Uyghur Exile Groups Seek International Criminal Court Probe of Chinese Officials For ‘Genocide’

  Two Uyghur exile groups have filed a dossier of evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, accusing top Chinese officials—including President Xi Jinping—of “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” related to a crackdown on the Muslim ethnic minority group in northwestern China. The East Turkistan Government-in-Exile (ETGE) and the East Turkistan National […]

US-Backed Internet Freedom Organization Faces Disruption

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – A little-known nonprofit organization backed by the U.S. government has become the center of a maelstrom as the Trump administration changes its leadership. The Open Technology Fund, an independent, private nonprofit corporation, receives funding from the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), the agency that oversees Voice of America. Since its founding […]

US Again Breaks World Record for Most Reported COVID-19 Cases in a Day

The United States shattered its own record Wednesday for the most reported COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period – 67,600 according to Johns Hopkins University. With nearly 3.5 million confirmed cases and more than 137,358 deaths, the United States leads the world in both counts. Brazil trails the U.S. with some 1.9 million confirmed cases […]

ICE Won’t Compel Foreign Students to Be on Campus

Students and educators expressed relief and joy after the U.S. government withdrew a rule requiring international students to be on campus this autumn or risk losing their visa status. Since last week, students and educators have been immersed in confusion and anxiety, they said, over the uncertainty of whether they would be allowed to attend their classes […]

Global Markets Mostly Higher Wednesday  

Global markets received a boost Wednesday from positive news about a potential new vaccine for COVID-19. In Asia, the Nikkei index in Tokyo was up 1.5% at the closing bell. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was down 0.2% in late afternoon trading, while the Shanghai Composite lost 1.5%. Elsewhere, the S&P/ASX index in Sydney rose […]

EU Leaders Seek Agreement on COVID-19 Recovery Fund

PARIS – European heads of state will seek agreement over a proposed $856 billion pandemic recovery fund — and to discuss the bloc’s next multiyear budget — when they meet Friday in Brussels. Neither issue promises to be easily resolved. Backing the recovery package are hard-hit southern countries like Italy and Spain, which would benefit […]

Kenya Buries First Doctor to Succumb to COVID-19  

  Kenyan doctors are continuing to treat scores of coronavirus patients, a day after paying final respects to the country’s first doctor to succumb to the virus. Health officials in protective clothing brought Dr. Doreen Adisa Lugaliki for burial Monday, in a service attended by a few relatives. Chibanzi Mwachonda, deputy Secretary-General of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, […]

COVID-19 Ripple Effect May Raise HIV, TB and Malaria Death Tolls

WASHINGTON – The ripple effects from COVID-19 may substantially raise the death toll from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, according to a new study. The pandemic is disrupting services aimed at controlling these three diseases in low- and middle-income countries. Health authorities are concerned it will set back progress against these diseases by years. “It looks […]