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

Former Australian PM defends secret power grab

Australia’s former leader on Wednesday defended secret arrangements he made to swear himself in to key portfolios including defense and treasury, saying he would only have used the roles in an emergency during the Covid-19 pandemic. Revelations about Scott Morrison’s covert actions — labeled by his successor as the creation of a “shadow government” — … Read more

Top Republican Trump critic Cheney loses seat in US Congress

Republican rebel Liz Cheney lost her seat in Congress Tuesday to an election conspiracy theorist, US media projected, in the latest sign of her party’s break with traditional conservatism to embrace Donald Trump’s hardline “America First” agenda. Once considered Republican royalty, the lawmaker from Wyoming has become a pariah in the party over her membership … Read more

Kenya’s Odinga vows to pursue ‘legal options’ over vote defeat

Kenya’s defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga Tuesday to pursue “all constitutional and legal options” after rejecting the outcome of elections that awarded victory to his rival William Ruto. The 77-year-old veteran politician branded the result of the August 9 race a “travesty” but stopped short of explicitly announcing that he would mount a challenge at … Read more

Chinese ship docks in Sri Lanka despite India, US concerns

A Chinese research vessel docked at Sri Lanka’s Chinese-run southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday despite concerns from India and the United States about its alleged spying activities. The Yuan Wang 5 entered the deep-sea port after securing permission to enter Sri Lankan waters on the condition it would not engage in any research, port … Read more

Kenya’s Ruto declared president-elect amid results chaos

Deputy President William Ruto was Monday declared the winner of Kenya’s hard-fought presidential poll but the announcement was mired in controversy after several members of the election commission rejected the results. Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto had won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) in the August 9 vote, … Read more

‘Great victory’ as Taliban mark turbulent first year in power

Taliban fighters chanted victory slogans next to the US embassy in Kabul Monday as they marked the first anniversary of their return to power in Afghanistan following a turbulent year that saw women’s rights crushed and a humanitarian crisis worsened. Exactly a year ago, the hardline Islamists captured Kabul after a nationwide lightning offensive against … Read more

China conducts fresh drills around Taiwan as US lawmakers visit

China said Monday it had organized fresh military drills around Taiwan, as a delegation of visiting United States lawmakers were set to meet the island’s leader just weeks after a similar trip by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi heightened fears of conflict. The unannounced two-day trip came after Beijing sent warships, missiles and jets into the … Read more

‘Day of conquest’ as Taliban mark turbulent first year in power

Taliban fighters chanted victory slogans next to the US embassy in Kabul Monday as they marked the first anniversary of their return to power in Afghanistan following a turbulent year that saw women’s rights crushed and a humanitarian crisis worsened. Exactly a year ago, the hardline Islamists captured Kabul after a nationwide lightning offensive against … Read more

Egyptians mourn 41 killed in Cairo Coptic church fire

Funerals were held in two Cairo churches Sunday evening for 41 victims of a fire that ripped through a Coptic Christian church during mass, forcing worshipers to jump out of windows. The blaze, blamed on an electrical fault, hit the Abu Sifin church in densely populated Imbaba, a working class district west of the Nile … Read more