Jacinda Ardern’s quiet competence triumphs in New Zealand

By making voters feel proud, she has led the Labour party to the biggest mandate in a generation

“TONIGHT’S RESULT has been strong,” said Jacinda Ardern, with the kind of understatement of which only a New Zealander is capable. The prime minister had just secured a second three-year term in government for Labour in a general election on October 17th wit

Key protest leader Mike Rayong held in police custody

A key protest leader, Panupong Jardnok, alias Mike Rayong, was arrested by plain clothes police near Ramkhamhaeng University at about 8.30pm tonight.

Panupong, one of four prominent anti-establishment movement leaders, had eluded the police dragnet when the three other leaders were arrested, but he showed up this afternoon at Ramkhamhaeng University to address the protesters.

He then led a large group out of the campus toward Soi Udom Suk, near Bang Na intersection, where there was another large gathering. The protest was, however, called off before Panupong’s group reached the site.

The under-cover police, who had been following Panupong, made the arrest near Ramkhamhaeng Soi 53, as his group was dispersing, and took him to an undisclosed location.


Offshore wind takes off in China

In the past two years, China’s offshore wind power has increased more than any other nation.

A Global Wind Energy Council report on offshore wind in 2019 described the year as the best yet for the sector – and the biggest ever for China’s offshore wind capacity. China and the Asia-Pacific region look set to drive growth in the sector for the coming decade.

According to the report, China accounted for 40 per cent of global added offshore wind capacity in 2019, with a record 2.5 gigawatts (GW), 51 per cent more than the previous year. China now has 23 per cent of the world’s offshore wind capacity.

Most of China’s new capacity was added in Jiangsu, Guangdong and Fujian, with Jiangsu

How not to reform Indonesia

ONCE UPON a time, a slight, upstanding, mild-mannered person came to inhabit the presidential palace in Jakarta, carried there on the shoulders of millions of Indonesians who recognised in the former furniture-maker a man of the people. Today’s incumbent, by contrast, remains remote and aloof, surrounded by courtiers from the capital’s intertwined business and political elites. The previous president used to talk of using political capital to help ordinary folk. His informal blusukan walkabouts forged his famous connection with voters and allowed him to learn first-hand about their problems and how to fix them. The current one has just pared back protect

Coronavirus news – live: UK deaths up by 150 as UN chief warns divided world is failing Covid challenge

Under a new three-tier system, English cities will be subject to lockdown measures corresponding with the severity of covid-19 outbreaks in their areas

More could have been done if countries had worked together to fight the coronavirus, the secretary general of the UN has said, as he warned more than 100 million people could be forced into poverty and hunger due to a lack of international “unity”.

It comes as a further 150 people died after contracting the virus in the UK, along with an additional 16,171 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

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Protesters end rallies, to return tomorrow

The biggest of the rallies took place at Lardprao intersecction.

Protesters at a string of rallies in and around Bangkok have dispersed after reiterating their demand for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign and vowed to return for more protests on Sunday.

The biggest rally took place at Lardprao intersection on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road while small ones were held at Wongwian Yai in Thonburi and Bangna, near the Udomsuk BTS station.

There were also rallies on the campus of Ramkhamhaeng University and at Kaerai intersection in Nonthaburi.

The rallies were largely peaceful and most ended at around 8pm with no untoward incidents.  There was no presence of p

China still making pangolin-based treatments despite banning use of scales: Study

Pangolin scales — armor-like, keratin-based plates that cover a pangolin’s body — are still being used in medicines sold and produced by Chinese companies, a new report has found.

This is being done despite the Chinese government banning pangolin scales from the official list of approved ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and even giving the highest level of national protection to three species — the Chinese (Manis pentadactyla), Sunda (M. javanica) and Indian (M.

‘The pain hasn’t gone away’: Women of Xinjiang reveal horror of China’s brutal campaign of forced abortions and imprisonment


round midnight on 25 December 2017, police went to the house of Gulziya Mogdin in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang. They drove her to hospital. Mogdin knew a medical check-up was the first step in a process through which ethnic minorities such as herself, a Kazakh, were being forced in political indoctrination camps by the Chinese government. Mogdin, 39, had moved to Kazakhstan to live with her husband, a Kazakh citizen. But earlier in the year, Chinese police had demanded that she cross the border back into <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk

A crackdown in Bangladesh reveals corruption on a daunting scale

IN FARIDPUR, A small provincial town in Bangladesh, it is hard to keep a secret. Everyone knows not just that Sajjad Hossain and Imtiaz Hasan, two brothers who until recently headed the local branch of the ruling Awami League, are very rich, but also how they came to be so. Over the past seven years they acquired more than 300 hectares of land at rock-bottom prices. Sellers apparently felt that the brothers’ low offers could not be refused—perhaps because they had connections to Sheikh Hasina Wajed, the prime minister, or because complaints about them to the police seemed to fall on deaf ears. No longer: a recent criminal inve

Anti-government protesters call for new rally today

A scene from Friday night’s police crackdown on the demonstrators at Pathumwan intersection

Anti-government protesters have called for another rally in Bangkok this evening only hours after police broke up a demonstration that paralyzed the commercial center at Pathumwan intersection last night.

In a statement this morning, the so-called “Khana Ratsadorn” condemned the violent crackdown on the demonstration that saw protesters sprayed with high-pressure

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