Experts quit Hong Kong police probe, in blow to govt Dec 12, 2019 0 762 12345 Hong Kong: An international panel of experts hired to advise Hong Kong on the police response to huge pro-democracy protests announced on Wednesday they were quitting, saying the watchdog was not fit for purpose “in a society that values freedoms and rights”.The group’s damning conclusion is a blow to Hong Kong’s government, which has insisted its Independent Police Complaints Commission is capable of holding the force to account over snowballing claims of brutality.“We ultimately concluded that a crucial shortfall was evident in the powers, capacity and independent investigative capability of IPCC,” the experts said. Critics have long charged the body lacks adequate powers. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time’s 2019 person of the year Dec 12, 2019 0 618 Two killed, 73 injured as Taliban bombers attack US Afghan base Dec 12, 2019 0 261 Three patients die as lawyers clash with doctors in Pakistan hospital Dec 12, 2019 0 1047 Trump trial first priority in January: Senate leader AFP Washington The trial of Donald Trump will be the Senate’s first priority in January if the US president is impeached as expected next week, the top Republican in Congress said on Wednesday. The House Judiciary .. Thousands rally in Australia as bushfires burn Canberra: Thousands of people have gathered in Sydney asking the conservative government to take serious and urgent action on climate change as the city remains blanketed by smoke pollution and devastating .. Myanmar’s Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims at top UN court GENEVA: Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi rejected allegations of genocide against Myanmar in the UN’s top court on Wednesday, despite admitting the army may have used excessive force against Rohingya Muslims. Suu .. India passes contentious citizenship bill amid protests AFP Guwahati India’s parliament on Wednesday passed a contentious bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from some countries, as hundreds of troops were deployed in the northeast which has been .. Britain’s PM Johnson makes final call to voters ahead of ‘tight’ election London: Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a final call to British voters on Wednesday to help him “get Brexit done” by voting for his party in a snap election. Speaking to reporters at a milk depot in northern ..