Beijing will not back down on new Hong Kong security law: Carrie Lam

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, above, is in Beijing on June 3, 2020 to discuss the new security law. (Reuters)
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Updated 03 June 2020

Beijing will not back down on new Hong Kong security law: Carrie Lam

  • Britain steps up criticism of the move

HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Wednesday the central government will not back down on plans for national security legislation for the financial hub, even as Britain stepped up criticism of the move.
Lam, speaking during a trip to Beijing to discuss the new security law, was flanked by Hong Kong’s justice secretary Teresa Cheng, its security secretary John Lee and its police chief Chris Tang.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier said Britain will not walk away from the people of Hong Kong if China imposes a national security law that would conflict with its international obligations under a 1984 accord.


Forest Service: Firefighter died in California wildfire

Updated 18 September 2020

Forest Service: Firefighter died in California wildfire

  • The death occurred Thursday as crews battled the El Dorado Fire
  • The cause of the death was under investigation

LOS ANGELES: A firefighter died battling a wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest in California, the US Forest Service said Friday.
The death occurred Thursday as crews battled the El Dorado Fire, the agency said in a news release.
The name of the firefighter was being withheld until family members are notified. The cause of the death was under investigation.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters during this time,” spokesperson Zach Behrens said in the release.
The El Dorado Fire broke out in southern California on Sept. 5 and has burned more than 19,000 acres (7,700 hectares), according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It was about 66% contained.