Daily Memo: Arrest and Reconciliation

Security forces in Hong Kong carried out the largest wave of mass arrests since last summer.

Beijing is mopping up in Hong Kong. At least 53 pro-democracy politicians and activists were detained Wednesday morning in the largest mass arrests since China imposed its sweeping national security law on the special administrative region last summer. Most of the charges relate to an unofficial opposition primary held in August, before Legislative Council elections that were postponed. Bridge the Gulf. Following the restoration of diplomatic ties between Qatar and four Arab states, the United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister said there is an opportunity to rebuild trust and transparent relations among Gulf countries. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in 2017. Turkey, which backed Qatar during the crisis, also welcomed the reconciliation, seeing in it a chance for Ankara to normalize ties with Riyadh and Cairo. In addition to ending the blockade, the Gulf Cooperation Council called for improving ties with Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and Iraq. OPEC+ agreement. Saudi Arabia will voluntarily cut its oil output by another 1 million barrels per day, while Russia and Kazakhstan will raise theirs by a combined 75,000 bpd in February and another 75,000 in March. This was decided at an OPEC+ meeting that wrapped up […]

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