‘Free speech’

“It is actually sinister behavior. Ours is one of the last independent companies that offer a place you may write down your thoughts free from having to worry about whether they are offensive to one group or another,” Watkins said.

No to nukes

TOKYO — The mayor of Hiroshima urged Japan to sign a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons as the city Tuesday marked 74 years since being targeted in the world’s first atomic attack.

HK leader condemns protesters

August 05, 2019
HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters are close to creating a “very dangerous situation”, the city’s leader warned Monday as train travel and international flights in the global financial hub were thrown into chaos.

U.S. massacres

August 04, 2019
EL PASO, United States — A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 20 people Saturday when he opened fire on shoppers at a packed Walmart store in Texas, the latest mass shooting in the United States.

Icon reviled

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama slashed US unemployment, protected child migrants and delivered health care to millions. But several 2020 candidates scorched the popular ex-president at their Democratic debate, a strategy that risks alienating voters as the party seeks to regain the White House.

Tariff happy

China has yet to say whether and how it will retaliate, but it has hinted in recent months that it could restrict exports of rare earths, which are vital to the US tech industry, and it is also working on a blacklist of “unreliable” companies that could target US firms.

Where are they?

BEIJING — China’s claim that “most” inmates have been released from re-education camps in its Xinjiang region has been met with anger and skepticism by the Uighur diaspora which has launched a social media campaign challenging Beijing to prove it.

Clash of titans

BANGKOK — The US-China rivalry is set to be sharpened at a Bangkok summit that opened Wednesday, with Washington’s top diplomat primed to insist his nation remains a key Asia-Pacific power in the face of Beijing’s military ambitions in contested seas and airspace.

‘Doomed’ activists

LAOS, LAOS — Taking turns to keep watch at their hideout in Laos, the four members of the self-exiled Thai activist folk band “Faiyen” believe they are on a hit-list like eight fellow dissidents who have already disappeared.

US, Iran tensions

The latest incidents came as President Donald Trump insisted Friday that the US military had downed an Iranian drone that was threatening an American naval vessel in the Strait of Hormuz — through which nearly a third of the world’s oil is transported — despite denials from Tehran.