The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid a crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement, drawing condemnation from Beijing. Under the first Senate bill, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would have to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to qualify for special U.S. trading consideration that bolsters its status as a world financial center.
At least 106 people have been killed during protests in Iran over government-set gasoline prices, according to Amnesty International. The human rights group made the allegation in a report released on Tuesday, citing “credible reports”. Iranian officials have not made the death toll available since the unrest over a rise in prices began over the weekend. Amnesty added that it believes “the real death toll may be much higher.”
Israel says it has hit dozens of targets in Syria belonging to the government and allied Iranian forces. The Israeli military says the “wide-scale strikes” responded to rockets fired by an Iranian unit into Israel. Syria says two civilians died and that Syrian air defenses shot down most of the missiles over Damascus. Other reports say the death toll was higher.
Swedish prosecutors dropped their rape case against Julian Assange, a cofounder of WikiLeaks, it was announced on Tuesday. Assange faced a rape allegation stemming from 2010, but prosecutors decided that, while the Swedish complainant was credible and evidence reliable, her memory of the night in question had faded and there was limited corroborative evidence available.
The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be turned into a police station, Austria’s interior ministry has announced, after years of legal wrangling as the government looks to prevent the building from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine. The yellow corner house in the northern town of Braunau on the border with Germany, where Hitler was born on 20 April 1889, was taken into government control in 2016.