Indonesia blocks internet in West Papua as protest rages

Indonesia blocks internet in West Papua as protest rages

Jakarta, Indonesia - Indonesia has blocked internet access in West Papua, a move that followed the government deployment of additional military and police personnel to the region to help to quell ongoing protests and secure vital public facilities. News of the internet shutdown comes as angry demonstrations continue to break out on Thursday in West…
New ruling body ushers in Sudan’s complex shift to civilian rule

New ruling body ushers in Sudan’s complex shift to civilian rule

A new prime minister and a sovereign council with military and civilian members have been sworn in Sudan, ushering in a new era in the country following months of political uncertainty and violence. Abdalla Hamdok, who was chosen by the protest movement to be prime minister, took the oath of office late on Wednesday in the capital, Khartoum.…
Trump administration moves to end limits on child detention

Trump administration moves to end limits on child detention

The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled new rules that would allow officials to detain migrant families indefinitely while judges consider whether to grant them asylum in the United States. The rules, which are certain to draw a legal challenge, would replace a 1997 legal agreement that limits the amount of time US immigration authorities can…
Activists hail Qatar withdrawal from pro-China text over Uighurs

Activists hail Qatar withdrawal from pro-China text over Uighurs

Doha, Qatar - Activists have welcomed Qatar's decision to withdraw its signature from a letter signed last month by 37 countries expressing support for China's policies in Xinjiang province, where about one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in detention centres, according to United Nations experts. The Qatari move, which was first reported by Bloomberg on Wednesday,…
Two killed in first Kashmir gun battle since lockdown began

Two killed in first Kashmir gun battle since lockdown began

Two people, including a police official and a rebel, have been killed in a gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said. The clash in Baramulla district's Ganie-Hamam area on Wednesday was the first to be reported by the authorities since India revoked the autonomy of the Muslim-majority region it administers and imposed a curfew and communications lockdown…
Jews tweet ‘disloyal to Trump’ after Trump calls them disloyal

Jews tweet ‘disloyal to Trump’ after Trump calls them disloyal

Politicians, activists and other Americans are tweeting how they are proudly "disloyal to Trump" after the US president said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for Democrats shows "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty". The hashtag, #DisloyalToTrump, trended on Twitter on Tuesday evening into Wednesday with many calling the president's comments…
Indonesia deploys troops to West Papua region as protests spread

Indonesia deploys troops to West Papua region as protests spread

Jakarta, Indonesia - Indonesia has deployed more troops to West Papua as demonstrations calling for the region's independence spread. Government buildings have been torched and reports of unrest belie earlier assurances by the government that the unrest had been contained. President Joko Widodo's chief security minister, Wiranto, told reporters on Tuesday that Jakarta is deploying…
China confirms detention of UK’s Hong Kong consulate employee

China confirms detention of UK’s Hong Kong consulate employee

A Chinese national working at Britain's Hong Kong consulate has been detained in China's border city of Shenzhen for violating the law, the Chinese foreign ministry has confirmed, in a move that appears likely to worsen already strained ties between Beijing and London. Speaking at a daily news briefing in Beijing on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry…
Deadline extended for unregistered Syrians to leave Istanbul

Deadline extended for unregistered Syrians to leave Istanbul

Turkey has extended a deadline for unregistered Syrian refugees in Istanbul to leave the country’s largest city by two months. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in an interview with Haberturk television late on Tuesday that the deadline has been extended until October 30. The announcement came on the same day as the initial deadline issued…
US approves $8bn sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan

US approves $8bn sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan

The United States State Department has approved the sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan, in a move expected to anger Beijing. Taiwan will get the latest version of the Lockheed Martin-built fighter, the F-16C/D Block 70, in the $8bn deal, the State Department announced on Tuesday. Before the announcement, US President Donald Trump declared…

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