1) TAIWAN URGED TO JOIN FIGHT FOR HONG KONG DEMOCRACY
Hong Kong activists urged Taiwan today to help promote democracy in the Chinese-ruled city amid its worst political crisis in decades and called for a mass rally before the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China on Oct. 1.
Many in Taiwan have been closely watching Hong Kong and become increasingly wary of Beijing’s “reunification” agenda.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said today her administration was keeping a close eye on the Hong Kong crisis.
Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker Eddie Chu urged Taiwan authorities to come up with “humanitarian mechanism” to take in demonstrators from the city, after hundreds of arrests since the protests began.
2) IRANIAN TANKER ADRIAN DARYA 1 GOES DARK OFF SYRIA
The Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 at the centre of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers appears to have turned off its transponder in the Mediterranean west of Syria.
Refinitiv ship-tracking data showed today, the tanker which is loaded with Iranian crude oil, sent its last signal giving its position sailing north between Cyprus and Syria.
The vessel, formerly named Grace 1, was detained by British Royal Marine commandos off Gibraltar on July 4 as it was suspected to be en route to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.
Shipping sources say the tanker is likely to try to conduct a ship-to-ship transfer with another vessel for part of its cargo after Iran said a sale had been concluded.
3) UN REPORT: U.S., FRANCE, BRITAIN MAY BE COMPLICIT IN YEMEN WAR CRIMES
The United States, Britain and France may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen by arming and providing intelligence and logistics support to a Saudi-led coalition that starves civilians as a war tactic.
UN investigators compiled a secret list of possible international war crimes suspects, drawn from their latest report into violations during the four-year conflict between a coalition of Arab states and the Houthi movement that controls Yemen’s capital.
Investigators found potential crimes on both sides, while also highlighting the role Western countries play as key backers of the Arab states and Iran plays in support of the Houthis.