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Former Hong Kong British consulate worker says he was tortured, shackled by Chinese during detention

A former employee of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong revealed Wednesday that he was tortured, shackled and forced to sing the Chinese national anthem during a grueling two-week detention in the mainland.

The claims from Simon Cheng, who had been taken into custody by Chinese officials at the conclusion of a business trip in August, come as only a few dozen anti-government protesters remain inside the campus of Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University, where police and demonstrators have been engaged in fierce clashes over the past few days.

“I was blindfolded and hooded during the whole torture and interrogations, I sweated a lot, and felt exhausted, dizzy and suffocated,” Cheng wrote in a Facebook post, according to the Associated Press.

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A supporter of Simon Cheng holds a poster outside of the British Consulate in Hong Kong in August during a rally in support of him. (AP)

He added that he was chained to an X-shaped frame by plainclothes and uniformed agents as they sought information on activists involved in the ongoing protests and the role they believed Britain played in the demonstrations.

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Cheng worked for the consulate as a trade and investment officer with a focus on attracting Chinese investment in Scotland. That required him to travel frequently to mainland China and he was detained at the border with Hong Kong after returning from a one-day business trip.

China has long accused “anti-China foreign forces” of encouraging the protests, which have grown increasingly violent, without providing direct evidence.

Cheng wrote that while being held he was shuttled between detention and interrogation centers. In addition to being shackled to the frame, he wrote he was ordered to assume stress positions for “countless hours,” and was beaten with what felt like “sharpened batons” and poked in the knee if he faltered. He was also punished for dozing off during the sessions by being forced to sing the Chinese national anthem.

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Police officers watch as workers clear the road in front of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Wednesday. (AP)

In an interview with the BBC, Cheng – a Hong Kong citizen – said he had volunteered for a role with the consulate to “collect information about the status of the protests” prior to his detention.

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Cheng revealed that he joined social media groups that the protesters used to coordinate their actions and then reported his findings back to consulate staff. He also said that during his business trip, he visited the relatives of a mainland Chinese friend who was arrested in the Hong Kong protests to collect money for his living expenses.

Chinese police in August announced Cheng’s release after 15 days of administrative detention –but gave no details of the reasons behind his capture.

Cheng, in his Facebook post, said the interrogators expected him to confess that Britain had instigated the protests by donating money and materials, that he personally led that effort and paid the bail of mainland participants.

Cheng said he refused but confessed – under coercion — to a minor offense of “soliciting prostitution” in order to avoid harsher treatment and a heavy sentence on national security charges. Some of the officers holding him said they could “abduct” him back to the mainland if he didn’t “behave,” he said.

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A police officer gestures to medics helping protesters leave the grounds of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Wednesday. (AP)

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One interrogator speaking Hong Kong’s native Cantonese dialect cursed him, saying, “How dare you work for the British to supervise Chinese,” while another speaking in a northern Mandarin accent told him they were from China’s secret intelligence service and that he had “no human rights in this place,” Cheng wrote.

He no longer works at the consulate and has since fled to a third country, the Associated Press reported.

Cheng’s claims drew an angry response from Britain, which summoned the Chinese ambassador in London Wednesday to demand Beijing investigate.

“I summoned the Chinese Ambassador to express our outrage at the brutal and disgraceful treatment of Simon in violation of China’s international obligations,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement. “I have made clear we expect the Chinese authorities to investigate and hold those responsible to account.”

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Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, in response, will “by no means accept the so-called concerns or complaints raised by the British side,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

“The Chinese ambassador to the U.K. will lodge the complaints with the U.K. to express our strong opposition and indignation to the U.K.’s wrong words and deeds on Hong Kong in these days,” Geng added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hong Kong officials close rail stations ahead of potential final operation to flush out ‘hardcore’ protesters

Officials in Hong Kong shut down nearly a dozen railway stations Wednesday as police consider clearing out the final “hardcore” protesters who are occupying the besieged Polytechnic University.

The announcement on a Twitter account belonging to the city’s Mass Transit Railway– which said 11 stations “will be closed to avoid possible railway assets damages due to protest and police actions thereafter” – comes as some 50 protesters remain inside the university’s campus.

“It is an indication – and the students here have been fearing this all day – that the police may be planning to storm this campus… and flush out the radicals,” Fox News reporter Jonathan Hunt, who is on the scene, said on ‘Fox & Friends’ this morning.

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Police officers watch as workers clear the road in front of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Wednesday. (AP)

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Hunt described the remaining protesters as “hardcore,” with some clad in body armor and carrying bows and arrows, baseball bats and javelins.

“If [the police] do that, they are likely to face a fight,” he said.

Hunt added that past closures of public transit in Hong Kong have “been a prelude to police action because it prevents protesters and sympathizers coming to a certain location.”

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The protesters have been occupying the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus for days and have been engaged in fierce clashes with police, who have surrounded the area.

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Authorities told the Associated Press that more than 1,000 demonstrators have been taken into custody since police established a perimeter around the school on Sunday, and hundreds more who are injured are being treated at local hospitals.

The developments are happening as a former employee of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong revealed Wednesday that he was tortured, shackled and forced to sing the Chinese national anthem during a grueling two-week period of detention in the mainland in August.

Fox News’ Jonathan Hunt and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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2 US service members killed in chopper crash in Afghanistan

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The U.S. forces in Afghanistan in a statement says that two U.S. service members have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The statement says Wednesday that the cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.

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It added further that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.

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2 US service members killed in chopper crash in Afghanistan

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The U.S. forces in Afghanistan in a statement says that two U.S. service members have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The statement says Wednesday that the cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.

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It added further that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.

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Israel and Syria exchange fire, Syrian aerial defense batteries destroyed, Israeli military says

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that the Israeli military carried out “wide-scale strikes” of targets in Syria belonging to Iranian forces and the Syrian regime on Wednesday, in response to the four rockets launched into Israel in the overnight hours.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday night the IDF wrote, “We just carried out wide-scale strikes of Iranian Quds Force & Syrian Armed Forces targets in Syria in response to the rockets fired at Israel by an Iranian force in Syria last night.”

The targets reportedly included missile launchers, warehouses that stored weapons, command centers and bases.

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“During our strike of Iranian & Syrian terror targets, a Syrian air defense missile was fired despite clear warnings to refrain from such fire. As a result, a number of Syrian aerial defense batteries were destroyed,” another IDF tweet said.

Four rockets launched from Syria into Israel early Tuesday were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the Israeli Defense Force said in a statement.

“We hold the Syrian regime responsible for the actions that take place in Syrian territory and warn them against allowing further attacks against Israel,” The IDF tweeted Wednesday. “We will continue operating firmly and for as long as necessary against the Iranian entrenchment in Syria.”

The announcement by the IDF was a rare admission of military action in the Arab state, The Times of Israel reported, adding that Jerusalem has carried out hundreds of attacks in the war-torn nation, mostly against Iranian targets, but hardly ever confirm any specific strike.

“I have made clear that any who attack us — we will attack them,” the news outlet reported Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “That is what we did tonight towards military targets of the Iranian Quds force and Syrian military targets.”

There were no immediate reports of deaths, according to the paper.

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“At 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Israeli warplanes… targeted the vicinity of the city of Damascus with a number of missiles,” The official Syrian news agency SANA reportedly said, quoting a military source.

“Our air defense confronted the heavy attack and intercepted the hostile missiles, and was able to destroy most of them before reaching their targets.”

The four rockets were fired from Syria early on Tuesday hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement on Monday that the U.S. government will ease its stance on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, essentially undermining Palestinian claims regarding land sought for a future state. It was not clear whether the rocket launch was directly linked to the announcement.

Pompeo essentially rejected a 1978 State Department legal opinion holding that civilian settlement in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.” He also said the White House was reversing an Obama administration directive that allowed the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.

While the new announcement received praise from Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who called it “historic,” the international community, which overwhelmingly considers the settlements illegal, is not taking the news favorably.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki rejected the announcement in a lengthy statement and called on the international community to “respond firmly to such destructive behavior by supporting Palestine’s efforts at the international level to protect the two-state solution.”

“Allowing this agenda to prevail would ensure the demise of the international order and cause irreversible damage to the achievements of humanity over the past seven decades and threatens to plunge the world into chaos and violence,” he added.

On Monday, The U.S. Embassy in Israel issued a travel warning to Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, cautioning about Palestinian unrest following Pompeo’s announcement.

Last week, the Israeli military carried out a pair of targeted airstrikes on senior Islamic jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria. This prompted militants in Gaza to send a barrage of rockets over the border, with 90 percent intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, the IDF said.

An Israeli airstrike killed Bahu Abu al-Atta and his wife in their home in eastern Gaza Tuesday, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an IDF spokesman, said. Syrian officials said another Israeli airstrike in Damascus targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, who was not harmed. Israeli warplanes fired three missiles at al-Ajouri’s home, killing his son and granddaughter, according to Syria’s state-run news agency.

It all comes amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iranian proxies along its borders. Netanyahu has issued a series of warnings recently about Iranian aggression throughout the Middle East.

Iran has forces based in Syria, Israel’s northern neighbor, and supports Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. In Gaza, it supplies Islamic Jihad with cash, weapons and expertise.

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The Israeli army confirmed in August that it launched an attack into Syria in an effort to foil a planned drone strike organized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz reported. That attack killed three people, Syrian opposition activists said.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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French woman killed by dogs during hunt in woods, investigators say

A pregnant woman was killed by dogs while walking her own dog in a French wooded area, investigators said.

The body of 29-year-old Elise Pilarski, six months pregnant, was found outside the town of Villers-Cotterêts, about 55 miles northeast of Paris, prosecutors said.

An autopsy determined she died from bleeding due to “several dog bites in the upper and lower limbs and in the head. Some of the bites were “postmortem,” said prosecutor Frédéric Trinh, according to French newspaper l’Union.

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According to Pilarski’s husband, the woman had called him while walking her dog and told him she saw “threatening dogs.” He was the one who later discovered his wife’s body.

A hunt had been organized nearby for the same day. Police are investigating whether the dogs in the hunt were the same ones who killed Pilarski. According to a local newspaper, the dogs were hunting deer.

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Samples were taken from 93 dogs in the area, including hounds from the hunt and five dogs belonging to the woman herself, to determine which ones attacked her.

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Brigitte Bardot, president of the animal welfare foundation which  bares her name, said she was deeply shocked by the case and called on French Minister Elisabeth Borne to suspend “immediately all hunt authorization for this season.”

The Paris-headquartered French hunting association said  “nothing shows the involvement of hunting hounds in the death of this woman,” according to The Guardian.

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There are over 30,000 hunt hounds in France and the association claimed “these dogs are trained to hunt a particular animal and obey man in all circumstances.”

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French woman killed by dogs during hunt in woods, investigators say

A pregnant woman was killed by dogs while walking her own dog in a French wooded area, investigators said.

The body of 29-year-old Elise Pilarski, six months pregnant, was found outside the town of Villers-Cotterêts, about 55 miles northeast of Paris, prosecutors said.

An autopsy determined she died from bleeding due to “several dog bites in the upper and lower limbs and in the head. Some of the bites were “postmortem,” said prosecutor Frédéric Trinh, according to French newspaper l’Union.

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Elise Pilarski 

According to Pilarski’s husband, the woman had called him while walking her dog and told him she saw “threatening dogs.” He was the one who later discovered his wife’s body.

A hunt had been organized nearby for the same day. Police are investigating whether the dogs in the hunt were the same ones who killed Pilarski. According to a local newspaper, the dogs were hunting deer.

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Samples were taken from 93 dogs in the area, including hounds from the hunt and five dogs belonging to the woman herself, to determine which ones attacked her.

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Elise Pilarski

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Brigitte Bardot, president of the animal welfare foundation which  bares her name, said she was deeply shocked by the case and called on French Minister Elisabeth Borne to suspend “immediately all hunt authorization for this season.”

The Paris-headquartered French hunting association said  “nothing shows the involvement of hunting hounds in the death of this woman,” according to The Guardian.

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There are over 30,000 hunt hounds in France and the association claimed “these dogs are trained to hunt a particular animal and obey man in all circumstances.”

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Former US Marine Paul Whelan’s espionage charges upheld in Russia: report

The former U.S. Marine being held in Russia on espionage charges will remain in jail after his appeal was denied by a Moscow court, reports say.

Paul Whelan will remain in a Lefortovo prison after a court ruled Tuesday to uphold his December 2018 arrest, when he was accused of being in the possession of a USB drive that contained classified information.

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“The resolution of the Moscow Lefortovsky district court is upheld, and the appeal is dismissed,” the court said in a statement, according to The Guardian.

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Paul Whelan is escorted by Federal Security Service officers to a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Whelan, who has U.S., Irish, Canadian and British citizenship, was arrested 11 months ago while he was in Russia for a friend’s wedding. He believes he was set up.

He has consistently denied all allegations, going so far as to say that the Kremlin “says it’s caught a James Bond on a spy mission” but “in reality, they abducted Mr. Bean ono holiday.”

The comments came during a previous court appearance. On Tuesday, Whelan appeared via video with the sound turned off.

Whelan has previously called his a “hostage situation” and has claimed to have lost a significant amount of weight and been subject to abuse — a claim backed by those who have visited him, The Guardian reported.

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Whelan alleges that someone whom he considered a friend handed him a USB stick he believed contained vacation photos. Five minutes later, authorities stormed his hotel and arrested him. The USB stick reportedly contained a list of names of those working at a classified security agency.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison for espionage.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report. 

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UK girl, 7, writes heartbreaking letter to Santa, prompts pledges of donations after going viral

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A 7-year-old girl from England sent a heartbreaking handwritten letter to Santa asking for a home and food for her family this Christmas.

The child, whose name has not been made public, dropped the letter in a special Santa mailbox inside the L6 Community Center in Liverpool. The Santa box was left out for children who visit the center to write their Christmas wishes.

The letter starts off, “Dear Father Christmas, Can you help? Can we have a home for Christmas? Mam wants us to be all together. Can you give us some food and can I have just a nice doll for Christmas?”

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The sweet but sad wish prompted Labour councilor Gerald Woodhouse to tweet a picture of the girl’s note.

He wrote: “Last week @L6Centre we started getting down Xmas decorations we placed The Santa post box in the cafe until grotto is set up. Today, I went into @L6Centre to sort food parcels for residents while passing post box I looked in it!! Just read a 7 yrs old letter Vote Labour.”

“It was so upsetting to read,” Woodhouse told Sky News. “I know the children, and it’s not right that a 7-year-old child is worrying about Christmas in November. There is no one around to support these children.”

According to the report, the children current live with a relative. Woodhouse said the community center is trying to help the family and get them in a hotel for Christmas Day.

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His tweet garnered several sympathetic responses to the little girl’s letter, with some offering to donate their time and money to the non-profit.

Amanda Nicolson, @amanda_nicolson, tweeted, “The sweet innocence of a child believing that santa can help. Heartbreaking. Why did we let it get this far?”

Emma J (@Emmaroodle) also weighed in: “This has broken my heart. I’m donating my time and stock to paint the kids faces at the L6 Christmas party… Can’t bear this.”

@teaceeme tweeted: “A child asking Santa for a home and some food. 21st Century UK, rolling back the centuries.”

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According to Sky News, poverty in Liverpool is higher than the U.K. average, with 29 percent of children in the city living below the breadline once housing costs are taken into consideration.

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US tips off Germany to ‘radical Islamist’ from Syria suspected of planning devastating attack

Police in Germany arrested a “radical Islamist” from Syria on Tuesday after receiving a tip from U.S. intelligence officials that the man was planning an attack.

Prosecutors said the 26-year-old man was planning an attack designed to “kill and injure a maximum number of people,” according to reports.

U.S. law enforcement had passed on a tip that the suspect had obtained information online on how to build bombs and talked in Internet chats about planning an attack, The Associated Press reported.

Germany’s ARD reported the man was at the top of the federal police’s list of dangerous Islamist extremists, Reuters reported. His name was not released.

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A German police officer stood outside the house of a Syrian man suspected of exchanging bomb-building material after the man’s arrest Tuesday in Berlin. (REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke) 

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According to reports, the suspect was an asylum-seeker who had been living in Germany since 2014.

Prosecutors said the suspect had begun to procure the “requisite components and chemicals for the construction of an explosive device” with the intention of killing as many people as possible, Deutsche Welle reported.

“This was intended for detonation at an unknown point in time and at an unknown location in Germany,” the prosecutors added, according to the broadcaster.

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The suspect in August had purchased hydrogen peroxide and acetone — two chemicals used to synthesized the high explosive TATP, Deutsche Welle reported.

According to the outlet, the suspect, who worked as a janitor at a Berlin elementary school, was being observed by prosecutors in an electronic message group affiliated with the Islamic State.

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Police raided his Berlin apartment early Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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