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INDIA: Delhi Severe pollution drives car rationing

The Indian capital, Delhi, has launched a car rationing system as it battles hazardous levels of pollution. Private cars with even and odd number plates will be allowed on roads only on alternate days from 4 to 15 November, officials said. The system was introduced in 2016 and 2017 as well, but

Hong Kong bans face masks after months of protests

Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam has used a colonial-era emergency law to ban face masks after months of angry protests. The measure was announced on Friday, following widespread violence on 1 October, the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule in China. Ms Lam said the violence was “destroying the city” and authorities could not […]

Rohingya crisis: Villages destroyed for government facilities

Entire Muslim Rohingya villages in Myanmar have been demolished and replaced by police barracks, government buildings and refugee relocation camps, the BBC has found. On a government tour, the BBC saw four locations where secure facilities have been built on what satellite images show were once Rohingya settlements. Officials denied building on top of the […]

Huawei accuses US of cyber-attacks and threats to staff

Huawei has accused the US government of “using every tool at its disposal” to disrupt its business. In a press release on Tuesday, the Chinese tech giant said the US had launched cyber-attacks to infiltrate its networks and was threatening its employees. The firm, which was put on a US trade blacklist this year, did […]

China warns Hong Kong protesters not to ‘play with fire

China has issued a strong warning to Hong Kong’s protesters, saying their attempts “to play with fire will only backfire”. A spokesman for China’s top policy office in Hong Kong told protesters not to “underestimate the firm resolve [of] the central government”. Anti-China forces are the “behind-the-scenes masterminds” of

Africa joins rest of the world in opposing US position at WTO

Up to 43 African countries have joined a list of nations wanting an end to a U.S. veto on judicial appointments at the World Trade Organization, a statement showed on Wednesday. The development means that a large majority of WTO member states now openly oppose the U.S. position at the leading global organisation on trade. The United […]

Facebook bans Israeli firm over ‘fake Africa accounts’

Facebook has banned an Israeli company it believes was behind hundreds of fake accounts, pages and groups mostly targeting elections in six African countries. The American social media company says the people behind the network of what it calls “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” pretended to be locals in Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia. They

Huawei: China threatens to retaliate over US sanctions

China has threatened to retaliate against US sanctions seen as an attempt to restrict international trade by the Chinese technology giant Huawei. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing opposed countries imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies and would take action. The Trump administration on Wednesday effectively blocked Huawei products from being used

TAIWAN: Parliament legalises same-sex unions

Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday. In 2017, the island’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May. Lawmakers debated three different bills to […]
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