Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.N.’s top human rights body to launch an independent investigation into the Philippine government’s drug war that has left thousands dead, pointing in particular to its harmful effects on children.
South Korea has reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections in weeks and India reported another record single-day jump of more than 6,000 cases, as the pandemic expands its grip across much of the globe. Optimism over reopening economies from business shutdowns to fight the virus spurred a rally on Wall Street even as the official U.S. death toll approaches 100,000. Outbreaks are still climbing in much of the Americas, even as countries in Asia and much of Europe make steady progress in containing the pandemic. The 40 new cases reported Wednesday in South Korea was the biggest daily jump in nearly 50 days and raised alarm as millions of children were returning to school.
Zen Soo, Associated Press | PostedMay 26th - 8:56pm
Thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at police in Hong Kong before lawmakers later Wednesday debate a bill criminalizing abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city.
Thirty people were deported to Haiti on Tuesday, but a former paramilitary leader accused of murder and torture was not among them as a result of recent discussions with U.S. officials, according to a Haitian government spokesman.
The Afghan government released hundreds of Taliban prisoners Tuesday, its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides.
Marcelo By Sousa and Diane Jeantet, Associated Press | PostedMay 26th - 8:06am
Brazilian police targeted a staunch opponent of President Jair Bolsonaro's push to lift measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in one of the world's disease hot spots, searching the residence of the Rio de Janeiro state governor on Tuesday.
Zen Soo, Associated Press | PostedMay 26th - 1:12am
Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that national security legislation proposed by China's legislature will not threaten the semi-autonomous territory's civil rights, despite widespread criticism of the move as an encroachment on freedom of speech and assembly.
Joe Biden says that wearing a mask in public to combat the spread of the coronavirus is a sign of leadership and that President Donald Trump is a “fool” for suggesting otherwise. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said Tuesday that it was tantamount to “stoking deaths.” Biden's comments came a day after he wore a black face mask at a park near their Delaware home to lay a wreath at a veterans' memorial for Memorial Day. Trump later retweeted a post that appeared to make fun of Biden in his mask. The president insisted he wasn't being critical but has declined to wear a mask despite guidance from experts.
A convicted serial rapist released early from a half-century prison term was under police guard in hospital on the Greek resort island of Corfu Monday after suffering severe injuries trying to evade arrest on new rape charges.
Josef Federman, Associated Press | PostedMay 25th - 11:27am
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in the coming months, vowing to move ahead with the explosive plan despite a growing chorus of condemnations by key allies.
South Korea has reported 19 new cases of the coronavirus, most from the Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have been actively tracing transmissions linked to nightclubs and other entertainment venues. South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday also reported two more deaths, bringing national totals to 11,225 cases and 269 fatalities. Officials linked three of the new cases to international arrivals. South Korea has been reporting around 20 new cases per day over the past two weeks after health workers found hundreds of infections linked to club goers who went out in early May as the country eased social distancing measures.