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US backs calls for Taiwan to get role at world health assembly

Beijing prevents Taipei from taking observer seat at WHO assembly in Switzerland, prompting US health secretary Azar to join calls for the ban to be lifted.

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Beijing prevents Taipei from taking observer seat at WHO assembly in Switzerland, prompting US health secretary Azar to join calls for the ban to be lifted.

US backs calls for Taiwan to get role at world health assembly
North Korea urges UN chief to act against ‘gangster’ US after ship seizure

The US said on May 9 that it seized the ship because it was carrying coal in violation of UN sanctions, a first-of-its-kind enforcement action.

21 May 2019 - 1:08PM

The US said on May 9 that it seized the ship because it was carrying coal in violation of UN sanctions, a first-of-its-kind enforcement action.

North Korea urges UN chief to act against ‘gangster’ US after ship seizure
US judge rules that parents of Peter Zhu, dead West Point cadet, can use his frozen sperm to produce child and continue family name

West Point cadet, who died in ski accident, dreamed of having several children and felt responsible for carrying on his cultural and family legacy, parents say.

21 May 2019 - 5:54AM

West Point cadet, who died in ski accident, dreamed of having several children and felt responsible for carrying on his cultural and family legacy, parents say.

US judge rules that parents of Peter Zhu, dead West Point cadet, can use his frozen sperm to produce child and continue family name
Battle breaks out for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s computers

Ecuadorean authorities carry out inventory of Assange’s belongings and digital devices left behind at London embassy after his expulsion last month

21 May 2019 - 4:30AM

Ecuadorean authorities carry out inventory of Assange’s belongings and digital devices left behind at London embassy after his expulsion last month

Battle breaks out for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s computers
Kashmir group calls for UN to investigate allegations of torture as a ‘matter of policy’ by Indian troops

In a 560-page report, researched for a decade, the group said that institutions of state like the legislature, executive, judiciary and armed forces use torture ‘in a systematic and institutional manner’.

20 May 2019 - 1:22PM

In a 560-page report, researched for a decade, the group said that institutions of state like the legislature, executive, judiciary and armed forces use torture ‘in a systematic and institutional manner’.

Kashmir group calls for UN to investigate allegations of torture as a ‘matter of policy’ by Indian troops
Swiss voters approve tighter gun laws, falling in line with the EU in wake of attacks across the region

Measures will require regular training, special waivers to own some semi-automatic weapons and a serial number tracking system.

20 May 2019 - 7:44AM

Measures will require regular training, special waivers to own some semi-automatic weapons and a serial number tracking system.

Swiss voters approve tighter gun laws, falling in line with the EU in wake of attacks across the region
Eurovision Song Contest scolds Madonna after Palestinian flag displayed by one of her dancers during Tel Aviv guest appearance

During the performance two of her dancers flashed Israeli and Palestinian flags pinned on their backs, sparking anger from European Broadcast Union.

20 May 2019 - 6:40AM

During the performance two of her dancers flashed Israeli and Palestinian flags pinned on their backs, sparking anger from European Broadcast Union.

Eurovision Song Contest scolds Madonna after Palestinian flag displayed by one of her dancers during Tel Aviv guest appearance
US Senator Charles Schumer wants ‘top-to-bottom review’ of Chinese train maker CRRC that won design contest for New York City subway cars

Chinese state-owned company CRRC recently won a design contest for New York City subway cars, which has Senator Charles Schumer worried about potential sabotage.

20 May 2019 - 9:47PM

Chinese state-owned company CRRC recently won a design contest for New York City subway cars, which has Senator Charles Schumer worried about potential sabotage.

US Senator Charles Schumer wants ‘top-to-bottom review’ of Chinese train maker CRRC that won design contest for New York City subway cars
Italy's anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini leads right-wing rally of European populists

Salvini was joined by 10 other nationalist leaders, including far-right leaders Marine Le Pen of France’s National Rally party and Joerg Meuthen of the Alternative for Germany party.

19 May 2019 - 9:53PM

Salvini was joined by 10 other nationalist leaders, including far-right leaders Marine Le Pen of France’s National Rally party and Joerg Meuthen of the Alternative for Germany party.

Italy's anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini leads right-wing rally of European populists
New Statue of Liberty Museum in New York explores its history and impact on the world

The museum was conceived as a way to provide historical context to the millions of people who visit the monument each year. It houses artefacts previously only accessible to a fraction of visitors to Liberty Island.

19 May 2019 - 9:15PM

The museum was conceived as a way to provide historical context to the millions of people who visit the monument each year. It houses artefacts previously only accessible to a fraction of visitors to Liberty Island.

New Statue of Liberty Museum in New York explores its history and impact on the world
Blame it on Bieber: fans flock to Icelandic canyon featured in star’s music video

Fjadrárgljúfur canyon is closed to visitors, but they keep on coming. Recent surges in tourism to the volcanic island have put a strain on its landscape, where soil forms slowly and erodes quickly.

19 May 2019 - 7:21PM

Fjadrárgljúfur canyon is closed to visitors, but they keep on coming. Recent surges in tourism to the volcanic island have put a strain on its landscape, where soil forms slowly and erodes quickly.

Blame it on Bieber: fans flock to Icelandic canyon featured in star’s music video
China’s ban on scrap imports revitalises US recycling industry

US paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap waste materials, and some facilities that previously exported plastic or metal to China have retooled so they can process it themselves.

19 May 2019 - 10:59PM

US paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap waste materials, and some facilities that previously exported plastic or metal to China have retooled so they can process it themselves.

China’s ban on scrap imports revitalises US recycling industry
It’s time: Asian-Americans say they deserve a Smithsonian gallery of their own

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Centre launches a US$25 million fundraising drive for permanent gallery space on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

19 May 2019 - 10:49PM

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Centre launches a US$25 million fundraising drive for permanent gallery space on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

It’s time: Asian-Americans say they deserve a Smithsonian gallery of their own
Humanitarian ship Sea-Watch 3 enters Italian waters carrying 47 migrants, flouting ban by country’s interior minster

Matteo Salvini said children and the sick were permitted to enter Italy ‘but the absolute ban remains on Sea-Watch 3 against entering our territorial waters’.

19 May 2019 - 5:10AM

Matteo Salvini said children and the sick were permitted to enter Italy ‘but the absolute ban remains on Sea-Watch 3 against entering our territorial waters’.

Humanitarian ship Sea-Watch 3 enters Italian waters carrying 47 migrants, flouting ban by country’s interior minster
US warns that Iran’s military could misidentify civilian airliners amid rising tensions

Federal Aviation Administration says that current tensions pose a threat to a region critical to both global air travel and trade.

19 May 2019 - 1:25AM

Federal Aviation Administration says that current tensions pose a threat to a region critical to both global air travel and trade.

US warns that Iran’s military could misidentify civilian airliners amid rising tensions
‘My object is to be paid’: ex-CIA officer Kevin Mallory jailed for 20 years for spying for China in exchange for US$25,000

62-year-old provided classified information to Chinese handlers in exchange for US$25,000, with prosecutors arguing he sought to expose human CIA assets.

18 May 2019 - 11:29PM

62-year-old provided classified information to Chinese handlers in exchange for US$25,000, with prosecutors arguing he sought to expose human CIA assets.

‘My object is to be paid’: ex-CIA officer Kevin Mallory jailed for 20 years for spying for China in exchange for US$25,000
Friendly fire: US air strike kills 17 policemen in Afghanistan

Bombs were dropped during clash between Afghan police and the Taliban in country’s southern Helmand province.

18 May 2019 - 9:53PM

Bombs were dropped during clash between Afghan police and the Taliban in country’s southern Helmand province.

Friendly fire: US air strike kills 17 policemen in Afghanistan
Ukraine's ruling coalition collapses in blow to president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy

In last month’s election, president-elect Zelenskiy vowed to disband the parliament, claiming that it does not represent the interests of the people.

17 May 2019 - 9:23PM

In last month’s election, president-elect Zelenskiy vowed to disband the parliament, claiming that it does not represent the interests of the people.

Ukraine's ruling coalition collapses in blow to president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy
Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war ended 10 years ago, but many in former Tamil capital still search for missing family

The unresolved disappearances of thousands of people linked to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam remains a huge issue for many in the northern province where much of the battle was fought

17 May 2019 - 2:34PM

The unresolved disappearances of thousands of people linked to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam remains a huge issue for many in the northern province where much of the battle was fought

Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war ended 10 years ago, but many in former Tamil capital still search for missing family
Israel Folau sacked by Rugby Australia after hearing ratifies contract termination

Star player’s termination throws Wallabies World Cup plans into disarray

17 May 2019 - 10:09PM

Star player’s termination throws Wallabies World Cup plans into disarray

Israel Folau sacked by Rugby Australia after hearing ratifies contract termination
‘We discriminate against genius’: Donald Trump seeks to overhaul US green card system to favour skills over family-based immigration

Under new proposal, more spots would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees.

17 May 2019 - 10:13PM

Under new proposal, more spots would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees.

‘We discriminate against genius’: Donald Trump seeks to overhaul US green card system to favour skills over family-based immigration
Pregnant US woman Marlen Ochoa-Lopez strangled, baby cut from her womb, after responding to Facebook ad for free infant clothes

Newborn boy in grave condition and not likely to survive; three suspects taken into custody and expected to be charged with murder.

17 May 2019 - 10:13PM

Newborn boy in grave condition and not likely to survive; three suspects taken into custody and expected to be charged with murder.

Pregnant US woman Marlen Ochoa-Lopez strangled, baby cut from her womb, after responding to Facebook ad for free infant clothes
Mother of Japanese girl who died in home toilet pleads guilty to complicity in assault

Nagisa Kurihara, who pleaded guilty to complicity in her husband’s abuse of their daughter, said she was herself assaulted by him when she tried to stop his abuse of Mia, and came to feel it was no use trying to stop him

16 May 2019 - 5:35PM

Nagisa Kurihara, who pleaded guilty to complicity in her husband’s abuse of their daughter, said she was herself assaulted by him when she tried to stop his abuse of Mia, and came to feel it was no use trying to stop him

Mother of Japanese girl who died in home toilet pleads guilty to complicity in assault
California cafe serves up ‘world’s priciest’ coffee at US$75 a cup – and it’s ‘shockingly good’

If you thought your morning caffè latte was expensive, think again.

16 May 2019 - 8:38PM

If you thought your morning caffè latte was expensive, think again.

California cafe serves up ‘world’s priciest’ coffee at US$75 a cup – and it’s ‘shockingly good’
Donald Trump pardons Conrad Black, billionaire ex-media mogul who wrote flattering book about Trump’s successes

The White House said that former media mogul Conrad Black was ‘entirely deserving’ of the pardon.

16 May 2019 - 8:37PM

The White House said that former media mogul Conrad Black was ‘entirely deserving’ of the pardon.

Donald Trump pardons Conrad Black, billionaire ex-media mogul who wrote flattering book about Trump’s successes
UK’s Jeremy Kyle tabloid talk show cancelled after death of guest who failed lie detector test

63-year-old Steve Dymond was found dead on May 9, sparking debate about the stress put on people appearing on television and online shows

15 May 2019 - 6:54PM

63-year-old Steve Dymond was found dead on May 9, sparking debate about the stress put on people appearing on television and online shows

UK’s Jeremy Kyle tabloid talk show cancelled after death of guest who failed lie detector test
War fears mount as US deploys bombers and carrier strike group to counter Iran ‘threat’

The United States has accelerated the deployment of an aircraft carrier task force to the Persian Gulf, adding to it B-52 bombers, a Patriot missile battery and an amphibious assault ship, in the face of the alleged Iranian threat.

15 May 2019 - 7:24PM

The United States has accelerated the deployment of an aircraft carrier task force to the Persian Gulf, adding to it B-52 bombers, a Patriot missile battery and an amphibious assault ship, in the face of the alleged Iranian threat.

War fears mount as US deploys bombers and carrier strike group to counter Iran ‘threat’
In last-minute deal, Donald Trump Jr agrees to be interviewed by Senate panel investigating Russian collusion

Agreement allows both sides to avoid, for now, a confrontation over a subpoena for Donald Trump Jr to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

15 May 2019 - 7:49AM

Agreement allows both sides to avoid, for now, a confrontation over a subpoena for Donald Trump Jr to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

In last-minute deal, Donald Trump Jr agrees to be interviewed by Senate panel investigating Russian collusion
US Attorney General William Barr launches probe into FBI investigation of Russia’s election meddling

Donald Trump says he did not ask attorney general to open inquiry, but is ‘so proud’ that Barr is looking into matter.

15 May 2019 - 4:00AM

Donald Trump says he did not ask attorney general to open inquiry, but is ‘so proud’ that Barr is looking into matter.

US Attorney General William Barr launches probe into FBI investigation of Russia’s election meddling
Report by Canadian internet watchdog links global fake news campaign to Iran

A global multilingual campaign aimed at seeding anti-Saudi, anti-Israel and anti-US stories across the web has been operating for years, says Citizen Lab.

14 May 2019 - 9:30PM

A global multilingual campaign aimed at seeding anti-Saudi, anti-Israel and anti-US stories across the web has been operating for years, says Citizen Lab.

Report by Canadian internet watchdog links global fake news campaign to Iran