Day: September 5, 2020

Beijing slams foreign ‘interference’, ‘malicious slander’ after UN rights experts’ letter of concern on Hong Kong national security law



a person standing in front of a crowd: A police officer raises a flag warning protesters they could be in violation of the new national security law in Causeway Bay on July 1. Photo: Sam Tsang


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A police officer raises a flag warning protesters they could be in violation of the new national security law in Causeway Bay on July 1. Photo: Sam Tsang

Beijing has hit out at foreign “interference and malicious slander” after a group of UN human rights experts wrote to express concern that Hong Kong’s new national security law could infringe on certain fundamental freedoms.

In a press conference on Friday, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the central government strongly opposed “the politicisation of human rights issues”.

“Some people have ignored facts, maliciously slandered China’s human rights situation, and publicly politicised human rights issues,” she said.

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“We urge them to truly respect the objectives and principles of the UN Charter, and abandon ignorance, prejudice and double standards. (They must) stop interfering

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Trump Praises Himself for Wanting to ‘Get Along’ With Russia

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At a small campaign rally in Latrobe, Pa., President Trump on Thursday praised himself for wanting to “get along” with Russia and said that when he hears people talking about Russia in the news he “turns it off.”

“They always say, ‘Trump is radical, he is off the — he is too radical, he will get us in wars,’” Mr. Trump said. “I kept you out of wars. What happened in North Korea? I got along with Kim Jong-un. They said that’s terrible. It’s good that I get along. If I get along with Russia, is that a good thing or bad thing? I think it’s a good thing.”

He went

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Top lawyer with NYC Board of Elections eyed in sexual harassment probe: source



a man wearing a suit and tie: NYC Board of Elections General Counsel Steve Richman


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NYC Board of Elections General Counsel Steve Richman

A top NYC Board of Elections lawyer is being probed for sexual harassment, a source with knowledge of the situation revealed.

Steven Richman, who serves as a city Board of Elections general counsel, faces probes from both the city Department of Investigation and the Manhattan DA’s office, the source confirmed.

“It was a sexual thing,” the source said. “It wasn’t anything with a vendor or money.”

Richman has requested a leave of absence, which the board’s commissioners granted Tuesday. It extends through Sept. 25, at which point he could ask for an extension or potentially return to work.

He has served as the board’s general counsel since Jan. 1999 and served as a member of the Democratic National Convention’s Rules Committee, according to his LinkedIn profile.

City Conflicts of Interest Board financial disclosure forms show that as of 2018

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