Hong Kong chief abandons policy speech; protest leader hospitalised Oct 17, 2019 0 1500 12345 AFPHong KongHong Kong’s embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech on Wednesday after she was shouted down by opposition lawmakers on a day that also saw a prominent protest leader left bloodied by hammer-wielding thugs.The speech by chief executive Carrie Lam was billed as an attempt to win hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests.Instead the day laid bare the intense polarisation coursing through the semi-autonomous financial hub after four months of huge and increasingly violent rallies. Lam’s speech was swiftly dismissed by protesters who called for a new rally on Sunday.Hours later the leader of the group organising that march was rushed to hospital after an attack by suspected government loyalists. The city’s unelected pro-Beijing leader, who has historic low approval ratings, tried twice to begin her policy address inside the Legislative Council, three months after the building was trashed by masked protesters. RELATED ARTICLES Glaciers, tribal dancing: Royals visit north Pakistan Oct 17, 2019 0 1373 Turkey defiant over Syria as US demands ceasefire Oct 17, 2019 0 698 Rowhani seeks referendum amid escalating demands for political change Oct 17, 2019 0 193 Jordan denies extending land deal from peace agreement with Israel dpa Amman Jordan will not extend parts of its peace treaty with Israel that focused on agricultural land use rights, Jordan’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Last year, King Abdullah said he terminated an appendix to .. 3 killed, dozens children hurt in Taliban truck blast AFP Jalalabad, Afghanistan At least three people were killed and about 20 children wounded when a Taliban truck bomb detonated near a rural police station and partially destroyed a nearby religious school, Afghan .. Sri Lanka army chief sparks uproar over political endorsement Colombo: Sri Lanka’s army chief came under fire Wednesday after apparently endorsing Gotabhaya Rajapakse for next month’s presidential election, a day after the front-running candidate vowed to scrap a .. Erdogan says ‘hard to keep track of’ Trump’s tweets Istanbul: Is it difficult to keep up with or even understand US President Donald Trump’s frenzy of daily tweets? Turkey’s president seems to think so. “When we look at Mr Trump’s statements on Twitter so far, we can no .. Erdogan warns NATO allies on Syria: Don’t meddle in Turkey’s affairs Istanbul: Turkey’s president lashed out at his NATO allies and vowed to step up the offensive in Syria despite US threats of crippling sanctions, European arms embargoes and ceasefire demands. “Come and side with Turkey .. Syria troops fight Turkish forces alongside Kurds, says monitor Beirut: The Syrian army deployed alongside Kurdish forces on the front line in northern Syria Wednesday but their newfound cooperation saw no let-up in the week-old Turkish invasion, a monitor said. In a rare scene in .. Hundreds of Syria Kurds seek refuge in Iraq Arbil: Some 500 Syrian Kurds have entered neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan over the past four days fleeing a Turkish invasion now entering its second week, officials said on Wednesday. The refugees were taken to camps in .. One dead amid vote counting in Mozambique Maputo: Police in the southern African country of Mozambique have shot dead one person and injured four at a polling station where votes were being counted following national elections, the Centre for Public Integrity .. One dead as strong 6.4-magnitude quake hits Philippines Manila: A child was killed in a strong 6.4-magnitude quake that hit the southern Philippines on Wednesday, a local mayor said, as houses collapsed, power was knocked out and a shopping mall burst into flames. Residents ..