Hong Kong Pro-democracy Media Executive denied bail under security law

Two executives from Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Apple Daily appeared in court on Saturday on charges of collusion and were denied bail after authorities deployed a sweeping security law to target the newspaper, a scathing critic of Beijing. Chief editor Ryan Law and CEO Cheung Kim-hung are accused of colluding with foreign forces to undermine China’s national security over a series of articles that police said called for international sanctions. Chief magistrate Victor So said there were insufficient grounds “for the court to believe that the defendants will not continue to commit acts… Read More

Football: Germany’s Low faced with attacking conundrum against Portugal

MUNICH, Germany: Germany will need to come up with an attacking plan that can work against Portugal on Saturday (Jun 19) after their Group F opening loss to France has put them under pressure from the very start of the European Championship. The Germans have looked more solid at the back of late, and despite a Mats Hummels own goal against world champions France, had done a decent job at containing as much as possible one of the world’s best frontlines with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema. Germany coach Joachim… Read More

Football: UEFA reminds teams of sponsorship obligations after Ronaldo’s snub

European football’s governing body UEFA has responded to Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s removal of a Coca Cola bottle at a Euro 2020 news conference by telling teams they have contractual obligations towards tournament sponsors. Ronaldo moved Coca Cola bottles aside as he sat down to speak to the media on the eve of Tuesday’s Group F opener against Hungary in Budapest. The 36-year-old then held up a bottle of water and said “Agua” in Portuguese, making headlines. The beverage giant’s shares dipped 1.6 per cent on Monday, wiping off about US$4 billion… Read More

Israel strikes Hamas sites over fire balloons, challenging truce.

GAZA/TEL AVIV (June 16): Israeli aircraft struck Hamas sites in Gaza on Wednesday after incendiary balloons were launched from the Palestinian enclave in the first such attacks since a fragile ceasefire ended 11 days of deadly fighting last month. The violence poses an early test for the government of new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, whose patchwork coalition came to power on Sunday on a pledge to focus on socioeconomic issues and avoid sensitive policy choices towards the Palestinians. An Egyptian-mediated truce that halted fighting between Israel and Gaza militants did not immediately… Read More