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May 31 2019

Six In The Morning Friday 31 May 2019

 

 

US President Donald Trump has announced tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico, demanding the country curb illegal immigration into the US.

In a tweet, Mr Trump said that from 10 June a 5% tariff would be imposed and would slowly rise “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied”.

Jesus Seade, Mexico’s top diplomat for North America, said the proposed tariffs would be “disastrous”.

Mr Trump declared a national emergency at the US-Mexico border in February.

He said it was necessary in order to tackle what he claims is a crisis at the US southern border.

Border agents say they are overwhelmed, but critics say they are mishandling and mistreating migrants.

Tiananmen Square protests: crackdown intensifies as 30th anniversary nears

Authorities expand detention of activists and censorship ahead of 4 June

 

Chinese authorities have detained dozens of people as part of a ramped-up annual crackdown ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Tuesday will mark 30 years since the bloody event, which saw Chinese authorities brutally shut down long running student protests, killing thousands of people in and around the central square in Beijing.

Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), a US-based organisation for domestic and international activists, said the Beijing government’s “pre-emptive strikes” against anyone who might try to mark the anniversary had started in early May.

British far-right extremists being funded by international networks, report reveals

Research warns authorities are ‘overlooking’ far-right funding networks because of focus on Islamist terrorism

Lizzie DeardenSecurity Correspondent @lizziedearden

Far-right extremists are building international funding networks allowing them to spread hatred while being “overlooked” by authorities, new research has warned.

Analysts at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) found that despite an increase in extreme right-wing attacks, efforts to disrupt terrorist financing was still focused on Islamists.

A report said a lack of work to find the source of money flows and stop them had allowed prolific extremists and groups to build huge platforms in the UK, US and Europe.

Sudan’s military rulers say protests threaten stability

Tens of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators converged on central Khartoum on Thursday night demanding civilian rule amid increasing tensions with the country’s military rulers who accused a protest encampment of threatening stability.

The protest, which followed a two-day strike organised by demonstrators and opposition groups frustrated by a deadlock in talks on a transition to democracy, underscores the volatility of the situation in Sudan nearly two months after the military overthrew autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

The head of the central Khartoum military region accused “unruly elements” of attacking a vehicle used by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and seizing it near the protest site.

Iran rejects Saudi Arabia’s ‘baseless’ allegations at Arab summit

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson denounces Saudi King Salman’s accusations of Tehran meddling in the region.

Iran has rejected what it calls “baseless” accusations made at an Arab summit, saying Saudi Arabia had joined the United States and Israel in a “hopeless” effort to mobilise regional opinion against Tehran, state media reported.

Saudi Arabia’s king told an emergency Arab summit on Thursday that decisive action was needed to stop Iranian “escalations” in the region following attacks on oil assets in the Gulf, as American officials said a US military deployment had deterred Tehran.

Narita airport to use facial recognition in boarding from 2020

NEC Corp said Friday Narita airport will use the company’s artificial intelligence-powered facial recognition technology to ease congestion from 2020, with the number of travelers expected to spike as the Tokyo Olympics approach.

The Japanese electronics manufacturer said if a passenger registers an image of his or her face during check-in, they can advance through baggage drop-off, security check and boarding procedures with the systems at the gate and kiosks automatically verifying their identity.

However, passengers will still need to present a passport at immigration screening.