07 Jul 2020

Death toll from flooding in Japan rises to 50, dozen missing

 After a weekend of deadly rains beginning on Friday that expanded across several Japenese towns on Tuesday, at least 50 people have died and over a dozen remain missing. Japan’s southern region of Kyushu has experienced severe flooding as more rain is predicted to fall on the region in the

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07 Jul 2020

Hisham al-Hashimi: Leading Iraqi security expert shot dead in Baghdad

On Monday night, top security expert Hisham al-Hashimi was killed near his home in the Ziyouna district of Baghdad in a drive-by shooting consisting of two gunmen riding a motorbike. Al-Hashimi advised government agencies and is a leading figure on armed groups, appearing frequently in the media Although no group

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07 Jul 2020

Hundreds of thousands more could die from Covid-19 in Latin America, agency warns

In Latin America and the Caribbean, over 121,000 people have died due to COVID-19 complications, however, health authorities warn that this number could increase by more than 300,000 as of October 1. The Pan American Health Organization held a press briefing earlier this week citing modeling by the University of

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06 Jul 2020

Hong Kong Libraries Pull Books for Review Under China’s Security Law

Books in Hong Kong libraries have been pulled from the shelves following strict new laws imposed on Hong Kong by China. The new national security law for Hong Kong is being used to restrict political discussion and prosecute those who speak out against the government. Several pro-democracy books were pulled

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06 Jul 2020

Outspoken professor detained in China

Xu Zhangrun, a Chinese professor who has been under house arrest due to his criticism of the Chinese government, was detained on Monday. Zhangrun has spoken out against the Chinese government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis and has previously criticized the current leader of China, Xi Jinping. Chinese authorities have

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06 Jul 2020

Australia to seal off 6.6 million people in virus-hit state as outbreak worsens

Australia has announced plans to isolate 6.6 million residents in the state of Victoria from the rest of the nation following an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the region. Australian authorities’ plans show drastic and immediate action after cases were recorded in the city of Melbourne. The border between

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02 Jul 2020

Hundreds arrested as crime chat network cracked

According to the National Crime Agency, a top-secret communications system used by criminals to trade weapons and drugs has been penetrated by law enforcement. Major crime figures were among 746 people arrested as a result of the platform being compromised by officials. The messages on EncroChat were intercepted and decoded,

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02 Jul 2020

Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump for his involvement in the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January. Trump is one of 36 people who now have a warrant out for their arrest in relation to the death of the general, Qasem

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02 Jul 2020

Russian voters overwhelmingly back a ploy by President Vladimir Putin to rule until 2036

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a resounding victory in his bid to remain in power until 2036 after Russian citizens voted overwhelmingly to endorse the current political climate. Preliminary results show that Putin’s ploy to remain in office for over another decade was favorable among Russians after Wednesday’s voting. The

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01 Jul 2020

Hong Kong: First arrests under ‘anti-protest’ law as handover marked

The new anti-protest law in Hong Kong sparked international controversy, and the Hong Kong police have since made their first arrests under the new legislation imposed by Beijing as crowds took to the streets to mark 23 years since the end of British rule. At the demonstrations, several were arrested

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