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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 02 July 2020

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A man is detained by riot police during a demonstration on July after Beijing imposed the new national security law.CREDIT:ANTHONY KWAN/GETTY

Britain To Open The Doors To Hongkongers

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told the House of Commons that Britain would honour the promise to offer more than three million Hongkongers citizenship.

The statement came after Beijing's following through with national security laws that effectively brings Hong Kong's democracy to an end, along with the 'one country, two systems' agreement.

One-party communism comes to Hong Kong, after a year of massive protests by residents against Beijing's encroaching control over Hong Kong's way of life.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 02 July 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED KINGDOM, HONG KONG - Security/Political: Johnson opens door to three million Hong Kongers, declaring China's actions a 'serious breach'

FYSA: Britain will open its borders to more than three million Hong Kongers, declaring China's new security law for the territory a "clear and serious breach" of the Sino-British declaration that guarantees autonomy from Beijing. As police in Hong Kong arrested around 370 people under the new laws, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Commons on Wednesday afternoon that Britain would honour its promise to offer citizenship to more than three million Hong Kongers. (SMH. See link in heading)

2. NIGERIA - Security (Health): Nigeria to restart domestic flights July 8 in easing of coronavirus curbs

FYSA: Nigeria will resume domestic flights from July 8, the government said on Wednesday, as Africa’s most populous country relaxes novel coronavirus restrictions despite mounting cases and deaths. The airports for the capital Abuja and Lagos will open on July 8, while a handful of others are set to open July 11 and the rest on July 15, the government said on its official Twitter account. No date was given for the resumption of international flights.(Reuters. See link in heading)

3. RUSSIA - Political: Russians grant Putin right to extend his rule until 2036 in landslide vote

FYSA: Russians opened the door to Vladimir Putin staying in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for constitutional changes that will allow him to run again for president twice, but critics said the outcome was falsified on an industrial scale. (Reuters. See link in heading)

4. UAE - Security (Health): UAE says residents, citizens cannot travel abroad for tourism yet

FYSA: United Arab Emirates authorities on Wednesday said residents and citizens were not yet allowed to travel abroad for tourism and leisure purposes and all travel abroad needed a permit, as part of restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of the new coronavirus. A spokesman for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said travel abroad is only allowed currently for study, medical treatment, diplomatic missions, business and residents who want to visit or return to their home countries. “Essential travel is permitted ... but will be assessed on a case by case basis according to risk levels,” Saif al-Dhaheri told a virtual news conference. (Reuters. See link in heading)

5. NEW ZEALAND - Political: David Clark resigns as Health Minister: 'It's best for me to step aside'

FYSA: David Clark has formally resigned as Health Minister after recent controversies in his handling of the Covid-19 response. He has been under pressure since the start of the government's response to Covid-19 some months ago. He said the portfolio had been a challenging one and it was clear to him that he was becoming a distraction from the government's response to the pandemic. "I've always taken a view that the team must come first ... so I've made the call that it's best for me to step aside." Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she had accepted his resignation. (Newsroom. See link in heading)

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