Wuhan citizens sue government over coronavirus deaths

Almost 10 months since coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, citizens are suing the government for an alleged cover-up of the outbreak.

Once the coronavirus ‘Ground Zero’, Hubei province was locked down for more than two months – from 23 January until 8 April. Authorities have been accused of knowing about the outbreak weeks before.

Zhang Hai said he decided to file a lawsuit to get justice for his father, who passed away suddenly after catching Covid-19 when he went to hospital for orthopedic surge

Cambodia landmine detection rat awarded miniature gold medal for ‘lifesaving bravery’

A giant African pouched rat trained to detect landmines in Cambodia has been awarded a gold medal for his “lifesaving bravery and devotion to duty”.

Magawa is known as a Hero Rat and is the most successful rat trained by Belgium-based animal charity APOPO. Since his training, he has discovered 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance, clearing over 141,000 square metres of land – equivalent to 20 football pitches.

On Friday, he was formally presented with a miniature

China has built nearly 400 internment camps in Xinjiang, study finds

China has built nearly 400 internment camps used to detain Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, an Australian think tank has found.

Chinese authorities had previously said their “re-education” system was winding down, claiming those held there had “graduated”, but satellite imaging obtained by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) revealed 14 camps are still under construction.

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Malaysian opposition leader Anwar plans new government

Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim waves after a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Anwar said he has secured a majority in parliament to form a new government that is “strong, stable and formidable.” (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Wednesday he has secured a majority in Parliament to form a new government that is “strong, stable and formidable.”

Anwar said he has been granted an audience with the king Tuesday but it was postponed because the king was in a hospital for treatment. He said he will not reveal details until after he has met the king.

“Conclusively, we have a

China expanding mass labour programme in Tibet while denying forced labour exists in region

China is pushing growing numbers of Tibetan rural labourers off the land and into recently built military-style training centres where they are turned into factory workers, mirroring a programme in the western Xinjiang region that rights groups have branded coercive labor.

Beijing has set quotas for the mass transfer of rural labourers within Tibet and to other parts of China, according to over a hundred state media reports, policy documents from government bureaus in Tibet and procurement requests released between 2016-20 and

U.S.-China tensions take center stage at U.N. as Trump accuses Beijing of unleashing ‘plague’

U.S. President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of “lies” and abusing the U.N. platform to provoke confrontation.

China’s President Xi Jinping struck a conciliatory tone in his pre-recorded virtual address to the General Assembly, calling for enhanced cooperation over the pandemic and stressing that China had no intention of fighting “either a Cold War or a hot war with any country.”

But China’s U.N. ambassador Zhang Jun rejected Trump’s accusations against China as “baseless” and said “lies repeated a thousand times are still lies.”

Trump and Xi, leaders of

AMLO is verifying reports of four Thai banks’ alleged role in suspicious transactions

Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) is in the process of verifying a report, by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), that four Thai banks have been involved in suspicious financial transactions, worth about 41.31 billion baht, over nearly two decades.

Responding to the ICIJ report, AMLO Acting Secretary-General Pol Maj-Gen Preecha Charoensahayanont said today that checking suspicious financial transactions is a normal practice of AMLO, as he asked for time to verify the report.

The ICIJ’s report refers to files leaked from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network in the US. They allegedly indicate that many commercial banks worldwide turned a blind eye to suspicious transactions between 1999 and

China confirms plummeting birth rate in Xinjiang but denies accusations of forced sterilisation of Uighur women

Chinese officials have confirmed a huge drop in birth rates in Xinjiang, following accusations that authorities in the remote western province are subjecting Muslim Uighur women to forced sterilisations.

In a six-page letter to CNN, the Xinjiang government denied such procedures were forced and instead claimed all measures were voluntary, but confirmed the number of births in the

China: More than 1 million people sent to Xinjiang internment camps each year, report says

China has published a white paper defending its Xinjiang internment camps for Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities following the US announcing it will block some exports from the region over alleged human rights abuses.

Beijing’s paper, published on Thursday, also gives some indication of the scale of the labour programmes, s

Yoshihide Suga: New Japanese prime minister formally elected to succeed Shinzo Abe

Japan’s Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man.

Mr Suga had been chosen as leader of the ruling party on Monday, virtually assuring he would succeed Mr Abe, who resigned earlier in the day because of ill health. Mr Suga, who was chief cabinet secretary in Mr Abe’s government, is to launch his own cabinet later Wednesday.

Mr Suga has stressed his background as a farmer’s son and a self-made politician in promising to serve the interests of ordinary people and rural communities.

He has said he will pursue

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