Published:  12:38 AM, 09 September 2019

Worldwide waffling(09.09.2019)

Worldwide waffling(09.09.2019)

Tuen Mun resident Rachel Smyth has never joined any of the extradition bill protests which have gripped Hong Kong since June. But on Sunday night the 40-year-old English teacher ended up with a bleeding head and bruises on her body inflicted by the batons of riot police at an MTR station. That evening, the riot squad appeared in a number of neighbourhoods - including Siu Hong, where Smyth lives - after anti-government protesters defied a court injunction and paralysed transport routes to Hong Kong International Airport. Some officers went to Central Pier to intercept young passengers, while others conducted spot checks in Tin Shui Wai, close to Siu Hong.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is used to standing next to a pugnacious, unpredictable leader with no filter and much-studied hair. He encountered another one as he met with embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at No. 10 Downing Street, where the vice president tiptoed through the Brexit fury that has engulfed the region. Wrapping up a week in Europe, Pence spent about a half-hour with Johnson, whose determination to lead Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 faces intense opposition from lawmakers, including members of his own Conservative Party, putting his leadership at risk.

The former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has praised the far-right prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, and warned a conference in Europe about "military age" male immigrants "swarming" the continent. In a speech that praised the central European country's race-based immigration and population policies, Abbott also criticised Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, for remarks that they would not have more than two children owing to the effects on the environment - saying it would make little difference "when so many children are being born elsewhere".

Thousands of South African women took to the streets to protest at the government's failure to deal with rising violence against women in the wake of a string of brutal attacks that have shocked the country. Women from across South African society marched to parliament in Cape Town dressed in black and purple in commemoration of those who lost their lives in August, the most deadly month for violent crimes against women the country has ever seen. At least 137 sexual offences are committed per day in South Africa, mainly against women, according to official figures. This week the women's minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said more than 30 women were killed by their spouses last month.

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