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Saudis ease gender segregation

Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer need to use separate entrances from men or sit behind partitions at restaurants in the latest measure announced by the government that upends a major hallmark of conservative restrictions that has been in place for decades. The decision,FULL STORY

N Korea opens ski resort and spa in tourism push

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un opened a new mountain spa and ski resort that is intended for people to enjoy “high civilization under socialism” in another example of the country using tourism exemptions in sanctions to build revenue for its broken economy. Kim cut the ribbonFULL STORY

Firemen hailed as heroes in New Delhi horror blaze

Two firemen who rescued 27 people were hailed as heroes yesterday after New Delhi’s deadliest fire in decades killed 43 people, prompting outrage that safety regulations were yet again ignored. The blaze early on Sunday ripped through a four-story building housing small factory units in theFULL STORY

China to continue Xinjiang ‘training’

China yesterday defended its vast network of “re-education” camps in Xinjiang and said it would continue “training” residents, following Chinese government document leaks detailing surveillance and control of the region’s Uighur population. Rights groups estimate more than 1 million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities areFULL STORY

Climate expected to harm Singapore’s strong food security

Singapore, home to some of the planet’s most affluent people, should not have to worry about going hungry — except when climate change is factored. The city state ranks top of the Global Food Security Index, a gauge of more than 100 countries developed by theFULL STORY

Beijing bolstering effort to push foreign tech out

The Chinese government is taking further steps to remove foreign technology from state agencies and other organizations, a clear sign of determination for more independence amid tensions with the US. Beijing is likely to replace as many as 20 million computers at government agencies with domesticFULL STORY

Marin to become world’s youngest PM

At just 34 years old, Sanna Marin is about to make history as she becomes the world’s youngest prime minister. The Finnish Social Democrat won her party’s backing over the weekend and is set to be confirmed today. Marin will need to govern a five-party coalitionFULL STORY

Pedophiles in Australia preying on Filipino poor

Australian pedophiles are paying as little as A$15 (US$10.24) for children to perform sexual acts online while being filmed in the Philippines, the head of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) team in Manila said. Senior officer Andrew Perkins told the Guardian Australia that there was anFULL STORY

Meet Ali Milani, 25, Boris Johnson’s biggest challenger

Ali Milani did not speak English when he came to Britain from Iran at the age of five. Twenty years later, he is the biggest individual threat to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at this week’s election. The 25-year-old candidate for the main opposition Labour PartyFULL STORY

Accountants fighting over democracy in HK

Less than a month after Hong Kongers delivered a landslide victory to pro-democracy candidates in district elections, the battle over the territory’s future is shifting somewhere you might not expect: the staid world of accounting. Candidates in this year’s election for the council of the HongFULL STORY

‘Old man’ Trump is ‘bluffing,’ North Korean official says

North Korea yesterday slammed US President Trump for “bluffing” and called him “an old man bereft of patience,” as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un engaged in mutual insults and threats of devastation in 2017,FULL STORY

US lawmakers scorn Saudi program

Key US lawmakers on Sunday called for a halt to a Saudi military training program after a shooting rampage at a naval base in Florida in which a Saudi Arabian officer killed three US sailors. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he has ordered aFULL STORY

Arms sales worldwide up nearly 5 percent: report

Arms sales rose by nearly 5 percent worldwide last year in a market dominated by the US, according to a new report published yesterday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The turnover of the 100 biggest arms manufacturers came to US$420 billion, thanks inFULL STORY

Prominent Iraqi advocate gunned down in Karbalah

A prominent civil society advocate was shot dead late on Sunday in Iraq’s shrine city of Karbalah while returning home from anti-government protests, a neighbor told reporters. Fahem al-Tai, 53, had been taking part in weeks of rallies denouncing Iraq’s entrenched political elite as corrupt, ineptFULL STORY

US watchdog expected to find Russia investigation valid, despite errors

The US Department of Justice’s internal watchdog was to release a highly anticipated report yesterday that was expected to reject US President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. However, it was also expected toFULL STORY

Future jobs clustering in handful US cities: study

A new analysis of where “innovation” jobs are being created in the US paints a stark portrait of a divided economy where the industries seen as key to growth cluster in a narrowing set of places. Divergence in job growth, incomes and future prospects between strong-performingFULL STORY

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SOUTH SUDAN Legislative speaker resigns The parliamentary speaker has resigned after lawmakers threatened to impeach him for blocking efforts to fight corruption and mismanagement, local media reported yesterday. Anthony Lino Makana was accused by fellow lawmakers of failing to present auditor-general and anti-corruption reports to parliament andFULL STORY

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