Tiananmen vigil group to remove all online posts Sep 17, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaHong Kong The Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, the group that for years organized the now-banned Tiananmen Square Massacre commemorative event, will remove all of its online and social media posts, it announced on Thursday.In a press release posted to Facebook, the group known as the HK Alliance said it had received 7-days notice by the Hong Kong police commissioner last Friday to remove material from its website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube by 10 pm (1500 GMT) September 16.Since 1990, the group had organized June 4 vigils in Hong Kong to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. However, for the past two years, police have banned the candlelight event, which draws large crowds, citing health risks associated to the pandemic as the reason.HK Alliance is the latest group to be investigated under the national security crackdowns that followed the implementation of a Beijing-imposed security law in June 2020, after a year of mass pro-democracy protests that rocked the city.The group recently refused police requests to scrutinize it operations, after being accused by police of being “foreign agents,” an accusation the group deny.On Wednesday, nine lawmakers and activists - five already serving time in jail on protest-related charges - were handed down sentences of up 10 months for taking part in or inciting others to join last year’s vigil despite the ban. Three received suspended sentences. They were among thousands who broke through barriers to light candles and sing songs, despite heavy police warnings. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES First shipment of Iranian fuel arrives in crisis-hit Lebanon Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Islamic State leader in Africa ‘neutralized’: Emmanuel Macron Sep 17, 2021 0 0 India announces incentives for auto sector to go green Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Indonesian court finds president guilty in air pollution lawsuit dpa Jakarta An Indonesian court on Thursday ordered President Joko Widodo and other top officials to take measures to improve air quality in the capital Jakarta, ruling in favour of a civil lawsuit filed by activists. The .. Chinese astronauts on way back to Earth dpa Beijing Three Chinese astronauts have started their return journey to Earth from the Tiangong space station, which is under construction. The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft (“magic ship”) carrying taikonauts Nie .. With 3.6% of people vaccinated, Africa faces fourth wave dpa Johannesburg In Africa, only 3.6 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite parts of the continent being already in the grip of a fourth infection wave. Countries in the .. Taliban deputy PM goes on TV to deny death rumours dpa Islamabad The Taliban’s acting deputy prime minister, Mullah Baradar Akhund, appeared on state-run TV on Wednesday night to reject speculation he had been wounded or killed by Taliban in-fighting. In the brief .. Over 1,500 children orphaned by COVID in Ho Chi Minh City dpa Hanoi Education officials in Ho Chi Minh City are seeking help from local authorities to look after 1,517 orphans who have lost one or both parents due to Covid-19. The latest wave of Covid-19 in Vietnam’s biggest city ..