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The Latest: Crowd blocks Hong Kong HQ trying to halt bill

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Latest on the debate around Hong Kong extradition legislation (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Hundreds of protesters have blocked access to Hong Kong’s legislature and government headquarters in a bid to block debate on a highly controversial extradition bill that would allow accused people to be sent to China for trial.

The overwhelmingly young crowd of demonstrators filled roads in the Wan Chai district. Many had taken the day off from work and classes Wednesday to press their case that the amendments to the extradition bill would erode the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s civil liberties.

Under its “one country, two systems” framework, Hong Kong was guaranteed its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years following its handover from British rule in 1997. However, China’s ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by forcing through unpopular legal changes.

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8:50 a.m.

Hundreds of protesters have surrounded government headquarters in Hong Kong as the territory’s legislature prepare to open discussion on a highly controversial extradition law that would allow residents accused of wrongdoing to be sent to China for trial.

The overwhelmingly young crowd of demonstrators overturned barriers and tussled with police Wednesday morning as they sought to enter government headquarters and offices of the Legislative Council.

Under its “one country, two systems” framework, Hong Kong was guaranteed the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years following its handover from British rule in 1997. However, China’s ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by forcing through unpopular legal changes.

A vote on the amended laws is scheduled for June 20.

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Hundreds protest outside Hong Kong government headquarters before debate on extradition law

Hundreds of protesters surrounded government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday as the administration prepared to open debate on a highly controversial extradition law that would allow accused people to be sent to China for trial.

The overwhelmingly young crowd of demonstrators overturned barriers and tussled with police as they sought to enter government headquarters and offices of the Legislative Council.

Under its “one country, two systems” framework, Hong Kong was guaranteed the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years following its handover from British rule in 1997. However, China’s ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by forcing through unpopular legal changes.

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The government pushed ahead with plans to present the amendments to the legislature on Wednesday despite a weekend protest by hundreds of thousands of people that was the territory’s largest political demonstration in more than a decade. A crowd began gathering outside the Legislative Council on Tuesday night, and U.S. Consulate is warning people to avoid the area, exercise caution and keep a low profile. Some businesses decided to close for the day, and while labor strikes and class boycotts have also been called, it wasn’t immediately clear if those were widely heeded.

The legislation has become a lightning rod for concerns about Beijing’s increasing control over the semi-autonomous territory.

“We’re young but we know that if we don’t stand up for our rights, we might lose them,” said an 18-year-old protester who gave only her first name, Jacky, to avoid possible retaliation from authorities.

Police called in reinforcements and closed off access to the area around the Legislative Council and government headquarters, patrolling in the heat and humidity but without any immediate conflict with protesters.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has consistently defended the legislation as necessary to close legal loopholes with other countries and territories. The legislature’s president, Andrew Leung, has scheduled a vote on June 20.

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Sunday’s protest was widely seen as reflecting growing apprehension about relations with the Communist Party-ruled mainland, whose leader, Xi Jinping, has said he has zero tolerance for those demanding greater self-rule for Hong Kong.

Critics believe the extradition legislation would put Hong Kong residents at risk of being entrapped in China’s judicial system, in which opponents of Communist Party rule have been charged with economic crimes or ill-defined national security offenses, and would not be guaranteed free trials.

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Policemen in anti-riot gear stand watch as the protesters gather outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Government officials in Hong Kong are bracing for a showdown as protesters and police continue to face off into the early morning hours outside the semiautonomous Chinese territory’s legislature ahead of Wednesday’s debate over changes allowing extradition to the Chinese mainland. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Lam, who canceled her regular question and answer session on Wednesday, said the government has considered concerns from the private sector and altered the bill to improve human rights safeguards. She said without the changes, Hong Kong would risk becoming a haven for fugitives.

She emphasized that extradition cases would be decided by Hong Kong courts.

Ronny Tong Ka-wah, a lawyer and member of Lam’s administration advisory committee, said Sunday’s protest showed a lack of trust in Hong Kong’s administration, partly because Lam was selected by a small number of electors rather than by popular vote. However, China’s patience with Hong Kong’s demands has its limits, Tong said.

“We need to gain the trust and confidence of Beijing so they can allow us the freedom of political reform,” Tong said. “They don’t want to see Hong Kong as a base of subversion. And I’m sorry, we’re doing exactly that.”

Opponents of the proposed extradition amendments say the changes would significantly compromise Hong Kong’s legal independence, long viewed as one of the crucial differences between the territory and mainland China.

Hong Kong Bar Association Chair Philip Dykes said a lack of faith in Beijing’s commitment to respecting Hong Kong’s unique status remains a crucial issue.

“The government is asking these people with decades of mistrust suddenly to trust the system and to accept assurances that the (Chinese) mainland will offer that they be honored. And that’s clearly not persuading the people,” Dykes said in an interview.

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Protesters gather in front of policemen in anti-riot gear outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Government officials in Hong Kong are bracing for a showdown as protesters and police continue to face off into the early morning hours outside the semiautonomous Chinese territory’s legislature ahead of Wednesday’s debate over changes allowing extradition to the Chinese mainland. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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Hong Kong currently limits extraditions to jurisdictions with which it has existing agreements and to others on an individual basis. China has been excluded from those agreements because of concerns over its judicial independence and human rights record.

Supporters have pointed to the case of Chan Tong-kai, a Hong Kong man who admitted to Hong Kong police that he killed his girlfriend during a trip to Taiwan. Because Hong Kong and Taiwan don’t have an extradition agreement, he has not been sent to Taiwan to face charges there, though he has been jailed in Hong Kong on money laundering charges.

Under its “one country, two systems” framework, Hong Kong maintains its own social, legal and political systems and residents enjoy far greater freedoms than people on the mainland, such as the freedom to protest or publicly criticize the government.

The mainland’s ruling Communist Party exerts influence on the Hong Kong government. Lam was elected in 2017 by a committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites and was widely seen as the Communist Party’s favored candidate.

The Legislative Council includes a sizable camp of pro-Beijing lawmakers.

Beijing has made substantial efforts in recent years to integrate Hong Kong with the mainland. Last October, China opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge, connecting Hong Kong and Macau to the city of Zhuhai in southern Guangdong province.

Those in Hong Kong who anger China’s central government have come under greater pressure since Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012.

The detention of several Hong Kong booksellers in late 2015 intensified worries about the erosion of Hong Kong’s rule of law. The booksellers vanished before resurfacing in police custody in mainland China. Among them, Swedish citizen Gui Minhai is currently being investigated on charges of leaking state secrets after he sold gossipy books about Chinese leaders.

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In April, nine leaders of a 2014 pro-democracy protest movement known as the “Umbrella Revolution” were convicted on public nuisance and other charges.

In May, Germany confirmed it had granted asylum to two people from Hong Kong who, according to media reports, were activists fleeing tightening restrictions at home. It was the first known case in recent years of a Western government accepting political refugees from Hong Kong.

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Philippines aims to sell 2.2M pounds of mangoes in June after fruitful harvest: official

The Philippines announced a new agriculture program this week that is aimed at selling over 2.2 millions pounds of fresh mangos in the month of June after a fruitful harvest left the country with a huge surplus.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Pinol announced operation “Metro Mango” on Sunday, after a number of mango farmers on the island of Luzon expressed concern that the nearly 4.4 million pounds of mangoes harvested this season would go to waste.

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Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Pinol said that there are over 4.4 million pounds of mangoes endanger of rotting. (Facebook)

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“The Metro Mango Marketing Program is a result of the appeal of growers from Luzon who experienced a bumper harvest of mango following the long dry spell caused by El Niño which precipitated profuse flowering and fruiting this season,”’ Pinol said in a Facebook post.

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a number of mango farmers in Luzon express concern the “bumper harvest of mango” would go to waste. (Facebook)

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Pinol listed areas where people could purchase the mangoes, which have also since been discounted.

This included the Department of Agriculture Central Office in Quezon City and the Muntinlupa and Paranaque City Halls.

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The goal of the program is to sell at least half of the over 4.4 million pounds of mangoes in June.

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Botswana decriminalizes homosexuality in landmark ruling

Botswana on Tuesday decriminalized homosexuality in a landmark decision by the nation’s High Court on Tuesday.

The High Court rejected sections of Botswana’s penal code punishing gay sex with up to seven years in prison, deeming it unconstitutional.

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The ruling stated that penalizing people for who they are is both disrespectful and discriminatory, and said that the law shouldn’t deal with private acts between consenting adults.

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Botswana’s High Court on Tuesday decriminalized homosexuality. (Getty)

The judges of the High Court said sexual orientation is innate and not a “fashion statement,” and cited a comment from President Mokgweetsi Masisi — which was shared by LEGABIBO, or Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana, ahead of the decision — in their ruling.

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“There are also many people of same-sex relationships in this country who have been violated and have also suffered in silence for fear of being discriminated,” Masisi said. “Just like other citizens, they deserve to have their rights protected.”

In recent years, Botswana has taken other steps toward protecting LGBTQ rights. The High Court in 2017 ruled that the government should issue a transgender man documentation reflecting his identity, and in 2016 an appeals court ruled that LEGABIBO could register as a nonprofit.

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President of Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi, pictured here addressing the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018, has said that the gay people “deserve to have their rights protected” like anyone else. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

Tuesday’s ruling came less than a month after Kenya’s High Court upheld similar sections of its own penal code in a unanimous ruling that disappointed the country’s vibrant gay community. The laws prescribe up to 14 years in prison for people convicted of homosexual acts.

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More than two dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa have laws criminalizing gay sex, often holdovers from colonial times. Earlier this year, the southern African nation of Angola decriminalized same-sex activity and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Boris Johnson builds momentum in UK Conservative race

Boris Johnson has solidified his front-runner status in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister by gaining backing from leading pro-Brexit lawmakers.

Johnson is promising to lead Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31, with or without a divorce deal.

Brexit-backing ex-party leader Iain Duncan Smith wrote in Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph that Johnson “is the most likely to deliver on the requirement to leave the EU” by that date.

Ten candidates are running to succeed Theresa May as Conservative leader and prime minister. In votes starting Thursday, Conservative lawmakers will narrow the field down to two, who will be put to a vote of party members nationwide.

In a straw poll among some Tory lawmakers on Monday, Johnson received almost double the votes of his nearest rival.

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African activists urge Eritrea’s leader to launch reforms

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More than 100 African writers and activists are urging Eritrea’s authoritarian leader to protect basic freedoms and launch political reforms in the continent’s “most closed society.”

The open letter to President Isaias Afwerki expresses particular concern over the imprisonment of activists and journalists, including some allegedly denied regular visitation. It says a delegation of signatories should be allowed to visit.

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka of Nigeria and pro-democracy campaigners such as Kenya’s Boniface Mwangi are among those signing the letter.

It was not immediately possible to get Eritrean comment.

Eritrea last year made peace with neighboring Ethiopia after two decades of hostility, raising hopes that Isaias would relax his grip on the country he has ruled for 26 years.

Eritrea is the origin of many migrants trying to reach Europe.

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Man killed in electric scooter accident in Paris

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Paris police say a man on an electric scooter has died after being hit by a van in Paris on Monday night.

It was the first deadly accident in the French capital after mayor Anne Hidalgo announced last week a crackdown on electric scooters.

Twelve scooter startups have flooded the city’s streets with their vehicles over the past year, prompting a spate of injuries and near-misses.

Hidalgo wants to limit electric scooter speeds to 20 kilometers per hour (12 mph) in most areas, and 8 kilometers per hour (5 mph) in areas with heavy foot traffic. She plans to limit the number of operators to three and cap the number of scooters.

Hidalgo said there are so far no accident statistics regarding electric scooters.

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Botswana’s High Court rejects laws criminalizing gay sex

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Botswana’s High Court has rejected sections of the penal code that criminalize same-sex relations and impose up to seven years in prison.

Tuesday’s unanimous ruling in the southern African nation calls the sections unconstitutional.

It comes less than a month after Kenya’s High Court upheld similar sections of the penal code in another closely watched case.

More than two dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa have laws criminalizing gay sex.

Those arguing against the laws say they leave people in the LGBT community vulnerable to discrimination and abuse while making it difficult to access basic health and other services.

The Botswana-based non-governmental group LEGABIBO says such laws “infringe on basic human dignity.”

Early this year the southern African nation of Angola decriminalized same-sex activity and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Iran agrees to hand over detained US resident to Lebanon, officials say

Iran has agreed to hand over a U.S. permanent resident imprisoned for years in Tehran to Lebanese officials, an Iranian judiciary official said Tuesday, providing the first official confirmation that Nizar Zakka would be sent back to his native Lebanon.

The comment by Gholamhossein Esmaili comes as a top Lebanese security official is in Tehran to secure Zakka’s release, which has been anticipated for days.

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FILE: Ziad Zakka, brother of Nizar Zakka who is imprisoned in Iran, shows a photo of his brother on his cellular telephone in Beirut, Lebanon.  (AP)

“A court has accepted the condition of freedom of Nizar Zakka and he will be handed over to Lebanese officials,” Esmaili said, according to the judiciary’s Mizan news agency.

There was no immediate comment from Lebanon.

Zakka, an internet freedom advocate, is one of a series of prisoners with either dual nationality or links to the West held in Iran. His potential release comes as tensions between Iran and the U.S. remain high after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

A report Monday on state TV’s website mirrored a report earlier carried by the semi-official Fars news agency about Zakka, who was arrested in September 2015 while trying to fly out of Tehran. He had just attended a conference there on the invitation of one of the country’s vice presidents.

State TV, like Fars, both quoted an anonymous source saying Zakka’s forthcoming release should only be seen as a “sign of respect” for the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah.

“In this regard, no negotiations have taken place at any level with any person or any government,” state TV said.

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In 2016, Iran sentenced Zakka to 10 years in prison. Authorities accused him of being an American spy, allegations vigorously rejected by his family and associates.

Zakka, who lives in Washington and holds resident status in the U.S., leads the Arab ICT Organization, or IJMA3, an industry consortium from 13 countries that advocates for information technology in the region.

In 2016, The Associated Press reported that Zakka’s supporters wrote to then-Secretary of State John Kerry, stating Zakka travelled to Iran “with the knowledge and approval of the U.S. State Department, and his trip was funded by grants” from it.

Zakka’s IJMA3 organization had received at least $730,000 in contracts and grants since 2009 from both the State Department and USAID, the lead American government agency fighting poverty and promoting democracy across the world.

The State Department has yet to respond to a years-old request from the AP for information about those grants.

Shahindokht Molaverdi, an adviser to President Hassan Rouhani who as a vice president invited Zakka to Iran, told the AP in September that Iran’s government had “failed” to help Zakka.

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“This is in no way approved by the government,” Molaverdi said. “We did all we could to stop this from happening, but we are seeing that we have failed to make a significant impact.”

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Source for water contamination in Norway not yet found

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Norwegian authorities say they have not yet identified the source of water contamination in southern Norway that sent dozens of people to the hospital.

Baard Espeli, deputy mayor of the municipality of Askoey, an island north of Bergen, says the E. coli bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness was found in a pool that supplied part of the drinking water.

Espeli said Monday evening that the closing of that pool “has stopped the pollution of the water” but it remains unclear how the bacteria got into the pool.

Since Thursday, 55 people have been hospitalized, of whom 13 were children. All have been discharged. Last week, a 1-year-old child died of an infection in the digestive tract, but it was not clear whether it was linked to the contamination.

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