Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a blow this morning

Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a blow this morning as authorities postponed local elections for a year, capping a month of political disqualifications, arrests for social media posts and activists fleeing overseas.

“Today I announce the most difficult decision in the last seven months . . . to postpone the Legislative Council election,” said Carrie Lam, the chief executive. She said a spike in coronavirus cases in the territory had forced the decision.

One dog, who was recovering from a car accident, had a nail pushed into its eye during the night of torture.

Italian-born Tiziana encouraged stray dogs to a beach near her rented home on the island – a popular tourist destination – where they were given food and looked after.

One sun-seeker, 18-year-old Lizzie Jones from Portsmouth, who was on the beach with a dozen friends, said she felt perfectly safe and didn’t feel she was putting anyone at risk. “We’re out here in the fresh air. People are a bit close but I don’t think there’s much of a danger,” she said.

Some car parks were full, prompting scores of people to abandon their vehicles illegally.

The defence team acknowledged at the start of the subsequent trial that the brothers had set off the bombs, but argued that Tamerlan, not Dzhokhar, had planned the attack and the younger brother was easily manipulated.

Dzhokhar is currently incarcerated at a high-security supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, on 30 charges, including conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction.

“It is scary to know now he was a rapist of an elderly woman and targeted children. We could not have known he was such a monster.”

The three pals had been taking part in a challenge to transport a caravan from Faro in the Algarve to Saxony in Germany while surviving on 10 Euros a day, getting truck drivers to tow it.