’s alleged victims. Among heavy criticism of his performance, Andrew was slammed for failing to mention any of the women who say they were exploited by Epstein.