Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai and 7 others sentenced to prison over banned Tiananmen vigil

Although he faces multiple charges under Hong Kong’s national security law, Monday’s charges were not under the controversial legislation. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China has organized the candlelight vigil in the city’s Victoria Park every year since 1990. But authorities banned the event for the first time last year, citing coronavirus risks. The alliance disbanded in September this year, after police arrested several of its leaders on national security grounds. During the mitigation hearing on Monday, Lai said he decided to light a candle that day to remind the world of those who…


SenseTime delays its IPO after being hit by another US blacklist

The Chinese artificial intelligence startup announced Monday that it would delay its initial public offering in Hong Kong, where it had planned to raise up to $767 million. It was set to start trading as soon as this week. On Friday, the US Treasury Department placed the firm on a list of “Chinese military-industrial complex companies,” in which US President Joe Biden has banned Americans from investing. The US Treasury said that SenseTime was sanctioned because of the role its technology plays in enabling human rights abuses against the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang — accusations that SenseTime…


Putin rues Soviet collapse, says he moonlit as a taxi driver to survive economic crisis

Putin’s comments, released by state TV on Sunday, are likely to further fuel speculation about his foreign policy intentions among critics, who accuse him of planning to recreate the Soviet Union and of contemplating an attack on Ukraine, a notion the Kremlin has dismissed as fear-mongering. “It was a disintegration of historical Russia under the name of the Soviet Union,” Putin said of the 1991 breakup, in comments aired on Sunday as part of a documentary film called “Russia. New History,” the RIA state news agency reported. “We turned into a completely different country. And what had been built up…


Champions League Draw: PSG to play Real Madrid after re-draw

European football’s governing body UEFA declared the initial draw void earlier on Monday after Manchester United was drawn by mistake and the English Premier League club will probably be relieved. United was initially drawn against PSG but will now face a slightly easier two-legged tie against Spanish side Atlético Madrid — although Diego Simeone’s side is the reigning champion in Spain. However, it means fans will be denied the mouthwatering prospect of watching Messi renew his rivalry with Ronaldo — for now at least. The French side will instead face the tricky prospect of playing current La Liga leader Real…


Baltic Sea: Coast Guard investigating role of alcohol in cargo ship crash

A British citizen and a Croatian citizen have been detained as suspects in Sweden’s preliminary probe into the collision, according to a Swedish Public Prosecutor’s Office press release. The Prosecutor’s Office added that the preliminary investigation into “aggravated drunk driving,” “gross negligence in maritime traffic,” and “grossly causing another’s death” is in an initial stage. One ship capsized during the collision and two people are still missing, authorities said. Ten boats and several helicopters had begun searching for the duo, but the at-sea component of the search and rescue operation has since been called off. “The ship has now been…


Naftali Bennett: Israeli Prime Minister meets UAE Crown Prince in Abu Dhabi in historic visit

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed at his private palace in Abu Dhabi on Monday, according to Bennett’s office. Their meeting, and a shared lunch, went on two hours longer than the original time allotted. Bennett said afterwards he enjoyed “meaningful, in-depth and straightforward talks” about “the region, our economy and technology.” The event marks a symbolic historic change in the relations between the two countries, 15 months after they signed a normalization agreement at the White House. Just a few years ago, Israelis were not even allowed to enter the…


Rivian R1T plcks up MotorTrend Truck of the Year Award

In each case, it was the first time any automaker has won the award with its first vehicle. Tesla won Car of the Year in 2013 with the Tesla Model S, another electric vehicle from a startup automaker, but that was Tesla’s second model, after the original Tesla Roadster. MotorTrend, which started as a print magazine in 1949, now also operates cable and streaming video channels and boasts of being the world’s largest automotive media company. Its annual “Of the Year” awards, which date back to the magazine’s founding, are sought after by auto manufacturers and, when won, are touted…


New Caledonia rejects independence in final vote amid boycott

The indigenous Kanak population, who largely favor independence, had called for non-participation in the referendum because they are in a 12-month mourning period following a September surge in coronavirus infections. Provisional results published by French authorities showed support for a “no” to independence was at 96.5%, while turnout stood at 43.9%. Sunday’s vote, the third and final ballot on the issue, follows two previous polls in 2018 and 2020 in which the “no” vote got 57% and 53% respectively. “The Caledonians have chosen to remain French. They decided that freely,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address. “We…


Hong Kong Covid-19: Quarantine rules take a toll on Cathay pilots

“The morale is all gone. All gone,” said the first Cathay pilot, who has worked at the airline for several years. “Everybody’s angry.” But the challenges it faces as a Hong Kong-based business may be the toughest in the industry. The city, along with mainland China, is one of the last places in Asia still adopting a “zero Covid” strategy. While the insistence on stamping out any trace of the virus means the city is largely Covid-free, the policy also means Hong Kong is home to one of the longest quarantines on Earth. And the recent emergence of Omicron, the…


Crypto exchanges and software keep getting hacked. Here’s what you should know

Four months later, hackers stole at least $150 million from crypto exchange Bitmart. According to one analysis, unidentified hackers used a stolen private key to open two “hot wallets” and extract funds. Security incidents like these are not new in the crypto world, but the size of these hacks appears to be growing as cryptocurrency prices have surged over the past year, drawing more mainstream attention. Five of the 10 largest crypto thefts of all time have happened this year, according to data compiled by consumer website Comparitech. And these incidents may only continue due to increased cryptocurrency usage, according…


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