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Sabratha, Libya, a day after the Feb. 19 U.S. raid against a Tunisian ISIS cell.
Sabratha, Libya, a day after the Feb. 19 U.S. raid against a Tunisian ISIS cell.
Nathalie Guibert

PARIS — Pinpointed strikes, carried out covertly: This is France's strategy to face down the threat of ISIS in Libya. A senior French official has confirmed to Le Monde that "the last thing that should be done is to intervene in Libya. Avoiding any open military engagement, we must act discreetly."

In Libya where France has closely monitored ISIS for months, the goal is not to win a war but to disrupt the structure of the terrorist group in order to undermine its spread. This is done through coordinated actions between Washington, London and Paris, like the Feb. 19 U.S. raid against a Tunisian ISIS cell in Sabratha in northwestern Libya.

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A Bitter Road Back For Hong Kong Students Arrested During 2019 Protests

Thousands of students and young people were detained during Hong Kong's democracy protests in 2019. Now with criminal records, many are struggling to re-integrating into a changed society

Demonstrators in London hold signs at a rally, gathering in Parliament Square on the third anniversary of the 2019 Hong Kong protests.

Hye-kwan Lee and Stanley Leung

HONG KONG — Shortly after his release from the Detention Center, Ah Tao received a phone call from his secondary school headmaster. The headmaster told the Hong Kong teenager that it might not be a good idea for him to continue his studies, and that there were some barista courses outside school he might as well try.

Tao did not respond to the suggestion, and hung up after a few pleasantries.

Back when he was arrested on the street in 2019, Tao had completed his third year, and the school promised to hold his place. However, they stated that if he committed any offenses again, he could be expelled. Tao was already prepared for such a phone call. At that moment, he felt strongly that he was just a young person who had broken the law, and even his school did not want him anymore.

In 2019, the Hong Kong government proposed an amendment bill on extradition that would allow the transfer of fugitives from between Mainland China and Hong Kong. The bill received widespread criticism, with fears it would hamper political dissent in Hong Kong and led to large-scale protests.

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