Police in Hong Kong fired pepper pellets and made 300 arrests as thousands of people took to the streets on Wednesday to voice anger over national security legislation proposed by China, that has raised international alarm over freedoms in the city. The United States, Britain, the European Union and others have expressed concern about the legislation, widely seen as a possible turning point for China’s freest city and one of the world’s main financial hubs.
A black man has died after pleading that he could not breathe as a white police officer kneeled on his neck during an arrest. Footage of the restraint was shared widely online after a bystander filmed the officer pinning the shirtless man to the ground in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Four police officers involved in the arrest have since been fired.
A post by US President Donald Trump has been given a fact-check label by Twitter for the first time. President Trump tweeted: “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.” Twitter put a warning label under the post and a subsequent tweet under its new policy on misleading information.
Police in Japan have arrested the man suspected of carrying out an arson attack last year that killed 36 people, after officers waited 10 months for him to be treated for serious burns. Shinji Aoba was arrested on murder and arson charges over the attack on the Kyoto Animation studio in western Japan, which sparked an outpouring of grief from anime fans around the world.
Daritza Araya Arguedas and Alexandra Quirós Castillo became the first same-sex couple in Costa Rica to wed early Tuesday, the first day gay marriage became legal in the country, according to local news reports and the advocacy group Sí, Acepto. After years of campaigning by the pro-marriage-equality group Sí, Acepto, Carlos Alvarado Quesada was elected president in a “resounding” victory in 2018 on an explicitly pro-gay-marriage platform.