At least three dead following landslides at dam in Indonesia

Landslides near a construction site of a $1.5 billion Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam on Indonesia’s Sumatra island have killed at least three people, the disaster agency said on Friday, amid fears that more may be missing. The dam has faced criticism from environmental groups because it is in the heart of the Batang Toru rainforest, home… Read More At least three dead following landslides at dam in Indonesia

South Korean fishermen protest against Japan nuclear water plans

Hundreds of South Korean fishermen across the country held protests on Friday calling on Japan to reverse its decision to release contaminated water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. About 800 fishermen participated in rallies at ports in nine cities, according to South Korea’s National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives. At one port,… Read More South Korean fishermen protest against Japan nuclear water plans

British banks make donations for coronavirus medical supplies to help India

Barclays has funded 1 million pounds (an equivalent of $1.4 million) worth of medical supplies for India in the last week, as British banks with big operations in the country increase support to their own staff and wider communities. India’s total coronavirus cases exceeded 18 million on Thursday after another record number of daily infections… Read More British banks make donations for coronavirus medical supplies to help India

Russia produces first batch of coronavirus vaccine for animals

Russia has produced the world’s first batch – 17,000 doses – of COVID-19 vaccines for animals, its agricultural regulator said on Friday. Russia registered Carnivac-Cov in March after tests showed it generated antibodies against COVID-19 in dogs, cats, foxes and mink. The first batch will be supplied to several regions of Russia, the regulator Rosselkhoznadzor… Read More Russia produces first batch of coronavirus vaccine for animals

South Africa’s Zulu regent Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu dies at 65

South Africa’s Zulu regent Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu has died at 65, officials said, just over a month after she took the role following the death of her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini. “It is with deepest shock and distress that the Royal Family announces the unexpected passing of her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini… Read More South Africa’s Zulu regent Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu dies at 65

Mexico passes law to punish revenge porn with up to six years imprisonment

Mexico’s Congress approved legislation on Thursday to combat the publication of private sexual videos, images or audios without the consent of those depicted, with punishment of up to six years in prison for the crime. The measures against what is often called “revenge porn” passed the federal lower house of Congress by a vote of… Read More Mexico passes law to punish revenge porn with up to six years imprisonment

South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit U.S. on May 21

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit the White House on May 21 for talks with U.S. President Joe Biden, highlighting the “ironclad alliance” between the two countries, the White House said on Thursday. “President Biden looks forward to working with President Moon to further strengthen our alliance and expand our close cooperation,” the White… Read More South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit U.S. on May 21

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit Ukraine next week

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine next week, CBS News reported on Thursday, with tensions high between Ukraine and Russia. CBS News said Blinken confirmed the trip in an interview to be broadcast on its “60 Minutes” program on Sunday. Moscow alarmed Kyiv and Western capitals in April by building up forces… Read More U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit Ukraine next week