Hong Kong activists charged for taking part in Tiananmen vigil Aug 07, 2020 0 90 12345 AFPHong KongTwenty-five Hong Kong democracy activists were charged on Thursday with taking part in a banned June candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of China’s 1989 Tiananmen crackdown.They included prominent activist Joshua Wong, media tycoon Jimmy Lai and leaders of the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, and were formally charged with “knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly”. Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the alliance, was also charged with organising the assembly on June 4 at the city’s Victoria Park.Thirteen of those indicted were already facing incitement charges over the same event with some pleading not guilty in court.The annual candlelight vigil in Hong Kong usually attracts huge crowds and is the only place on Chinese soil where such a major commemoration of the crackdown is allowed.But city authorities banned the event in June for the first time in 30 years, citing measures to control the spread of coronavirus.“Hong Kong residents enjoy rights of assembly and demonstration under the Basic Law. The police’s suppression and ban on the June 4 assembly is completely driven by politics,” the Alliance said in a statement, adding that they do not fear political persecution. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing Aug 07, 2020 0 865 Coronavirus vaccine is ‘possible’ before November election: Trump Aug 07, 2020 0 1924 Polish president Duda starts second term amid virus precautions Aug 07, 2020 0 1305 Greece records more than 5,000 coronavirus infection cases ATHENS: Greece on Thursday recorded more than 5,000 coronavirus cases after a spurt in new infections that sparked a “wake-up week”. The national public health organisation announced 153 cases over the last 24 hours, .. Italian resort evacuated over risk of falling Mont Blanc ice COURMAYEUR: An alpine resort in Italy was on high alert on Thursday and dozens of people were evacuated over fears a huge chunk of a mountain glacier could break away because of sudden high temperatures. The hovering block .. Climate change to bring longer droughts in Europe: Study AFP Paris Punishing two-year droughts like the record-breaking one that gripped Central Europe from 2018 to 2019 could become much more frequent if the region fails to curb greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said on .. Ukraine kicks off ‘big sale’ of about a hundred prisons KOTSIUBYNSKE: Ukrainian justice ministry on Thursday begun a drive to sell off its prisons, an ambitious project meant to help finance new jails for the country’s ageing penitentiary system. Over the next 10 years the .. Scientists set to return to COVID-19-free Antarctica WELLINGTON: In order to keep the continent COVID-19-free, scientists heading to Antarctica will first have to undergo quarantine in New Zealand, the New Zealand government announced on Thursday. The first team of .. US fugitive arrested after 46 years on the run WASHINGTON: An American who has been on the run for nearly 50 years and was living under an assumed name as a senior citizen in a quiet town in New Mexico has finally been nabbed, the FBI said on Thursday. Luis Archuleta, who is .. Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump visit WASHINGTON: As US President Donald Trump was about to leave Washington for Ohio, the governor of the Midwestern state announced he has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Governor Mike DeWine took the coronavirus .. US offers $10 million reward for election interference information WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday offered a $10 million reward aimed at preventing foreign interference in the November election, as the State Department accused Russia of waging an .. New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA over ‘misuse of funds’ DPA New York New York’s attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the National Rifle Association (NRA) over alleged financial mismanagement. Letitia James said the powerful pro-gun advocacy .. US Senate votes to ban TikTok on govt phones WASHINGTON: The US Senate voted on Thursday to bar TikTok from being downloaded onto US government employees’ telephones, intensifying US scrutiny of the popular Chinese-owned video app. The bill passed by the ..