TL;DR: WEEK OF 30 DECEMBER

Written by Millegram

WED: HONG KONG USHERS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH TEARGAS AND MOLOTOVS

Over a million Hongkongers turned up for a pro-democracy rally on New Year’s Eve. A march against parallel trading also occurred on Sunday. Both turned violent with over 400 people arrested across both marches.
(Picture Credits: Wall Street Journal)

Read more about the New Year’s Day rally and parallel trading march at The Guardian.

 

THU: SDP VS MINISTER FOR MANPOWER

SDP Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan made a Facebook post calling on Manpower Minister Josephine Teo to retract the directions to correct “misleading” infographics and apologise to the SDP.
(Picture Credits: Mothership)

Read more about the feud and POFMA saga at The Independent.

 

FRI: TAIWAN’S CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH

Eight members of Taiwan’s military including Chief of General Staff Gen. Shen Yi-Ming, were killed after the helicopter they were riding crashed in the mountains in Northern Taiwan. A task force has been set up to investigate the cause of the accident.
(Picture Credits: Time Magazine)

Read more about the crash and Gen. Shen Yi-Ming on CNN and SCMP.

 

SAT: PLEASE NO WORLD WAR 3 – US AIRSTRIKE KILLS IRANIAN MILITARY LEADER QASEM SOLEIMANI

Tensions between the US and Iran worsened after an airstrike killed the head of Iran’s Quds military force, Qasem Soleimani, in Baghdad. Iran has threatened retaliation, and Trump had tweeted that he would target 52 Iranian sites if retaliation occurs.
(Picture Credits: Jaye Young Seah)

Read more about the airstrike and Qasem Soleimani on CBS News.

 

SAT: THE SHOW’S NOT OVER – WORLDWIDE VOTER MANIPULATION EXPOSED

Brittany Kaiser, an ex-Cambridge Analytica employee turned whistleblower, has released documents revealing voter manipulation and funnelling of dark money in elections around the world.
(Picture Credits: The Guardian)

Read more about this new development at The Guardian, peruse the new documents @HindsightFiles

 

SUN: PNEUMONIA’INT

The girl previously suspected to have the first case of Wuhan pneumonia in Singapore actually has a common childhood virus. There are no other suspected cases in Singapore as of 5 Jan 3pm.
(Picture Credits: Channel NewsAsia)

Read more at Channel NewsAsia.

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

1) South Korea to pardon 1,800 conscientious objectors

2) Taiwan passes law to combat Chinese influence on politics

3) Man arrested for inciting PMD users to attack people at Punggol Park

4) US sending additional forces to protect embassy threatened by protesters in Iraq

5) Pope sorry for slapping devotee

6) Taiwan rejects Hong Kong model for unity with China

7) E-scooters footpath ban: Two errant users caught, Deliveroo stops

8) China starts 10-year fishing ban on Yangtze River

9) ‘Serial Killer’ Navy SEAL, Pardoned by Trump for War Crimes

10) A star and its orbiting planet now bear names with Singapore connection

Contributors: Clement Ng, Lee Chee Yong, Terence Tan

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