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Ruling party leader says Biden vague on NK

By Choi Si-young
  • Rep. Song Young-gil, leader of the ruling Democratic Party, blamed a flare-up in inter-Korean tensions on the uncertainty of US policy on North Korea, in comments delivered Sunday US time.
  • “The US policy on North Korea is clearly neither the strategic patience nor the top-down approach,” Song told reporters, referring to the respective approaches of former US Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
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Production facility for cultivated fish set to open in Singapore by 2022

  • This facility, announced by the firm on Monday (Sept 20), will come alongside a research laboratory by Avant and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star)'s Bioprocessing Technology Institute, which focuses on how to scale-up the production of food-grade cultivated fish.
  • Fish fillets and even fish maw made from cell culture instead of slaughter could soon appear on dinner tables here, with Chinese firm Avant set to open a pilot production facility for cultivated fish in Singapore by next year.
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Thousands flee La Palma volcano eruption as rivers of lava flow towards villages

By Jennifer Hassan
  • An estimated 5,000 residents fled their homes as a volcano on La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, erupted Sunday and sent streams of red molten lava downhill toward villages and a column of thick dark smoke up into the sky.
  • "According to experts there are about 17-20 million cubic meters of lava,” Canary Islands president, Angel Victor Torres, told a press conference Sunday night.
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Climate change to deliver suburban house price pain: RBA

By Shane Wright
  • But if the nations reached net zero, Australian coal exports would fall by 80 per cent, with two-thirds of that due to the actions of China, Japan and South Korea.
  • Separate work by RBA economists Jonathan Kemp, Madeleine McCowage and Faye Wang into the impact of climate change mitigation policies by China, Japan and South Korea suggests Australia’s coal and LNG sectors face a tough battle over the next three decades.
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US, India prepare to play spoiler in Afghanistan

By MK Bhadrakumar
  • As expected, the situation in Afghanistan was the focal point of the discussions at the 20th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe on Friday.
  • Most important, they urged the SCO to “use its potential” to “stimulate the new Afghan authorities” in fulfilling their promises and bringing security to Afghanistan.
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News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend

  • President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party was on track to win a strong majority in a parliamentary vote, results showed Monday, after an election that followed an unprecedented crackdown on the opposition.
  • As of Sunday evening, the independent election monitor Golos — which authorities branded a "foreign agent" ahead of the polls — had tracked close to 4,900 reports of voting violations.
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‘Business as usual’ in trade talks with EU, says Australian trade minister

By Barbara Moens
  • Negotiations between the EU and Australia on a future trade deal are not being hamstrung by France’s fury at losing a multibillion-dollar submarine deal with Canberra, Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan told local media Monday.
  • “At this stage negotiations do continue and there is a strong interest … for Australia to have a free trade agreement with the EU,” Thébault told U.S. media from Paris.
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Inquiry needed into Australia’s silence on West Papuan massacre, human rights groups say

By Christopher Knaus

Revelations that Australia knew about atrocities by Indonesian military but did nothing are ‘deeply disturbing’, Human Rights Watch says

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Human rights groups say revelations that Australia sat on its hands after learning of Indonesian military atrocities against West Papuan demonstrators are “deeply disturbing” and should prompt an independent investigation.

A newly released unredacted intelligence report, shared with the Guardian, shows the Australian government had compelling evidence that the Indonesian military fired live rounds indiscriminately into a group of unarmed West Papuan demonstrators on the island of Biak on 6 July 1998.

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Manny Pacquiao Is Running For President of the Philippines. Can He Knock Out Duterte’s Allies?

By JC Gotinga
  • It’s official— Manny Pacquiao, the eight-time boxing world champion, is running for president in the Philippines in what may yet be the biggest fight of his life as the country heads to polls set for May 2022.
  • Previously perceived as a shoe-in for the top job, Pacquiao enters the presidential race as the underdog after a falling-out with President Rodrigo Duterte, who dumped the athlete-turned-senator as his party’s candidate in favor of a closer ally.
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China launches Tianzhou 3 to supply Tiangong space station

By William Zheng
China launched a cargo spaceship on Monday to deliver supplies to its Tiangong space station and prepare for a second crewed mission planned for next month.The Tianzhou 3 lifted off aboard a Long March 7 Y4 rocket at 3.10pm from Hainan’s Wenchang spacecraft launch centre in southern China, just three days after the first astronauts to crew the space station returned to Earth.The Tianzhou vessel, meaning “heavenly ship” in Chinese, will dock at the rear side of the core module of the Tiangong […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Philippines to reopen 120 schools for in-person classes

  • The Philippines will reopen up to 120 schools for limited in-person classes for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in a pilot approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, officials said on Monday (Sept 20).
  • While nearly every country in the world has already partially or fully reopened schools for face-to-face lessons, the Philippines has kept them closed since March 2020.
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Johnson defends trade secretary after climate crisis denial tweets

By Heather Stewart Political editor
  • Shadow international trade secretary, Emily Thornberry, had highlighted a series of tweets sent by Trevelyan between 2010 and 2012 that explicitly rejected the science of global heating.
  • As he travelled to the US in a bid to accelerate progress towards an agreement at the Cop26 climate summit, the prime minister was asked about the views of his new international trade secretary, Ann-Marie Trevelyan.
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Construction union blames ‘extremists’ as Melbourne protest against vaccine mandate turns violent

  • Riot police have moved in to disperse crowds at the Melbourne headquarters of the CFMEU, after a protest against mandatory vaccines turned ugly, with the union blaming “outside extremists” for the violence.
  • Monday’s protest escalated when two union officials, including Victorian construction branch secretary John Setka, came outside the Elizabeth Street office to speak to protesters just before midday.
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Hong Kong teachers exit under shadow of security law

By Sara Cheng
  • Fong is one of many teachers who left Hong Kong before the school year began in September, some saying they felt disillusioned and threatened by the authoritarian turn the city has taken since Beijing imposed a stringent national security law in June 2020.
  • The Hong Kong Association of Heads of Secondary Schools (HKAHSS) warned the government in July that would cause a “brain drain” that would reduce the quality of education in the city.
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Flight academy to offer eastern Taiwan air tour by year-end

  • The aircraft are expected to receive Airworthiness Certificates from the CAA in October or November, paving the way for the company to officially launch air tour packages in late November or early December at the soonest, Kao said.
  • Wilson Kao (高健祐), founder and managing director of Apex Flight Academy, the nation's only flight training school, said two brand new Tecnam P2012 Travellers purchased from Italy are scheduled to arrive Taiwan in late September or early October.
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US should beware of advice based on wishful thinking

By Mark Valencia
  • A recent article in the prestigious American journal Foreign Affairs made a series of recommendations for US policy in the South China Sea. However, US policymakers should beware of such recommendations based on questionable assumptions and wishful thinking.
  • The article’s premise is that “in much of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines and Vietnam, elites and the broader public judge Washington’s commitment to the region based in part on whether it defends their maritime rights.”
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Hong Kong teen who crashed anti-Lantau Tomorrow Vision forum sentenced to community service

By Brian Wong
A university student has been spared jail for disrupting a 2018 Hong Kong forum held to express opposition to a government plan to build huge settlements on artificial islands off Lantau Island.Chinese University undergraduate Hui Ka-kin was given a 160-hour community service order in Eastern Court on Monday, three weeks after pleading guilty to taking part in an unlawful assembly outside the government’s Tamar headquarters on October 14, 2018.The 19-year-old was among eight masked protesters […]Read more >Similar articles >
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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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South Sudanese Officials Intimidate Sex Worker on Camera

By Human Rights Watch
  • The video, which is clearly intended to humiliate and stigmatize its target, demonstrates yet again how criminalization of sex work in South Sudan exposes workers to abuse and exploitation and the discrimination faced by people living with HIV/AIDs.
  • The video posted by South Sudanese officials also announced that 40 other people, mainly women accused of witchcraft or sex work, had been arrested.
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AUKUS the latest attempt to push for war with China

By Adriel Kasonta
  • “As leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, guided by our enduring ideals and shared commitment to the international rules-based order, we resolve to deepen diplomatic, security, and defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, including by working with partners, to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” the Joint Leaders Statement on AUKUS, as this new endeavor will be called, reads.
  • “Our world is becoming more complex, especially here in our region – the Indo-Pacific,” Morrison proclaimed at the joint online remarks along with Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, adding that “this affects us all.”
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Ghana: LGBT Activists Face Hardships After Detention

By Human Rights Watch
  • “It is shocking that the police who should be protecting Ghanaians raided a peaceful meeting, arrested the participants, and subjected them to three weeks in harsh detention conditions on a charge that never should have been brought in the first place,” said Wendy Isaack, LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch.
  • (Johannesburg) – Arbitrary arrests and detention of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Ghana, and a proposed draconian anti-LGBT bill are causing serious economic hardship and psychological stress for LGBT people, Human Rights Watch said today.
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Perfect roast chicken, apricot tarts, cheesecake: recipes from Nigel Slater’s new book

By Nigel Slater

‘Cooking is about quiet moments of joy,’ says the Observer’s food writer in this exclusive extract from A Cook’s Book

You could measure my life in recipes. Each one a letter to a friend, a story of something I have made for dinner, the tale of how it came to be on my table. A salad tossed together with broad beans, salted ricotta and the first white tipped radishes of spring; a roast chicken, its crisp skin served with a fat jug of its roasting juices on an autumn day; or a gloriously messy platter of grilled aubergines, hummus and torn flatbread shared with the best of friends.

That letter might accurately chronicle the details of a cake with which I am quietly pleased, tell the reader of a quince that has simmered peacefully in lemon juice and orange-blossom honey on my hob on a winter’s afternoon, or mention a pillowy dumpling I have just lifted from a steaming bamboo basket. Sharing food with those at your table – passing round a bowl of late autumn raspberries or a slice of sugar-encrusted blackberry and apple pie – is heartwarming enough, but a recipe posted in a newspaper, ephemerally on social media or in more lasting form in the pages of a book has the chance to be shared even more widely. It is just a recipe, a suggestion for something you might like to make for others, but it is what I do.

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Pro-Kremlin party looks set to retain majority in parliament

  • MOSCOW -- Russia's dominant Kremlin-backed party appeared set to retain the two-thirds majority in the parliament that allows it to change the constitution, results from 85% of the country's polling stations showed on Monday morning.
  • Russia’s dominant Kremlin-backed party appears set to retain the two-thirds majority in the parliament that allows it to change the constitution, according to preliminary results on Monday morning
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The latest on vaccine effectiveness and the delta variant

By Magdalena Osumi
  • A recent major study conducted by researchers from Britain showed that the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in preventing people from developing a high viral load from delta stood at 92% 14 days after an individual received their second dose.
  • The same study showed that test results conducted using samples from people inoculated with the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca PLC and Oxford University was 69% effective against a high viral load 14 days after the second dose, with effectiveness falling to 61% after 90 days.
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Barnaby Joyce says Australia proved its commitment to France during world wars amid Aukus dispute

By Amy Remeikis
  • Australia’s ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), Will Nankervis, is seeking to reassure regional partners including Indonesia and Malaysia the Aukus agreement did not mean a ramping up of defence infrastructure.
  • 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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Palmer v McGowan case hits hurdle

  • Western Australia’s hard border could complicate Premier Mark McGowan’s defamation case against billionaire Clive Palmer, a court has heard.
  • Western Australia’s border closure with NSW could make it difficult for Premier Mark McGowan to attend his defamation trial against billionaire Clive Palmer without being forced to quarantine upon his return.
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Hong Kong leads equity sell-off as Evergrande fears spread

  • Fears about a contagion from the possible collapse of China Evergrande have sent property firms in Hong Kong plunging
  • Asian markets sank Monday on fears about contagion from a possible collapse of teetering property giant China Evergrande, while sentiment was also dragged by the Federal Reserve's plans to taper monetary policy, surging Delta infections and signs of weakness in the global recovery.
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Horror day on ASX as miners hammered

  • Toll road operator Transurban went into a trading halt when it shares were priced at $14.18, announcing a $4.2bn capital raising so its 50 per cent-held Sydney Transport Partners could take full control of WestConnex in Sydney from the NSW government for $11.1bn.
  • The spot iron ore price dropped 5.4 per cent to $US100.80 per tonne overnight, had declined 22 per cent over a week and was about 57 per cent lower than the record high hit in mid-May, Mr Daghlian said.
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India administers lowest number of Covid-19 tests in a month

  • India conducted the lowest number of daily Covid-19 tests since mid-August on Sunday (Sept 19), but the health ministry urged local governments not to let their guard down during the September to November festival season.
  • The federal health ministry urged states and federally controlled territories on Saturday to step up testing, warning that the festival season could lead to another spike in infections.
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Germany chooses to walk colorblind into the hydrogen future

  • Merkel's government presented a National Hydrogen Strategy back in June 2020, claiming to make "climate protection possible in sectors where it's difficult," such as steelmaking, manufacturing, aviation and heavy-duty transport on ships, railways and trucks.
  • In one of its final pieces of legislation, the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to polish its uninspiring climate credentials with the surprise announcement in May that it wants to make Germany carbon-neutral by 2045 — five years earlier than planned.
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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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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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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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