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Alter farming or face unrest: report

The world must diversify its food production and consumption, or face damaging supply disruptions that could lead to suffering and social unrest, scientists warned yesterday. A new global study has found that the health and environmental benefits of transforming the way that farming is done wouldFULL STORY

NZ’s Ardern slammed after party bungles assault claim

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership is under scrutiny after her Labour Party botched its handling of an alleged sexual assault on a 19-year-old party volunteer. Ardern has been forced to apologize to the woman and take control of an investigation into the allegations, includingFULL STORY

FEATURE: Lilly, Thailand’s Greta Thunberg, wars against plastic

Skipping school to glide through a dirty Bangkok canal on a paddleboard, Lilly fished out rubbish in her mission to clean up Thailand, where the average person uses eight plastic bags a day. “I am a kid at war,” the bubbly 12-year-old said after a painstakingFULL STORY

Johnson and Juncker meet over Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday met in search of a longshot Brexit deal. Ahead of the meeting, Johnson said that the UK would leave the EU on the scheduled Oct. 31 date, with or without a withdrawal agreement, butFULL STORY

Kim in a letter invited Trump to visit: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited US President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent last month amid stalled denuclearization talks, a South Korean newspaper reported yesterday, citing diplomatic sources. Kim, in the letter sent in the third week of last month, spoke ofFULL STORY

Former S Korean PM shaves head in protest

Liberty Korea Party (LKP) Chairman Hwang Kyo-ahn yesterday became the latest politician to shave his head to protest South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s appointment of a key political ally as minister of justice, despite allegations of academic fraud and financial crimes surrounding his family. The controversyFULL STORY

Indonesia firefighters struggle to douse undergound fires

Thousands of Indonesian firefighters are locked in an around-the-clock game of whack-a-mole as they battle to extinguish an invisible enemy — underground fires that aggravate global warming. Vast blazes are ripping across the archipelago’s rainforests, unleashing a toxic haze over Southeast Asia that has triggered healthFULL STORY

New Delhi arrests senior pro-India Kashmiri politician

A member of parliament who is a senior pro-India politician in Indian-controlled Kashmir was yesterday arrested under a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial. Farooq Abdullah, 81, who also was the former chief minister ofFULL STORY

Democrats call for Kavanaugh trial

Democratic presidential candidates on Sunday called for the impeachment of US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after new, uninvestigated, allegations of sexual impropriety when he was in college. Kavanaugh was confirmed in October last year after hearings in the US Senate over a sexual assault allegationFULL STORY

Joe Biden says ‘whites cannot understand’ racism

Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, US presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday said that the US faces an enduring struggle over race that is older than the nation. “In a centuries-long campaign of violence, fear [and]FULL STORY

Man organizes pheasant hunt for wheelchair users

A Utah man who has been in a wheelchair for more than three decades has created a pheasant hunt for people like him who need help getting into the outdoors. Clint Robinson broke his neck after being thrown off a horse at a rodeo 32 yearsFULL STORY

Salmon farmers defend transparency after escape

A salmon farming group is defending its effort to be transparent with the public about the problem of escaped fish in the wake of an incident in which hundreds of salmon got loose near the border of Maine and Canada. Cooke Aquaculture, which dominates the salmonFULL STORY

VR filmmakers focus on uranium spill in the US

Activists are using virtual reality (VR) technology to focus on areas of the Navajo Nation affected by uranium contamination. The arts collective Bombshelltoe has collected 360-degree footage of land near Churchrock, New Mexico, to show how people and the land have changed since a 1979 uraniumFULL STORY

The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek found dead at home

Ric Ocasek, the frontman of synth-heavy new wave innovators The Cars, was found dead on Sunday in New York, police said. He was 75 years old. The New York Police Department told reporters that they had received a call at approximately 4pm for an unconscious maleFULL STORY

Predictive policing discrimination risk examined in report

Predictive policing — the use of machine-learning algorithms to fight crime — risks unfairly discriminating against characteristics including race, sexuality and age, a security think tank said. Such algorithms, used to mine insights from data collected by police, are deployed for purposes including facial recognition, mobileFULL STORY

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PAKISTAN Mob attacks temple, school A crowd ransacked a school and Hindu temple after a Hindu principal was accused of blasphemy, police said yesterday. The violence erupted in the southern province of Sindh after a student accused the Hindu principal of blasphemy in comments about the MuslimFULL STORY

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