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Amnesty Int’l halts India operations, citing gov’t reprisals

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says it is halting its operation in India, citing reprisals from the government and the freezing of its bank accounts by Indian authorities

US, Australia, India ministers to meet in Japan next week

Top diplomats from the U.S., Australia and India will gather in Tokyo next week for “quad” talks to discuss their common regional concerns, including China’s increasingly assertive actions, in a first face-to-face meeting Japan hosts since the pandemic

Tourist faces jail in Thailand over hotel review

The US man left several negative reviews which the hotel says are untrue and damage its reputation.

‘Special intelligence’ shows Pyongyang issued ORDER to burn body of South Korea official, Seoul opposition leader claims
‘Special intelligence’ shows Pyongyang issued ORDER to burn body of South Korea official, Seoul opposition leader claims

The South Korean military has already verified that North Korea burned the corpse of a government official they shot last week, an opposition leader has disclosed. Pyongyang denies it tampered with th...

Listing of BTS' label may help 'turn around' South Korea's lackluster IPO landscape

Dealogic's Romaine Jackson says the highly anticipated market debut of Big Hit Entertainment, the music label behind South Korean K-pop megastars BTS, will shift South Korea's public listing landscape.

LVMH files countersuit against Tiffany in feud over $16.2 billion deal

LVMH said Tuesday it had filed a countersuit against Tiffany at the Delaware Chancery Court.

Nissan employee testifies against American on trial in Japan

A Nissan employee testified Tuesday that he worked with another former Nissan executive, American Greg Kelly to find ways to pay the automaker's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn without fully disclosing his compensation.

Merkel govt wants tighter rules for parties to suppress virus

AP PHOTOS: Remnants of East Germany, 30 years after its end

Thirty years after Germany was reunited, many once-decrepit city centers in the formerly communist east have been painstakingly restored and new factories have sprung up

Japan's NTT Corp to spend $38 billion to buy out, take private its mobile unit NTT DoCoMo as it restructures for 5G era

Japan's NTT Corp to spend $38 billion to buy out, take private its mobile unit NTT DoCoMo as it restructures for 5G era

Australia sends troops to help contain coronavirus on cargo ship

At least 17 of the 21 crew members of an ore carrier, which last changed crews in Manila, tested positive for COVID-19.

Amnesty Int'l halts India operations, citing gov't reprisals

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says it is halting its operation in India, citing reprisals from the government and the freezing of its bank accounts by Indian authorities

Amnesty to halt work in India due to government 'witch-hunt'

Authorities froze bank accounts after criticism of government’s human rights recordAmnesty International has been forced to halt its work in India and lay off staff after the government froze its bank accounts across the country.The Indian enforcement directorate, an agency that investigates economic crimes, froze the accounts of Amnesty’s Indian arm this month after the group published two reports highly critical of the government’s human rights record.

UNSC convenes for emergency meeting as Nagorno-Karabakh fighting continues into 3rd day
UNSC convenes for emergency meeting as Nagorno-Karabakh fighting continues into 3rd day

The UN Security Council is set to gather later on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where Armenian and Azeri forces are fighting in one of the worst flare-ups of t...

WRAPUP 2-Global coronavirus deaths pass 'agonizing milestone' of 1 million

Oman's new sultan quietly makes his mark as challenges loom

Oman's new sultan, while quietly making his mark, faces real challenges ahead

AP Analysis: Dark days ahead for Lebanon as crisis bites

An economic meltdown, mass protests, financial collapse, a virus outbreak and a cataclysmic explosion that virtually wiped out the country’s main port

Amnesty International to cease work in India, citing government harassment

The group’s bank accounts were frozen and executives interrogated by authorities

AP Analysis: Dark days ahead for Lebanon as crisis bites

The past year has been nothing short of an earthquake for Lebanon, hit by an economic meltdown, mass protests, financial collapse, a virus outbreak and a cataclysmic explosion that virtually wiped out the country’s main port. The country’s foreign reserves are drying up, the local currency is expected to spiral further out of control, and incidents of armed clashes between rival groups are escalating. Bickering politicians have been unable to form a government, putting an international bailout out of reach.

'Any focus on them is good': can a new scheme help Delhi's missing children?

With 17 children missing every day, the city’s police commissioner hopes a promise of fast-track promotion will inspire officers to reunite more familiesNew Delhi Police Commissioner SN Srivastava was particularly troubled over the 17 children who went missing in his city every day. So he decided to light a fire in the belly of his force and came up with a new approach.If any officer could find 50 missing children in a year their promotion would be fast-tracked. It usually takes constables at least five years to be promoted to head constable, and meeting the target would dramatically speed tha...

Robots and magnetic soap: scientists rethink oil spill clean-ups

Incidents such as tanker stranding in Mauritius stress need for quick and effective solutionsSpecial sponges, magnetic soap and autonomous robots are among the latest wave of inventions aimed at tackling oil spills.Incidents such as the tanker stranding in Mauritius in August can devastate the environment and threaten communities who rely on the sea or tourism for their livelihoods. They often take months or years to clean up.

Mother charged with stabbing five-year-old daughter to death

A Chicago woman has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of her 5-year-old daughter on Chicago's West Side over the weekend

AP Analysis: Dark days ahead for Lebanon as crisis bites

An economic meltdown, mass protests, financial collapse, a virus outbreak and a cataclysmic explosion that virtually wiped out the country’s main port

Oman's new sultan quietly makes his mark as challenges loom

When Oman's ruler of a half century died without an heir apparent, brief fears of turmoil ended with the quick announcement of a new sultan in this nation on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. “Haitham has a golden chance to become Oman’s second renaissance figure," said Bader al-Saif, an assistant professor of history at Kuwait University who studies Oman.

The new centre of dissent: Britain becomes hub for Hong Kong activists

Longstanding cultural ties and a newly welcoming government have led to prominent exiles choosing London as their baseThe UK has become an international hub for Hong Kong dissidents as China’s harsh new security law leads to an exodus of pro-democracy politicians, campaigners and protesters, who now face jail terms for their activism.Longstanding cultural ties, a newly welcoming government and Covid-era travel restrictions that have in effect closed off other potential destinations, such as Canada and Australia, have boosted the number of new arrivals to Britain.

UN to hold emergency talks on Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

Meeting on Tuesday follows two days of fighting over th separatist region of Nagorno-KarabakhThe UN security council will hold emergency talks behind closed doors on the ethnic Armenian region of Nagorny Karabakh, where fighting continued overnight on Monday.The meeting will be held at 5:00pm (2100 GMT) on Tuesday. Belgium formally requested the session, after France and Germany had led a push for it to be placed on the agenda.

Oman’s new sultan quietly makes his mark as challenges loom

Oman’s new sultan, while quietly making his mark, faces real challenges ahead

Grand jury recordings in Breonna Taylor case to be made public: reports
Grand jury recordings in Breonna Taylor case to be made public: reports

A statement from Cameron's office says the recording will be released on a judge's order, the reports say, despite concerns the information will compromise an ongoing federal investigation. 

Japanese airline to use gender-neutral passenger greetings

Japan Airlines (JAL) will be dropping "ladies and gentlemen" in favor of more inclusive greetings like "attention all passengers" and "welcome, everyone" from October 1 on flights and in airports worldwide.

US 2020 election: Social media's nightmare scenario

Potential election chaos will play out on social media, and Big Tech is worried.

Companies will have to 'seduce' staff to go back to the office, real estate CEO says

Office space may be treated more like an exclusive club in future — and those who don't go into a place of work may miss out.

South Korea says slain man tried to defect to North Korea

South Korea said Tuesday that a government official slain by North Korean sailors wanted to defect, concluding that the man, who had gambling debts, swam against unfavourable currents with the help of a life jacket and a floatation device and conveyed his intention of resettling in North Korea.

Congo's sapeurs pass their style on to a new generation

A new book highlights the "sapeurs" in the twin Congolese capitals of Brazzaville and Kinshasa.

US election to have far fewer international observers than planned

Covid concerns and a lack of an invitation for Latin American observers reduce monitoring as US faces fears over fair voteThere will be far fewer international election observers than planned at this year’s fraught US presidential vote because of a combination of health concerns during the pandemic and the lack of an invitation from the state department for Latin American observers.The electoral arm of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has had to scale down its ambitions because of Covid-related precautions and travel restrictions. It is sending 30 observers, inste...

How to go skiing this winter

Covid-19 restrictions may seem daunting but ski resorts are open – and if the continent seems too far, hit the slopes in ScotlandWhen Covid-19 closed Europe’s ski season in early March – leaving thousands of skiers stranded when their resorts shut and others having to cancel trips – some assumed they would be able make up for it this winter, when everything would be back to normal. As the 2020-21 season approaches, that clearly isn’t the case and we face another winter of travel restrictions, special measures and possible lockdowns. Where does that leave skiing?

Human rights campaigners urge action over ‘widespread xenophobic violence’ in South Africa

A year and a half since the South African government adopted an action plan to combat xenophobia, African and Asian foreigners in the country are still suffering routine harassment and abuse, according to Human Rights Watch.

Amnesty says it’s halting work in India due to gov’t ‘witch-hunt’

Rights body says it shut its operations due to the continuing government crackdown over the last two years.

Purging water system in Texas of brain-eating microbe to take 60 days

A Houston-area official said Monday it will take 60 days to ensure a city drinking water system is purged of a deadly, microscopic parasite that doctors believed killed a boy and that led to warnings for others not to drink tap water.

Amnesty International to halt India operations

The human rights watchdog tells the BBC that the move comes due to reprisal from the government.

Woman expected in court over driving into California rally

A lawyer says a woman who drove into a crowd at a Southern California rally against racism had been surrounded by hostile counter-demonstrators and feared for her life

Most countries failing women and girls with Covid response, UN finds

Global gender tracker assesses how governments address violence, strengthen women’s economic security and support unpaid caringCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMost countries are failing to adequately protect women and girls during the fallout from Covid-19, according to a new UN database that tracks government responses to the pandemic.The global gender tracker has looked at how 206 countries and territories address violence against women and girls, support unpaid care workers and strengthen women’s economic security.

US presidential debate: all you need to know about the face-off in Cleveland

When is it, where is it and what can we expect from the first face-to-face clash of Donald Trump and Joe Biden?The US will get confirmation that election season is under way on Tuesday night, when Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, face each other in the first presidential debate.The debate, held in Ohio, is the first of three tête-à-têtes ahead of the vote on 3 November.

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Inside the airline industry's meltdown

Coronavirus has hit few sectors harder than air travel, wiping out tens of thousands of jobs and uncountable billions in revenue. While most fleets were grounded, the industry was forced to reimagine its futureWhen an airline no longer wants a plane, it is sent away to a boneyard, a storage facility where it sits outdoors on a paved lot, wingtip to wingtip with other unwanted planes. From the air, the planes look like the bleached remains of some long-forgotten skeleton. Europe’s biggest boneyard is built on the site of a late-30s airfield in Teruel, in eastern Spain, where the dry climate is...

Ethics experts see national security concern in Trump’s debt

Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt is casting a shadow that ethics experts say raises national security concerns that he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations and individuals he’s indebted to

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UBS says you should buy gold now

Investors should be buying gold as it represents a "very good hedge" in risk events such as the U.S. election, UBS Global Wealth Management told CNBC.

Hongkongers find creative ways to voice dissent – in pictures

From holding up blank sheets of paper to baking messages into mooncakes, people are devising new ways to protest amid repressive security law

Rare and fashionable houseplant stolen from botanic gardens in New Zealand

Variegated monstera disappears from orchid house in Christchurch amid boom in popularity of valuable floraA rare and valuable houseplant has disappeared from the Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand, amid a boom in the popularity of unique indoor greenery.A variegated monstera – one of the world’s most prized indoor plants – went missing from the gardens earlier this month. Its distinctive white and green leaves make it potentially valuable on the black market.

Analysis: In debate, a last chance for Trump to define Biden

As a presidential candidate in 2016, Donald Trump seized control of the White House race and never let go. The president’s attacks on Biden have been scattershot and inconsistent, frustrating some Republicans who believe he has squandered repeated opportunities to define his rival.