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Japan PM wants basic policy on new digital agency by year-end - Media


Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday he wanted to compile a basic policy on a new digital agency by the end of 2020 and submit the bills to 2021's ordinary session of parliament, local media reported.

Mongolia authorities confirms teenage boy died of plague

A suspected case of plague in western Mongolia has been confirmed by lab test results, the country's health ministry reported on Tuesday.

Filming locations of hit suspense show become popular tourist attractions

The filming locations of the Chinese hit crime/suspense drama The Bad Kids have become popular tourist attractions among its fans, with many Chinese netizens saying that the well-received TV series not only brings joy to audiences, but can also boost ...


Let's ride!

Saudi and expat members of the Hawks Riyadh MC club wave a Saudi national flag as they ride their motorcycles in a parade to mark Saudi national day in the ...

Big seizure

An Indonesian narcotics officer burns a pile of confiscated marijuana during a ceremony at the regional police headquarters in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on Wednesday. Some 372.6 kilograms of marijuana, 80.2 ...


Japan PM wants basic policy on new digital agency by year-end - Media

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday he wanted to compile a basic policy on a new digital agency by the end of 2020 and submit the bills to 2021's ordinary session of parliament, local media reported.
Source: Reuters | 2020/9/23 18:48:40

LGBT+ advocates dismayed as UK gov't scraps key transgender rights reform

Transgender people will not be allowed to legally change gender without a medical diagnosis, the British government said on Tuesday, scrapping a proposed reform that sparked furious debate between LGBT+ and women's rights campaigners.
Source: Reuters | 2020/9/23 18:38:40

Aiming to be carbon-neutral? Don't rely on planting trees, scientists say

Taking better care of nature could absorb many more climate-changing emissions – but will only work if big companies simultaneously slash their own emissions and focus on boosting biodiversity, not just planting trees, scientists warned.
Source: Reuters | 2020/9/23 18:33:40

Rebuild or leave? Future uncertain for US communities in fire zones

Deadly blazes raging across the western US have again destroyed thousands of homes nestled in forested areas in 2020 - with months of the fire season still to come in a region perilously exposed to climate change.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/23 18:08:40

Pentagon vows to help Israel maintain 'qualitative military edge'

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper pledged Tuesday to help maintain Israel's military superiority in the Middle East, amid its concerns over a possible US sale of F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Source: AFP | 2020/9/23 17:28:41

Canadian charged over ricin letter sent to Trump

A Canadian woman accused of sending a ricin poison-laced letter to Donald Trump was formally charged on Tuesday with threatening the US president.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/23 17:23:42

Europe struggles to control virus

The British government announced fresh steps on Tuesday to try to stop a coronavirus surge in England, as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that new cases worldwide soared to record levels last week.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/23 17:23:41

Japan may ease entry curbs

Japan is considering allowing more foreigners into the country for longer stays starting as early as October, while keeping the COVID-19 entry curbs in place for tourists, the Asahi newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/9/23 17:13:42

Swiss police clear protesters

Police began removing protesters seeking more action against climate change from a square near the Swiss parliament building in Bern early on Wednesday after the group that had set up tents refused to heed a city order to leave.
Source: Reuters | 2020/9/23 17:13:41

35 killed in building collapse

The death toll from an apartment block collapse in western India jumped to 35 Wednesday, officials said, as hopes of finding anyone else alive dimmed.
Source: Reuters | 2020/9/23 17:13:41

Brazil's deforestation sticking point for EU-Mercosur

Brazil hit back Tuesday at European reluctance to finalize a trade deal between the EU and Mercosur blocs, or officially Southern Common Market, over concerns about Amazon deforestation, saying a French report on the issue was motivated by “protectionist interests.”
Source: AFP | 2020/9/23 17:13:40

Trump's Supreme Court pick coming

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will announce his pick on Saturday for the crucial Supreme Court seat left open by the death of justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – and his Republican Party vowed a quick vote to confirm the nominee.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/23 17:08:41

Facebook Prepared to 'Restrict' Content Circulation if US Election Descends Into Online Chaos

Facebook will take an array of measures to "restrict the circulation of content" if the November 3 US presidential election devolves into chaos and unrest, according to a Tuesday report by the Financial Times.
Source: sputniknews | 2020/9/23 15:19:41