Chinese astronauts board nation’s space station in historic mission

Three Chinese astronauts arrived on Wednesday at China’s space station for the first in-orbit crew rotation in Chinese space history, launching operation of the second inhabited outpost in low-Earth orbit after the NASA-led International Space Station. The spacecraft Shenzhou-15, or “Divine Vessel”, and its three passengers lifted off atop a Long March-2F rocket from the… Read More Chinese astronauts board nation’s space station in historic mission

Singapore decriminalises gay sex, limits prospect of same-sex marriage legalisation

Singapore’s parliament on Tuesday decriminalised sex between men, but, in a blow to the LGBT community, also amended the constitution to prevent court challenges that in other countries have led to the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The moves come as other parts of Asia, including Taiwan, Thailand and India are recognising more rights for the… Read More Singapore decriminalises gay sex, limits prospect of same-sex marriage legalisation

Three dead, dozens injured following suicide bomb attack targeting police patrol in southwestern Pakistan

A Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber rammed a police escort for a polio vaccination team in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding more than 30, police said, just two days after the militants ended a ceasefire. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack near the city of Quetta, the provincial capital… Read More Three dead, dozens injured following suicide bomb attack targeting police patrol in southwestern Pakistan

Arab Monetary Fund signs $1billion agreement to support Yemeni economic reforms

The Arab Monetary Fund has signed a $1 billion agreement to support Yemen’s economic reform programme to its Saudi-backed government, Saudi state media said on Sunday. The new package by the Abu Dhabi-based fund, which includes countries from the Middle East and North Africa, will provide support for the Yemeni government’s efforts to stabilise the… Read More Arab Monetary Fund signs $1billion agreement to support Yemeni economic reforms

Scores injured as police clash with villagers protesting Adani port construction in southern India

More than 80 people were wounded in southern India as villagers halting the construction of a $900 million port clashed with police, the latest escalation of a months-old protest waged by a mostly Christian fishing community against Asia’s richest man. The protests are a major headache for Gautam Adani’s $23 billion ports-and-logistics company which has… Read More Scores injured as police clash with villagers protesting Adani port construction in southern India

Vatican accuses China of violating pact on installation of bishops

The Vatican on Saturday accused Chinese authorities of violating a bilateral pact on the appointment of bishops by installing one in a diocese not recognised by the Holy See. A statement said the Vatican learned with “surprise and regret” that the bishop of another district had been installed as auxiliary, or assistant, bishop in Jiangxi.… Read More Vatican accuses China of violating pact on installation of bishops

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen resigns as party leader following local elections loss

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday after her strategy to frame local elections as showing defiance to China’s rising bellicosity failed to pay off and win public support. The elections for mayors, county chiefs and local councillors are ostensibly about domestic issues such as the… Read More Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen resigns as party leader following local elections loss