China parliament eyes HK national security law after unrest May 22, 2020 0 359 12345 AFPBeijingChina’s parliament said on Thursday it will introduce a proposal for a national security law in Hong Kong at its annual session, in a move likely to stoke unrest in the financial hub.Beijing has made clear it wants new security legislation passed after the semi-autonomous city was rocked by seven months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests last year.The proposal will be introduced on Friday, the first day of the National People’s Congress, and would strengthen “enforcement mechanisms” in the financial hub, the parliament’s spokesman Zhang Yesui said.China’s parliament considers it “necessary to improve and uphold the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy,” Zhang said, referring to the arrangement that has underpinned the city’s liberties and free market economy.Article 23 of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, says the city must enact national security laws to prohibit “treason, secession, sedition (and) subversion” against the Chinese government.But the clause has never been implemented due to deeply held public fears it would curtail Hong Kong’s widely cherished civil rights.The city enjoys freedoms unseen on the Chinese mainland which are protected by an agreement made before former Britain handed the territory back to Beijing in 1997. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Global coronavirus cases surpass 5 mn with death toll now topping 328,000 May 22, 2020 0 744 Japanese PM ends COVID-19 state of emergency in three more prefectures May 22, 2020 0 752 Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen released from jail due to coronavirus outbreak May 22, 2020 0 1844 Senate approves Trump political ally as US intelligence czar AFP Washington The US Senate confirmed John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence on Thursday, placing a close political ally of President Donald Trump in charge of a massive US spy community that Trump brands a .. Peru passes 100,000 COVID-19 cases, 3,000 dead LIMA: Peru has become the second Latin American country after Brazil to reach 100,000 coronavirus cases, according to health ministry figures out on Wednesday. The number of dead from COVID-19 has also passed 3,000, .. US leaving Open Skies arms treaty a ‘blow’ to European security: Russia AFP MOSCOW Washington’s departure from the Open Skies arms control treaty would be a blow to European security, a Russian deputy foreign minister said on Thursday, after President Donald Trump announced the US will .. Bolivian health minister held for suspected corruption LA PAZ: Bolivia’s health minister was arrested on suspicion of corruption related to the over-priced purchase of ventilators to fight COVID-19, then fired by interim President Jeanine Anez, officials said on .. Italian woman wins $1.1 million Picasso in charity draw PARIS: An Italian woman has won a Picasso painting worth more than $1 million in a charity raffle to raise money for village water projects in Africa. The winner of Wednesday’s draw at Christie’s auction house in Paris was .. China warns of ‘countermeasures’ over US virus sanctions threat BEIJING will retaliate if the US Congress passes legislation seeking sanctions against China over the coronavirus pandemic, the spokesman for the country’s parliament said on Thursday. Tensions between the global .. Newborn in Japan gets world’s first liver stem cells transplant AFP Tokyo Doctors in Japan have successfully transplanted liver cells derived from embryonic stem cells into a newborn baby, in a world first that could provide new treatment options for infants. The newborn was .. Britain buys over 10 million antibody tests for healthcare workers, patients LONDON: Britain on Thursday announced it had signed deals to buy more than 10 million coronavirus antibody tests from pharmaceutical firms Roche and Abbott for distribution to frontline healthcare workers. “From next .. UK exempts care staff from migrant health tax AFP LONDON The British government on Thursday announced that foreign care workers would be exempt from a charge imposed on migrants to fund the health service, after an outcry sparked by the coronavirus outbreak. Prime .. Guatemala blasts Trump over virus-infected migrant deportations GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala blasted US President Donald Trump on Thursday over US deportations of migrants infected with coronavirus. President Alejandro Giammattei said the deportations had saturated quarantine .. US family turns in $1 mn found on street WASHINGTON: A sheriff’s department in the US state of Virginia praised a family who turned in two large mail bags they found in the middle of the road -- filled with nearly $1 million in cash. At first, Emily Schantz’ family ..