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North Korea says Australia’s submarine deal could trigger ‘nuclear arms race’

By Rachel Pannett
  • North Korea on Monday condemned a new defense partnership between the United States, Australia and Britain and a plan to share nuclear submarine technology with Australia, saying the deal could trigger a nuclear arms race and upset the balance in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Responding to news of the trilateral security pact on Monday, the unnamed North Korean ministry official described the United States as “the chief culprit toppling the international nuclear nonproliferation system,” adding that its “double-dealing attitude” was threatening “world peace and stability.”
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Barnaby Joyce says Australia proved its commitment to France during world wars amid Aukus dispute

By Amy Remeikis

Acting prime minister says he understands France’s disappointment over submarine deal but Australia has nothing to prove

Acting prime minister Barnaby Joyce said Australia did not have to prove its “affinity” and “affection” for the French, because “tens of thousands of Australians died on French soil” during both world wars.

The French government’s anger at the announcement of the strategic partnership between Australia, the US and the UK, known as Aukus, and the subsequent cancellation of the French-Australian $90bn submarine deal, has shown no signs of abating, with the French ambassador saying the nation felt it had been “fooled”.

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We Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O’Toole review – sweeping account of Ireland’s evolutions

By Colm Tóibín

The veteran journalist and author delves behind the myths of change and boom to give a rich, nuanced picture of Irish life as he and others lived it

“For all my life until about 1980,” Fintan O’Toole writes, “I had been told to think of myself as the end of something and the beginning of something else.” While his sweeping, authoritative and profoundly intelligent book sees modern Ireland through the lens of his own life and that of his family, it also offers sharp and brilliant analysis of what form change took when it arrived in Ireland.

Ireland, he writes, “emerged into the world of the postwar boom as a backwater and an irrelevance”. It had a high emigration rate and a shockingly low marriage rate. Between 1949 and 1956 the GDP of the countries of the common market had grown by 42%, Britain by 21%, Ireland by only 8%. The population was at an all-time low of 2.1 million in 1961, by which time Ireland had to decide whether “to open itself to free trade or remain as a protected but even more isolated space”.

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Biden knows fate of spending plan will show extent of his power – and define his legacy

By Lauren Gambino in Washington
  • Pursuing a perilous two-track approach, they are tying a $1tn bipartisan infrastructure deal to a $3.5tn party-line package that contains Democratic policy priorities.
  • Jonathan Alter, the author of books on FDR, Obama and most recently Jimmy Carter, said that after 36 years cutting deals in the Senate and eight leading legislative negotiations as vice-president to Barack Obama, Biden was uniquely qualified to play his new role.
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Belgian far-right party launches own app to ‘break censorship’

By Lauren Walker
  • The party submitted a bill on censorship to the Parliament earlier this year, arguing that only those messages that are in contradiction with Belgian laws should be removed from social media, “not just what these companies don’t like,” Van Grieken said.
  • The party is the first in the country to launch such an app and party chair Tom Van Grieken highlighted it had become “a political necessity” amid rising censorship against the party and its message.
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One month in Kabul under Taliban rule– a photo essay

By Stefanie Glinski

Photojournalist Stefanie Glinski reports from Kabul on the events of the past four weeks and the capital’s new rulers

Above its tightly clustered houses and peaks of the Hindu Kush mountains, Kabul’s blue skies were once dotted with countless colourful kites, flown by children from the hilltops or their rooftops. Since the Taliban took the Afghan capital a month ago, they have disappeared.

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Cathay Pacific recovery hopes dealt fresh blow as flight predictions for last quarter slashed amid Covid-19 restrictions

By Danny Lee
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific has sharply downgraded expectations for how many flights it will operate before the end of the year, blaming operational and travel restrictions for what constitutes a major setback to its post-pandemic recovery hopes.In a stock exchange filing on Monday, the city’s beleaguered flag carrier said it expected to fly 13 per cent of its 2019 pre-pandemic flight schedule in the fourth quarter, down from a previous estimate of 30 per cent.But the airline also pledged to […]Read more >Similar articles >
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China’s space breakthroughs put a rocket under Japan

By Julian Ryall
A new Japanese law permits private companies to claim ownership of resources from outer space, the latest development in an international space race fuelled as much by national pride as the growing need to harvest resources from beyond Earth’s atmosphere. The new legislation coincides with increased interest and investment in space ventures by both private companies and the government-funded Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), which in July completed the first test in space of a next […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Hong Kong national security law: judge denies opposition activist bail after deciding he is still a threat

By Jasmine Siu
A judge denied bail to an opposition activist charged with subversion after learning he had “persistently reiterated his stance against the Hong Kong government, the police and the national security law”.Madam Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping, of the High Court, handed down the judgment on Monday explaining why she had previously denied bail to Roy Tam Hoi-pong, 41, who was charged with conspiracy to subvert state power over his role in an unofficial primary election last year.“Having heard and seen […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Majority of companies want employees to come back to the office more often

By Maïthé Chini
  • Since 1 September, the government’s recommendation to work from home has disappeared, except in the Brussels-Capital Region, but that does not mean that workers should and will once again spend the majority of their working hours in the office, according to the survey.
  • Within this group of companies that opt for hybrid working, six out of ten (60.9%) ask their staff to work primarily from the company’s premises, with teleworking as an alternative.
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Jail, fine for doctor who caused grievous hurt to 2 people after driving in negligent manner

  • On Monday (Sept 20), the 76-year-old was sentenced to four days' jail and fined $5,000 after he pleaded guilty to causing grievous hurt to the pair by negligent driving.
  • Stressing that the pair suffered serious injuries, DPP Goh urged the court to sentence Pang to 10 days' jail and disqualify him from driving all classes of vehicles for two years.
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US encircling China on multiple new Cold War fronts

By Bertil Lintner
  • The escalating contest took a game-changing turn last week when the US and Britain announced they will provide Australia with the technology and capability to develop and deploy nuclear-powered submarines in a new trilateral security arrangement that will put more pressure on China’s contested claims in the South China Sea and other maritime theaters.
  • The Global Times has it right from one perspective: “hostility against China” is rising precisely due to Beijing’s increasingly assertive moves in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, an outward thrust that the Biden administration and its allies are broadly countering in the name of maintaining a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”
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China’s bad architecture: voting begins in annual ‘top 10 ugliest buildings’ competition

By Phoebe Zhang
Since 2010 Chinese architecture website archcy.com has been holding an annual vote for the “Top 10 Ugliest Buildings” in China. The website said that the goal is to: “spark discussion about the beauty and ugliness of architecture and promote architects’ social responsibility”.As China has undergone rapid urbanisation over the past 40 years, numerous ambitious projects have ended up as follies and eyesores. Many have been denounced by the public – from the “giant trousers” structure of the China […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Kate Winslet and Olivia Colman win at Emmy Awards in a night to remember for British talent

By Telegraph reporters
  • She thanked Brad Ingelsby, Mare Of Easttown's creator, for writing a lead character who is a "middle-aged, imperfect, flawed mother", adding "you made us all feel validated".
  • An exuberant Kate Winslet was named best actress for her turn as a troubled detective in the limited series Mare of Easttown, while Ewan McGregor won for playing fashion designer Halston .
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Germany’s bigger DAX-40 gets going

  • The 10 newcomers — in the order of their market value — are Airbus, Zalando, Siemens Healthineers, HelloFresh, Symrise, Sartorius, Porsche Automobile Holding, Brenntag, Puma and Qiagen.
  • The most important selection criterion was the firms' market capitalization on the basis of diversified holdings during the final 20 trading days in August, meaning that stock portfolios of over 5% of the overall value were not considered.
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Hong Kong court finds a broker and three ex-directors guilty of fraud, in a win for ICAC’s clean-up of Convoy’s financial scandal

By Enoch Yiu
Hong Kong’s graft busters scored a victory in their attempt to prosecute one of the city’s biggest financial fraud cases in recent decades, when a court declared three former executives of Convoy Global Holdings and a broker guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud.Convoy’s former chief executive Mark Mak Kwong-yiu, former chief financial officer Christie Chan Lai-yee, and former manager Wong Shuk-on were found guilty alongside the broker Lee Yick-ming of charges to defraud the company over a HK$51 […]Read more >Similar articles >
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N Korea says US-Australia submarine deal ‘extremely undesirable’ – Al Jazeera English

  • Official media on Monday published comments attributed to an unidentified senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official who called the agreement between the United States, United Kingdom and Australia “extremely undesirable and dangerous acts which will upset the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region“, adding that there was a risk the move could trigger a “chain reaction of arms races.”
  • North Korea has criticised the US decision to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, describing the deal as “extremely undesirable and dangerous” and warning of unspecified countermeasures if it undermines the North’s security.
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Low-rate VAT for hospitality industry will end on 1 October

By Alan Hope
  • A special VAT rate of 6% introduced to help the hospitality industry will end on 1 October, federal finance minister Vincent Van Peteghem said.
  • “The measure was supposed to give the catering industry the opportunity to replenish their buffers a bit, but we have always clearly stated: this is until the end of September,” Van Peteghem (CD&V) told the VRT’s Sunday politics show De Zevende Dag.
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The Crown, Ted Lasso win top Emmy awards – Al Jazeera English

  • Drama The Crown and comedy Ted Lasso have taken home the top prizes at television’s Emmy awards while The Queen’s Gambit was named best limited series in what turned out to be a strong night for streaming giant, Netflix, and British acting talent.
  • Jason Sudeikis, the star and co-creator of Ted Lasso, was named best comedy actor while Britons Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein were honoured for their supporting roles.
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Tickets, rooms sell in minutes for China’s new Universal Studios

  • The popularity of the Universal Studios theme park shows resistance to the Communist Party’s tightening of cultural standards after decades of allowing Western influences, according to Adam Ni, co-editor of China Neican, a newsletter on Chinese public policy issues.
  • As President Xi Jinping’s government looks to tame China’s celebrities, the popularity of a new Universal Studios theme park in Beijing shows Hollywood’s enduring soft power among the nation’s 1.4 billion people.
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Most NHS staff vote to oppose 3% pay rise as union warns workers ‘fed up’

By Andrew Gregory Health editor

Unison says thousands of ‘exhausted’ health workers are on brink of quitting for better paid jobs

NHS staff have voted overwhelmingly to oppose the government’s 3% pay rise as Britain’s biggest health union warned thousands of workers are “fed up of being taken for granted”.

Publishing the results of a consultation exercise that ran over the summer, Unison said the majority (80%) of health staff were not happy with the pay increase and want to challenge the government. Only one in five (20%) found it acceptable.

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Biden requests phone call with Macron as tensions persist over scuppered Australian submarine deal

  • The announcement of the defence alliance, and Australia ’s related decision to tear up a deal to buy French submarines in favour of American nuclear-powered vessels, sparked outrage in Paris, with Macron recalling France ’s ambassadors to Canberra and Washington in an unprecedented move.
  • The United States and Britain sought Sunday to smooth tensions with Paris over a new security pact with Australia, with US President Joe Biden requesting early talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
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US Covid-19 death toll on verge of surpassing that of 1918 Spanish flu

The United States’ reported death toll from Covid-19 will this week surpass the number of dead from the Spanish flu, according to the side-by-side numbers – though a direct comparison between the raw numbers doesn’t give the whole story, medical experts and statisticians say.What is clear is that the sheer numbers, given the modern-day tools that combat such illnesses, are a heavy burden. Covid-related US deaths as of Sunday night were at 673,763, according to Johns Hopkins University data.US […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Hong Kong now has a powerful Election Committee. Will it be a new ‘superstructure’ reshaping city’s political landscape?

By Gary Cheung,Ng Kang-chung
Hong Kong’s first Election Committee with newly amassed powers was formally created hours after landmark elections ended on Sunday. The conclusion of the city’s first electoral race under a Beijing-decreed system overhaul set the city on an unprecedented path of living with a powerful, new committee that could reshape Hong Kong’s political landscape.Apart from choosing the next chief executive and lawmakers, the 1,500-strong committee may take up new roles such as monitoring the city government […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Family breaks silence on killer carer

  • After the carer made a brief appearance in the Adelaide Supreme Court on Monday, Ms Smith’s family spoke of their fury and heartache, telling reporters there was no jail sentence that could ease their pain.
  • The family of disability neglect victim Annie Smith have broken their silence, telling reporters there would be ‘no reconciling’ after the tragic death.
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Hong Kong national security law: more opposition councillors face oath-taking ceremony on Friday

By Tony Cheung
More than 50 district councillors will have to pledge allegiance to Hong Kong on Friday.Sources told the Post that the oath-taking ceremonies would cover a total of 56 members from five Kowloon district councils – Sham Shui Po, Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon City, Kwun Tong and Wong Tai Sin.Under the national security law, which was imposed on Hong Kong in June last year, the requirement has been extended from the city’s top officials, legislators and judges to all public officers, including civil […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Climate crisis leaving ‘millions at risk of trafficking and slavery’

By Sarah Johnson

Droughts and floods forcing workers from rural areas, leading to their exploitation in cities, report warns

Millions of people forced to leave their homes because of severe drought and powerful cyclones are at risk of modern slavery and human trafficking over the coming decades, a new report warns.

The climate crisis and the increasing frequency of extreme weather disasters including floods, droughts and megafires are having a devastating effect on the livelihoods of people already living in poverty and making them more vulnerable to slavery, according to the report, published today.

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HS: Staff at Finnish ICUs frustrated with unvaccinated patients

HOSPITAL STAFF in Finland have voiced their frustration with the fact that most patients in intensive care with a coronavirus infection have not been vaccinated against the virus, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

“We’ve continued treating coronavirus patients this autumn, and practically everyone of them has been unvaccinated,” said Tero Varpula, the head of intensive care at Jorvi Hospital in Espoo.

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Wallabies beast ready to end four-year hiatus

  • The Wallabies have bounced back from their disappointing Bledisloe Cup campaign to knock off world champions South Africa twice in two weeks, and McMahon says he hopes to help the Aussies continue their winning ways in the two matches against the Pumas.
  • Sean McMahon hopes his trademark physicality can help the Aussies continue their winning ways, should he earn a Wallabies recall this Rugby Championship.
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‘Impossible’ for Sunak to save on tuition fees without favouring well-off graduates

By Richard Adams Education editor
  • The report will suggest changes to the student loans regime in England that has been in place since 2012, but has so far been held up due to battles between the Treasury, Number 10 and the Department for Education over cutting undergraduate tuition fees from £9,250 a year.
  • Instead, the IFS says the chancellor should use the income tax system rather than student loan repayments as a way of raising revenue from the highest-paid graduates.
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Thousands more appeal sick pay rejections by Social Insurance Agency

By Radio Sweden
Anneli who has fibromyalgi is appealing her case.Lyssna: Thousands more appeal sick pay rejections by Social Insurance Agency The number of appeals against sick pay decisions by the Social Insurance Agency have almost doubled over the last five years. Last year, almost 7,000 decisions concerning sickness benefits were appealed. Therese Östlin, national coordinator in health insurance at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, does not believe that there is a single explanation for the increase in the number of rejections and appeals. Anna-Karin Sivberganna-karin.sivberg@sverigesradio.se Radio […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Civil war rages at Oldham and a once-proud club stares into the abyss

By James Ducker
  • The wife of Dermot Butler had arranged for 50 friends and family of the lifelong Oldham fan, who died suddenly from a heart attack in March, to come together in celebration of his memory in the Joe Royle Stand only for those plans to be derailed at the eleventh hour by the ticket and alcohol ban.
  • Kick off is looming but Curle, Oldham’s eighth different manager since Lemsagam bought the club in January 2018, knows emotions run deep and wants to gauge reaction.
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Britain’s public sector is paying the price for the government’s consultancy habit | Rosie Collington and Mariana Mazzucato

By Rosie Collington and Mariana Mazzucato
  • Rather than see the challenge of developing this as an opportunity for public sector and NHS employees to put their expertise to use, ministers and civil servants relied on companies including Deloitte and Boston Consulting Group.
  • These figures alone could pay the salaries of more than 10,000 civil servants for three years – and total spending on consultants across the public sector is much higher.
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Rural Finland battles exodus of young women

  • According to official data, over half of rural municipalities in Finland now have fewer than 81 women aged 15-24 for every 100 men of the same age, as they leave in pursuit of higher education or skilled jobs.
  • "If they have no schooling and no work, it's easy for the young people here to become marginalised," said Minna Laurio, Enonkoski's mayor, who herself left the village before coming back.
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Auckland extends Covid-19 lockdown

  • Ardern said the city of two million would move down to level three on New Zealand's four-tier coronavirus response system by late Tuesday, even as authorities remain committed to eliminating a Delta-variant outbreak.
  • New Zealand's largest city Auckland will remain in a Covid-19 lockdown for at least another two weeks, although some restrictions will be eased, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday (Sept 20).
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‘Preconception care’ taking root in Japan

  • In 2019, Kasama City in Ibaraki Prefecture became the first municipality to subsidize preconception care packages — including blood tests, consultations and health checkups for infectious diseases — for ¥5,000, or less than a quarter of the actual cost.
  • More women and couples are considering “preconception care,” the concept of improving a woman’s chances of conceiving a child, having a healthy pregnancy, and giving birth to a healthy baby even if she doesn’t plan on getting pregnant just yet.
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AP Interview: UN chief warns China, US to avoid new Cold War

By Edith M. Lederer | AP
  • Two years ago, Guterres warned global leaders of the risk of the world splitting in two, with the United States and China creating rival internets, currency, trade, financial rules “and their own zero-sum geopolitical and military strategies.”
  • “We need to re-establish a functional relationship between the two powers,” he said, calling that “essential to address the problems of vaccination, the problems of climate change and many other global challenges that cannot be solved without constructive relations within the international community and mainly among the superpowers.”
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Meeting Cop26 finance goals ‘going to be tough’, says Boris Johnson

By Heather Stewart
  • Boris Johnson has said he fears there is only a 60% chance that the $100bn in climate finance viewed as key to securing an ambitious outcome to the Cop26 summit will be in place by the time world leaders meet in Glasgow in November.
  • Speaking to journalists en route to New York at the start of a three-day visit to the US, in which he hopes to “galvanise” progress towards a new climate deal, the prime minister said he would be urging developed countries to come forward with additional funding.
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Justin Trudeau’s bid for third term in balance as Canada goes to polls

By Leyland Cecco in Toronto
  • As Canadians head to the polls on Monday, prime minister Justin Trudeau will be watching nervously to see if his gamble to call an election will win his party more power in parliament – or leave him with even fewer seats and rivals sensing a growing political weakness.
  • Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, who has offered his own childcare plan, as well as benefits for gig workers, slammed Trudeau’s “vanity project” decision to send Canadians to the polls during a public health crisis.
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Electric vehicles divide opinion as car-loving Germany goes to polls

By Philip Oltermann in Strausberg
  • The outgoing government claims existing subsidy schemes will suffice for Germany to meet its green targets, forecasting 14m electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to populate its roads by the year 2030.
  • But the question is whether the enthusiasm required for a pivot to electric vehicles can be mustered in a country as romantically attached to a car culture of old as Germany.
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‘Bad day at the wicket’: Barnaby Joyce says Porter could return to the frontbench

By Lisa Visentin
  • Mr Porter, the member for the Perth electorate of Pearce, resigned as Industry Minister on Sunday days after immense pressure and criticism over his decision to accept anonymous donations through a blind trust for legal fees in his since-discontinued defamation case against the ABC.
  • On Sunday, Mr Morrison said Mr Porter was “upholding the [ministerial] standards by resigning” because he could not disclose the donors and establish there was no conflict of interest, adding “that matter is now concluded”.
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Trudeau makes final appeal ahead of Canada’s election – Al Jazeera English

  • On the final day of campaigning in a tight election battle, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned that his Conservative opponents would weaken the nation’s battle against the coronavirus and said Canadians need a government that follows science.
  • Polls show Trudeau’s Liberal Party is in a close race with the rival Conservatives and that it is unlikely on Monday to get the outright majority needed to govern without the help of an opposition party to remain in power.
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LDP presidential candidates must present strategies to overcome crisis: Japan News

  • Taro Kono, minister in charge of administrative and regulatory reform; former Liberal Democratic Party Policy Research Council Chairperson Fumio Kishida; former Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi; and LDP Executive Acting Secretary General Seiko Noda participated in a debate of LDP presidential candidates organised by the Japan National Press Club.
  • Mr Kono called for strengthening the government's authority to secure hospital beds and enhancing the Covid-19 testing system by supplying a large number of simple test kits.
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Violinist Nigel Kennedy cancels concert after Classic FM stops Hendrix tribute

By Dalya Alberge
  • He intended to play some Hendrix with Chineke!, an orchestra of young black and ethnically diverse musicians, until he was told the rock star was “not suitable” for the station’s desired audience.
  • Violinist Nigel Kennedy has pulled out of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall with only days to go after accusing the radio station Classic FM of preventing him from performing a Jimi Hendrix tribute.
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British ‘baby shortage’ could lead to economic decline, says thinktank

By Andrew Sparrow Political correspondent
  • The Social Market Foundation (SMF) said the birthrate was almost half what it was at its postwar peak in the 1960s, and the country’s ageing population could lead to economic decline.
  • “This combination of a lower share of the population in work and a higher share in need of economic support clearly has a negative effect on the productive capacity of the economy.”
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‘We didn’t want to do a Grease’: how Everybody’s Talking About Jamie became a film

By Ryan Gilbey
  • A film of Dear Evan Hansen, the Broadway hit about an anxious, alienated student who pretends to have been friends with a suicide victim, has arrived only five years after it opened, with Julianne Moore and Amy Adams among the cast.
  • Dear Evan Hansen is his first stab at directing a musical, though, and while he had admired the show on Broadway, he knew it required a different texture on screen.
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Over 155,000 foreign nationals eligible for Taiwan stimulus vouchers: NIA

  • 20 (CNA) More than 155,000 foreign nationals, mainly holders of Alien Permanent Resident Certificates (APRCs) and foreign spouses of Taiwanese citizens, will be eligible to obtain the government stimulus vouchers next month, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Monday.
  • Eligible foreign nationals who have not yet obtained an NHI card can take their residency certificate to a post office to collect a printed edition of vouchers, starting Oct. 8, the NIA said.
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Shares in China’s Evergrande plunge again as fears of contagion grow

By Martin Farrer

Hong Kong stock fell almost 17% amid default fears that are beginning to have a knock-on effect on other markets

Shares in the embattled Chinese property company Evergrande have plunged 17% as investors weigh up whether the group’s massive debt problems could trigger a broader sell off across all financial markets.

Evergrande plunged to its lowest market value ever in Hong Kong on Monday, dragging the Hang Seng index down to its lowest point for nearly a year.

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‘Extraordinary times’: Anti-vax first as player cut

  • The NBL could well face a Covid-19 vaccination mandate dilemma after the New Zealand Breakers agreed to release star guard Tai Webster because of his stance to remain unvaccinated.
  • New Zealand’s decision was effectively fast tracked, with Australian state regulations recommending athletes and the general public be vaccinated in order to travel overseas/interstate and to enjoy freedoms bought about by the gradual easing of lockdown and social distancing restrictions.
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Property prices propelled by the pandemic pressuring politicians worldwide

  • Trudeau's Liberals are promising a review of "escalating" prices in markets including Vancouver and Toronto to clamp down on speculation; Conservative challenger Erin O'Toole pledges to build a million homes in three years to tackle the "housing crisis"; New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh wants a 20% tax on foreign buyers to combat a crisis he calls "out of hand."
  • About 30 per cent of his salary is spent on rent; he calls it "exorbitant." Prime Minister Scott Morrison's conservative government announced a "comprehensive housing affordability plan" as part of the 2017-2018 budget, including A$1 billion (S$980 million) to boost supply.
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Faction politics take back seat in LDP leadership race as general election looms

By Sayo Sasaki
  • There is also a move among younger Diet members to try and install a leader from their own generation in place of the older lawmakers who had been key players under the government of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which lasted for more than seven years, and its continuation by Suga, who succeeded Abe’s policies and is serving out the remainder of Abe’s term.
  • Although there still is a possibility of factions intervening if there is going to be a runoff, where Diet members hold a greater number of votes than rank-and-file members, Tanifuji warned it would be a costly move for the LDP members and the new leader.
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Fresh calls for windfall tax on companies that prospered during Covid

By Gwyn Topham
  • The report, from Tax Justice UK, highlights six companies who it says made “excess profits” during the pandemic and argues that they exemplify trends under Covid, where some firms and individuals increased their wealth while others suffered.
  • Campaigners have issued fresh calls for a windfall tax on companies that prospered during the pandemic, after research highlighted six firms that increased their profits by a total of £16bn.
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Israel carries out mass arrests of Palestinians after jailbreak – Al Jazeera English

  • Israeli forces have detained dozens of Palestinians in recent days in a campaign of mass arrests in response to an embarrassing high-security prison escape earlier this month.
  • Thirteen-year-old Mustafa Amira, from the town of Nilin near Ramallah, was arrested by Israeli soldiers last week while he was on village land close to a separation wall built by Israel to divide the area from settlements.
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Barnaby‘s harsh message to unvaxxed

  • “Over 172,000 people came forward yesterday and almost 400,000 over the weekend and 1.9 million Australians – nearly 2 million Australians – came forward last week to be vaccinated, to protect themselves and to protect their families,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said.
  • Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has issued a hard line stance on those who choose to remain unvaccinated as Australia reopens.
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Explainer: How the German elections work

  • To help German voters decide on the party that represents them the most, Daniel Kraft from the Federal Agency for Civic Education tells us about an online application, the 'Wahl-O-Mat' that is acting as a voting decision aid.
  • This results in 299 Members of Parliament and thus every constituency is represented in the Bundestag.
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Unexpected catalyst for vaccine deployment in Indonesia: Jakarta Post contributor

  • While real-time data flow can provide Indonesia with the much-needed impetus for its vaccination deployment plan, the sheer size of the Indonesian archipelago may make it a herculean feat to achieve without event-driven thinking.
  • Rather than relying on event-driven architecture that undergirds systems that provide real-time updates - such as stock indexes - these Covid-19 tracking systems tend to rely on batch processing.
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Emmys 2021: Netflix dominates with ‘Crown’ sweep, Apple joins streaming elite with ‘Ted Lasso’

By Agence France-Presse
The Crown swept the drama awards at the Emmys on Sunday to finally coronate Netflix with a top prize on television’s biggest night, as the streaming giant also claimed best limited series honours for The Queen’s Gambit.Netflix has transformed the TV landscape since creating its first original show in 2012, but had never won any top series prize before Sunday’s ceremony – the small-screen equivalent of the Oscars.In the comedy categories, Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso was the big winner.A reduced […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Mother confronts daughter’s murderer

  • The heartbroken mother of a murder victim has confronted her daughter’s killer in court, holding back tears as she detailed the worst day of her life.
  • Ms McBride’s mother Lorraine Williams vainly attempted to hold back tears as she read out a powerful victim impact statement to Justice Mark Ierace during a sentence hearing on Monday morning.
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Coronavirus: Singapore watching ICU capacity as cases stick above 1,000; researchers hunt for bat virus samples in Cambodia

By Agencies
Singapore’s leaders are closely watching the city state’s intensive care capacity to make sure its hospital system will not be overwhelmed, as reported Covid-19 cases breached the 1,000 mark for a second consecutive day, cabinet ministers said.The next one to two weeks “will be critical,” Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said in a Facebook post late on Sunday. Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said in a separate post that while ICU capacity is “still holding up,” accident and emergency departments and […]Read more >Similar articles >

DR Congo: New Findings on Prison Mass Rape

By Human Rights Watch
  • After the riot, the authorities failed to provide survivors with timely and adequate post-rape care, such as medical care for physical injuries, emergency contraception against pregnancy, HIV post-exposure prophylaxis and medication to prevent other sexually transmitted infections, as well as counseling support, Human Rights Watch said.
  • From December 2020 to April 2021 Human Rights Watch interviewed 42 people, including 14 female survivors of the unrest, as well as male inmates, medical and aid workers, local activists, prison and judicial staff, and United Nations staff in Lubumbashi and Kinshasa, the capital.
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ByteDance’s New TikTok for Kids in China Limits Access to 40 Minutes a Day

By Zheping Huang/Bloomberg
ByteDance introduced a TikTok-style service for China’s youth that sets strict controls on daily usage after Beijing stepped up efforts to protect minors from the internet’s risks. The app, called Xiao Qu Xing or “Little Fun Star,” offers a personalized feed of short videos in areas ranging from science to literature and art history. Users are allowed to like clips but not upload or share them, while parents can adjust the usage time for their kids to at most 40 minutes per day. China’s government is seeking to implement far-reaching rules on the algorithms tech companies use to recommend videos and other content, while top officials and […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Lava pours from Canary Islands’ volcano, villages evacuated – Al Jazeera English

  • A volcano has erupted on the island of La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Islands, sending lava shooting into the air and streaming towards nearby villages in the south of the island, as the authorities began evacuations.
  • Residents watch lava following the eruption of a volcano in the Cumbre Vieja national park at El Paso, on the Canary Island of La Palma [Borja Suarez/Reuters]
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Taiwan women’s tug of war team qualifies for 2022 World Games

  • Prior to the competition in Spain, Cho had said that while Taiwan had won two previous TWIF championships, the main strategy this year was to qualify for the 2022 tug of war World Games, rather than just seek a third win.
  • 20 (CNA) Taiwan women's tug of war team finished fourth Sunday in the Closed Competition of the 2021 World Outdoor Championships, earning a berth in the 2022 World Games for the sport.
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Emmys 2021: Ted Lasso and The Crown triumph while no actors of color win

By Adrian Horton
  • It was also named best drama for the first time, a milestone for Netflix, which led the year with 44 awards in total, including wins at the Creative Arts Emmys, which took place recently.
  • Hacks, one of HBO Max’s debut comedies, about an odd-couple working relationship between an aging comedian and a millennial writer, prevented Ted Lasso’s clean sweep, with wins for best comedy writing and best lead actress, Jean Smart (a double nominee, up for best supporting actress in a limited series for Mare of Easttown).
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Canada votes in pandemic election that could cost Trudeau

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gambled on an early election in a bid to win a majority of seats in Parliament, but now faces the threat of being knocked from power in Canada's election on Monday.
  • “We will know on Tuesday morning whether the Erin O’Toole version of the Conservative Party is connecting with voters, but if there is any truth to the polls, it’s something that I don’t think is connecting in numbers that we have connected with in the past, including in the last election,” Byrne said.
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Yes, Australia is buying a fleet of nuclear submarines. But the future of Electricity is Renewables, not Polluting Nuclear

By The Conversation
  • And in February this year, Lindsay Hughes, a senior analyst in the Indo-Pacific program of research organisation Future Directions International, also suggested Australia should develop a nuclear power sector to support a nuclear submarine fleet.
  • This is an incredible opportunity for Australia’s economy – not only will we develop the skills and infrastructure to support this naval technology, but it connects us to the growing global nuclear power industry and its supply chains.
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Boris Johnson defends ‘global warming skeptic’ trade minister

By Emilio Casalicchio
  • Asked about the Trevelyan tweets on the flight to the summit, Johnson quipped: “I don’t want to encourage you, but if you were to excavate some of my articles from 20 years ago you might find comments I made obiter dicta about climate change that weren’t entirely supportive of the current struggle.”
  • The British prime minister is no stranger to comments made in the past coming back to haunt him and as he crossed the Atlantic to pitch the world on climate at the United Nations General Assembly, he defended his new trade minister over hers.
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Malaysian mums urge PM to take a stand as children’s citizenship continue being in limbo

By Norman Goh
Former Malaysian squash champion Choong Wai Li and her husband, Irish national Ronan Collins, were over the moon when their first child was born in Hong Kong seven years ago.They had decided their son would take his mother’s nationality, and immediately began preparing for the application via the city’s consulate.Little did they know, what they thought would be at worst a dreary, albeit relatively quick process, would morph into a years-long struggle striking at the heart of the country’s […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Can We Finally Give Peace A Chance? The U.S. Military, Post-Afghanistan

By William J. Astore
  • It involves, you won’t be shocked to know, more budget-busting weaponry for the Pentagon and more military meddling across the globe, perhaps this time against “near-peer” rivals China and Russia, and a global war on terror that will never end .
  • When that vast complex, which President Dwight Eisenhower warned us about six decades ago, comes to my mind, I can’t help thinking of a song from the last years of the then seemingly endless Cold War.
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Mercedes used in gangland murder plot

  • Mr Khatiz said the police fact sheet alleged Mr Rokomaqisa had “links to the Alameddine organised crime network” but the court heard there was no supporting evidence included in court documents.
  • Police allege the DNA of a man with suspected links to the Alameddine crime network was found inside two vehicles connected to an aborted hit on a rival last month, a court has heard.
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K-craze: Korean dramas and culture are taking India by storm – Al Jazeera English

  • Considered something like Trojan horses for their growing soft power, South Korean cultural and pop culture exports have taken India by storm since the country went into one of the world’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns last year.
  • Sunny Moon, a consultant with Euromonitor’s Korea office, told Al Jazeera that the Korean government has analysed the growing popularity of K-dramas in India, and “we can expect more and more spread of K-food, beauty and other Korean products in the Indian market”.
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N Korea says US-Australia submarine deal ‘extremely undesirable’

  • Official media on Monday published comments attributed to an unidentified senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official who called the agreement between the United States, United Kingdom and Australia “extremely undesirable and dangerous acts which will upset the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region“, adding that there was a risk the move could trigger a “chain reaction of arms races.”
  • North Korea has criticised the US decision to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, describing the deal as “extremely undesirable and dangerous” and warning of unspecified countermeasures if it undermines the North’s security.
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Nicaragua: Trumped-Up Charges Against Critics

By Human Rights Watch
  • (Washington, DC) – New evidence indicates that dozens of critics the Nicaraguan government arbitrarily detained for months, most of them accused of “treason,” are being held incommunicado and are often subjected to repeated interrogations and abusive conditions, including prolonged solitary confinement or insufficient food, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Although the Nicaraguan Code of Criminal Procedure requires allowing a detainee to communicate with a family member or lawyer within three hours of the arrest, most were held incommunicado for 30 days or more by the time the Attorney General’s Office authorized family visits on August 30, in a news release posted online.
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World leaders return to UN with focus on Covid-19 and climate

By Reuters
World leaders are returning to the United Nations in New York this week with a focus on boosting efforts to fight both climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, which last year forced them to send video statements for the annual gathering.As the coronavirus still rages amid an inequitable vaccine roll-out, about a third of the 193 UN states are planning to again send videos, but presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers for the remainder are due to travel to the United States.The United […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Hong Kong’s Election Committee finalised after marathon vote-counting process, with outlier candidates left in the cold

By Jeffie Lam,Natalie Wong
Hong Kong’s powerful new Election Committee was established on Monday morning after a delayed vote count that took nearly 14 hours, in the first polls since Beijing’s drastic overhaul of the city’s political system to ensure only those deemed “patriots” would hold public office.The final results were announced just after 7.30am, along with a public apology from electoral officials for the “unreasonable” time it had taken to tally only 4,380 ballot papers to decide the composition of the […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Cambodia bat researchers on mission to track origin of Covid-19

  • Researchers are collecting samples from bats in northern Cambodia in a bid to understand the coronavirus pandemic, returning to a region where a very similar virus was found in the animals a decade ago.
  • Dr. Veasna Duong, Head of Virology at the IPC, said his institute had made four such trips in the past two years, hoping for clues about the origin and evolution of the bat-borne virus.
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Hong Kong takes over 10 hours to count 4,380 votes to elect ‘patriots only’ committee

  • On Monday, officials touted a 90 per cent turnout at polling booths, and city leader Carrie Lam said on Sunday the committee's new structure "widely represented" society, despite just 0.1 per cent of Hong Kong's 7.4 million residents being eligible to vote.
  • Hong Kong's first public ballot since China overhauled the city's electoral system to ensure "patriots" rule was dogged by complaints of a counting delay, in a vote closely watched by Beijing.
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The Crown, Ted Lasso win top Emmy awards

  • Drama The Crown and comedy Ted Lasso have taken home the top prizes at television’s Emmy awards while The Queen’s Gambit was named best limited series in what turned out to be a strong night for streaming giant, Netflix, and British acting talent.
  • Jason Sudeikis, the star and co-creator of Ted Lasso, was named best comedy actor while Britons Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein were honoured for their supporting roles.
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Canadians could make Trudeau pay for his gamble

By Ishaan Tharoor
  • Polls show the Liberal Party of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an almost dead heat with the rival Conservatives ahead of Monday’s snap federal election .
  • When Trudeau chose this summer to call the vote, two years earlier than expected, he and his allies believed their relatively successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic would help convert their current minority government into one bolstered by a parliamentary majority.
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Public Citizen: It Turns out Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine depends Heavily on Publicly-Financed Research

By John Buell
  • Public Citizen’s website says, “This info can help mRNA vaccine scientists by illustrating the kinds of requirements they need to meet critical quality standards,” Such agreements have a widely recognized ability to enhance the parties’ market power, but less attention is paid to the effects on the direction of scientific research.
  • Southwest Harbor, Maine (Special to Informed Comment) – Public Citizen recently uncovered “an agreement that the European Commission reached with Pfizer and BioNTech last November to purchase 100 million doses of the companies’ mRNA vaccine, which was developed with the support of https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-09/pfizer-vaccine-s-funding-came-from-berlin-not-washington”> government funding and U.S. taxpayer-financed technology .
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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 20

  • Wake up, Canadians, put Trudeau where he belongs and elect someone with some idea of what it takes to support our allies, and can take care of the people in this country.
  • It’s obvious the AUKUS leaders don’t trust Canada anymore with such an immature, entitled, self-centred person in control of our country.
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US launches mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from Texas, likely biggest in decades

The US flew Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland on Sunday and tried blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico in a massive show of force that signalled the beginning of what could be one of America’s swiftest, large-scale expulsions of migrants or refugees in decades.More than 320 migrants arrived in Port-au-Prince on three flights, and Haiti said six flights were expected Tuesday. In all, US authorities moved to expel many of the more 12,000 migrants camped […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Cambodia bat researchers on mission to track origin of COVID-19

By Reuters
  • Researchers are collecting samples from bats in northern Cambodia in a bid to understand the coronavirus pandemic, returning to a region where a very similar virus was found in the animals a decade ago.
  • Dr. Veasna Duong, Head of Virology at the IPC, said his institute had made four such trips in the past two years, hoping for clues about the origin and evolution of the bat-borne virus.
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Hong Kong national security police arrest at least 2 members of activist group Student Politicism

By Christy Leung
Hong Kong national security police arrested at least two student members of an opposition political group on Monday morning.A police source confirmed officers had arrested members of Student Politicism in the early hours but stopped short of revealing the number of arrests or the offences as the operation was ongoing.The group said on its Facebook page that police arrived at the homes of its convenor, Wong Yat-chin, and secretary, Chan Chi-sum, at about 6.40am to make the arrests.Officers also […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Can we live with COVID-19? Singapore tries to blaze a path – Al Jazeera English

  • In June, the government announced it would move towards a “living with COVID-19” strategy, focusing on tracking and treating outbreak clusters with vaccinations and hospital admissions – but without the strict lockdowns, border closures, and work-from-home orders that have been the defining feature of much of the pandemic across the world.
  • On Saturday, health officials expanded home recovery as the default care management model for fully vaccinated COVID-19 patients aged 12 to 69 without severe symptoms.
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With remote work, Quebec’s anti-scab provisions may have lost some of their teeth

  • These anti-scab provisions, which prohibit an employer from hiring replacement workers to do the job of employees in the event of a strike or a lockout, were adopted by the government of René Lévesque in 1977 in the wake of a number of stormy labour conflicts.
  • An unexpected effect of the pandemic and working remotely having become widespread: The anti-scab provisions of Quebec’s Labour Code may well have lost their teeth and become less effective.
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New Hong Kong electors decided with only 1 opposition member

  • On Sunday, select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that will choose the city's leader in the first polls following reforms meant to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty.
  • HONG KONG -- Results for the vote for members of Hong Kong's Election Committee were finalized Monday after hours of delays, with just one opposition-leaning candidate elected to the 1,500-strong committee.
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Senate Democrats hit roadblock in bid to help millions become US citizens

  • Senate Democrats hit a major roadblock on Sunday (Sept 19) in their effort to allow millions of immigrants to legally stay in the United States, after the Senate Parliamentarian ruled against attaching the measure to a US$3.5 trillion (S$4.72 trillion) spending bill, lawmakers said.
  • In a statement, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats were "deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide lawful status for immigrants in budget reconciliation continues."
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Philippines-US defence treaty needed more than ever as Taliban’s rise sparks fears of global terrorism

By Chester B. Cabalza
The September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, in which the financial and political capitals of the US were gutted by non-state actors, changed the contours of the international security landscape.The Philippines, Washington’s oldest treaty ally in the Indo-Pacific, is no stranger to terrorism and violent extremism, as seen in the 2013 stand-off with a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front in Zamboanga City, as well as the 2017 siege of Marawi by militants affiliated […]Read more >Similar articles >
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North Korea says U.S. submarine deal and alliance could trigger ‘nuclear arms race’

  • “These are extremely undesirable and dangerous acts which will upset the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region and trigger off a chain of nuclear arms race,” a North Korean foreign ministry official said, according to a report Monday by state media KCNA.
  • North Korea’s Foreign Ministry has said a new U.S. alliance in the Indo-Pacific and recent U.S. submarine contract with Australia could trigger a “nuclear arms race” in the region.
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Benjamin Netanyahu suggests Joe Biden fell asleep meeting new Israeli PM in Oval Office

By Reuters
Israel’s former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested in a Facebook video posted on Sunday that US President Joe Biden had fallen asleep when meeting the new Israeli leader Naftali Bennett last month.A Reuters fact check previously debunked the idea that Biden dozed off, after social media users shared a video clip of the US president that they said showed him looking down and nodding off as Bennett spoke in the Oval Office.The clip that was shared around was misleadingly cropped, […]Read more >Similar articles >

Finland details family leave reform, confirms increase in fathers’ quota

FAMILY LEAVES in Finland are to become longer and more flexible under a reform unveiled by the government of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) on Thursday.

The objective of the proposal is to foster the well-being of children and families, and promote equality and non-discrimination in both working life and the everyday life of families with children, according to a press release from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

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Germany’s Marxist firebrand plots for the Left’s moment

By Nette Nöstlinger
  • With the Social Democrats (SPD) leading the polls, the Left, born out of the ashes of East Germany’s communist party, has a chance — albeit an outside one — of joining the next German government as part of a potential coalition with the SPD and the Greens.
  • In a similar vein, Gysi, who led the Left for years but is now its point person for foreign policy in parliament, has said exiting NATO and ending military deployments is a “vision” for his party, not a step that would be an unbending precondition for joining a coalition.
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France scorned: Allies seek to soften submarine contract fallout

  • Two days after France recalled its ambassadors to the US and Australia — but not the UK — over their formation of a three-way defense pact that scrapped a French submarine deal, the three nations made overtures on Sunday to Paris in response to diplomatic fits of rage that were not always so diplomatic .
  • A meeting between British and French defense ministers Ben Wallace and Florence Parly scheduled for this coming week was put off Sunday, with the decision to drop the bilateral meeting allegedly on the urging of Parly herself, according to Reuters.
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China’s Delta outbreak in Fujian continues but numbers start to fall

By Wendy Wu
China continued to report locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in its southeastern coastal province of Fujian, but the number of new cases dropped to its lowest in seven days on Sunday, with 28 recorded.This compared to 43 new cases a day earlier in the province, which has been the focus of the latest outbreak of the highly transmissible Delta variant, first reported on September 10. There have now been 363 infections in Fujian, many of them young children. China’s vaccination campaign includes […]Read more >Similar articles >
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‘Maybe not friends’: France slams ScoMo

  • Mr Morrison had previously rejected that he had not warned France about the new deal, insisting he told French President Emmanuel Macron in June that Australia might scrap its original submarine agreement.
  • The former French Ambassador to Australia has ripped into Scott Morrison for his defence of the AUKUS submarine deal, claiming the Prime Minister lied about warning France about it.
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Mexico’s suit against US gunmakers edges ahead

  • The US federal court examining Mexico's lawsuit against top US arms manufacturers has set deadlines for the case's first proceedings, foreign ministry officials said Sunday.
  • Mexico, with a population of 126 million people, has been plagued by widespread deadly violence since December 2006, when the government of then-president Felipe Calderon launched a controversial military anti-drug operation.
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Joe Biden asks for talks with Emmanuel Macron amid French submarine row

  • But French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said Sunday local time that there would be a telephone conversation between Mr Biden and Mr Macron "in the coming days" at the request of the US president.
  • French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had on Saturday used distinctly undiplomatic language towards Australia, the US and Britain which is also part of a new three-way security pact announced Wednesday that led to the rupture.
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Poll: Scots don’t back Nicola Sturgeon’s push for 2023 independence vote

By Andrew McDonald
  • Forty-three percent of the 1,000 Scottish voters polled said they agreed that Scotland should only hold a second independence referendum if the U.K. government agrees to it, while 38 percent disagreed.
  • However, most voters agreed with Alister Jack, the U.K. government’s secretary of state for Scotland, who told POLITICO Westminster could agree to a referendum if polls show 60 percent of Scots want one.
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Why the Canadian election matters to Europe

By Clothilde Goujard
  • Any change in Ottawa could cause tremors in Europe, which has enjoyed a steady relationship with Trudeau’s government, giving the bloc a predictable partner on climate issues, human rights, technology, migration and defense as it navigated rocky relationships with other key allies like the U.S. under Donald Trump.
  • While O’Toole did lay out a climate action plan — a change from his party’s past approach — he also said a Conservative government would revive dead pipeline projects and build new ones.
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Body found in Wyoming forest matches description of missing woman Gabby Petito, FBI says

By Agence France-Presse
US law enforcement said a body found in a US national forest in Wyoming, where a search was under way for Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, matches the description of the missing woman, whose disappearance has gripped the country.American authorities launched a massive search for 22-year-old Petito when her family filed a missing-person report on September 11, after she mysteriously vanished during a road trip with her boyfriend.After a body was found in the main search area in Wyoming on Sunday, the […]Read more >Similar articles >
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‘Fair bit of pressure’: Grand Final switch flicked

  • Caleb Daniel, one of nine members of the Bulldogs 2016 flag success set to run out against the Demons, said the players had flicked their own switch to get Grand Final ready after a week of intense training, but “chilled” time off the field.
  • The pressure of meeting their own expectations at the Western Bulldogs is equal to any Melbourne players are carrying as they seek to end the longest active AFL premiership drought in Saturday’s Grand Final.
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Nautical violin sets sail in Venice’s Grand Canal

  • De Marchi named the work "Noah's Violin," because like the ark, it was meant to bring a message of hope after a storm, in this case a message that promoted "art, culture and music," he said.
  • On Saturday (Sept 18) morning, a decidedly unusual head-turner took a spin: a gigantic violin, carrying a string quartet playing Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." The craft, called "Noah's Violin," set sail accompanied by an escort of gondolas, and in no time a small flotilla of motorboats, water taxis and traditional flat-bottomed Venetian sandoli joined the violin as it glided from city hall, near the Rialto Bridge, to the ancient Customs House across from Piazza San Marco, about an hour's ride.
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Hong Kong teachers will draw on protests, court cases to highlight need for lawfulness in course replacing liberal studies

By Chan Ho-him
Hong Kong schools have begun teaching “citizenship and social development” in place of the controversial liberal studies subject, with some teachers saying they will draw on the 2019 anti-government protests during lessons.Education authorities said earlier that current affairs should be avoided, but teachers told the Post the social unrest and the city’s first national security court case presented good examples of the need to follow the law.The new subject is being taught to senior secondary […]Read more >Similar articles >
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SPD in pole position as German campaign enters final week

By Matthew Karnitschnig
  • In recent weeks, Laschet and his camp have tried to convince voters that a victory for the SPD would usher in a leftist coalition between the SPD, Greens and the Left party, the political heirs of the communists who ruled East Germany.
  • A snap poll at the end of the 90-minute debate found Scholz was the clear victor with 42 percent of those questioned declaring him winner, well ahead of Laschet with 27 percent and Greens leader Annalena Baerbock with 25 percent.
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Man arrested after four found dead in Killamarsh home

By Telegraph reporters
  • Detective Chief Inspector Rob Routledge, who is leading the investigation, said: "We would really like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of this morning, or has any information which they think could help with our inquiries.
  • The force said a man is in police custody and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.
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The case for a women-first foreign policy

By Arminka Helić
  • A foreign policy that is serious about addressing the world’s problems would have women’s rights and participation at its core — not as an optional extra to be discussed after other issues have been sorted out, but integrated into everything the Foreign Office does and every discussion the foreign secretary, her junior ministers and U.K. diplomats have with their counterparts across the world.
  • The two positions might not seem like a natural fit, but if the U.K. wants to help build a more stable and prosperous world, putting women’s rights at the heart of foreign policy is one of the most effective steps it could take.
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