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World in brief: August 21, 2019

ITALY: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned yesterday after launching a blistering attack on far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

He blasted Mr Salvini, who had tabled a motion of no-confidence in the independent PM, for creating a “political crisis” for “personal and party interests.”

Mr Conte also said he could no longer work with coalition partners Five Star. He told Parliament that Mr Salvini had undermined the function of government.

CHINA: Twitter has banned Chinese users who criticise the Hong Kong protests and has blocked the Beijing government from paying for “promoted tweets.”

It announced it was closing 936 accounts for “attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground.”

The action in determining which accounts to ban was carried out with CIA-linked NGO Freedom House.

CAMEROON: Ten separatists were jailed for life by a military court yesterday after being charged with secession, rebelllion and terrorist offences.

Leader of the Southern Cameroon National Council, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, was among those sentenced. They were arrested at a hotel in the Nigerian capital Abuja in January 2018.

Cameroon has been criticised by human rights groups for trying civilians in military courts.

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