China silent on detention of Australian journalist

Beijing (AFP) China refused Tuesday to disclose why an Australian journalist working as an anchor for state TV has been detained for at least two weeks without charge. Cheng Lei, an anchor for CGTN, China's English-language state broadcaster, has been held since at least August 14 but Australian diplomats say Beijing has given no reason … Continue reading China silent on detention of Australian journalist

Nepal lifts virus ban for Bahrain royal climbing expedition

Kathmandu (AFP) Nepal is making a royal exception to its coronavirus ban on foreign arrivals, with a mountaineering team including a Bahrain prince set to tackle two major peaks. The Himalayan country shut its borders in March including grounding international flights just ahead of the busy spring season, devastating the local tourism sector. Nepal is … Continue reading Nepal lifts virus ban for Bahrain royal climbing expedition

Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case ‘dishonest’, says Thai PM probe

Bangkok (AFP) The case against the Thai heir to the Red Bull billions accused of a fatal hit-and-run was "compromised" from beginning to end, the premier's office said Tuesday, calling the entire procedure "dishonest". The announcement comes a month after charges against Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya were dropped by the police and attorney general's office, prompting … Continue reading Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case ‘dishonest’, says Thai PM probe

Iran’s Khamanei says UAE ‘betrayed’ Muslim world with Israel deal

Tehran (AFP) Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United Arab Emirates of betraying the Muslim world with its agreement to normalise relations with Tehran's arch-foe Israel. "The #UAE betrayed the world of Islam, the Arab nations, the region's countries, and #Palestine," Khamenei said, according to his official Twitter account. Iranian students … Continue reading Iran’s Khamanei says UAE ‘betrayed’ Muslim world with Israel deal

Suspected Israeli strikes on Syria leave several dead, including one civilian

Israeli strikes on Syria killed one civilian, three government troops and seven allied foreign fighters, a war monitor said on Tuesday in a new toll. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which had previously put the toll from Monday's strikes at five, said Iran-backed paramilitary fighters were among those killed in the attack. A handout … Continue reading Suspected Israeli strikes on Syria leave several dead, including one civilian

Mali must tackle ‘impunity, injustice, corruption’

Two weeks after a military coup toppled Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, the conflict-riven West African nation is teetering on the precipice of change, with calls for a swift transitional rule and deep reforms to flush out corruption, nepotism and bad governance. Civilians are still reeling from the protests of July 10-11, which left dozens dead … Continue reading Mali must tackle ‘impunity, injustice, corruption’

Macron in high-takes Lebanon reform drive

Beirut (AFP) French President Emmanuel Macron pressed his "risky" drive for political change in Lebanon Tuesday, as the crisis-stricken country marked its centenary while teetering on the brink of the abyss. Macron has set an ambitious goal for his second trip to the crisis-hit country since a deadly August 4 explosion ravaged Beirut: to press … Continue reading Macron in high-takes Lebanon reform drive

Sanofi halts trial of Covid-19 drug after tests

Paris (AFP) French pharma giant Sanofi said Tuesday that international Phase 3 clinical tests of its Kevzara drug for serious Covid-19 cases had proved inconclusive and it was halting the trial. The Phase 3 test -- normally the last before official approval for use -- "did not meet the primary or secondary evaluation criteria compared … Continue reading Sanofi halts trial of Covid-19 drug after tests

Psychologist-backed documentary labels Trump ‘malignant narcissist’

Los Angeles (AFP) As battle lines are drawn ahead of Donald Trump's bid for re-election, a new documentary based on the testimony of mental health professionals has labeled the US president a "malignant narcissist." "Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump" -- released on streaming platforms Tuesday -- claims not to be politically motivated. US President … Continue reading Psychologist-backed documentary labels Trump ‘malignant narcissist’

Guinea’s Alpha Conde to seek third term as president despite mass protests

Guinea's ruling party on Monday confirmed months of speculation that 82-year-old President Alpha Conde will seek a third term in office, a possibility that had already sparked deadly mass protests. The news came after Conde pushed through a constitutional reform in March that critics had argued was designed to allow him to run for office again in … Continue reading Guinea’s Alpha Conde to seek third term as president despite mass protests

Brazil, reversing course, says will keep fighting Amazon deforestation

BRASILIA/POCONÉ (REUTERS) - In a dramatic u-turn, Brazil's Environment Ministry said on Friday (Aug 28) it would continue to fight deforestation, reversing its position after saying hours earlier that it could not afford to continue enforcement efforts in the Amazon. The ministry, through its enforcement arm Ibama and its parks service ICMBio, plays a vital … Continue reading Brazil, reversing course, says will keep fighting Amazon deforestation

The return to campus in the US creates coronavirus clusters from coast to coast

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - As college students and professors return to campus in the midst of a pandemic, coronavirus cases are turning up by the thousands. A New York Times survey of more than 1,500 American colleges and universities - including every four-year public institution, every private college that competes in NCAA sports and others … Continue reading The return to campus in the US creates coronavirus clusters from coast to coast