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Myanmar panel denies genocide

A government-appointed panel established in Myanmar to probe allegations of abuses in Rakhine state in 2017 that drew global outrage on Monday said that they had found no evidence of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine during weeks of brutalFULL STORY

Mustachioed US envoy raises hackles in Seoul

US Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris has some unusual explanations for the harsh criticism he has faced in his host country. His mustache, maybe? Or a Japanese ancestry that raises unpleasant reminders of Japan’s former colonial domination of Korea? However, many South Koreans haveFULL STORY

Extradition hearing for Huawei official begins

The first stage of an extradition hearing for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei started on Monday in a Vancouver courtroom, a case that has infuriated Beijing, caused a diplomatic uproar between China and Canada, and complicated high-stakes trade talks between Beijing andFULL STORY

Ex-Interpol president sentenced to over 13 years in prison

Former Interpol president Meng Hongwei (孟宏偉), who was detained on a visit to China in 2018, was yesterday sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for bribery in a case that shook the international police organization. Meng — a former Chinese vice minister of publicFULL STORY

Tehran made spy offer: Australian-British academic

An Australian-British academic jailed in Iran for espionage rejected Tehran’s offer to work as a spy, according to letters she smuggled out of prison published in British media yesterday. Kylie Moore-Gilbert wrote that the first 10 months she spent in an isolated Revolutionary Guard-run wing ofFULL STORY

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IRAN Two missiles fired at plane The Civil Aviation Organization on Monday confirmed that two missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner that was brought down earlier this month. “Investigators ... discovered that two Tor-M1 missiles ... were fired at the aircraft,” it said in a preliminaryFULL STORY

Japan to establish space defense unit2020-01-21

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday said Japan is to form a space defense unit to protect itself from potential threats as rivals develop missiles and other technology, and that the new unit would work closely with its US counterpart recently launched by US PresidentFULL STORY

Dust storms and giant hail batter Australia2020-01-21

Thunderstorms and giant hail yesterday battered parts of Australia’s east coast after “apocalyptic” dust storms swept across drought-stricken areas, as extreme weather patterns collided in the bushfire-fatigued country. Australia has since October last year been overwhelmed by an unprecedented bushfire season made worse by climate change. SwathesFULL STORY

Climate change pushing platypus to extinction2020-01-21

Prolonged drought and other effects of climate change are pushing Australia’s unique platypus population toward extinction, scientists warned in a study published yesterday. The river-dwelling animal has already disappeared from up to 40 percent of its historical range on Australia’s east coast due to the drought,FULL STORY

Climate refugees cannot be returned home: UN2020-01-21

It is unlawful for governments to return people to countries where their lives might be threatened by the climate crisis, a landmark ruling by the UN human rights committee said. The judgement — the first of its kind — represents a legal “tipping point” and aFULL STORY

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