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Thai leader sacks 2 Cabinet members suspected of disloyalty


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As China pressure mounts, Hong Kong's Cathay sacks two pilots

As China pressure mounts, Hong Kong's Cathay sacks two pilotsCathay Pacific said Wednesday two pilots had been sacked, as the Hong Kong carrier comes under huge pressure from Beijing to clamp down on staff supportive of anti-government rallies. The other misused company information on Flight CX216/12 August,” the airline said in a statement. Hong Kong has been gripped by ten weeks of protests that have seen millions take to the streets, sparked by opposition to a planned law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.



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Mali sacks senior army officers, dissolves militia after massacre

Mali sacks senior army officers, dissolves militia after massacreMali’s government on Sunday announced the sacking of senior military officers and the dissolution of an ethnic militia, a day after the massacre of more than 130 Fulani villagers, including women and children. Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said new military chiefs would be named, and that the Dan Nan Ambassagou association, composed of Dogon hunters, had been dissolved. Survivors of Saturday’s attack said ethnic Dogon hunters carried out the deadly raid in Ogossagou, a village in central Mali inhabited by the Fulani community.



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Huawei sacks Polish worker arrested over claims of spying

Huawei sacks Polish worker arrested over claims of spyingChinese telecoms giant Huawei has sacked a Polish employee accused by the country's security services of spying. The telecoms company, which has been at the centre of a dispute over spying fears, sacked Wang Weijing, a sales manager at the firm for bringing the company into disrepute. Mr Wang and a former member of Poland's intelligence services were arrested on Friday, accused of spying. Huawei, one of the world's leading telecoms companies that has been heavily involved in the launch of the latest 5G network technology, has been embroiled in a dispute over spying claims. US security officials have accused the company of posing a national security risk, something the company has repeatedly denied. Its products have been subject to blocks and bans in some countries, including the US, Australia and New Zealand.  A Huawei spokesman said it the alleged actions of Mr Wang had “no relation to the company”. The spokesman said: “In accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei’s labor contract, we have made this decision because the incident has brought Huawei into disrepute.” In December, Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada over alleged breaches of US sanctions by the company. Ms Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei, was released on bail. Huawei has repeatedly denied claims it is tied to the Chinese state. The company said it has won 25 commercial 5G contracts to develop the latest wireless technology around the world.



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Huawei sacks employee arrested in Poland on spying charges

Huawei sacks employee arrested in Poland on spying chargesPoland’s internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, called for the European Union and NATO to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets following the arrest of the Chinese employee and a former Polish security official on Friday. Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with China’s government and U.S.-led allegations that its devices could be used by Beijing for spying. No evidence has been produced publicly and the firm has repeatedly denied the accusations, but several Western countries have restricted Huawei’s access to their markets.



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China sacks top official over vaccine scandal, firm may de-list

China sacks top official over vaccine scandal, firm may de-listChina has sacked a senior provincial official and is probing a former top drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd, which again warned it could be delisted over the scandal. The company was accused in July of falsifying data for a rabies vaccine and manufacturing an ineffective vaccine for babies, sparking widespread consumer anger. While there were no known reports of people being harmed by the vaccines, regulators ordered Changsheng to halt their production and recall the rabies vaccine.



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Kosovo PM sacks security chief, interior minister over Turkish arrests

Kosovo PM sacks security chief, interior minister over Turkish arrestsBy Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj dismissed the country’s interior minister and the secret service chief on Friday because he was not told six Turkish nationals would be deported to Turkey. The six were arrested in Kosovo on Thursday over alleged links to schools financed by the Gulen movement, which Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup. “The entire operation – revoking their residence permits, detention, emergency deportation and the secret extradition to Turkey of the six Turkish citizens from Kosovo territory – was conducted without my knowledge and without my permission,” Haradinaj said in a statement.



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Argentina sacks navy chief over submarine tragedy

Argentina sacks navy chief over submarine tragedyArgentina dismissed its naval chief on Saturday, the most high-profile officer to be fired a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board. "The defense minister asked him to retire. It's a political decision," a navy officer told AFP on condition of anonymity about the decision to remove Admiral Marcelo Srur during an ongoing investigation into the sub's disappearance. Srur is the fifth senior officer to have been relieved of his functions so far over the ARA San Juan's disappearance. Military sources say President Mauricio Macri is willing to retire most of the naval leadership. The government is also creating an internal investigative commission that will be headed by retired captain Jorge Bergallo, father of the ARA San Juan's second commander, Jorge Ignacio Bergallo, government sources told state news agency Telam. Friends and family of missing submarine crew members place a flag on the fence of the naval base in Mar de Plata, Argentina An international search operation has so far failed to locate the vessel. The 43 men and one woman who were aboard are believed to have died in the tragedy. But families of the missing have pressed the government to continue the search, which has not yet been officially closed. Some relatives claim the navy has been hiding information, and have called for a parliamentary investigation. On Friday, they protested in Mar del Plata, where the submarine was based, and Buenos Aires. Relatives have focused their anger on the condition of the three-decade-old sub, which had undergone a seven-year refit to extend its service, and the navy's guardedness since the start of the search operation. The navy has a poor reputation in Argentina. During the 1976-1983 military dictatorship, some navy units served as detention and torture centers, and an estimated 30,000 people disappeared.



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US sacks top navy commanders after deadly warship collision

US sacks top navy commanders after deadly warship collisionThe US navy on Wednesday sacked two top commanders from a warship that was involved in a deadly collision with a tanker off Singapore, citing a “loss of confidence” in the officers. On August 21, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain smashed into a tanker as the warship headed to Singapore, tearing a huge hole in the hull. Commanding officer Alfredo J. Sanchez and executive officer Jessie L. Sanchez of the USS John S. McCain “were relieved of their duties” on Wednesday, the Pacific-based US Seventh Fleet said in a statement.



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Wall Street Journal sacks top reporter over ethics violations

Wall Street Journal sacks top reporter over ethics violationsThe Wall Street Journal on Wednesday fired a top correspondent over ethics violations after a news agency investigation uncovered potential business dealings with an Iranian-American businessman who was also a source. Jay Solomon, the newspaper’s chief foreign affairs correspondent and author of a book on secret deals involving Iran, “is no longer employed by The Wall Street Journal,” said a statement by the newspaper’s parent Dow Jones, a unit of News Corp.



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