Hong Kong’s Lam says Chinese intervention can’t be ruled out Oct 09, 2019 0 553 12345 dpaHong KongHong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that Chinese intervention remains an option if anti-government unrest “becomes so bad” that calling on Beijing for help cannot be ruled out.In her weekly press conference, Lam noted that although she and the Chinese central government “still strongly feel” that Hong Kong should independently tackle the ongoing wave of unrest there, involving Beijing would nonetheless be permissible under the city’s constitution.Last week, Lam invoked a colonial-era emergency ordinance in order to ban face coverings at public gatherings in an effort to crack down on the escalating protests, which have rocked the city for nearly five months.Over the weekend, the mask ban was widely ignored at both peaceful and riotous assemblies throughout the territory. Seventy-seven people, aged 12 to 41, have been arrested for wearing masks since the ban came into effect on Friday. In a police press conference later in the day, the force deferred to the government to comment on the possibility of involving the People’s Liberation Army in attempts to quell protests. Regional Commander Kwok Yam Yung said that though “the authority to turn to the PRC army lies with the Central People’s government as well as the Hong Kong Government,” he believes that “with help from all sectors of society” the police are capable of handling the situation effectively. Over the weekend the police made 241 arrests for charges including unlawful assembly, possession of an offensive weapon and facial covering. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Turkey ready for Syria offensive despite mixed Trump signals Oct 09, 2019 0 953 Iran opposes Syria military action, Zarif tells Turkey Oct 09, 2019 0 184 Iraq’s parliament meets after protests spark political crisis Oct 09, 2019 0 160 Would welcome Kurds back into fold, says Damascus AFP Beirut Damascus is ready to welcome Syria’s Kurds back into the fold after Washington left them to face Turkish military threats alone, a senior official said in comments published Tuesday. Ankara has threatened an .. Turkey hits Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq Istanbul: Turkish air strikes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq, Ankara’s defence ministry said Tuesday.The ministry said on Twitter that “nine terrorists were neutralised” in air strikes in the Hakurk .. Zuma’s son says not corrupt, but victim of S African political ‘storm’ Johannesburg: The son of South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma, accused by witnesses of acting as a conduit in a major web of state graft, said on Tuesday he was not corrupt but a victim of political crossfire. Duduzane .. Mozambique says army killed 9 militants in restive north Maputo: Mozambican soldiers killed nine “evildoers” in the volatile north ahead of general elections next week, the government has said, in the first ever official confirmation of an attack on militants. Suspected .. German defence minister visits soldiers in north-eastern Mali Gao: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Tuesday visited German soldiers serving with the United Nations in Mali to learn about their mission in the West African country. The soldiers are based in .. Chinese govt blasts US blacklist of 28 entities over Xinjiang as ‘groundless’ AFP Beijing China hit back at the United States on Tuesday over the blacklisting of 28 Chinese entities accused of being implicated in rights violations against mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, saying .. Iran to present regional peace plan for Strait of Hormuz ‘soon’ Tehran: Iran will be ready to present the details of its peace plan for the strategically important Strait of Hormuz “soon,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday. The plan, announced by President ..