Forced labour, possible ‘enslavement’ in China’s Xinjiang: UN expert

Minorities have been drafted into forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing, a report by an independent UN expert has concluded, in what it said could amount to “enslavement as a crime against humanity”. Beijing has been accused of detaining over a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in … Read more

China factories ration power as heatwave sends demand soaring

Chinese lithium hub Sichuan province will ration electricity supply to factories until Saturday, state media reported, as a heatwave sends power demands soaring and dries up reservoirs. Temperatures in the province — home to nearly 84 million people — have hovered above 40-42 degrees Celsius (104-108 degrees Fahrenheit) since last week, according to data from … Read more

Attorney general says ‘personally approved’ Trump home search

US Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday that he had “personally approved” the search for Donald Trump’s Florida home, and condemned “unfounded attacks” on the FBI following the unprecedented action against an ex-president. Garland did not explain the reason for the search, but stressed there was “probable cause” and said he had asked a court … Read more

In New York, renters desperate as soaring rents exacerbate housing crisis

In mid-May, Paula Sevilla and her roommates joined the many New Yorkers suffering under the city’s crushing housing crisis, which has seen rents soar in the pandemic’s wake. The tenants argued their landlord had violated rules requiring sufficient notice but ultimately were told if they would have to pay an additional $800 per month if … Read more

Ukraine ‘optimistic’ after arrival of first grain shipment

The first cargo ship to reach its final destination after departing from Ukraine under a deal between Moscow and Kyiv docked in Turkey Monday, Kyiv said, while a consignment due in Lebanon reported delays. Ukraine, one of the world’s largest grain exporters, was forced to halt almost all deliveries after Russia’s invasion, but Black Sea … Read more

‘Decisive day’ for trapped Mexican miners

A major operation to rescue 10 trapped Mexican coal miners was approaching a crucial moment on Saturday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, raising the hopes of desperate relatives. “Today is a decisive day because, according to the experts, we’ll know if it’s possible for the divers to enter safely,” he tweeted. Five workers managed … Read more

Surprise US job surge lifts employment back to pre-Covid levels

The US jobs market grew much faster than expected in July, lifting employment back to pre-pandemic levels, in news welcomed by President Joe Biden as he faces tough midterm elections — but which also fuels concerns about sky-high inflation. Even the White House had predicted job gains would slow last month, which Biden had said … Read more

Musk accuses Twitter of fraud as buyout battle escalates

Elon Musk has accused him of fraud, alleging the social media platform him on key aspects of its business before he agreed to a $44 billion buyout, as their court fight heats up. The Tesla boss lodged the claim as he fights back against Twitter’s lawsuit seeking to force him to close the deal, which … Read more

Elon Musk accuses Twitter of fraud in buyout deal: court filing

Elon Musk has accused him of fraud, alleging him the social media platform mis about key of its business before he agreed to a $44 billion buyout, as their court battle heats up. The Tesla boss lodged the claim late Thursday as he fights back against Twitter’s lawsuit seeking to force him to close the … Read more

South Korea’s first lunar orbiter launched by SpaceX

South Korea’s first lunar orbiter successfully launched on a year-long mission to observe the Moon, Seoul said Friday, with the payload including a new disruption-tolerant network for sending data from space. Danuri — a portmanteau of the Korean words for “Moon” and “enjoy” — was on a Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in … Read more