Myanmar military general to face grilling from Asian leaders over coup violence – National

Southeast Asian leaders are to meet Myanmar’s top general and coup leader in an emergency summit in Indonesia Saturday, and are expected to press calls for an end to violence by security forces that has left hundreds of protesters dead as well as the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees. […]

Up to 3.4 million in Myanmar face hunger after military coup, United Nations says – National

Food insecurity is rising sharply in Myanmar in the wake of the military coup and deepening financial crisis with millions more people expected to go hungry in coming months, the United Nations said on Thursday. Up to 3.4 million more people will struggle to afford food in the next three to six months with […]

Wisconsin police officer who shot Jacob Blake back on duty, won’t face discipline – National

A white policeman cleared of criminal wrongdoing after shooting an African-American man in the back last August in Kenosha, Wisconsin, igniting deadly protests that helped stoke a summer of U.S. racial tensions, has been returned to duty. Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said in a statement posted on Tuesday that officer Rusten Sheskey was […]

Reports of shortened quarantine for NHL players ‘a slapshot in the face’: advocates

Advocates are calling on the federal government to reduce their mandatory two-week COVID-19 quarantine for all Canadians in response to reports of incoming NHL players having their quarantines shortened. Faces of Advocacy, an organization rallying to reunite families at the Canadian border, called on the federal government to reduce their mandatory quarantines for Canadians […]

1 in 3 women worldwide face physical, sexual violence: WHO study – National

The U.N. health agency and its partners have found in a new study that nearly one in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes, calling the results a “horrifying picture” that requires action by governments and communities alike. The report released Tuesday from the World Health Organization, based on […]

Swiss to vote on banning face veils in referendum criticised as Islamophobic

“Stop Extremism!” urges a red billboard in a quiet village outside Zurich above an image of a scowling woman wearing a black headscarf and face veil. The billboard is part of a campaign by the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) to ban face coverings in public and which will be voted on in a binding […]

Republican senators face big decision as Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial ends – National

Most every Senate juror has said they will listen to the evidence in Donald Trump‘s historic second impeachment trial, but most minds were likely made up before the trial began. Democrats would need a minimum of 17 Republicans to vote with them to convict Trump of incitement of insurrection, and that appears unlikely. Still, […]

Vaccine makers face possible strain on supply of key ingredient: lipid molecules – National

Vaccine makers are shoring up their supply of a critical raw material in “messenger RNA” vaccines: the lipid molecules that help deliver the genetic RNA material into cells. Manufacturers are under pressure to increase production of COVID-19 vaccines as infections from the pandemic approach 110 million people. But the supply effort has gotten off […]

Myanmar protesters face water cannons, arrests as military junta promises elections – National

Protesters opposed to Myanmar’s military coup defied bans on big gatherings to extend the largest demonstrations in more than a decade on Tuesday, chanting and confronting police who fired water cannons and arrested more than two dozen people. The Feb. 1 coup and detention of elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has brought […]

Activists, journalists face social media crackdown amid Indian farmer protests – National

When Vinod K. Jose, executive editor of The Caravan, India’s leading investigating magazine, logged onto Twitter on Monday, he was shocked to find the magazine’s account blocked. Jose was already dealing with a case of sedition and other charges against him, the magazine owners and a freelance journalist. At the heart of the allegations […]