Hong Konger ‘missing’ after crossing China bridge checkpoint Dec 16, 2019 0 440 12345 AFPHong KongHong Kong’s immigration department said on Sunday they have received reports a man went missing on a cross-border mega bridge to the gambling hub of Macau that currently hosts a Chinese mainland police checkpoint.The disappearance first emerged on Saturday when the man’s son told local media his father had texted to say he was being detained while passing through an artificial island manned by Chinese police on his way to the semi-autonomous city of Macau.The man was travelling by bus on Friday afternoon along the bridge-and-tunnel network linking Hong Kong, Macau and mainland city Zhuhai, his son said.“His last message said ‘I got arrested’,” the son told Cable News, speaking anonymously. Hong Kong police confirmed receiving a report from the son on Saturday and have opened a missing person case. The artificial island in the middle of the Pearl River Delta lies in Chinese mainland waters.It does not normally host a checkpoint, but mainland police set one up there last week with X-ray machines and facial-recognition checks ahead of an upcoming visit to Macau by President Xi Jinping.Security is being ramped up in Macau ahead of Xi’s visit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its handover from Portugal to China on Friday. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Calm broken as clashes break out in Hong Kong malls Dec 16, 2019 0 522 Lebanon’s interior minister orders probe after protest violence Dec 16, 2019 0 83 Backer of Iraq anti-govt protests killed in Baghdad Dec 16, 2019 0 81 Turkey’s Erdogan meets Libyan leader as regional tensions rise AFP Istanbul Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Istanbul on Sunday, just days after the Turkish leader said he was ready to send troops into Libya if requested by Tripoli. The .. Libya closes Egypt embassy indefinitely citing ‘security’ reasons Cairo: Libya’s embassy in Egypt was closed indefinitely from Sunday, the mission said on its Facebook page citing security concerns. It however flatly denied in a separate statement reports suggesting that some .. Boko Haram fighters gun down 19 herders in northeast Nigeria Kinshasa: At least 30 people have died following a landslide at a gold mine in north-eastern Congo, authorities said on Sunday. Provincial mining minister Dieudonne Apasa told dpa that 30 bodies had been recovered from .. Schools closed in Iran as heavy smog causes pollution spike Tehran: Air pollution forced schools to close on Sunday in parts of Iran including Tehran, as the capital lay under a thick cloud of smog considered hazardous to health. The pollution level in the capital was “unhealthy .. Israeli diplomat rebuffs anti-Semitic claim against German envoy DPA Berlin Jeremy Issacharoff, the Israeli ambassador to Germany, has defended Germany’s UN ambassador against accusations of anti-Semitism. “We can have differences at times on policy issues and that does not mean .. At least 22 people killed by rebels in latest eastern Congo attack Goma: At least 22 people have been killed in the Beni territory of eastern Congo, the latest in a number of fatal attacks in the region this month, authorities confirmed on Sunday. The attack took place in the village of ..