American Library Association reports record book ban attempts in 2022

Attempted book bans and restrictions at school and public libraries continue to surge, setting a record in 2022, according to a new report from the American Library Association being released

A quarter of world population lacks safe drinking water: UN

A report issued on the eve of the first major U.N. conference on water in over 45 years says 26% of the world’s population doesn’t have access to 

‘Winnie the Pooh’ film pulled from Hong Kong, Macau cinemas

Public screenings of a slasher film that features Winnie the Pooh were scrapped abruptly in Hong Kong yesterday, sparking discussions over increasing censorship in the city, the Associated Press reports.

‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ stumbles with $30.5 million debut

“ The “Shazam!” sequel fell short of its modest expectations ($35 million) as well as the first film in the series ($53.5 million in April 2019), and

North Korea launches missile into sea amid US-S.Korea drills

North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward the sea yesterday, its neighbors said, ramping up testing activities in response to ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills that it

San Francisco board open to reparations with $5M payouts

Payments of $5 million to every eligible Black adult, the elimination of personal debt and tax burdens, guaranteed annual incomes of at least $97,000 for 250 years and

Ukraine: Objects of war become new normal in Kyiv scenery

There are sandbags around the statues and anti-tank obstacles by the side of the streets, trenches in the nearby forests and land mine warnings in the woods.

UK has new Duke of Edinburgh as king gives his brother title

King Charles III has made his youngest brother the Duke of Edinburgh, passing on a title held by their late father, Prince Philip. Buckingham Palace said

China’s CPI up 1% in February

China’s consumer inflation eased in February to a 12-month low, while its factory-gate prices showed an annual fall for a fifth month, official data showed yesterday. China’s

Edmund Ho expresses expectations to Macau CPPCC members

Edmund Ho, the vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), called for the CPPCC members in Macau SAR to implement the “spirit of the 20th National Congress

Roman shrine uncovered beneath graveyard in central England

Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be a Roman shrine beneath a former graveyard in the grounds of a cathedral in central England. Experts from the

Fox libel defense at odds with top GOP presidential foes

Fox News is on an unlikely collision course with two leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination over the rights of journalists. In defending itself against a

Hong Kong court convicts activists behind Tiananmen vigil

Three Hong Kong activists from a now-defunct group that organized annual vigils commemorating China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests were convicted on Saturday for failing to provide authorities

Activist appears targeted at Mexican president’s press brief

A human rights activist in Mexico’s dangerous northern border city of Nuevo Laredo yesterday said that he suspects the Mexican army — and the government in general

Popular China-linked store stirs debate amid Kenya inflation

Hundreds of Kenyan traders protested yesterday in the capital, Nairobi, over a popular new Chinese-affiliated shop selling goods they say undercut their businesses. But some people pinched by

New China US committee debuts with eye on major policy shifts

A special House committee dedicated to countering China will make its debut today, the opening act in what lawmakers hope will be a robust effort to overcome partisan

Japan, NZ to speed up intel sharing pact amid China concerns

The foreign ministers of Japan and New Zealand agreed to speed up talks on an intelligence sharing pact as the two island nations vowed to strengthen security ties

Penguin to publish ‘classic’ Roald Dahl books after backlash

Publisher Penguin Random House announced it will publish “classic” unexpurgated versions of Roald Dahl’s children’s novels after it received  Along with the new editions, the company said

US sanctions Mexican drug precursor suppliers

The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions Wednesday on six members of a Mexican ring accused of supplying massive amounts of precursor chemical used to make deadly fentanyl and

G-20 finance chiefs to tackle global economic threats

Top financial leaders from the Group of 20 leading economies are gathering in the south Indian technology hub of Bengaluru this week to tackle myriad challenges to global

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