Three months after coup, Myanmar returns to the 'bad old days'

YANGON (NYTIMES) – Every night at 8, the stern-faced newscaster on Myanmar military TV announces the day’s hunted. The mug shots of those charged with political crimes appear on-screen. Among them are doctors, students, beauty queens, actors, reporters, even a pair of makeup bloggers. Some of the faces look puffy and bruised, the likely result of interrogations. They are a […]

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Death toll in Indonesian power plant landslide rises to 10

MEDAN, INDONESIA (AFP) – The death toll from a landslide at a hydroelectric dam project on Indonesia’s Sumatra island has risen to 10, an official said on Thursday (May 6), as the authorities called off a week-long search for victims. A landslide triggered by heavy rains struck the Chinese-backed Batang Toru hydropower plant on April 29, burying an estimated 13 people. […]

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China lashes New Zealand after it condemns 'abuses' of Uighurs

WELLINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – China has criticised New Zealand after its Parliament passed a motion declaring “severe human rights abuses” are taking place against Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang. The motion “grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs, and runs counter to international law and basic norms governing international relations,” the Chinese embassy in Wellington said in a statement on its website. “The […]

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EU unveils plan to cut dependency on China, others

FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, in this file picture taken October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Francois LenoirBRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union unveiled on Wednesday a plan to cut its dependency on Chinese and other foreign suppliers in six strategic areas like raw materials, pharmaceutical ingredients and semiconductors after the pandemic-induced economic slump. […]

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