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Snowden refugees in Hong Kong dream of safety in Canada

'Snowden refugees' in Hong Kong dream of safety in Canada

As Edward Snowden releases his memoir, refugees who sheltered him in Hong Kong in 2013 are still stuck in limbo. Now facing deportation, they hope Canada will offer them protection.
  • Holistic models of care for HIV-positive children are almost non-existent in Ethiopia. In an area south of the capital with a high prevalence of of virus that can lead to AIDS, one school is an exception.
  • Ayatollah Khamenei has described US policy against Iran as worthless and said there will be no negotiations at any level. US President Trump has claimed Iran was behind targeted attacks on key Saudi oil facilities.
  • The former prime minister of Italy has parted ways with the Democratic Party, saying it lacked vision for the future. His decision could destabilize a coalition government between PD and the populist 5-Star Movement.
  • Britain's highest court is set to determine whether Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue parliament was unlawful. Critics have accused the prime minister of silencing debate in his attempts to push through Brexit.
  • The decision is a major win for China as it seeks to turn a dwindling number of countries that recognize Taiwan. The loss leaves Taiwan recognized by only 16 countries.
  • Egypt has accusedEthiopia of being unfair in talks over a massive dam project. The impasse has occurred due to technical aspects related to the filling and operating of the multi-billion dollar project.
  • Honduras has been the worst affected with Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala also partly without electricity. The blackout was caused by a failure in the connection network.
  • Germany plans to extend its anti-IS mission, but will begin to curtail parts of the mandate. The issue has divided the CDU-SPD coalition in Berlin.
  • Information including personal details such as names, addresses, national identity numbers and phone numbers has been compromised. The government has described the issue as a major concern.
  • The EU has started formal proceedings against Hungary for alleged breaches of the bloc's values and the rule of law. Hungary has strongly rejected the accusations as politically motivated.
  • Foreign troops should leave Syria once terrorists are defeated and security reestablished, Russia's Vladimir Putin has said at a peace summit in Ankara. Turkey and Russia are at odds over a regime offensive in Idlib.
  • The French first lady is set to teach at a school for adult students in a tough Paris neighborhood. She previously gave up her job as a literature teacher to support her husband's political career.
  • German discounter Aldi says it plans to open more than 100 stores in the UK over the next two years. The news comes just months after rival company Lidl said it wants to step up its presence in London with 40 new sites.
  • The weapons used to hit two oil facilities came from Iran, according to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Despite its grave concern, Russia has said that military retaliation would be unacceptable.
  • There is more at stake than whether Benjamin Netanyahu will secure himself another term. It could also decide whether a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians is still a viable option, Rainer Sollich writes.
  • The list of issues for this year's G7 summit is long, with escalating trade tensions with the US, the UK's pending exit from the EU and fires in the Amazon looming over leaders as they gather in southern France.
  • The Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, has changed its destination to a port in Turkey. The US has threatened to sanction any party that takes the oil.
  • Hong Kong riot police rushed pro-democracy protesters who had built a barricade near a police station. The clashes broke a fragile peace between authorities and demonstrators that had lasted for several days.
  • Russian submarines have fired two nuclear-capable missiles which destroyed dummy targets in remote regions of the country, Russia's military says. The test comes a day after Moscow pledged to respond to US testing.