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China Passes Hong Kong Security Law

The UK, EU and Nato have expressed concern and anger after China passed a controversial security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong.

President Xi Jinping signed the law and it is being placed in Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, criminalising sedition and effectively curtailing protests.

Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, defended the law, saying it filled a “gaping hole” in national security. One key pro-democracy group said it was now ceasing all operations. Demosisto announced the move on Facebook after Joshua Wong, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent activists, said he was leaving the group, which he had spearheaded.
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China To Train Army Martial Arts

China has said it is moving 20 martial art trainers to the Tibetan plateau to train its forces.

No official reason for the decision has been given, but it comes after at least 20 Indian troops were killed in clashes with Chinese border forces. Under an agreement dating back to 1996, neither side carries guns or explosives in the area. China has not released any information about its casualties, while India says 76 of its soldiers were injured.

News of the army’s new martial arts trainers was reported by official Chinese news outlets on 20 June, according to Hong Kong media. State broadcaster CCTV said 20 fighters from the Enbo Fight Club would be based in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, although Chinese media had not confirmed they would be training troops on the border with India.

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Gunmen Attack Pakistan Stock Exchange

Four gunmen attacked the Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi, killing two guards and a policeman and wounding seven others before being shot dead.

The assailants launched a grenade attack at the main gate to the building and opened fire but police say they failed to make it to the trading floor. Staff inside took refuge in locked rooms and many were evacuated. Security forces are searching the area. Militants from the Baloch Liberation Army say they were behind the attack.

Ethnic Baloch groups have fought a long-running insurgency for a separate homeland and a greater share of resources in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
Pakistan has suffered years of militant violence, mostly by Islamist groups, but attacks such as this one have become rare in recent years.

Monday’s attack began when the militants armed with automatic rifles threw a grenade and then began firing at a security post outside the stock exchange. “The attackers came in a silver Corolla and were stopped by police at the gate outside where the exchange of fire took place,” Sindh police additional inspector general Ghulam Nabi Memon said.

Guards fought back, killing all four heavily armed attackers, the authorities say. Three police officials are among the seven wounded receiving treatment in hospital.
Mr Memon said the attackers did not manage to enter the main building and grenades, explosives and other weapons were recovered from them. The Pakistan Stock Exchange confirmed that no militants made it into the building. Its director, Abid Ali Habib, said the gunmen made their way from the car park and “opened fire on everyone”.

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Knifeman Kills Three At Glasgow Hotel

Three people are believed to have been stabbed to death in a stairwell to a hotel in Glasgow city centre.

It is understood that a suspect was shot dead by police. The Scottish Police Federation have confirmed a police officer was stabbed. Armed police remain at the scene outside the Park Inn in West George Street.

A statement from Police Scotland said the situation was “contained” and there was no danger to the general public. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said reports of the incident were “truly dreadful” and she was being “updated as the situation becomes clearer”. She added: “My thoughts are with everyone involved.”

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson urged people to avoid the area. He said: “Armed police officers attended the incident and I can confirm that a male suspect was shot by an armed officer. “I would like to reassure the public that at this time we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident. “I can also confirm that a police officer was injured while dealing with the incident and that officer is receiving treatment in hospital.”

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Met Police Attacked After Second Night Of Violence

Police officers have been attacked while attempting to disperse crowds at an illegal party for the second night in a row.

The Met Police said objects were thrown at officers at an “unlicensed music event” in Notting Hill, west London, in the early hours of Friday. A witness said there were “about 150-200 people” present with violence breaking out from about midnight. Commissioner Cressida Dick condemned the “utterly unacceptable” behaviour. It comes after “appalling scenes” of violence at a street party on Wednesday.

Malcolm, who has lived in the Notting Hill area for 10 years, said scores of people had gathered at the corner of Portobello Road and Blenheim Crescent from about 21:00 BST. “After midnight it seemed to switch into more violent behaviour,” he said. He added it had been “pretty terrible round here” for the last few nights with “anti-social behaviour, alcohol, drugs and a huge amount of violence and disruption”.

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