China must show it’s not an ‘agent of instability’ on Taiwan, US Ambassador to China says

China must show it’s not an ‘agent of instability’ on Taiwan, US Ambassador to China says

Beijing CNN — China needs to convince the rest of the world it is not an “agent of instability” and will act peacefully in the Taiwan Strait, US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns said in his first TV interview since taking up his post in Beijing six months ago. Burns spoke candidly about Beijing’s reaction … Read more

Uproar in Kashmir as India allows voting rights to non-locals Election News

Uproar in Kashmir as India allows voting rights to non-locals  Election News

India’s decision to allow voting rights to any Indian citizen living temporarily in Indian-administered Kashmir has again ignited anger and fears of yet another attempt by the Hindu nationalist government to change the demography of its only Muslim-majority region. The move, announced on Wednesday by the federally controlled territory’s top electoral officer, is expected to … Read more

Uproar in Kashmir as India allows voting rights to non-locals Election News

Uproar in Kashmir as India allows voting rights to non-locals  Election News

India’s decision to allow voting rights to any Indian citizen living temporarily in Indian-administered Kashmir has again ignited anger and fears of yet another attempt by the Hindu nationalist government to change the demography of its only Muslim-majority region. The move, announced on Wednesday by the federally controlled territory’s top electoral officer, is expected to … Read more

Bilkis Bano condemns release of her convicted rapists in India Sexual Assault News

A Muslim woman who was gang raped while pregnant during India’s devastating 2002 religious riots has appealed to the government to rescind its decision to free the 11 men who had been jailed for life for committing the crime, after they were released on suspended sentences. Bilkis Bano, who is now in her forties, was … Read more

Yangtze tributary runs dry as China faces another month of drought

CHONGQING/SHANGHAI, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Residents living near a tributary of the Yangtze river in the southwestern region of Chongqing clambered along the dry riverbed on Thursday amid an unprecedented drought across the region that could last another month. “I am actually pretty worried, because the water has been cut off in my compound,” said … Read more

Extreme heat is slamming the world’s three biggest economies all at once

London CNN Business — Estimating just how catastrophic climate change will be for the global economy has historically proven challenging. But this summer, it’s increasingly evident how quickly costs can pile up. Extreme heat and drought conditions are battering the United States, Europe and China, compounding problems for workers and businesses at a time when … Read more

Bangladesh tells UN that Rohingya refugees must return to Myanmar | Rohingya News

UN rights chief says return of Rohingya refugees is not possible currently due to concerns about their safety in Myanmar. Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has told the UN rights chief that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh must return home to Myanmar, from where they had fled waves … Read more

China races to alleviate drought, power cuts amid record heatwave

Southwestern Sichuan widens power rationing to homes, malls Farm ministry warns of impact on crops, livestock Cloud seeding programs launched in central Hubei and elsewhere Heatwave, at 64 days, is the longest since records began SHANGHAI, Aug 17 (Reuters) – China is scrambling to alleviate power shortages and bring more water to the drought-hit basin … Read more

Leopards snatching children as Kashmir man-wild conflict worsens | Wildlife News

Uri, Indian-administered Kashmir – Parveena Ganai, 45, remembers the day a leopard killed her 14-year-old son Shahid Ahmad, his body later found in pieces near their village of Turkaanjan in Indian-administered Kashmir’s remote Baramulla district. It was a bright Sunday morning on June 12 – a school holiday for the teenager. He got a haircut, … Read more

Germany, Israel condemn Palestinian president’s Holocaust remarks

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attend a news conference, in Berlin, Germany, August 16, 2022. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Outrage at Abbas claim Israel guilty of ’50 Holocausts’ German chancellor, Israeli premier lead condemnation In response, Abbas says Holocaust ‘most heinous crime’ BERLIN/JERUSALEM, Aug … Read more