Taiwan urges Beijing to acknowledge Tiananmen crackdown Jun 05, 2020 0 43 12345 AFPTaipeiTaiwan called on China to officially acknowledge the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown on Thursday, as the island marked the anniversary of the day student-led protests were violently crushed by tanks.Hundreds of people were killed during the Communist Party’s suppression of demonstrations calling for democratic reforms.But open discussion of the incident is forbidden on the Chinese mainland, with censors scrubbing mentions of protests, and dissidents often visited by police in the days leading up to the June 4 anniversary.“Around the world, there are 365 days in a year. Yet in China, one of those days is purposely forgotten each year,” Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said on Twitter. Tsai said Beijing needed to confront the legacy of the incident, just as Taiwan had been forced to reckon with its own authoritarian past before its transition to democracy in the 1990s.“There were once days missing from our calendar, but we’ve worked to bring them to light. I hope one day China can say the same,” she wrote. Tsai’s comments came a day after the Mainland Affairs Council called on Beijing to offer “sincere apologies” over the Tiananmen crackdown. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES India, Australia strengthen defence ties as China tensions loom Jun 05, 2020 0 811 Hong Kong protesters defy ban, rally to remember Tiananmen Jun 05, 2020 0 724 Rohingya refugees running scared from coronvirus tests Jun 05, 2020 0 42 Philippines allows churches to resume Mass as caseload tops 20,000 DPA Manila The Philippine government on Thursday announced it was allowing churches to resume Mass and other religious gatherings in areas with a low risk of coronavirus infections. Religious gatherings and work .. South Korean prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Samsung heir Seoul South Korean prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Samsung Group heir Lee Jae Yon, as part of an investigation into a controversial merger between two group units five years ago, local media reported on .. Japanese student held after two killed with crossbow Tokyo Japanese police on Thursday arrested a university student suspected of killing two members of his family with a crossbow and injuring two others in a rare violent crime in the country. Police in Takarazuka city near .. Spike in Malaysia virus cases as migrants are infected AFP Kuala Lumpur Malaysia reported 277 coronavirus cases Thursday, its biggest daily increase, due to a growing outbreak at a migrant detention centre, sparking accusations the government is failing to protect .. Thousands attend funeral ceremony of well-known cleric in Kabul DPA Kabul Despite a pandemic, several thousand people, including politicians and government officials, attended the funeral ceremony of a well-known cleric who was killed by a bomb earlier this week. The funeral .. N Korea threatens to end military agreement over activists’ leaflets DPA Seoul North Korea has threatened to pull out of a military agreement with South Korea unless the government in Seoul takes action on activists sending leaflets into the reclusive neighbouring nation. South Korean ..