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Hong Kong: Students ‘urging independence’ from China arrested

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Hong Kong police have made their first major arrests under a new national security law, detaining four young people on suspicion of inciting secession.

Three males and one female, aged 16 to 21, were arrested at three locations, a police official said. All are believed to be students.

Police said the group had made comments on social media since the law took effect that urged independence for Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Li Kwai-wah, senior superintendent of a newly-formed unit to enforce the security law, said: ‘They say they want to establish a Hong Kong republic, and that they will unreservedly fight for it. They also said they want to unite all pro-independence groups in Hong Kong for this purpose.’

Senior Superintendent Li Kwai-wah, Hong Kong Police National Security Department, speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong (July 30 HKT)

Senior Superintendent Li Kwai-wah, Hong Kong Police National Security Department, speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong (July 30 HKT)

Senior Superintendent Li Kwai-wah, Hong Kong Police National Security Department, speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong (July 30 HKT)

The law, which took effect late on June 30, was imposed on Hong Kong by the central government in Beijing and has raised fears that the city’s autonomy and freedoms are being taken away.

Hong Kong was promised its own governing and legal system until 2047, or 50 years after the former British colony was returned to China in 1997. China says that issues such as separatism concern national security and as such fall under its purview.

Police did not identify the suspects or their organisation but a group called Studentlocalism said on Twitter and Facebook that its former leader, Tony Chung, had been arrested for allegedly inciting secession.

The group announced it was disbanding before the law took effect, but has maintained an online presence through what it calls a US division.

The arrests came one day after a leading figure in Hong Kong’s political opposition was fired from his university job.

Hong Kong University’s council voted to oust Benny Tai from his position as an associate law professor in an 18-2 vote, local media reported.

Reporters take pictures and video as a police vehicle drives inside a station where believed members of Hong Kong pro-independence group are in custody in Hong Kong, China today

Reporters take pictures and video as a police vehicle drives inside a station where believed members of Hong Kong pro-independence group are in custody in Hong Kong, China today

Reporters take pictures and video as a police vehicle drives inside a station where believed members of Hong Kong pro-independence group are in custody in Hong Kong, China today

Mr Tai has been out on bail since being sentenced to 16 months in prison in April 2019 as one of nine leaders put on trial for their part in a 2014 drive for greater democracy known as the Umbrella Movement.

In a post on his Facebook page, Mr Tai said he intended to continue writing and lecturing on legal issues and asked for public support.

‘If we continue in our persistence, we will definitely see the revival of the rule of law in Hong Kong one day,’ he wrote.

While the 2014 movement failed in its bid to expand democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, protests returned last year following the local government’s proposal of legislation that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to face trial in mainland China.

Opponents called that a violation of the independent legal system that Hong Kong was guaranteed after being handed over to Chinese rule.

Although the legislation was eventually shelved, the protesters’ demands expanded to include calls for democratic changes and an investigation into alleged police abuses, growing increasingly violent over the second half of the year.

That prompted Beijing to pass the security law, saying opposition to the legislation made its passage impossible at the local level in Hong Kong. Critics have decried the law as part of a major crackdown on political activity, free speech and academic independence

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Downing Street forced to deny Italian newspaper’s claims Boris Johnson enjoyed jaunt to Perugia

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Downing Street has denied an Italian newspaper’s claim that Boris Johnson enjoyed a secret jaunt to Perugia last weekend as Brexit and coronavirus gripped the UK.

La Repubblica cites an official statement from the Umbrian airport dated September 17 which said that Mr Johnson travelled through ‘in the last few days.’

A source from San Francesco d’Assisi airport told the newspaper that the Prime Minister landed on Friday, September 11 at 2pm.

Number 10 told the Italian daily: ‘This claim is wrong.’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a service to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey on Sunday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a service to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey on Sunday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a service to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey on Sunday

Lebedev, 41, who owns the Evening Standard newspaper and is frequently seen mixing in the upper echelons of the celebrity social scene, owns the breathtaking Castello di Santa Eurasia

Lebedev, 41, who owns the Evening Standard newspaper and is frequently seen mixing in the upper echelons of the celebrity social scene, owns the breathtaking Castello di Santa Eurasia

Lebedev, 41, who owns the Evening Standard newspaper and is frequently seen mixing in the upper echelons of the celebrity social scene, owns the breathtaking Castello di Santa Eurasia

On that Friday, Mr Johnson was faced with MPs preparing to rebel on his international law-breaking Brexit legislation and rising numbers of coronavirus infections across the UK. 

Mr Johnson has reportedly travelled to the airport before to visit his friend Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Evening Standard, at his medieval castle.

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for celebrity guests at the Castello di Santa Eurasia. 

According to one report Mr Johnson worked from Downing Street on the day in question and took part in a Zoom call with 256 Tory MPs on Brexit.

Mr Johnson had tried to give a patriotic rallying cry to encourage his colleagues to back his controversial plans for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

One source said that Mr Johnson’s connection had cut out during the call and when he came back on he joked that he should probably invest in super-fast internet, Politics Home reported.

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for his celebrity friends at the Castello di Santa Eurasia

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for his celebrity friends at the Castello di Santa Eurasia

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for his celebrity friends at the Castello di Santa Eurasia 

Last year it was reported that Mr Johnson, during his time as Foreign Secretary, had been spotted at Perugia’s airport looking dishevelled ‘in last night’s clothes.’

A fellow passenger told The Guardian that Mr Johnson appeared to be stumbling around and at one point looked as if he might vomit.

There was silence from Mr Johnson’s communications staff when those reports emerged last year.

Last month, Mr Johnson nominated Mr Lebedev for a life peerage for his services to the media industry and his philanthropic work.

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump celebrate Rosh Hashanah with an outdoor service

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attended an outdoor service celebrating Rosh Hashanah with their family, including Joshua Kushner and Karlie Kloss, on Sunday. 

The Kushners continued their brief getaway from Capitol Hill, where warring over the Supreme Court Justice vacancy raged on, and observed the Jewish New Year surrounded by family.   

Photos taken by DailyMail.com showed the Kushner sons and their families returning to their parent’s opulent home in Long Branch, New Jersey, after the religious service.

Ivanka Trump  (center), pictured with one of her young sons (left) was spotted returning to the massive Kushner family home in Long Branch, New Jersey, on Sunday

Ivanka Trump  (center), pictured with one of her young sons (left) was spotted returning to the massive Kushner family home in Long Branch, New Jersey, on Sunday

Ivanka Trump  (center), pictured with one of her young sons (left) was spotted returning to the massive Kushner family home in Long Branch, New Jersey, on Sunday

Ivanka Trump (left) and her daughter, Arabella Kushner (right), donned face masks as they spoke to each other after a service celebrating Rosh Hashanah on Sunday

Ivanka Trump (left) and her daughter, Arabella Kushner (right), donned face masks as they spoke to each other after a service celebrating Rosh Hashanah on Sunday

Ivanka Trump (left) and her daughter, Arabella Kushner (right), donned face masks as they spoke to each other after a service celebrating Rosh Hashanah on Sunday

Ivanka Trump (left) converted to Judaism in 2009 after marrying Jared Kushner (right), who was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in New Jersey

Ivanka Trump (left) converted to Judaism in 2009 after marrying Jared Kushner (right), who was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in New Jersey

Ivanka Trump (left) converted to Judaism in 2009 after marrying Jared Kushner (right), who was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in New Jersey

Ivanka Trump (left), pictured with Arabella and one of her sons, arrived in New Jersey from New York City after campaigning for her father's reelection

Ivanka Trump (left), pictured with Arabella and one of her sons, arrived in New Jersey from New York City after campaigning for her father's reelection

Ivanka Trump (left), pictured with Arabella and one of her sons, arrived in New Jersey from New York City after campaigning for her father’s reelection 

Ivanka, Advisor to the President and President Trump’s first daughter, donned all black as she escorted her children into the home.

The black overcoat flowed in the cool breeze as Ivanka, 38, walked beside her daughter, Arabella, and one of her two young sons into the grand front doors. 

Jared, 39, Senior Advisor to the President, was briefly seen wearing a similar dark overcoat and what appeared to be a kippah, or yarmulke. 

Large SUVs of the United States Secret Service which are assigned to protect the family were seen lining the driveway outside the home. 

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish New Year festival that began Friday and  will continue until through Sunday.

Also photographed at Charles and Seryl Kushner’s home was their youngest son, Joshua Kushner, and his wife Karlie Kloss. 

Joshua Kushner (left) also returned to his parent's New Jersey home on Sunday to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with his wife, model and philanthropist Karlie Kloss

Joshua Kushner (left) also returned to his parent's New Jersey home on Sunday to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with his wife, model and philanthropist Karlie Kloss

Joshua Kushner (left) also returned to his parent’s New Jersey home on Sunday to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with his wife, model and philanthropist Karlie Kloss

Joshua Kushner to Vogue: 'It is no secret that liberal values have guided my life and that I have supported political leaders that share similar values'

Joshua Kushner to Vogue: 'It is no secret that liberal values have guided my life and that I have supported political leaders that share similar values'

Joshua Kushner to Vogue: ‘It is no secret that liberal values have guided my life and that I have supported political leaders that share similar values’

Pictured: Supermodel and philanthropist Karlie Kloss

Pictured: Supermodel and philanthropist Karlie Kloss

Pictured: Businessman and investor Joshua Kushenr

Pictured: Businessman and investor Joshua Kushenr

Despite Ivanka and Jared being key member of the Trump administration, both Joshua and Karlie have said they’re more liberal and aligned with progressive ideologies 

Pictured: Large SUVs of the United States Secret Service assigned to the family lined the driveway outside the home

Pictured: Large SUVs of the United States Secret Service assigned to the family lined the driveway outside the home

Pictured: Large SUVs of the United States Secret Service assigned to the family lined the driveway outside the home

Joshua, an businessman and investor, was dressed in a dark gray suit with a blue face mask while Kloss, 28, trailed behind in a tan overcoat.

The couple, who married in October 2018, have been known for the stark political stance against the Trump administration.

In a 2017 interview with Forbes, Joshua admitted he aligns with the Democratic party and acknowledged that they differed from his family’s politics.

‘It is no secret that liberal values have guided my life and that I have supported political leaders that share similar values,’ he told the publication.

 ‘But neither political party has a monopoly on the truth or on constructive ideas for our country. It’s important to be open minded and learn from differing opinions.’

And Karlie Kloss, a model known for her noted for her Hollywood friendships, has said publicly that she will not vote for Trump in the upcoming November election. 

In fact, she joined Biden and Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani for an event promoting girls and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

On Saturday, Jared wore a ball cap, a black sweater and sweatpants as he strolled with his father, Charles, through Long Branch Township. 

One of his sons rolled alongside the men on scooter, while personnel with the United States Secret Service trailed nearby.

Jared Kushner (center) was spotted walking with his father, Charles Kushner (right), and one of his sons (left) along a Long Beach shoreline on Saturday

Jared Kushner (center) was spotted walking with his father, Charles Kushner (right), and one of his sons (left) along a Long Beach shoreline on Saturday

Jared Kushner (center) was spotted walking with his father, Charles Kushner (right), and one of his sons (left) along a Long Beach shoreline on Saturday

Neither Kushner (center) nor anybody else on the weekend stroll wore Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended face coverings as the pandemic continues

Neither Kushner (center) nor anybody else on the weekend stroll wore Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended face coverings as the pandemic continues

Neither Kushner (center) nor anybody else on the weekend stroll wore Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended face coverings as the pandemic continues

During their walk along the bay, a man was seen falling to the sidewalk and appeared to need assistance. 

Luckily, the Senior Advisor to President Trump rushed over and kindly checked to see if he was okay. 

Jared could be seen helping the man to his feet as the rest of the family stood nearby. 

During the Kushner family’s Friday stroll, none of them appeared to don CDC recommended face masks during their walk through Long Beach, which is nestled in Ocean County. The county has recorded at 12,160 confirmed COVID-19 cases and nearly 1,050 deaths. 

The Ocean County Health Department extended their beach seasons into early fall this year, but cautioned locals and visitors against flouting health guidelines.

Photos taken by DailyMail.com showed Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (center) helping up a man who fell on a walkway in Long Beach, New Jersey, on Saturday

Photos taken by DailyMail.com showed Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (center) helping up a man who fell on a walkway in Long Beach, New Jersey, on Saturday

Photos taken by DailyMail.com showed Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (center) helping up a man who fell on a walkway in Long Beach, New Jersey, on Saturday

‘We certainly want our residents and visitors to enjoy this beautiful resource, but the pandemic isn’t over, and we need everyone to do their part in mitigating the transmission of the COVID-19 virus by adhering to all the social distancing measures and by wearing a mask when appropriate,’ said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little in a statement

Jared was joined on the stroll by his notorious father Charles Kushner, who was jailed for 14 months in 2005 for after a sensational trial that saw the millionaire real estate developer plead guilty to 18 counts of tax evasion, witness tampering and making illegal campaign donations.

At the center of the trial was the revelation that Charles had hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, who at the time was cooperating with federal officials in an investigation into possible campaign finance violations committed by Charles. Charles then filmed the encounter between his brother-in-law and the woman, who was paid $10,000.

In photos taken later on Saturday, Jared reappeared at the same beach side walkway with his wife, Ivanka, after his father and son returned home.

Ivanka, Advisor to the President and his oldest daughter, dressed near identical to her husband as the couple chatted.

At one point, the Kushner’s deviated from the path and decided to take their shoes off for a detour in the sand.

Neither of them wore face masks while on the walkway, but 38-year-old Ivanka slipped one on while on the beach. 

Later on Saturday, Ivanka Trump (left) joined Kushner (right) for a second stroll along a walkway in Long Beach, New Jersey, on Saturday

Later on Saturday, Ivanka Trump (left) joined Kushner (right) for a second stroll along a walkway in Long Beach, New Jersey, on Saturday

Later on Saturday, Ivanka Trump (left) joined Kushner (right) for a second stroll along a walkway in Long Beach, New Jersey, on Saturday

The couple's visit to the Kushner home comes amid Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish New Year festival that began Friday and celebrations will continue until through Sunday. Pictured: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

The couple's visit to the Kushner home comes amid Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish New Year festival that began Friday and celebrations will continue until through Sunday. Pictured: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

The couple’s visit to the Kushner home comes amid Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish New Year festival that began Friday and celebrations will continue until through Sunday. Pictured: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

 Ivanka converted to Judaism in 2009 after marrying Jared  who was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. 

In an interview with Vogue in 2015, Ivanka opened up about the conversion and called it ‘such a personal thing.’

‘We’re pretty observant, more than some, less than others. I just feel like it’s such an intimate thing for us,’ she told Vogue.

‘It’s been such a great life decision for me. I am very modern, but I’m also a very traditional person, and I think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well.

‘I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity. 

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Prince Charles stars Macmillan Cancer Support video alongside Royle Family star Sue Johnston

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The Prince of Wales has said the nation is learning’ how powerful communities are in a crisis’ in a video encouraging Britons to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support’s coffee morning this Friday.

In a video message, Prince Charles, 71, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fundraising event that allows people to ‘raise a cuppa’ to those battling cancer and said it represented the ‘very best of British community spirit’.

The prince, who is Macmillan’s patron, advocated the charity’s annual fundraising drive, saying: ‘It truly represents the very best of British community spirit – and, in current times, we are learning just how powerful communities can be, especially in a crisis.’

The royal appears alongside actress Sue Johnston and a number of celebrities who appear in new three-minute films to narrate the stories of Macmillan nurses and people with cancer. 

The Prince of Wales has joined a member of Britain's other Royle Family in a video message to encourage the nation to brew up for Macmillan Cancer Support's coffee morning this Friday

The Prince of Wales has joined a member of Britain's other Royle Family in a video message to encourage the nation to brew up for Macmillan Cancer Support's coffee morning this Friday

The Prince of Wales has joined a member of Britain’s other Royle Family in a video message to encourage the nation to brew up for Macmillan Cancer Support’s coffee morning this Friday

In a video message, Prince Charles, 71, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fundraising event that allows people to 'raise a cuppa' to those battling cancer and said it represented the 'very best of British community spirit'. Pictured: Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in April

In a video message, Prince Charles, 71, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fundraising event that allows people to 'raise a cuppa' to those battling cancer and said it represented the 'very best of British community spirit'. Pictured: Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in April

In a video message, Prince Charles, 71, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fundraising event that allows people to ‘raise a cuppa’ to those battling cancer and said it represented the ‘very best of British community spirit’. Pictured: Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in April

The coffee morning raised almost £30 million last year and is vital for Macmillan as public donations provide 98 per cent of its income.

The charity now faces losing a third of its total donation money due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In response to the pandemic and the latest ‘rule of six’ coronavirus guidance, it has adapted the event and people can now join in by hosting a socially distanced stall on their doorstep, organising a virtual get-together, taking on a fitness challenge or by uploading a ‘Raising a Mug’ selfie and donating. 

Appearing in the clip, Prince Charles said: ‘Over the years it has become not only a formidable fundraising campaign, raising an incredible £27.4 million last year, but also an invaluable opportunity for friends and family to come together to share experiences and to “raise a cuppa” to those affected by cancer.

Actress Sue Johnston, who starred in the popular BBC comedy The Royle Family, is one of a number of celebrities who appear in new three-minute films to narrate the stories of Macmillan nurses and people with cancer

Actress Sue Johnston, who starred in the popular BBC comedy The Royle Family, is one of a number of celebrities who appear in new three-minute films to narrate the stories of Macmillan nurses and people with cancer

Actress Sue Johnston, who starred in the popular BBC comedy The Royle Family, is one of a number of celebrities who appear in new three-minute films to narrate the stories of Macmillan nurses and people with cancer

‘Macmillan works tirelessly across all areas – physical, emotional and financial – to support people when they need it most.’ 

The royal starred in the advert alongside actress Sue Johnston, whose father was cared for by Macmillan nurses.

The former Brookside actress narrated the poignant story of Macmillan lead cancer nurse Lynda Hall.

Speaking the nurse’s words, Sue said: ‘The job is to be there for people. Being there when patients are being told bad news, helping them through their treatment, and afterwards, when they’ve finished treatment, we need to help them adjust to what comes next.

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox also featured in the video to narrate the stories of Macmillan nurses and people with cancer

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox also featured in the video to narrate the stories of Macmillan nurses and people with cancer

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox also featured in the video to narrate the stories of Macmillan nurses and people with cancer

‘At the end of the day, that patient is somebody’s family – their mum or dad or brother or sister or husband or wife. You know, they’re important, and that could be one of your family there, so treat them accordingly.’

Tenet star Himesh Patel also recorded a film, alongside Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox, Cold Feet’s Cel Spellman and Killing Eve’s Nina Sosanya.

Fox speaks the words of Emma Young, who in 2014 was given six months to live after being diagnosed with bone and breast cancer and today describes her cancer as ‘stable’.

The actress said: ‘My relationship didn’t work out, so now I am a single mum – to three gorgeous children.

Sue Johnston narrated the story of Macmillan lead cancer nurse Lynda Hall and described how the job is about 'being there for people'

Sue Johnston narrated the story of Macmillan lead cancer nurse Lynda Hall and described how the job is about 'being there for people'

Sue Johnston narrated the story of Macmillan lead cancer nurse Lynda Hall and described how the job is about ‘being there for people’

‘It’s hard, it’s tiring but it gives me something to focus on and a reason to get out of bed every day. I urgently needed to give them experiences, make memories. I didn’t know how long I had, so time was of the essence.’

Macmillan has said its flagship coffee morning is facing a £20 million drop in income and a fall of this size could risk more than 80,000 cancer patients missing out on support from a Macmillan nurse next year. 

Claire Rowney, executive director of fundraising, marketing and communications at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: ‘These short films are a powerful reminder of the lifeline Macmillan provides to people living with cancer every day – something that we simply won’t be able to do in the same way in the future, without the public’s generous donations.’    

The video comes days after Prince Charles opened a virtual edition of the Highland Games, which was cancelled due to Covid-19.  

Royal opening: Prince Charles was in a jovial mood as he formally opened the virtual Highland Games after the annual summer event was cancelled due to Covid-19

Royal opening: Prince Charles was in a jovial mood as he formally opened the virtual Highland Games after the annual summer event was cancelled due to Covid-19

Royal opening: Prince Charles was in a jovial mood as he formally opened the virtual Highland Games after the annual summer event was cancelled due to Covid-19

The Prince of Wales was on hand to raise the standard as a small group gathered on August 29 to compete behind closed doors in a pared-back version of the Braemar Highland Games, in Aberdeenshire. 

The event was filmed and shown online from Saturday 12, in an event dubbed ‘the Virtual Highland Games’. 

Prince Charles typically attends the Games, known as the Braemar Gathering, alongside his mother the Queen, 93, and it is a highlight in the royals’ summer calendar. 

This year a series of track, dancing, piping and heavy events took place without an audience. 

However the competitions were filmed and combined with recordings of hill race and tug of war competitions to create a full day of online programming on September 12 which was dubbed the ‘Virtual Highland Games’. 

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