Afghan media decries increased violations as world marks press freedom day

The media in Afghanistan has voiced concerns over increased attacks on the freedom of expression. The head of the Afghan Independent Journalists Association Hujatullah Mujadid said the increased restrictions was a major violation of rights. "We are celebrating May 3 as more than 40 per cent of our media outlets have been closed. Around...

Outspoken market analyst’s Chinese social media accounts suspended

The Chinese social media accounts of an outspoken Hong Kong-based market strategist were suspended after a series of downbeat commentaries and a slump in mainland equities to two-year lows on COVID-19 lockdowns and global political tensions. All content on the WeChat account of Hong Hao, who is head of research at Bocom International Holdings,...

Britain’s Truss tells China its rise depends on playing by the rules

LONDON (Reuters) -British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned China that failure to play by global rules would cut short its rise as a superpower, and said the West should ensure that Taiwan can defend itself. Renewing her call to boost NATO, Truss said moves to isolate Russia from the world economy in response to...

It’s not just Russia – China’s also contributing to higher inflation worldwide, report says

Russia is guilty of creating a food security crisis and higher energy prices through its war with Ukraine, but China has — under the radar — also taken actions in three areas that are exacerbating inflation worldwide, said the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “Russia’s war in Ukraine has taken a shocking toll on the region,” wrote PIIE...

EU demands ‘proper answer’ over detained staffer in China

The European Union has demanded a "proper answer" from Chinese authorities over the arrest of a local employee at its Beijing mission who has been held for eight months. The EU Delegation in China staffer was detained by police in September 2021, the bloc confirmed in an emailed statement. "Despite multiple...

‘Like Wuhan all over again’: As Shanghai protests, China censors

April was, by all accounts, a cruel month for the residents of Shanghai. As an Omicron-induced outbreak of COVID-19 swept across China’s biggest city, millions of people were confined to their homes. In an eerie echo of the lockdown imposed on the central city of Wuhan in 2020 after the virus...

Beijing races to contain ‘urgent and grim’ Covid outbreak as Shanghai lockdown continues

Beijing is racing to track a Covid-19 outbreak that may have been spreading in the capital for a week, city authorities said over the weekend, raising the prospect more stringent restrictions could soon be implemented in line with other Chinese cities. Chaoyang, one of the city's largest districts, announced Sunday that it would launch...

Afghan refugees ‘stranded with no idea of future life’

Eight months since thousands of Afghans fled from the Taliban and arrived in the UK, many are still living in hotels. Others are stranded in Afghanistan, desperate to get out. Earlier this year, the Home Office said about 37,000 asylum seekers and refugees were living in hotels across the UK at...

Pakistan to cut expenditures, development funds to revive IMF programme

Pakistan will need to cut expenditures and development funds to try and revive an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said on Wednesday. "We will seek revival of the IMF programme, and we will, God willing, do belt tightening, and cut PSDP (Public Sector Development Funds)," Ismail told a news conference...

Rwanda jails Chinese national for torturing mine workers

A Chinese national has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for torturing local mineworkers in Rwanda after a video showing him whipping a man tied to a post went viral on social media. Sun Shujun, the manager of a mine in the west of the country, was convicted on Tuesday along with an...
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