UN aid chief raises women’s rights concerns with Taliban

Afghan female students walk near Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec 21, 2022. (ALI KHARA / REUTERS) KABUL- The United Nations' aid chief visited Kabul on Monday and raised concerns over women's education and work with the Taliban administration's acting minister of foreign affairs, an Afghan ministry statement said. The Taliban-run administration last month ordered […]

UN chief annoyed by reported Taliban ban on women in NGOs

Women wearing Niqab garments stand along a street in Kabul on May 7, 2022. (AHMAD SAHEL ARMAN / AFP) UNITED NATIONS – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was "deeply disturbed" by the reported order of the Taliban-run administration in Afghanistan banning women from working for national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), his spokesman said on […]

Self-serving hypocrisy on display

By targeting China in its official summit statement for the first time, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is attempting to disrupt the relative peaceful seas in the Western side of the Pacific. At the end of its summit on June 30, NATO unveiled its “Strategic Concept” in which it said that the allies face systemic […]

JD.com Announced Renewed Strategic Cooperation with Tencent

BEIJING, June 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via SEAPRWire.com) — JD.com, Inc. (the “Company” or “JD.com”) (Nasdaq: JD; HKEx: 9618), a leading supply chain-based technology and service provider, today announced that it renewed the strategic cooperation agreement with Tencent for a period of three years. Tencent will continue to offer the Company prominent Level I and Level II access […]

BlueCity Holdings Limited to Hold Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

BEIJING, June 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via SEAPRWire.com) — BlueCity Holdings Limited (“BlueCity” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BLCT), a leading online LGBTQ platform, today announced it has called an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders (the “EGM”), to be held on July 29, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (Beijing time), at Block 2 Tower B, No. 22 […]

Palestinian PM calls on EU to pressure Israel to stop violations

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye speaks during a joint press conference with Libya's interim prime minister in the Libyan capital Tripoli, on Feb 14, 2022. (MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP) JERUSALEM / RAMALLAH – Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye on Tuesday called on the European Union to pressure Israel to stop its violations against the Palestinians […]

Singapore convicts two linked to $6b penny-stock crash

SINGAPORE – Singapore's high court has convicted two people over what authorities consider to be the largest market manipulation case in the city-state, a joint statement by the Singapore police and Monetary Authority of Singapore said on Thursday. For almost a decade, Singapore authorities have been investigating suspected trading irregularities tied to a so-called penny-stock […]

Israeli troops kill West Bank boy, army says they shot firebomber

Israeli security forces take position facing Palestinian stone-throwers, during confrontations with them following the Friday prayers in the occupied West Bank town of Hebron, Feb 18, 2022. (HAZEM BADER / AFP) BETHLEHEM – Israeli troops killed a Palestinian boy in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the Palestinian health ministry said, in an incident the […]

Aussie treasurer calls for easing virus curbs despite rising cases

A passenger arrives on an early morning flight at Sydney Airport, Nov 29, 2021.  (MARK BAKER/AP) AMMAN / CANBERRA – Australia must loosen COVID-19 restrictions to bolster its economic recovery, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Saturday, even as daily infections rose to a six-week high. "States need to keep calm and carry on. And not overreact […]

Singapore to restrict workplace access for unvaccinated people

The Marina Bay Sands beyond Merlion Park in the central business district of Singapore. (BLOOMBERG) MELBOURNE – Singapore said only fully-vaccinated people and those who had recently recovered from the coronavirus will be allowed to enter workplaces from January, while those who haven’t taken the shots must test negative daily before they are granted access. […]