General strike against military regime brings Sudan to a standstill
An indefinite nationwide general strike brought cities across Sudan to a virtual standstill Sunday, nearly one week after security forces launched a counterrevolutionary bloodbath with an assault on a mass sit-in outside the defense ministry headquarters in Khartoum.
Near-erasure of Cambodian opposition makes noodles a target
The two titans of Cambodian politics normally agree over nothing but made stunningly similar calls to their followers this past week. They both said all Cambodians should gather with their neighbors on Sunday and sit for a meal of num banh chok, a popular Cambodian rice noodle soup usually eaten at breakfast.
Prague memorial to Jewish children who fled Nazis vandalised
A memorial honouring the escape of mostly Jewish children from the Nazis, organised by Sir Nicholas Winton, has been damaged in an apparently carefully-planned attack.
How far is too far? UK tabloids mocked for claiming Kim fed general to piranhas
Even the readers of several British tabloids have cast doubt on a source-based story claiming that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un executed one of his generals in a piranha-filled tank.
Stern words from Iran: US cannot ‘expect to stay safe’
Iran’s foreign minister warned the U.S. on Monday that it “cannot expect to stay safe” after launching what he described as an economic war against Tehran, taking a hard-line stance amid a visit by Germany’s top diplomat seeking to defuse tensions.
‘Illegal music & debauchery’: Iran shuts over 1,000 eateries for not observing ‘Islamic principles’
Police have closed hundreds of restaurants in major Iranian cities during a more-severe-than-usual Ramadan crackdown, while authorities have urged citizens to report “immoral behavior” by texting a dedicated hotline.
Trump slams China's tech scene, says it doesn't have the capability of 'the geniuses in Silicon Valley that walk around in undershirts'
"China, as great as they are — and they are great — they don't have nearly the capability of our geniuses in Silicon Valley that walk around in undershirts, and they're worth $2 billion apiece," Trump told CNBC. "They don't have nearly the genius that these people have, and they practically admit it."
Union sabotaging South Korean shipbuilding workers’ strike
Workers at South Korea’s two largest shipbuilding companies are continuing strike action in opposition to a planned merger. Amid increasing demands from the mainstream media for a violent police crackdown on the strikers, the Korean Metal Workers Union (KMWU) is manoeuvring to shut down the struggle.
Saudi teenager could face execution for joining protests as child
A young Saudi man, arrested when he was 13, could face execution for taking part in Shia-led protests as a child, Amnesty International has said.Murtaja Qureiris, now 18, is on trial for charges that include joining a “terror group” and “sowing sedition”, according to the rights group. He was detained in September 2014 and held in solitary confinement for part of the time since.
Aide to Opposition Leader Has Jail Sentence Extended
An aide to opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained on the same day he was set to be released from jail for organizing nationwide protests last year against an unpopular government decision to raise the pension age.
Near-record 'dead zone' predicted in the Gulf of Mexico this summer
The annual Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" – a region of oxygen-depleted water off the Louisiana and Texas coasts that's harmful to sea life – will be the second-largest on record this summer, scientists announced Monday.