USA set basketball World Cup record as quarter-finals take shape

A rampant United States set a new all-time women’s basketball World Cup scoring record Monday with a 145-69 demolition of South Korea, while Belgium, France and China all booked their place in the quarter-finals. Eight of the Americans’ 12-strong roster hit double figures, led by Brionna Jones with 24 points, eight rebounds and one assist … Read more

Hong Kong cardinal among activists on trial over protest fund

A 90-year-old Hong Kong cardinal will go on trial alongside four fellow democracy supporters on Monday over their role in running a fund to help defend people arrested in anti-government protests. Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of Asia’s highest-ranking Catholic clerics, was originally detained earlier this year under a national security law that Beijing imposed on … Read more

China FM calls on Russia, Ukraine not to let war ‘spill over’

China on Saturday at the United Nations urged Russia and Ukraine not to let effects of their war “spill over” and called for a diplomatic resolution. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also sounded a fresh warning on Taiwan amid tensions in the Taiwan Strait, saying Beijing would take “forceful steps” to prevent any outside support … Read more

US, China top diplomats meet to contain high tensions on Taiwan

The top US and Chinese diplomats met Friday in New York as soaring tensions show signs of easing, but Beijing issued a new warning against support for Taiwan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shook hands but only exchanged pleasantries before the cameras before sitting down with aids on the … Read more

Cambodia Khmer Rouge court upholds conviction in final ruling

Cambodia’s UN-backed Khmer Rouge war crimes court gave its final verdict Thursday, upholding the genocide conviction and life sentence imposed on the regime’s last surviving leader. The tribunal was ruling on an appeal by Khieu Samphan, head of state for the murderous communist regime which wiped out a quarter of the Cambodian population in less … Read more

Global Fund raises $14.25 billion to end HIV, TB and malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised $14.25 billion Wednesday at a donor conference led by US President Joe Biden, as decades of progress against the diseases are set back by Covid. It was the highest amount ever pledged for a multilateral health organization — but fell far short of the ambitious … Read more

Global Fund seeks $18 billion to end HIV, TB and malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Wednesday sought to raise at least $18 billion at a donor conference led by US President Joe Biden, the decades of progress against the three diseases are set back by Covid. It is the highest ever “replenishment” goal set by the organization, which brings together … Read more

Ousted Sri Lanka leader faces arrest calls after return

Deposed Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa faced calls for his arrest Saturday after returning home from self-imposed exile under the protection of his successor’s government. Rajapaksa fled the island nation under military escort in July after a huge crowd stormed his official residence following months of demonstrations sparked by an unprecedented economic crisis. Leaders of … Read more

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sentenced to three years for electoral fraud: source

Myanmar joins court jailed ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to three years in jail on Friday for electoral fraud in the 2020 polls, which her party won in a landslide. The latest sentence handed down by the closed court takes the total jail time the Nobel laureate and democracy figurehead is facing for two … Read more

Bombshell UN Xinjiang report lists litany of rights abuses

The United Nations released a bombshell report into serious human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region late Wednesday, saying torture allegations were credible and citing possible crimes against humanity. The report, in the making for around a year, was released in Geneva at 11:47 pm (2147 GMT) on Wednesday — just 13 minutes before Michelle … Read more