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    Hong Kong detains 47 activists on subversion charges

    AP, Hong Kong police on Sunday detained 47 pro-democracy activists on charges of conspiracy to commit subversion under the city's national security law. The former lawmakers and democracy advocates had been previously arrested in a sweeping police operation in January but were released. They have been detained again and will appear in court on Monday, police said in a statement. They allegedly...

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    Andrew Cuomo scandals dim luster of 'America's governor'

    Bloomberg, By Ryan Teague Beckwith and Keshia Clukey New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, less than a year after bravura performances in daily coronavirus briefings led to talk of a presidential run, instead finds himself facing multiple scandals and rumblings of a primary challenge. Revelations that his administration hid the number of people who died from the coronavirus in nursing homes,...

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    Bangladesh police fire rubber bullets, tear gas at new opposition protests

    AFP, Dozens were injured on Sunday as Bangladeshi police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at opposition activists to prevent new protests over the death of a writer in jail, police and a party official said. Live footage from local television station Channel 24 showed a road and footpath in front of the National Press Club -- a favourite protest site in the capital Dhaka...

    • 2 hrs ago
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    Russia launches its first Arctic monitoring satellite

    AFP, A Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday carrying Russia's first satellite for monitoring the Arctic's climate, the Roscosmos space agency said. Video published by the Russian space agency showed the Soyuz blaster launching against grey skies at 0655 GMT, carrying an Arktika-M satellite. Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter Sunday that...

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    Myanmar forces disperse rallies with 3 reported dead in anti-coup crackdown

    AFP, Myanmar security forces violently dispersed anti-coup rallies around the country on Sunday, with reports of at least three protesters killed in the crackdown. The junta has ratcheted up its use of force over the weekend against the massive street movement demanding it yield power and release ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Police and soldiers had already...

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    In oil-rich Iraq, a few women buck norms, take rig site jobs

    AP, It's nearly dawn and Zainab Amjad has been up all night working on an oil rig in southern Iraq. She lowers a sensor into the black depths of a well until sonar waves detect the presence of the crude that fuels her country's economy. Elsewhere in the oil-rich province of Basra, Ayat Rawthan is supervising the assembly of large drill pipes. These will bore into the Earth and send...

    • 2 hrs ago
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    65% low, lower-middle income countries slashed education budgets after Covid-19 outbreak: World Bank

    PTI, Education budgets were cut by 65 per cent of low and lower-middle income countries after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic while only 33 per cent of high and upper-middle income countries did so, according to a report by the World Bank. The report, compiled in collaboration with UNESCO's Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, said the...

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    The simple 'seedballs' giving Kenya's forests a helping hand

    AFP, At first glance, the round black pellets could easily be mistaken for animal dung. But these hardy little balls contain acacia seeds that are helping regrow Kenya's depleted forests. In a tranche of razed forest bordering the Masai Mara wildlife reserve, a team of rangers scatter generous handfuls of "seedballs" around the bald clearing to give nature a fighting chance...

    • 3 hrs ago
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    Virginia lawmakers vote to legalise marijuana in 2024

    AP, Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Saturday to a bill that will legalise marijuana for adult recreational use, but not until 2024, when retail sales of the drug would also begin. With a compromise bill clearing the House and Senate, Virginia becomes the first Southern state to vote to legalise marijuana, joining 15 other states and the District of Columbia. The legislation now goes to...

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    Myanmar's UN ambassador vows to fight after junta fires him

    Reuters, Myanmar's United Nations envoy in New York vowed to fight on Saturday after the junta fired him for urging countries to use "any means necessary" to reverse a Feb. 1 coup that ousted the nation's elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. "I decided to fight back as long as I can," Kyaw Moe Tun told Reuters on Saturday. Myanmar state television announced on Saturday...

    • 6 hrs ago

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