Nov 30, 2021

Select Page

News from all over | Updated hourly

Post image

US JCS chief reaffirms defense, extended deterrence commitments for S.Korea

By Ji Da-gyum
  • The US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Wednesday reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to defending South Korea and providing extended nuclear deterrence at an annual top-level military meeting.
  • Gen. Milley notably emphasized the US commitment to defending South Korea, including the provision of extended deterrence, the US and South Korea’s JCS said in a joint statement, echoing the Biden administration’s stance on the alliance.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

‘Hunt for Taiwanese’: Group says Beijing has pushed for deportation of Taiwan nationals to China

  • Safeguard Defenders said Beijing had pressured governments — including those of the Philippines and Cambodia — to extradite hundreds of Taiwanese mostly accused of telecoms fraud to China, despite efforts by the Taiwan government and the U.N. Human Rights Council to prevent the forced transfers.
  • Beijing has pressured foreign governments to deport hundreds of Taiwan nationals to China, a new report found, in what human rights activists describe as a “hunt for Taiwanese.”
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

40 years since the AIDS epidemic began, HIV rates in Australia are at an all-time low

  • Dr Sarah Garner, a medical microbiologist from Dorevitch Pathology, who has worked in the HIV research space for over a decade, said the low number of diagnoses in Australia is thanks to a combination of prevention measures, and high uptake of effective treatment strategies and preventative medicine, known as PrEP.
  • For Melbourne man Richard Keane, who was diagnosed with HIV as a 19-year-old in 1989, improving the life outcomes for HIV positive people, both in Australia and abroad, has become his life’s work.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Hong Kong workers set for 1.7 per cent pay rise in 2022 as companies look to boost headcount, jobs survey shows

By Cannix Yau
Hong Kong workers can expect a pay rise of about 1.7 per cent in 2022, while roughly a third of companies intend to increase headcount in a trend driven by business expansion plans, a jobs survey has found.Many of the 438 Hong Kong companies polled in September by employment services firm JobsDB revealed they were cautiously optimistic about the economic outlook next year despite the havoc wreaked by the Covid-19 pandemic.Jobs seen as most likely to enjoy salary increases include those in […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Honduras to get first female president after ruling party concedes defeat

  • Tegucigalpa mayor Nasry Asfura, the presidential candidate of the National party, said in a statement on Tuesday that he had personally congratulated Castro, despite only about half the voting tallies being counted from Sunday’s election.
  • “The United States congratulates the people of Honduras on their election and Xiomara Castro on her historic victory as Honduras’ first female president,” Blinken said in a statement.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Wednesday briefing: Less mixing says science, party on says PM

By Warren Murray
  • The World Health Organization has said those not fully vaccinated who are vulnerable to Covid-19, including over-60s, should delay travel to areas with community transmission – more developments at our live blog .
  • But Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, suggested people should also reduce their social contact – “being careful, not socialising when we don’t particularly need to, and particularly going and getting those booster jabs”.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Celebrity surgeon Dr Oz invokes ‘America first’ in bid for US Senate in Pennsylvania

By Reuters
Celebrity heart surgeon Dr Mehmet Oz on Tuesday said he would mount a Republican bid for a US Senate seat for Pennsylvania, shaking up what could be one of the most competitive races in next year’s congressional elections.Oz, who hosts the syndicated The Dr Oz Show, brings substantial name recognition to a wide-open November 8, 2022, contest that could determine control of the Senate and the fate of Democratic President Joe Biden’s agenda.Biden narrowly won Pennsylvania in the 2020 election but […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

When did Omicron variant arrive in UK and is it spreading?

By Nicola Davis, Ian Sample and Libby Brooks
  • However, Dr Jeffrey Barrett, who is leading the Covid-19 genomics initiative at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said routine surveillance appears to have picked up the first known Omicron cases in England and it is unlikely the variant has been in the UK for long.
  • Many of those with Covid do not have a PCR test, while the sheer number of Covid cases in the UK at present means, despite high levels of surveillance, that only about 20% of PCR samples are routinely analysed to identify the variant involved.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

People Power Party’s turmoil continues with chairman AWOL

By Ko Jun-tae
  • People Power Party Chairman Lee Jun-seok reportedly left for Busan with his aides Tuesday and held meetings with officials there without any prior notice.
  • Yoon told the press Wednesday that he will not overly look to get in contact with Lee, as he believes time is needed for Lee to "organize his thoughts before returning to work." He said he is not so concerned, as "disagreements can always occur in democratically-run party striving for democracy."
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Belize assures Taiwan of its support as doubts grow about Honduras

By Reuters
A senior politician from Belize on Wednesday pledged “steadfast” support for Taiwan during a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen, amid doubts over whether fellow Central American nation Honduras will maintain ties with the island following a presidential election.Belize and Honduras are two of just 15 countries with formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, and Beijing has been gradually whittling away that number.Honduras’ conservative ruling party candidate late on Tuesday conceded defeat in […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Unique effort reopens girls’ schools in an Afghan province

By Lee Keath | AP
  • For weeks, girls in the western province of Herat have been back in high school classrooms — the fruit of a unique, concerted effort by teachers and parents to persuade local Taliban administrators to allow them to reopen.
  • “When the Taliban came, we were very worried, because of everything before,” said Basira Basiratkhah, principal of the Tajrobawai Girls School in Herat, the provincial capital.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Renewable energy has ‘another record year of growth’ says IEA

By Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent
  • About 290GW of new renewable energy generation capacity, mostly in the form of wind turbines and solar panels, has been installed around the world this year, beating the previous record last year .
  • New climate and energy policies in many countries around the world have driven the growth, with many governments setting out higher ambitions on cutting greenhouse gas emissions before and at the Cop26 UN climate summit in Glasgow last month .
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Terrawatch: what the world can learn from China’s sinking city

By Kate Ravilious

A feat of engineering is tackling subsidence in Shanxi province, but water conservation and tree planting can also help

Fissures and sinkholes are the norm in China’s Shanxi province. Intensive agriculture combined with major coal production has put huge pressure on water resources and sucked the earth dry, leaving the city of Taiyuan, with a population of 5 million, and the surrounding area suffering some of the highest subsidence rates in the world. Pipelines, roads, bridges and railways need constant repairs, and gaping cracks in buildings have resulted in entire communities having to be rehoused.

Since 2003, the Chinese government has been trying to solve this problem by diverting surplus water from the Yellow River. Now satellite measurements, published in Remote Sensing of Environment, reveal that this mammoth feat of engineering – taking 1.2bn cubic metres of water every year – has partially solved the problem, with diverted water rehydrating underground pores and reversing the sinking trend.

Continue reading […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Edie Falco: ‘Alcohol was the answer to all my problems – and the cause of them’

By Hadley Freeman
  • She is certain that it’s because people still think of her as an embattled wife, 14 years after The Sopranos ended, that she was cast in her latest role, as Hillary Clinton in Impeachment: American Crime Story, Ryan Murphy’s take on President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.
  • It’s a bit unfair to ask Falco to compare her character in Impeachment with her character in The Sopranos, given she played the former for a few days and the latter for eight years: “By the end, I really felt like a part of myself behaved like Carmela, like she was my alter ego,” she says.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Last-minute bid to stop Shell’s oil exploration in whale breeding grounds in South Africa

By Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent
  • The law firm behind the last-minute legal challenge, Cullinan & Associates, said the decision to allow Shell to move ahead with plans to explore for oil in the area amounts to “unjust administrative action” because it was taken using an approval process which has since been replaced by stronger environmental protections.
  • An 11th hour bid has been launched to try to halt plans by Royal Dutch Shell to explore for oil in vital whale breeding grounds along the Wild Coast of eastern South Africa.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Japan emperor’s daughter Aiko turns 20, throne not in sight

  • TOKYO -- Japanese Princess Aiko, the daughter of Emperor Naruhito, on Wednesday turned 20, ready for a debut as a new adult member to take a share of official duties for the royal family whose population continues to shrink under the male-only succession law.
  • Japanese Princess Aiko, the daughter of Emperor Naruhito, has turned 20, ready for a debut as a new adult member to take a share of official duties for the royal family whose population continues to shrink under the male-only succession law
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Space junk forces astronauts to delay spacewalk to replace antenna

  • NASA officials said astronauts Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron faced a 7 percent greater risk of a spacewalk puncture because of the Russian-generated debris.
  • During a news conference Monday, NASA officials said the Nov. 15 missile test resulted in at least 1,700 satellite pieces big enough to track, and thousands more too small to be observed from the ground but still able to pierce a spacewalker’s suit.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Trump tested positive for Covid few days before Biden debate, chief of staff says in new book

By Martin Pengelly in New York
  • Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 three days before his first debate against Joe Biden, the former president’s fourth and last chief of staff has revealed in a new book.
  • Meadows says Trump’s positive result on 26 September was a shock to a White House which had just staged a triumphant Rose Garden ceremony for supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett – an occasion now widely considered to have been a Covid super-spreader event .
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Xiomara Castro wins Honduran presidential vote after rival concedes

  • Tegucigalpa Mayor Nasry Asfura, presidential candidate of the National Party, said in a statement that he had personally congratulated Castro, despite only about half the voting tallies being counted from Sunday's election.
  • Honduras' ruling party conceded defeat on Tuesday in presidential elections held two days earlier, giving victory to leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro and easing fears of another contested vote and violent protests.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Does the Global Scramble to Contain Omicron Show that China’s COVID Zero Approach is Simply Better?

By Bloomberg
  • The emergence of the highly-mutated form of the virus has provided some vindication for China’s Covid Zero approach, which saw the country close its border indefinitely at the beginning of the pandemic, and intensify its stringent curbs ever since.
  • Countries across the world scrambled this week to impose border and travel curbs after the new omicron variant emerged.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

The Big Leap review – dance drama is a joyous, hilarious delight

By Lucy Mangan
  • There is also non-fearsome former ballerina Julia (Teri Polo), whose marriage and life as an influencer are imploding; and former high school sweethearts and Michigan state dance-team stars Gabby (Simone Recasner, a newcomer, though you would never guess it from her perfectly pitched, effervescent-yet-grounded turn ) and Justin (Raymond Cham Jr).
  • It’s an ensemble piece, but with this pair slightly foregrounded, particularly in the early episodes as they reunite after seven years of no-speaks since the high school rager at which Gabby found out that Justin was gay and that she was pregnant from a one-night stand.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Mother jailed for harming baby hits out at ‘unjust’ appeal ruling

By Hannah Summers
  • A mother jailed for harming her baby has accused the courts of “injustice” after judges accepted she was a victim of abuse but ruled against an application for an appeal against her conviction made on the grounds that her violent ex-partner coerced her to lie at her trial.
  • In Tuesday’s judgment, Lady Justice Macur, Mr Justice Jay and Mr Justice Murray accepted there was “ample independent evidence of domestic violence having occurred within the relationship” and that on the night in question the applicant was punched.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Government drops push to pass controversial voter ID bill ahead of next election

  • “Even if we were able to pass it early next year, it wouldn't give the Australian Electoral Commission enough time to implement it, so is not something that we'll be [doing before] the 2022 election,” he told the ABC.
  • The government has said the legislation is designed to prevent voter fraud, and more safeguards are needed to protect against people voting multiple times.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Drinking not the cause of bad behaviour in Parliament, former staffers say

By Nick Bonyhady
  • Former federal staffers say alcohol is not the root cause of sexual harassment and assault problems in politics, in the wake of testimonies about MPs voting while drunk and requiring their drivers’ help to get out of Commonwealth cars because they are so inebriated.
  • Former staffers who have worked in the corporate world but spoke anonymously because of their roles said the business sector did not have a different approach to alcohol to politics as a whole, instead varying between different firms and different MPs.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Farmers fear Defra will not deliver on post-Brexit support, says CLA head

By Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent
  • Farmers are anxiously awaiting further detail from the government on imminent changes to their subsidy payments, with many reluctant to trust the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to manage the transition, the leader of one of the UK’s biggest farming organisations has said.
  • Until recently, the UK had only two agri-food attaches in embassies around the world to promote British farming and farm produce, even though food is one of the UK’s biggest export industries for goods, and the government is aiming to strike trade deals with dozens of countries in the aftermath of Brexit.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Prince Andrew dragged into Maxwell trial as court hears how he flew on Epstein’s jet

By Jamie Johnson
  • Prince Andrew has been dragged into Ghislane Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial after Jeffrey Epstein’s long-time pilot told a New York court that the Duke was one of a number of famous people to fly on the billionaire paedophile’s private jet, nicknamed the “Lolita Express”.
  • Flight log records appear to show that the Duke flew to Epstein's private Caribbean island of Little St James in 2001, while he has also been spotted at Epstein’s New York mansion.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Saudis used ‘incentives and threats’ to shut down UN investigation in Yemen

By Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington
  • Saudi Arabia used “incentives and threats” as part of a lobbying campaign to shut down a UN investigation of human right violations committed by all sides in the Yemen conflict, according to sources with close knowledge of the matter.
  • The Saudi effort ultimately succeeded when the UN human rights council (HRC) voted in October against extending the independent war crimes investigation.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Death threats, mock hangings and a used condom: Anti-vaxxers target Australian politicians

By Michael E. Miller and Frances Vinall
  • In Melbourne, where Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews has pushed for pandemic legislation to replace expiring emergency orders, protesters have compared him to Hitler and hanged him in effigy.
  • As states lift restrictions and life returns to normal for the almost 90 percent of eligible Australians who are fully vaccinated, the holdouts find themselves barred from cafes, bars, restaurants, gyms, pools and other nonessential venues.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

India asks states to step up COVID testing over Omicron

  • India’s Ministry of Health says the states should ramp up COVID-19 testing as the world battles the new coronavirus variant Omicron, while some cities have delayed the reopening of schools as a precautionary measure.
  • While India has not reported any Omicron cases yet, authorities are studying the sample of a man who tested positive for COVID-19 after recently returning from South Africa to see if he is infected with the Omicron or another variant.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Ghislaine Maxwell: First accuser testifies at British socialite’s trial

  • A woman testified on Tuesday that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was often in the room when the witness, then just 14, had sexual interactions with the financier Jeffrey Epstein.
  • The witness, using the pseudonym “Jane,” was the first of four alleged victims expected to testify against Maxwell at a New York City trial where she is charged with recruiting and grooming girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to at least 2004.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Labor candidate calls out racist messages telling her not to contest election

  • She was announced as Labor’s candidate for the key western Sydney seat of Reid in October — one of Australia’s most culturally diverse electorates and home to the second-largest number of people with Chinese heritage.
  • Her voicing of concerns follows a political storm in 2019 over the connections of Liberal MP Gladys Liu with Australian-based organisations with alleged ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Coal use to peak in 2026 as renewables surge past forecasts

By Mike Foley
  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance head of special projects Kobad Bhavnagri said renewable energy development costs are falling and global project investment continued to outstrip expectations.
  • However high fossil fuel prices, including the recent price spike in thermal coal, counterbalanced these factors and improved the competitiveness of renewables, the IEA said.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Rock cakes? Stonehenge builders may have enjoyed mince pies

By Steven Morris
  • Archaeologists have also found evidence of the collecting and cooking of hazelnuts, sloes and crab apples and other fruit, with remnants of charred plant remains discovered at Durrington Walls, the settlement inhabited by the builders of Stonehenge in about 2500BC.
  • Susan Greaney, a senior properties historian with English Heritage, said: “We know that midwinter and feasting were really important to the builders of Stonehenge and we have evidence which tells us that they had access to nutritious fruit and nuts, and that they may even have made and cooked recipes.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Bikers, rappers and rude boys: the photographer who got to the heart of subcultures

By Amy Fleming
  • This epiphany jump-started a 45-year adventure in street photography, documenting the punk and two-tone youths of 70s Britain, the birth of hip-hop in New York, Latino gang members in Los Angeles, bikers in Harlem, rodeos, rockabilly conventions and demonstrations from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter.
  • As we talk on a video call, 62-year-old Beckman gives me a tour of her home studio in New York, just off the Bowery where the famous punk venue CBGB used to be.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

DP presidential candidate urges Japan to carry out wartime forced labor compensation

By Yonhap
  • Lee Jae-myung, the presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Party (DP), on Wednesday called for Japan to swiftly carry out a South Korean Supreme Court order to compensate wartime forced labor victims.
  • In 2018, the South Korean Supreme Court ordered Japanese firm Mitsubishi to compensate the workers forced into free labor during the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule of Korea.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

China’s zero-Covid stand vindicated as Omicron shuts borders around the world

By Bloomberg
Countries across the world scrambled this week to impose border and travel curbs after the new Omicron variant emerged.But in China, it was business as usual.While scientists race to figure out whether the Covid-19 variant first sequenced in South Africa will pose a bigger problem than the highly infectious Delta strain, countries ranging from the UK and Israel to Japan erred on the side of caution.They put in place pre-emptive defences and travel restrictions designed to keep the variant out, […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

China protested Indonesian drilling, military exercises

  • China told Indonesia to stop drilling for oil and natural gas in maritime territory that both countries regard as their own during a months-long standoff in the South China Sea earlier this year, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
  • One letter from Chinese diplomats to Indonesia's foreign ministry clearly told Indonesia to halt drilling at a temporary offshore rig because it was taking place in Chinese territory, according to Mr Muhammad Farhan, an Indonesian lawmaker on Parliament's national security committee, which was briefed on the letter.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Honduras’ ruling party candidate concedes presidential election – Aljazeera.com

  • Nasry Asfura, the ruling party candidate in the Honduras election, has conceded to his opposition rival, Xiomara Castro, who will become the country’s first female president and the country’s first left-wing leader in 12 years.
  • “The United States will continue to support Honduras in strengthening its democratic institutions, promoting economic growth, and fighting corruption and transnational crime.”
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

How Israel is Isolating East Jerusalem from the West Bank to Block a Viable Palestinian State

By Juan Cole
  • The most dangerous aspect of this project is the construction of a settlement the size of a small city in occupied East Jerusalem, on the site of the Jerusalem International Airport, which was the only airport in the West Bank until it was closed — permanently, it now seems — by the Israeli authorities nearly two decades ago.
  • The major settlement projects in Jerusalem are intended to move large groups of illegal settlers to the heart of the city, and to strengthen Israeli control over large areas of land through the deployment of settlement outposts, army barracks and road networks that destroy any contiguity between the slivers of Palestinian territories left for the proposed “state”.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

AWS to help auto makers remotely diagnose issues

  • FleetWise enables customers, including auto suppliers and transportation providers such as Lyft and Uber, to collect, organize and transfer vehicle data to the cloud, while standardizing different data formats to simplify data analysis, according to Mike Tzamaloukas, general manager of AWS for Automotive.
  • FleetWise also was designed to complement data-driven services offered by auto makers, including General Motors Co’s OnStar and Ford Motor Co’s Ford Pro Intelligence, he said.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Severe Covid infection doubles chances of dying in following year – study

By Sarah Marsh
  • “We conducted a previous study that showed that patients with severe Covid-19 who recovered were at significantly greater risk of being hospitalised in the subsequent six months,” said ProfArch Mainous of the University of Florida, the lead author of the study.
  • The research, published in Frontiers in Medicine, suggests that serious coronavirus infections may significantly damage long-term health, showing the importance of vaccination.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Japan starts booster COVID vaccinations amid omicron scare

By Mari Yamaguchi | AP
  • Japan’s initial vaccination drive kicked off in mid-February and some medical workers who received jabs more than nine months ago are now eager to get additional protection ahead of a possible next wave of infections — especially after the new variant known as omicron, which was first reported in South Africa last week, was found in Japan on Tuesday.
  • Japan on Wednesday started offering coronavirus vaccine booster shots to health care workers amid growing concerns over a new variant of the virus that has already been detected in the country.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Omicron coronavirus variant could greatly reduce efficacy of Hong Kong vaccines, top scientist says

By Zoe Low
A leading microbiologist has warned that the Omicron coronavirus variant could significantly reduce the efficacy of vaccines offered in Hong Kong, but said weeks of tests are still needed to determine how easily it spreads.The University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) Dr Kelvin To Kai-wang was part of a team which on Tuesday night was revealed to have successfully isolated Omicron – a clinical breakthrough in support of global efforts to develop an inactivated vaccine against the new variant.What do we […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Coronavirus: China reports 91 local Covid-19 cases, highest in nearly a month

By Reuters
China detected 91 domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases with confirmed symptoms for Tuesday, marking the highest daily count since November 2 and a significant jump from 21 cases a day earlier, as the country fights a fresh outbreak in the north.All the 91 local symptomatic cases were reported in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, data from the National Health Commission showed on Wednesday.Inner Mongolia reported a total of 132 local symptomatic cases during the November 28-30 […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Prosecutors demand death penalty for man charged with raping, killing 20-month-old baby

By Yonhap
  • This July 14, 2021, file photo shows a 29-year-old man, surnamed Yang, coming out of Dunsan Police Station in Daejeon, about 165 kilometers south of Seoul, after being investigated on charges of raping and killing a 20-month-old baby girl.
  • DAEJEON -- Prosecutors on Wednesday demanded the death penalty for a man charged with raping and killing the 20-month-old daughter of his live-in girlfriend.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

China ‘hunts’ Taiwan nationals through forced deportation: Report – Aljazeera.com

  • Beijing has been pressuring foreign governments to extradite Taiwan nationals to China as part of an effort to undermine the self-ruled island, says human rights group Safeguard Defenders, and the pressure has increased since Tsai Ing-wen was elected president five years ago.
  • Human rights group Safeguard Defenders says Beijing has pressured governments to deport at least 600 Taiwan nationals to the mainland instead of the self-ruled island.
Read more >Similar articles >

Both UN Official and US Amb. to UN Warn Israel Squatter Violence toward Palestinians is Escalating

By Juan Cole
  • On Tuesday, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, delivered alarming remarks to the United Nations Security Council about the dangers of an outbreak of further violence on the part of the Israeli state and its squatter-settlers toward the 5 million Palestinians they keep stateless and under brutal military occupation.
  • * “settlers and other Israeli civilians in the occupied West Bank perpetrated some 54 attacks against Palestinians, resulting in 26 injuries, including five children and damage to property.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Christian Porter bemoans ‘harshness of politics’ as he announces he’ll quit parliament

By Paul Karp
  • Porter, the former attorney general and leader of the lower house, said on Wednesday he had decided not to recontest his West Australian seat of Pearce.
  • Porter has had a tumultuous year after he identified himself in March as the subject of an ABC story alleging an unidentified cabinet minister had been accused of rape in January 1988 in a dossier sent to Scott Morrison and three other parliamentarians.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Brazil’s far-right Bolsonaro reaches for an unlikely title: President of the Poor

By Anthony Faiola
  • Yet even some of Bolsonaro’s critics concede the far-right leader should be credited with doing right, at least for a time, by Brazil’s poor during the pandemic — even if he appeared to do so in a reach for political gain.
  • Bolsonaro’s Auxílio Brasil, or Brazil Aid, program would beef up financial assistance to the less fortunate ahead of next year’s election.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Belarus president offers to host Russian nuclear weapons as Moscow-Nato tensions mount

The long-time president of Belarus said that his country would be ready to host Russian nuclear weapons if Nato moves US atomic bombs from Germany to Eastern Europe.In an interview, President Alexander Lukashenko also said for the first time that he recognises the Crimean Peninsula as part of Russia and plans to visit it soon. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that the West regards as illegal.Lukashenko made the remarks on Tuesday as he moved to cement ties with Russia, his […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Taliban, Myanmar junta unlikely to be let into UN for now: Diplomats

  • The committee will likely defer its decisions on the representation of Afghanistan and Myanmar on the understanding that the current ambassadors for both countries remain in the seats, four diplomats told Reuters on the condition of anonymity.
  • Rival claims have been made for the seats of both countries with the Taliban and Myanmar's junta pitted against ambassadors appointed by the governments they ousted this year.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

What my 20 years in Afghanistan taught me about the Taliban – and how the west consistently underestimates them

By The Conversation
  • Once, during a visit to Kabul before the Taliban took power, I was shocked to see men in suits in offices and women working in the ministries.
  • But Mullah Omar was declared Amir ul-Mo’menin (Commander of the Faithful), giving him the religious and political authority to lead the Taliban to Kabul and to establish the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

The “Graveyard Shift” in a Pandemic World: The Real Meaning of Supply-Chain Woes

By Rebecca Gordon
  • But Joe Biden and the rest of the Democrats know one thing: if it looks like they’re doing nothing to bring prices down, there will be hell to pay at the polls in 2022 and so it’s the night shift for dock workers and others in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and possibly other American ports.
  • In addition to demanding higher pay, better conditions, and an end to two-tier compensation systems (in which laborers hired later don’t get the pay and benefits available to those already on the job), workers are now in a position to reexamine and, in many cases, reject the shift-work system itself.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Average of two girls aged 10 to 14 give birth daily in Paraguay, Amnesty finds

By William Costa in Asunción
  • An average of two girls between 10 and 14 give birth every day in Paraguay, thanks to a toxic combination of widespread child abuse and draconian abortion laws, according to a new Amnesty International report .
  • “By action and omission, Paraguay is turning its back on its girls and teenagers as they face unimaginable abuses,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Questor: Omicron has sent the vaccine makers’ shares into orbit – except for this one

By Richard Evans
  • Sell everything on the basis that the market is being slow to cotton on to the danger, rather as it was in February last year, when it needed the virus’s arrival in Europe to make investors take notice?
  • While the share prices of some vaccine makers have shot up in the past few days – BioNTech has gained 14pc since before news of omicron and 54pc since our advice to hold three weeks ago, while Moderna, which we frustratingly advised readers to sell in January, is 27pc to the good since news of omicron – AstraZeneca has only continued a losing streak that began with the publication of its third-quarter results earlier this month.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

The Mississippi and Texas laws threatening abortion rights US – podcast

By Presented by Nosheen Iqbal with Jessica Glenza; produced by Courtney Yusuf, Hannah Moore , Alice Fordham, Eva Krafczyk, and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Archie Bland and Mythili Rao
  • Guardian US health reporter Jessica Glenza has been reporting on laws that severely restrict abortion access in Mississippi and Texas; she tells Nosheen Iqbal that this is a ‘perilous moment’ for reproductive rights in the US.
  • According to recent polls, Americans overwhelmingly support Roe v Wade, the 1973 US supreme court ruling that protects a woman’s right to an abortion.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Police: Close contacts used to draw out murder victims

By Radio Sweden
Police at the scene of a shooting in Ulvsunda, western Stockholm in September.Lyssna: Police: Close contacts used to draw out murder victimsSo far this year, 23 people have been shot dead in Stockholm – a region which stands out when it comes to fatal gun crime.Assignments to murder a person often involve someone the victim trusts, says Anna Rise, head of intelligence at police region Stockholm.Prosecutor Carl Mellberg heads several of the investigations and says: "In many of the cases, the objective is to kill the person, not to inflict injury."Henrika Åkermanhenrika.akerman@sverigesradio.seRadio […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

From the archive: The ruthlessly effective rebranding of Europe’s new far right – podcast

By Written by Sasha Polakow-Suransky, read by Andrew McGregor, produced by Simon Barnard with additions by Esther Opoku-Gyeni

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors.

This week, from 2016: Across the continent, rightwing populist parties have seized control of the political conversation. How have they done it? By stealing the language, causes and voters of the traditional left. By Sasha Polakow-Suransky


Continue reading […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

EXPLAINER: What are Colombia’s ex-FARC splinter groups?

By Astrin SuÁrez and Manuel Rueda | AP
  • The FARC holdouts newly designated by the United States as foreign terrorist organizations are the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army – known by the Spanish acronym of FARC-EP --- and Segunda Marquetalia.
  • After five decades of internal conflict that killed an estimated 26,000 people and forced more than 6 million to flee their homes, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed a peace deal in which 13,000 fighters gave up their weapons in exchange for numerous concessions from the government, including development programs for rural areas and the opportunity for former guerrilla leaders to participate in local politics and avoid time in prison.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Germany’s designated chancellor backs COVID vaccine mandate

  • Germany's next chancellor said on Tuesday that he will back a proposal to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for everybody next year, but that lawmakers should be free to vote according to their conscience on the issue.
  • During their call, national and state leaders discussed new measures to curb the outbreak including restrictions on shopping for unvaccinated people and limiting crowds at soccer matches, along with possible moves toward a vaccine mandate for all.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Climate danger grows in ‘vulnerable’ Myanmar after military coup – Aljazeera.com

  • There is increasing concern that Myanmar is at risk of a serious environmental crisis, as the generals who seized power in a coup on February 1 focus on cementing their control and shoring up their position by stepping up lucrative but devastating policies of exploiting the country’s vast natural wealth.
  • The NUG said it stuck with the overthrown NLD administration’s NDC for COP26 because they felt it had legitimacy from being drawn up by the government elected by the people, according to two senior officials at the NUG’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation who requested anonymity due to security reasons.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

S. Korea could make ‘big adjustments’ to virus measures over omicron variant: official

By Yonhap
  • South Korea could make "big adjustments" to its virus prevention measures if the number of omicron coronavirus variant cases spike in the country, a senior Cheong Wa Dae official said Wednesday.
  • "We discussed such an issue during a special virus response meeting presided over by President Moon Jae-in on Nov. 29," Park Soo-hyun, senior presidential secretary for communication, told a YouTube channel of a local news outlet.
Read more >Similar articles >

Killer Robots: Negotiate New Law to Protect Humanity

By Human Rights Watch
  • The 23-page report, “Crunch Time on Killer Robots: Why New Law Is Needed and How It Can Be Achieved,” by Human Rights Watch and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic, finds that international law should be strengthened and clarified to protect humanity from the dangers posed by weapons systems that select and engage targets without meaningful human control.
  • Countries will be meeting at the United Nations in Geneva in December 2021 to decide whether to begin negotiations to adopt new international law on lethal autonomous weapons systems, also known as “killer robots.”
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Moon hails cooperative movement’s role in promoting social responsibility

By Yonhap
  • "The spirit of corporate federations, which has become an important axis of the global economy, must become a value of our society and the world," Moon said at the opening ceremony of the 33rd World Cooperative Congress.
  • President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday lauded the cooperative movement's role in promoting social responsibility on a range of issues, including environment and society.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

London’s farewell to the Crystal Palace – archive, 1 December 1936

By From our London staff
  • The news was given out in one of the earlier news bulletins on the wireless, but long before that the flickering orange glow in the sky, which could be seen from Islington, Willesden, and even farther north and as far south as Haywards Heath, had begun to draw the crowds in hundreds of thousands, by bus and car and train.
  • Now and again through the orange glow an aeroplane, with its green and white lights, would show itself almost as if touching the top of one of the famous towers and then be lost in the blue of the moonlit sky.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Older, unvaccinated people should delay travel, says WHO, as Omicron restrictions spread

By Virginia Harrison and agencies
  • The World Health Organization has said those not fully vaccinated who are vulnerable to Covid-19, including over-60s, should delay travel to areas with community transmission, as more countries imposed curbs to combat the spread of the new Omicron variant.
  • The United States will require stricter coronavirus testing at borders for all travellers, including returning Americans, amid Omicron variant concerns.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Completion of spire for Merdeka 118, world’s second-tallest building, a ‘proud moment’ for Malaysia PM

  • In his opening speech, Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he was proud to announce the completion of the tower spire amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • "This is not only a great achievement in the field of engineering, but also further strengthens Malaysia's position as a modern and developed country," he said at a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the tower's spire on Tuesday (Nov 30).
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Brazil and Japan report first cases of the omicron variant

  • Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm.
  • Brazil, which has recorded a staggering total of more than 600,000 COVID-19 deaths, reported finding the variant in two travellers returning from South Africa — the first known omicron cases in Latin America.
Read more >Similar articles >

Dutch parliament passes two motions backing Taiwan, Lithuania

  • Another motion, proposed by parliamentarians Ruben Brekelmans and Agnes Mulder, calls on the Dutch government to support its Lithuanian counterpart which is facing retaliatory measures launched by China over the Baltic state's decision to allow Taiwan to open a representative office in Lithuania with "Taiwan" in its official name.
  • On the motion concerning Taiwan, the Netherlands' Foreign Minister Ben Knapen has previously expressed his country's wish to lower cross-Strait tensions and do its best to achieve that via the European Union (EU).
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

AWS to help auto makers remotely diagnose issues – Aljazeera.com

  • FleetWise enables customers, including auto suppliers and transportation providers such as Lyft and Uber, to collect, organize and transfer vehicle data to the cloud, while standardizing different data formats to simplify data analysis, according to Mike Tzamaloukas, general manager of AWS for Automotive.
  • FleetWise also was designed to complement data-driven services offered by auto makers, including General Motors Co’s OnStar and Ford Motor Co’s Ford Pro Intelligence, he said.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Invasion of Taiwan by China would be ‘economic suicide,’ former PM Abe warns

By Isabel Reynolds
  • Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said China should be aware that any crisis with Taiwan would pull in Japan and its ally the United States, warning of a dire situation if Beijing takes military action against Taipei.
  • Delivering a speech by video to an audience in Taiwan on Wednesday, Abe said actions by an increasingly powerful China toward Japan and Taiwan were likely to become more complex, blurring the line between war and peace.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Alice Sebold apologizes to man cleared of 1981 rape featured in her memoir

  • Sebold, who has not previously commented on Broadwater’s exoneration, said in her statement: “I am grateful that Mr Broadwater has finally been vindicated, but the fact remains that 40 years ago, he became another young Black man brutalized by our flawed legal system.
  • Sebold said she was struggling with the role she played “within a system that sent an innocent man to jail”.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Warrant of arrest issued against elderly man accused of assaulting bus driver

  • Khan was on Wednesday handed two more charges - one count each of theft as well as an offence under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act over his alleged failure to don a mask properly on the bus.
  • An elderly man accused of assaulting a bus driver last month had a warrant of arrest issued against him after he failed to turn up in a district court on Wednesday (Dec 1).
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Why do Chinese crave stable government jobs over ‘inferior’ private and foreign firms?

By He Huifeng,Luna Sun
Over the past few years, Janet Peng’s parents have had to adjust their expectations for her career and that of her old sister, in line with the changing economic and social climate in China.With mum and dad being private entrepreneurs, they long had a certain career trajectory in mind for their children.Like many young people from affluent middle-class families in Shenzhen, China’s tech and financing hub, Peng’s sister went abroad for graduate studies after earning her university degree in 2014 […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Omicron variant spread in Europe before flights to Netherlands

  • The heavily mutated new coronavirus variant was in Europe several days earlier than previously known, health officials said on Tuesday (Nov 30), and the number of places where it has been found increased to at least 20, raising questions about whether the pandemic is about to surge once again.
  • Early evidence from South Africa indicates that Omicron, more than previous variants, is infecting people who had already had Covid-19, but that, too, requires rigorous testing.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Fauci says COVID diverted resources from fighting AIDS

By Edith M. Lederer | AP
  • Fauci said in a recorded speech that much of what scientists and public health experts learned from their long investment in HIV/AIDS research “has been successfully applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said Tuesday the COVID-19 pandemic has diverted scientific and financial resources from the fight against AIDS, seriously impeding global efforts to achieve the U.N. goal of ending AIDS by 2030.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Coronavirus digest: US to impose stricter testing for travelers

  • The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that it is working to tighten testing requirements for air travelers amid rising concerns about the new omicron variant .
  • In a statement issued late Tuesday, the CDC said it was working to revise its Global Testing Order "for travel as we learn more about the omicron variant; a revised order would shorten the timeline for required testing for all international air travelers to one day before departure to the United States."
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Coronavirus: Sydney braces for more Omicron cases; South Korea’s daily infections exceed 5,000 for first time

By Agencies
Australian authorities on Wednesday flagged another probable case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in Sydney as they braced for more infections after at least two international travellers visited several locations in the city while likely infectious.Officials in New South Wales (NSW), home to Sydney, said initial testing “strongly indicates” a man in his 40s, who arrived from southern Africa on November 25, had been infected with the Omicron variant and had spent time in the community.“We […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Star’s defiant response over Perth fiasco

  • Missing out on a Test match in front of his friends and family in Perth would be “disappointing” for Cameron Green, but he knows that no matter where the fifth Ashes match is played, the Aussies will “stand up and perform”.
  • The likelihood of missing out on a Test in his home city grows by the day, but for Cameron Green, he knows the team will perform wherever they play.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Staggering cost of Aussie housing

  • Australia’s housing market continues to surge, with prices lifting for the 14th consecutive month and the median home adding a staggering $126,700 in value over the past year.
  • CommSec senior economist Ryan Felsman said the pick-up in listings, Covid-19 restrictions, affordability constraints, rising fixed mortgage interest rates and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority recently increasing the home loan serviceability buffer from 2.5 to 3 per cent had all combined to slow price momentum.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Finland adopts nationwide remote work recommendation

THE GOVERNMENT of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) on Tuesday issued a nationwide remote-work recommendation after determining that additional measures and restrictions are necessary in several regions to rein in the coronavirus epidemic, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

“We’re in a race against the delta variant. It’s spreading faster than the vaccine uptake is rising,” said Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru (SDP).

[…]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Cold front sends mercury to below 13 degrees in northern Taiwan

  • Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) A continental cold air mass sent temperatures around Taiwan plunging Wednesday to below 13 degrees Celsius in low-lying areas in New Taipei and Taoyuan, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
  • Temperatures in other areas in northern and central Taiwan and in Yilan County in the northeast fell to 13-15 degrees, while the rest of the island registered lows of 16-18 degrees, according to the CWB.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Life expectancy of S. Koreans rises to 83.5 years in 2020

By Yonhap
  • The average life expectancy of South Korean babies born last year reached 83.5 years, more than seven years longer than two decades ago, data showed Wednesday, amid improved public awareness about health and a better medical system.
  • South Korea's life expectancies for men and women are 2.6 years and 3.3 years longer, respectively, than the average of the 38 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Zara owner Inditex names founder’s daughter as chair

By Rupert Neate Wealth correspondent
  • Isla, who has been credited with leading Inditex’s global expansion into Spain’s largest company with a €88bn (£75bn) market value and almost 7,000 stores, said now was the right time to make the change as the company’s sales recovered to pre-pandemic levels.
  • “These changes that we are announcing today are very well thought out changes, which are part of a process within the company and we understand that now is the right time to address this new stage,” Isla said in a video news conference on Tuesday.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

HK scientists succeed in isolating Omicron variant

  • HONG KONG (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) Hong Kong scientists have succeeded in isolating Omicron variant from clinical specimens which will help in developing vaccines against the new Covid-19 strain, The Hong Kong University (HKU) said on Tuesday (Nov 30).
  • The team is also exploring opportunities for urgent development and production of inactivated whole virus vaccines, the HKU said.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

India, Pakistan and the Taliban working together

By MK Bhadrakumar
  • New Delhi has chosen instead to take the diplomatic initiative to engage Pakistan constructively, seeking transit facilities for transporting 50,000 metric tons of wheat as humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
  • Without doubt, the positive Pakistani response has profound implications, since Islamabad is de facto facilitating the commencement of a constructive engagement between New Delhi and the Taliban authorities in Kabul.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

‘Crazy witch’: Premier quizzed on abuse probe

  • Annastacia Palaszczuk has stood by an investigation into a Queensland Health manager who was accused of insulting co-workers with derogatory names including “vinegar tits” and playing a sexually charged game rating female co-workers on whether he’d “root or boot” them.
  • The man was recently reinstated as a senior manager at Metro North and Health Service following a 12-month investigation after 11 women complained of a toxic work culture, according to the Courier-Mail .
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

China ‘hunts’ Taiwan nationals through forced deportation: Report

  • Beijing has been pressuring foreign governments to extradite Taiwan nationals to China as part of an effort to undermine the self-ruled island, says human rights group Safeguard Defenders, and the pressure has increased since Tsai Ing-wen was elected president five years ago.
  • Human rights group Safeguard Defenders says Beijing has pressured governments to deport at least 600 Taiwan nationals to the mainland instead of the self-ruled island.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Man given jail, caning for consorting with friend who smuggled firearm into S’pore

  • A man consorted with a fellow gang member who smuggled a pistol from Malaysia into Singapore to scare a rival group.
  • In what was the first case involving the illegal possession of a firearm since 2009, Ikram was sentenced to seven years and 10 months' jail with six strokes of the cane in March this year after he pleaded guilty to being in possession of the weapon.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Joy as Fiji reopens borders to international tourists

  • Traditional dancers in grass skirts welcomed waving holidaymakers as Fiji opened its borders to international travellers Wednesday (Dec 1) for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe and devastated its tourism-reliant economy.
  • Fiji Airways chief executive Andre Viljoen said it was a "momentous" occasion after a tough 20 months for the tropical destination, where tourism accounts for about 40 per cent of the economy.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Japan, US could not stand by if China invaded Taiwan, ex-PM Shinzo Abe says

By Reuters
Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan, and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.Tensions over Taiwan have risen as President Xi Jinping seeks to assert China’s sovereignty claims against the democratically ruled island. Taiwan’s government says it wants peace, but will defend itself if needed.Speaking virtually to a forum organised by Taiwanese think tank the Institute for National Policy Research, Abe […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Xiomara Castro to become first female Honduran president after rival concedes

Honduras ruling party conceded defeat on Tuesday in presidential elections held two days earlier, giving victory to leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro and easing fears of another contested vote and violent protests.Tegucigalpa Mayor Nasry Asfura of the National Party said in a statement that he had personally congratulated Castro, despite only about half the voting tallies being counted from Sunday’s election.Castro had 53 per cent of the votes and Asfura 34 per cent, with 52 per cent […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Australia announces inquiry into tech giants – Aljazeera.com

  • Australia will conduct a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry into the behaviour of the world’s largest technology companies and the need for new legislation, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.
  • Raising the possibility of additional regulation, Morrison said on Wednesday that the new inquiry will have a wide scope, including asking the committee lawmakers to investigate the algorithms used by social media platforms, how the companies verify identification and age, and the extent to which restrictions on these are being enforced.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

China’s Skyrizon takes Ukraine to The Hague over failed Motor Sich bid

By Laura Zhou
A Chinese company is taking the Ukrainian government to an international tribunal, seeking US$4.5 billion in compensation over its scuttled attempt to take over an advanced aerospace company.Observers said the request for arbitration was rare and reflected a growing awareness among Chinese companies about resorting to the law under increased scrutiny on national security grounds.Beijing Skyrizon Aviation Industry Investment said its Chinese investors, including its founder Wang Jing, had filed […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Alberta Utilities Commission investigators want probe of ATCO dealings on TMX camps in B.C.

By The Canadian Press
  • It is alleged that ATCO Electric deliberately overpaid a B.C. First Nation by millions for work on a new transmission line in order to secure lucrative contracts providing construction camps for the Trans Mountain Expansion oil pipeline project
  • They allege ATCO Electric deliberately overpaid a British Columbia First Nation by millions for work on a new transmission line in order to secure lucrative contracts providing construction camps for the Trans Mountain Expansion oil pipeline project.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Stocks sink on Powell’s hawkish taper remarks, Omicron alarm – Aljazeera.com

  • “The principal contributor to the decline in stock prices today is the Powell commentary, regarding the upcoming Fed meeting, about accelerating the tapering of their bond-buying programme, which obviously leads to the prospect that rate hikes come sooner next year,” said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia.
  • Wall Street’s main indexes closed lower on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signalled that the United States central bank would consider speeding up its withdrawal of bond purchases as inflation risks increase, piling pressure onto a market already nervous about the latest COVID-19 variant.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Accuser describes Maxwell and Epstein ensnaring and abusing her at 14

  • Testifying on Tuesday (Nov 30) in the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the 14-year-old from Florida, now an adult identified in court only as Jane, described for jurors how what seemed like a chance encounter with Maxwell - the woman with the Yorkie - and Jeffrey Epstein led to years of sexual abuse.
  • As the first accuser to take the stand in Maxwell's trial, Jane painted a picture of how Maxwell and Epstein brought her into their lives, and how what seemed like mentorship and special treatment soon evolved into sexual abuse.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Partnerships for Singapore media companies to reach global audience

  • Mrs Teo also said that six new South-east Asia co-productions will be supported with grants of up to $300,000 each under the IMDA's Talent Progression Programme (TPP), which helps companies with high-quality projects develop and produce them.
  • In a pre-recorded video message, delivered to online and in-person attendees at Marina Bay Sands, Mrs Teo, currently on a work trip in London, said that more than 80 local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and over 500 media professionals are expected to benefit from the two partnerships.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Little progress made to combat anti-Indigenous racism in B.C. health care: report

By Brieanna Charlebois
  • “The province remains absolutely committed to implementing all 24 recommendations of In Plain Sight, and we will continue to work together with Indigenous Peoples, all orders of government, health-system partners, individuals, service providers, regulatory bodies and health-system leadership to make this commitment a reality,” he said.
  • A progress report on a plan to address anti-Indigenous racism in British Columbia’s health-care system says Aboriginal patients continue to disproportionately die as a result of the impacts of racism and the two ongoing public-health emergencies.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Australia announces inquiry into tech giants

  • Australia will conduct a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry into the behaviour of the world’s largest technology companies and the need for new legislation, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.
  • Raising the possibility of additional regulation, Morrison said on Wednesday that the new inquiry will have a wide scope, including asking the committee lawmakers to investigate the algorithms used by social media platforms, how the companies verify identification and age, and the extent to which restrictions on these are being enforced.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Vile threat that made leader choke up

  • Mr Gunner, who was not aware of the veteran’s Facebook post, said he strongly supported the person’s views and then revealed he too had threats made against him.
  • Michael Gunner was first asked if he was aware of Facebook posts written by a veteran who criticised protesters for playing The Last Post at an anti-vaccination rally and became the subject of threats and abuse.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Auckland homeowners to pay $1.10 a week under ‘climate tax’ plan to green the city

By Tess McClure in Christchurch
  • Homeowners in New Zealand’s largest city will have to chip in around a dollar a week to plant urban forests, pave cycle lanes and reduce Auckland’s emissions, under the city’s proposal for one of the world’s first climate-targeted rates.
  • Auckland’s mayor, Phil Goff, announced plans on Wednesday for a billion-dollar climate package to reshape the city’s infrastructure and reduce its carbon emissions, investing in electric ferries, cycling and walkways, and urban forests.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

David Littleproud pushed to water down alcohol regulation

By Dana Daniel
  • The letter called for the FSANZ board to include more industry representatives and responsibility for food regulation be taken away from the Department of Health and moved to Mr Littleproud’s Agriculture portfolio.
  • Food Minister Richard Colbeck’s industry correspondence was also tabled in the Senate, including a joint letter from Alcohol Beverages Australia, the Australian Beverages Council, the Australian Food and Grocery Council and the National Farmers’ Federation, calling for FSANZ to be stripped of its powers.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Slumping Raptors fall to Grizzlies as homestand continues

By Ryan Wolstat
  • Nurse said the absences haven’t only hit the offence hard, they’ve also forced players to play out of position and limited what the Raptors can do against big men.
  • “Any game where we’ve had both (Birch and Achiuwa) have been good games for us rebounding wise, rim protection wise, and minutes wise because it allows us kind of a rotate the other guys down a position, nobody has to bump up,” Nurse said.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Face masks on ski lifts and booster shots: France’s new rules for winter season

By Lauren Walker
Those planning a trip to France’s mountains for a (ski) holiday during the winter break will face new coronavirus measures, the French Government announced on Monday. The coronavirus health pass (or “pass sanitaire”) is the French equivalent of Belgium’s Covid Safe Ticket (CST) and since the summer is required to enter most indoor establishments including […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Alberta Utilities Commission investigators want probe of ATCO dealings on Trans Mountain Expansion camps

By Bob Weber
  • They allege ATCO Electric deliberately overpaid a British Columbia First Nation by millions for work on a new transmission line in order to secure lucrative contracts providing construction camps for the Trans Mountain Expansion oil pipeline project.
  • Investigators go on in the document to allege senior ATCO staff knew the contract violated the company’s own code of conduct and provincial law, which forbids regulated companies from making large sole-source deals.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

EU makes late bid to rival China on the Silk Road

By Stuart Lau, Paola Tamma, Joshua Posaner
  • More than 3,000 days after President Xi Jinping came up with a plan in 2013 to invest massively in critical infrastructure like railways and harbors that connect China to the rest of the world, EU officials have finally come up with an alternative scheme.
  • Insisting Europe’s €300 billion pledge was not to be sniffed at, Jonathan Hillman, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and author of two books on the Belt and Road Initiative, said the EU spending could be “comparable” to Beijing’s financial commitment.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Genesis Unveils Revamped G90 Sedan

By Kim A-sa ( )
Genesis on Tuesday unveiled a fully revamped G90 sedan, which was launched in 2018 as a face-lifted version of the EQ 900.The new G90 features the signature two-line headlights and the front grille has become more sportily curvaceous. The automaker hopes to appeal to a younger demographic in their 3 […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Top Sudan general warns country could be source of refugee influx to Europe

By Matei Rosca
  • Senior General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo told POLITICO that Europe and the U.S have little choice but to support the latest government to avert a refugee crisis — and he noted that Sudan’s borders are kept in check by the military, which is coming under criticism from the West for staging a coup.
  • Last week, however, Hamdok was restored to his post under an agreement between the military and civilian government — a deal that failed to quell pro-democracy protests in Sudan and left western allies uneasy.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

China should think twice about Taiwan invasion: Abe

  • Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would pose a serious threat to the security of Japan and the Japan-United States alliance, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Wednesday and urged China to think twice before taking military action.
  • "Based on the same idea, I support Taiwan's participation in the TPP," he said, using the CPTPP's former name, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to refer to the trade bloc.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Tel Aviv overtakes Hong Kong, Paris and Zurich as most expensive city to live in

By Martin Farrer and agencies
  • Tel Aviv has been ranked the world’s most expensive city to live in thanks to the rapid rise in inflation that has pushed up the cost of a whole range of goods and services across the world in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Upasana Dutt, head of worldwide cost of living at the EIU, said: “We can clearly see the impact in this year’s index, with the rise in petrol prices particularly stark,” adding that while central banks are expected to raise interest rates cautiously, reducing inflation.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

U.S. Stations Artillery Division in Korea

  • The U.S. is permanently stationing an attack helicopter squadron and an artillery headquarters in South Korea to deter North Korea, the Pentagon said Monday.
  • Pentagon official Mara Karlin, told reporters, "Consistent with the secretary's focus on China as our pacing challenge, the priority region for the Global Posture Review was the Indo Pacific."
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

All new cars in Hong Kong could be electric by 2030, five years ahead of schedule, environment official says

By Eric Ng
All new cars in Hong Kong could be electric by as early as 2030 – five years ahead of the government’s target - given their accelerating penetration globally, according to a senior environment official.The government is stepping up policy support to lift the take-up of emission-free vehicles, including subsidies for electric car purchases and private charging infrastructure, said Owin Fung Ho-yin, deputy director of the Environment Protection Department.“When we set the target early this year, […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Vaccine waiver is a moment of truth for EU values

By Mary Robinson
  • In the wake of the discovery of the Omicron variant and the risk it represents, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) deadlock over a TRIPS intellectual property waiver on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments is simply unconscionable.
  • By temporarily removing legal barriers preventing developing countries from producing billions of vaccines and treatments through qualified manufacturers, the waiver would suspend the monopoly control of pharmaceutical corporations, which guarantees them eye-watering profits while sacrificing lives.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Existing vaccines probably ‘less effective against new variant,’ says Moderna CEO

By Lauren Walker
The current coronavirus vaccines are likely to be less effective against the new Omicron variant of the virus, the CEO of American pharmaceutical company and vaccine developer Moderna has said. The variant, which was first detected in South Africa, has prompted border closures and countries imposing stricter travel measures. Health experts are scientifically analysing the […]Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

France issues arrest warrant for Japanese woman over parental kidnap

  • A Paris court has issued an international arrest warrant for the Japanese wife of a French national for alleged abductions after she ran off with their two children and refused to let him see them, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.
  • The Frenchman, 39-year-old Vincent Fichot, made headlines in the summer when he staged a hunger strike near National Stadium ahead of the Tokyo Olympics to raise awareness of the issue, which Japanese police did not investigate.
Read more >Similar articles >
Post image

Honduras’ ruling party candidate concedes presidential election

  • Nasry Asfura, the ruling party candidate in the Honduras election, has conceded to his opposition rival, Xiomara Castro, who will become the country’s first female president and the first left-wing leader in the country for 12 years.
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Castro on her “historic victory” and said Washington was ready to work with in the incoming government.
Read more >Similar articles >