Jul 032020
 

A top official in Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has warned the island’s 23 million residents to think carefully before traveling to Hong Kong or China in the wake of Hong Kong’s draconian national security law, which targets acts or speech seen as subversive by China anywhere in the world, as the U.S. upgrades …Read more

Jul 032020
 

Ashden announced a total of 11 winners from the UK and developing countries in a video celebration featuring films of the organisations on Thursday. SOLshare, set up in 2014, helps rural Bangladeshi owners of home solar power systems trade their surplus electricity with their neighbours. Ashden chose it in Energy Access category from over 200 …Read more

Jul 032020
 

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday signed the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act, which critics have denounced as likely to set the stage for abuses including torture and crackdowns on peaceful dissent. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque justified the move, saying it was in line with the administration’s goal of ridding the country of terrorism. “The signing of …Read more

Jul 032020
 

At least 160 jade miners died in a mudslide due to heavy rains in northern Myanmar in Hpakant, Kachin state on Thursday. The Myanmar Fire Services Department involved in the rescue operation wrote on its Facebook page that the miners had been smothered by a wave of mud. The rainy season lasts for four months …Read more

Jul 032020
 
Fighting the coronavirus blues: Black Forest tourism starts again | DW | 03.07.2020

Thundering waterfalls, large lakes, and deep gorges — these are just some of the attractions sought out by visitors to the Black Forest. The popularity of Germany’s largest low mountain range extends far beyond Germany’s borders. In recent years, visitors from Asia, in particular, have enjoyed stopping off in this picture-book landscape on their European …Read more

Jul 032020
 

Bangladesh received $8.92 billion between January to June last year The inflow of remittance has declined by 1.42% to $8.79 billion in the first half (January to June) of this year as Covid-19 pandemic battered most of the global economies. The country received $8.92 billion in the January to June period of the previous year. …Read more

Jul 032020
 
Kylie and Kendall Jenner slam claims they failed to pay Bangladeshi workers

Kylie and Kendall Jenner have spoken out after their clothing brand was accused of not paying factory workers. In June reports surfaced that their Kendall + Kylie clothing brand’s fashion conglomerate Global Brands Group was not paying workers based in Bangladesh. The reports from Remake claimed that Global Brands Group – who the Jenner sisters …Read more

Jul 032020
 

Over one million people from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) have been forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries since the beginning of 2020, according to a report by the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR. The agency said that a total of 5 million people have so far been uprooted from DR Congo. According to the …Read more

Jul 032020
 

The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet — two of the biggest fan sites of the Harry Potter series — have distanced themselves from the author of the series. The websites cited J.K. Rowling’s recent statements on transgender people for the move. The fan sites together have over 1 million followers on Facebook. The sitessaid that Rowling had expressed …Read more

Jul 032020
 

03 July 2020 NAIMUL KARIM Dhaka, BangladeshThomson Reuters Foundation A start-up that helps rural Bangladeshi owners of home solar power systems trade their surplus electricity with their neighbours won an international award for climate change innovation Thursday. SOLshare, set up in 2014, aims to stem the waste of more than a billion dollars in energy …Read more

Jul 022020
 

An American Navy combat ship this week conducted “routine operations” near a Chinese geological survey ship in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said, after the Chinese vessel in June entered an area where Vietnam has shown interest in exploring for oil. The maneuvers in waters around the Spratly Islands echoed events off the north …Read more

Jul 022020
 

A massive landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar Thursday buried more than 200 scavengers, killing at least 162 and injuring at least 54 others, rescue volunteers said, in the latest disaster in an industry plagued by corruption and lack of government oversight. Heavy rains brought small mountains piles of loose dirt and rubble …Read more

Jul 022020
 

The British High Court ruled on Thursday that Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, could not take control of over $1 billion (€890 million) in gold that his government has held in a Bank of England vault. High Court judge Nigel Teare handed down the ruling, saying that the UK government had “unequivocally” recognized Juan Guaido as …Read more

Jul 022020
 

United States justice officials have announced their efforts to recover another U.S. $96 million in assets, including paintings by Claude Monet and Andy Warhol as well as high-end Parisian properties, purchased allegedly with money misappropriated from Malaysian fund 1MDB. This comes as questions surround the new government in Putrajaya over whether it is serious about …Read more

Jul 022020
 

The Philippines and Vietnam on Thursday separately denounced Beijing’s decision to stage naval exercises this week in contested waters of the South China Sea, saying this could deepen international tensions in the strategic waterway. China’s launching on Wednesday of five days of drills in waters around the Paracel Islands was “highly provocative,” Philippine Defense Secretary …Read more

Jul 022020
 

Vietnamese police detained and assaulted family members of a jailed democracy activist and Christian pastor before and during U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink’s recent visit to their district in Thanh Hoa province, the political prisoner’s wife said Wednesday. The house arrest and beating appears to be part of an intensifying crackdown on human rights activists and …Read more

Jul 022020
 

Kathmandu: The visionary Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in the early 1070s had very rightly predicted that the emergence of Bangladesh in South Asia would be the second “Pakistan” for the Indian regime. Prime Minister Bhutto was speaking correct. Recalled late J. N. Dixit, former Indian foreign Secretary in …Read more

Jul 022020
 

Jeoffrey Maitem Cotabato, Philippines2020-07-02 Philippine security forces killed four suspected pro-Islamic State militants during a clash in the southern province of Maguindanao, an army spokesman said Thursday. The suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) group were riding in a pickup truck on Wednesday when they ignored a military checkpoint on a highway …Read more

Jul 022020
 
From Joplin to Marsalis: Black composers matter as well | DW | 02.07.2020

It’s been stewing for over a century: the notion that Ludwig van Beethoven was black – and has re-emerged in recent weeks on the social media, as on Twitter under #Beethoven was Black?. True, Beethoven had a swarthy complexion and dark, curly hair. Sometimes called “the Spaniard,” his ancestors came from Flemish Belgium, once occupied by …Read more