WTA suspends tournaments in China over worries about Peng Shuai

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) said on Wednesday it will suspend lucrative tournaments in China immediately due to concerns over the treatment of former doubles world number one Peng Shuai and the safety of other players. The decision, which was applauded by many current and former tennis players, could cost the U.S.-headquartered WTA hundreds of… Read More WTA suspends tournaments in China over worries about Peng Shuai

Philippine lawmaker Senator Christopher Go withdraws from presidential race

Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte’s preferred successor, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, announced on Tuesday he was dropping out of the presidential race, leaving the administration without a candidate in next year’s polls. Go, Duterte’s long-time aide, had recently hinted he may pull out of the presidential contest and said the president respected his decision. His withdrawal… Read More Philippine lawmaker Senator Christopher Go withdraws from presidential race

Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna

Talks between Tehran and world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear deal have resumed in Vienna, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported on Monday. “The new round of the Joint Commission has started at the Palais Coburg in Vienna,” IRNA reported. The Commission comprises Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and Iran, signatories to the nuclear… Read More Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna

China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa

China will deliver another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $10 billion in the continent over the next three years, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. The country has already supplied nearly 200 million doses to Africa, where vaccination rates have fallen behind amid… Read More China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa

Russia fines Google 3 million roubles over failure to delete banned content

A Moscow court fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google 3 million roubles (an equivalent of $40,400) on Monday for not deleting content that it deemed illegal, part of a wider dispute between Russia and the U.S. tech giant. Russia in October threatened to fine Google a percentage of its annual Russian turnover for repeatedly failing to delete… Read More Russia fines Google 3 million roubles over failure to delete banned content

India’s parliament passes bill to repeal controversial agricultural laws

India’s parliament on Monday passed a bill to repeal three laws aiming at deregulating agricultural markets, bowing to pressure from farmers who have protested for over a year to demand that the laws be rolled back. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration introduced the farm bills last year through an executive order, traditionally reserved for emergency… Read More India’s parliament passes bill to repeal controversial agricultural laws

UAE to introduce new criminal code under legal reforms scheme

The United Arab Emirates on Saturday said a new criminal code would come into force in January as part of what it called the most sweeping legal reform in the Gulf state’s history. State news agency WAM reported the government is changing 40 laws this year. It did not make clear, however, which of the… Read More UAE to introduce new criminal code under legal reforms scheme

Russia launches investigation into complaint against Netflix over LGBT content

Russia is investigating a complaint against Netflix after the public commissioner for protecting families accused the streaming company of violating Russian law on “gay propaganda”, the Vedomosti daily reported. The commissioner, Olga Baranets, complained to the Interior Ministry that Netflix was in breach of a 2013 law that bans disseminating “propaganda on non-traditional sexual relations”… Read More Russia launches investigation into complaint against Netflix over LGBT content