CHINA LAUNCHES AN ENVIRONMENT-MONITORING SATELLITE

Tue 27 September 2022: China on Tuesday launched three environment-monitoring satellites into space. Identified as Shiyan, meaning “experiment”, the satellites were blasted into their orbit at around 7.50 a.m. (2350GMT Monday) from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi. Home-built Long March-6 rocket carried the three satellites named Shiyan-16A, Shiyan-16B and Shiyan-17 into the preset orbit. “The Shiyan satellite trio […]

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CHINA RIGHTS REPORT PROMPTS WESTERN-LED CALL FOR UN DEBATE

Mon 26 September 2022: Countries including the United States and the United Kingdom have requested a debate at the United Nations Human Rights Council to address concerns about China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslims in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to a document and diplomats on Monday, Reuters reported. Following the release […]

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INTERNET ABUZZ WITH CHINA COUP RUMOURS, XI JINPING’S HOUSE ARREST

Sun 25 September 2022: The internet is abuzz with speculation about China President Xi Jinping being under house arrest. According to several posts on social media, Xi Jinping has been removed as the head of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and has been placed under house arrest. Neither the country’s ruling Chinese Communist Party nor […]

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MASS ARRESTS OF MUSLIM LEADERS IN INDIA

Sat 24 September 2022: The National Investigation Agency (Indian Intelligence) and the Enforcement Directorate (specialising in financial crimes) on Thursday arrested at least 100 Popular Front of India (PFI) leaders and prominent Islamic figures. The arrests were part of a campaign of raids by Indian intelligence and other state agencies on the offices and homes of Muslim […]

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HUNDREDS OF CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS URGE UN TO STOP GIVING LEGITIMACY TO MYANMAR REGIME

Fri 23 September 2022:  A group of hundreds of civil society groups has written an open letter to United Nations chief Antonio Guterres telling him to stop UN agencies, funds and others connected with the organisation from engaging with the generals who seized control of the country from its elected government in a coup last […]

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‘RED ALERT’ IN CHINA AS DROUGHT DRIES UP COUNTRY’S BIGGEST LAKE

Fri 23 September 2022:  The central Chinese province of Jiangxi has declared a water supply “red alert” for the first time as a prolonged drought dried up much of the water in the country’s biggest lake. The provincial government said on Friday that water levels in Poyang Lake, usually a flood outlet for the Yangtze […]

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ANGELINA JOLIE URGES WORLD COMMUNITY TO ‘DO MORE’ FOR PAKISTAN’S FLOOD VICTIMS

Thu 22 September 2022: Angelina Jolie, a top Hollywood actress and special envoy to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, urged the international community to do more as millions of people are in trouble in the flood-hit areas of Pakistan. During her visit to the National Flood Response Coordination Centre (NFRCC) late Wednesday, Jolie said […]

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INDONESIA DENIES HAVING SECRET TALKS WITH ISRAEL

Wed 21 September 2022: The Indonesian Foreign Ministry denied a Jerusalem Post report that Jakarta had sent a delegation to Israel on a secret visit, stressing that publishing such a hoax reflects an old way for the Israeli media to gain profits. “As long as Palestine is under Israeli occupation, Indonesia will not open diplomatic relations with Israel,” […]

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