The Buzz | Official claims pressure to alter US Homeland Security intel

A Department of Homeland Security official said in a whistleblower complaint that he was pressured by more senior officials to suppress facts in intelligence reports that President Donald Trump might

One good thing | Volunteers feed Covid-19 patients, doctors in Nepal hospital

From his pharmacy outside Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Bikram Bhadel saw what happened when coronavirus lockdowns closed the facility’s cafeteria and nearby cafes. “Every day I watched the patients, their families,

Official claims pressure to alter US Homeland Security intel

A Department of Homeland Security official said in a whistleblower complaint that he was pressured by more senior officials to suppress facts in intelligence reports that President Donald Trump might

This Day in History | 2000 Daring rescue frees jungle hostages

One British paratrooper has been killed and 11 injured during a bold mission to rescue six hostages being held in the Sierra Leonean jungle by a rebel group. All the hostages

Greece | Fire sweeps through refugee camp on virus lockdown

A major overnight fire swept through Greece’s largest refugee camp, which had been placed under COVID-19 lockdown, burning through container housing and leaving more than 12,000 migrants yesterday in emergency

The Buzz | Key European Union leaders to hold videoconference with Xi Jinping

Key European Union leaders have a video conference scheduled with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week to discuss issues ranging from climate change to the coronavirus pandemic. The EU said in

US: In three big states, Biden looks to rebuild Democrats’ Blue Wall

In 2016, Donald Trump tore down Democrats' "blue wall," winning the White House with surprise victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. This year, Joe Biden is trying to rebuild. The Democratic presidential

Norwegian lawmaker nominates Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

A far-right Norwegian lawmaker said today (Wednesday) that he has nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member

South African party rejects alleged Trump comment on Mandela

The report that U.S. President Donald Trump made crude, disparaging remarks about Nelson Mandela, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning former leader, has drawn an angry response from South Africa's ruling

This Day in History | 1976 Chairman Mao Zedong dies

The chief architect of the Chinese revolution, Chairman Mao Zedong, has died at the age of 82. His death - at 10 minutes past midnight - was announced by the Central

Japan | Suga praises democracy in party vote stacked for him

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party officially started its campaign for a new leader, with the man all but assured to take over from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praising the democracy

The Buzz | China tension may hit half of Australia’s benchmark stock index

The ongoing deterioration of Australia’s relationship with its largest trading partner is seen impacting banks, consumer firms and tourism-related stocks that make up almost half the weight of the nation’s

Beijing proposes global data rules to counter US moves on TikTok

China yesterday outlined a slate of rules designed to prevent foreign governments from acquiring data stored locally, seeking to counter Washington’s accusations that services like TikTok and WeChat share sensitive

When will tourists return to Africa? Continent must guess

Raino Bolz quickly diversified when his tourism business in South Africa's winelands crashed to a halt in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. He sold a minibus — useless without

This Day in History | 1986 Pinochet survives rebel ambush

The president of Chile has escaped an attempt on his life in a fierce attack which killed five of his bodyguards and wounded 11 more. General Augusto Pinochet’s motorcade was ambushed

Typhoon lashes South Korea after battering Japanese islands

A powerful typhoon damaged buildings, flooded roads and knocked out power to thousands of homes in South Korea yesterday after battering islands in southern Japan, killing one person and injuring

The Buzz | Hospital: Russia’s Alexei Navalny out of coma, is responsive

Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s condition has improved, allowing doctors to take him out of an induced coma, the German hospital treating him said yesterday. Navalny, a fierce, high-profile critic

WikiLeaks’ Assange in UK court to fight US extradition bid

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a London court today (Monday) to fight a U.S. extradition request, at a high-stakes hearing that was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Assange, who has

This Day in History | 1992 Troops kill 24 at ANC rally

At least 24 people have been killed and 150 injured when soldiers fired on an African National Congress demonstration on the border of Ciskei in South Africa. The march was organised

Germany is re-engineering Europe’s most important river

Two shipping brothers on Germany’s Rhine faced a dilemma that has become increasingly common on Europe’s most important river. With the waters precariously low, Stephen and Torsten Mnich fretted over whether

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