Published:  12:01 AM, 12 June 2019

Worldwide waffling(12.06.2019)

Worldwide waffling(12.06.2019)

Hong Kong's top official doubled down on a contentious plan to allow extraditions to China on Monday, one day after hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in one of the biggest demonstrations to shake the former British colony in years. Carrie Lam, the territory's chief executive, ignored calls for her resignation and reiterated the need for the legislation. The rally highlights increasing public anger against the government's proposal to seek legal changes to allow people in Hong Kong to be extradited to places with which it has no such agreement - including China.

All the formal requirements for a European payment system for barter-based trade with Iran designed to circumvent U.S. sanctions are now in place and it should be operational soon, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Tehran on Monday. Maas is in Iran to meet President Hassan Rouhani and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, as part of a European effort to salvage Iran's nuclear pact with world powers and defuse rising U.S.-Iranian tension. "This is an instrument of a new kind, so it's not straightforward to operationalize it," Maas told reporters.

What do we talk about when we talk about domestic violence? We talk about the scary, rageaholic man and his hapless female partner. We talk about the sudden boiling over. We talk about, as the American journalist and author Rachel Louise Snyderputs it, "the unfortunate fate of the unlucky few". We talk about the woman's (they are mostly women, 50 a month gunned down in the US) tragic pattern of filing charges and dropping them, making complaints and frequently recanting, greeting him with hugs and kisses and a hot dinner the day he gets out of jail.

Rare earth exports by China, the world's dominant producer, fell 16% in May from a month earlier amid an increased focus on the raw materials due to the Sino-U.S. trade war, although the drop was in line with usual trading. Exports by China, the key supplier of a group of 17 chemical elements used in everything from high-tech consumer electronics to military equipment, swing sharply from month to month, often by 20 percent or more, customs data shows.

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