The Taliban executed scores of Afghan security forces members after surrender, HRW alleges

The HRW report detailed “the summary execution or enforced disappearance” of 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), including military personnel, police, intelligence service members and paramilitary militia, who had surrendered to or were apprehended by Taliban forces between August 15 and October 31. HRW says the report is based on a… Continue reading The Taliban executed scores of Afghan security forces members after surrender, HRW alleges

Tropical cyclones in Asia could have double the destructive power by the end of century, study finds

Using data from nearly four decades from 1979 to 2016, researchers found that the destructive power of tropical cyclones had dramatically increased, with stronger landfalling cyclones lasting longer and tracking further inland. The study, by researchers at the Shenzhen Institute of Meteorological Innovation and the Chinese University of Hong Kong and published in Frontiers in… Continue reading Tropical cyclones in Asia could have double the destructive power by the end of century, study finds

Taiwan scrambles fighters to see off Chinese warplanes as Xi meets top brass

Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands. Taiwan calls China’s repeated nearby military activities “gray zone” warfare, designed to both wear out… Continue reading Taiwan scrambles fighters to see off Chinese warplanes as Xi meets top brass

Japan adds $6.75 billion to military budget in rush to bolster air and sea defenses

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government on Friday approved the outlay as part of a supplementary budget. While such additions to defense spending are common, the 774 billion yen that lawmakers will be asked to approve is the largest amount ever, according to Japan’s Ministry of Defense. “As the security environment around Japan worsens at unprecedented… Continue reading Japan adds $6.75 billion to military budget in rush to bolster air and sea defenses

New Zealand politician cycles to hospital in labor, gives birth

“Big news!” the Greens politician posted on her Facebook page a few hours later. “At 3.04am this morning we welcomed the newest member of our family. I genuinely wasn’t planning to cycle in labor, but it did end up happening.” The island nation of 5 million already has a reputation for down-to-earth politicians. Prime Minister… Continue reading New Zealand politician cycles to hospital in labor, gives birth

Solomon Islands protests: 3 burned bodies found in Chinatown in Honiara following days of unrest

Police are investigating the cause of their death and their identities, and do not have further information to disclose at this point, Solomon Islands police media officer Desmond Rave told CNN on Saturday. “Honiara is quite tense at the moment, but the city is getting back to normal,” Rave said. Security forces have been unable… Continue reading Solomon Islands protests: 3 burned bodies found in Chinatown in Honiara following days of unrest

Why wiping out Hong Kong’s opposition may have cost China a whole generation in Taiwan

But his story could have been very different if he lived in Hong Kong, where student activists once brought the financial hub to a standstill as they took to the streets to demand democracy and freedoms. “If I were in Hong Kong, I think I’ll probably be in jail,” said Lin, the 33-year-old deputy secretary-general… Continue reading Why wiping out Hong Kong’s opposition may have cost China a whole generation in Taiwan

Solomon Islands protests: Violent protests continue for third day amid tensions with Malaita province

Honiara, the Solomon Islands capital, has been hit by civil unrest since Wednesday, with protests, looting and burning of shops and businesses. Defying a 36-hour curfew, thousands of demonstrators have come out onto the streets calling for Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s resignation. A Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) spokesperson told CNN by phone on… Continue reading Solomon Islands protests: Violent protests continue for third day amid tensions with Malaita province

Myanmar troops arrest 18 medics for treating members of anti-junta groups

Troops made the arrests during a raid on Monday on a church in Loikaw in eastern Kayah state, where they discovered 48 patients who were receiving treatment, seven suffering from Covid-19. “It was learned that unofficial medical treatment was being provided to the injured persons and patients from the terrorist organizations,” said the Global New… Continue reading Myanmar troops arrest 18 medics for treating members of anti-junta groups

Red Cross warns of ‘serious problems’ with remote Bangladesh island housing Rohingya refugees

Since last December, Bangladesh has moved about 19,000 Rohingya refugees, members of a persecuted mostly Muslim minority from Myanmar, to the island of Bhasan Char from mainland border camps. Rights groups have likened it to an island jail and said some relocations were involuntary. Alexander Matheou, Asia-Pacific director for the International Federation of Red Cross… Continue reading Red Cross warns of ‘serious problems’ with remote Bangladesh island housing Rohingya refugees