G7 declares ‘unwavering support’ for Ukraine over Russia standoff

Kiev, Ukraine – Foreign ministers from the world’s seven biggest economies, known as the Group of Seven or G7, have condemned Russia’s actions in Kerch Strait as they reaffirmed their “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”. A statement by G7 members – the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan…

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Marriott says its database hacked affecting up to 500 million

The world’s largest hotel company, Marriott International, said on Friday that up to 500 million hotel guests may have had their personal details hacked in a massive four-year-long breach of a reservation database. Marriott said its Starwood Hotels & Resorts reservation database in the United States had suffered a “data security incident” involving unlawful access…

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Torture, reform and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

On November 20, Amnesty International published a report detailing how Saudi women’s rights activists, arbitrarily arrested in a government crackdown earlier this year, have faced sexual harassment and torture during their interrogation. Citing three separate testimonies, the rights group said the detainees were held in solitary confinement and faced repeated electrocution and flogging, leaving some of…

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CNN fires contributor Marc Lamont Hill for criticising Israel

American Cable News Network (CNN) has severed ties with Marc Lamont Hill, a recurring political contributor, after he delivered a speech at the United Nations accusing Israel of “state violence and ethnic cleansing” and championed a one-state solution. A CNN spokesperson said in a brief statement on Thursday that Hill, a professor of media studies…

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Life after the Lees? Singapore prepares for the future

Singapore – Lee Kuan Yew, known as the founding father of Singapore, oversaw its growth from a small country with no natural resources to a thriving metropolis – in a style almost invariably described as authoritarian. Lee dominated public life on the Southeast Asian island from 1959, when the former British colony won self-governance, to well beyond…

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‘Extremely abominable’: Chinese gene-editing scientist faces law

Shenzhen, China – China has suspended He Jiankui – the scientist who claims to have produced the world’s first gene-edited babies. He now looks set to face punishment after publicly revealing research many in the scientific community condemned as irresponsible. His work was “extremely abominable in nature”, Xi Nanping, vice minister of the Ministry of…

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Afghan Hazaras slaughtered and Australian families want action

Melbourne, Australia – Australian members of the ethnic Hazara diaspora are desperately calling upon their government to do more to protect civilians in Afghanistan in the wake of heightened violence in the districts of Malistan and Jaghori. As Australian parliament resumed in Canberra on Monday for its final sitting of 2018, dozens of Hazara Australians…

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