Hong Kong no longer autonomous, Pompeo tells Congress

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday told Congress that Hong Kong no longer retains autonomy from China, paving the way for sanctions from Washington that would strip the city of economic and trade privileges essential to its status as a global financial hub.

Beijing’s decision last week to “unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation” on the territory is only the “latest in a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms and China’s own promises to the Hong Kong people under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a U.N.-filed international treaty,” Pompeo said

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US Navy sails to nimbler, unmanned future after pandemic

TOKYO — The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the need for change in the operation of the world’s navies, as infections in the crowded, small quarters of ships surge.

Not only are crew members expected to work in small, unventilated spaces, they are also kept together over months, exposing them to each other’s germs. The U.S. Navy reported more than 2,000 active infections in its ranks as of the end of May, accounting for roughly 40% of cases in the military.

Of the U.S. Navy’s 11 aircraft carriers, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and three others were forced to suspend operations

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Huawei executive loses key decision in extradition case

NEW YORK — A Canadian judge on Wednesday ruled that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition trial will move on to the next stage as the premise of the extradition request — “double criminality” — is met.

“On the question of law posed, I conclude that, as a matter of law, the double criminality requirement for extradition is capable of being met in this case. The effects of the U.S. sanctions may properly play a role in the double criminality analysis as part of the background or context against which the alleged conduct is examined,” wrote Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes

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Coronavirus latest: Disney World to reopen July 11, with masks

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 5,614,458 according to Johns Hopkins University.

The worldwide death toll has hit 351,077.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:

(Source photo by AP) 

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Thursday, May 28

1:54 a.m. Walt Disney Co. says Disney World in the U.S. state of Florida will reopen on July 11, but visitors will wear masks and not be allowed to high-five Mickey Mouse and other

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