Monday, February 26, 2024



Myanmar junta sentences 3 high-ranking officers to death for surrendering town to rebel army

YANGON, FEBRUARY 19: Myanmar's junta has sentenced to death 3 high-ranking officers who oversaw the surrender of a strategic town on the Chinese border to ethnic minority fighters last month, military sources told AFP. Hundreds of troops put down their weapons and handed over the town of Laukkai in Shan state to the so-called Three Brotherhood Alliance after months of fighting that saw the military lose swathes of territory. The surrender was one of the biggest single losses for the military in decades and sparked further criticism of the junta...

UNSC likely to vote on Gaza ceasefire on Feb 20, US signals veto

UNITED NATIONS, FEBRUARY 18: The United Nations Security Council is likely to vote on Tuesday on an Algerian push for the 15-member body to demand an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, said diplomats, a move the United States signaled it would veto. Algeria put forward an initial draft resolution more than 2 weeks ago. But US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield quickly said the text could jeopardize "sensitive negotiations" aimed at brokering a pause in the war. Algeria requested on Saturday that the Council vote on Tuesday,...

Japan slips into recession, becomes 4th-largest economy behind US, China and now Germany

TOKYO, FEBRUARY 15: Japan's economy is now the world's 4th-largest after it contracted in the last quarter of 2023 and fell behind Germany. The gGovernment reported the economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.4% in October to December, according to Cabinet Office data on real GDP, though it grew 1.9% for all of 2023. It contracted 2.9% in July-September. Two straight quarters of contraction are considered an indicator an economy is in a technical recession. Japan's economy was the 2nd largest until 2010, when it was overtaken by China's....

Elderly Alaska man is first reported person to die of recently discovered Alaskapox virus

ANCHORAGE (ALASKA), FEBRUARY 14: An elderly man has died from Alaskapox, the first known fatality from the recently discovered virus, state health officials said. The man, who lived in the remote Kenai Peninsula, was hospitalized last November and died in late January, according to a bulletin last week from Alaska public health officials. The man was undergoing cancer treatment and had a suppressed immune system because of the drugs, which may have contributed to the severity of his illness, the bulletin said. It described him as elderly but didn't provide...

Pakistan’s election left no clear winner. So who is likely to govern and what happens next?

ISLAMABAD, FEBRUARY 13: Pakistan's parliamentary elections left no clear winner. Allies of imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan won the most seats in the lower house of Parliament in the elections last Thursday. It was a shock outcome given the obstacles: His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party could hold no campaign rallies, had no polling agents on Election Day and faced internet restrictions. They won 93 out of 265 National Assembly seats. It's not enough to form a government, however. The other 2 mainstream parties, led by Khan's rivals, also failed to secure...
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