Will the ICJ order Myanmar to stop the Rohingya genocide?

Will the ICJ order Myanmar to stop the Rohingya genocide?

The highest court of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, will on Thursday be issuing its much-anticipated decision on a request for "emergency measures" in a landmark genocide case against Myanmar. The case against Myanmar was filed by The Gambia in November, alleging that Myanmar was committing "an ongoing genocide" against its minority Muslim…
Can Lebanon’s new finance minister steer economy out of crisis?

Can Lebanon’s new finance minister steer economy out of crisis?

Beirut, Lebanon - Newly appointed Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni said on Wednesday that he felt the "heavy weight" of his task to steer Lebanon out of an acute financial crisis and gain the trust of a protesting population. "The economic, financial and monetary situation is very difficult. There is a lot of pressure on the…
Saudi prince may be involved in Bezos phone hacking: UN

Saudi prince may be involved in Bezos phone hacking: UN

United Nations experts on Wednesday called for an immediate investigation by the United States and others into information suggesting Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's phone was hacked after receiving a file sent from Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's WhatsApp account. "The alleged hacking of Mr Bezos's phone, and those of others, demands immediate investigation…
India’s Supreme Court refuses to strike down citizenship law

India’s Supreme Court refuses to strike down citizenship law

India's Supreme Court has sought government response to petitions filed against new citizenship legislation after it refused to stay the law that has sparked widespread opposition and protests across the country. The top court on Wednesday gave the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi four weeks to reply to a batch of 143 pleas challenging…
Asia taking no chances with new China virus as WHO meeting looms

Asia taking no chances with new China virus as WHO meeting looms

Countries around the Asia-Pacific and beyond are stepping up their defences against a new coronavirus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December and is now known to have infected at least 440 people on the mainland as well as a handful of others overseas. Cases of what is currently being called 2019-nCOV…
Saudi denies report kingdom behind hacking of Jeff Bezos’s phone

Saudi denies report kingdom behind hacking of Jeff Bezos’s phone

The Saudi embassy in Washington, DC has dismissed a media report suggesting that the kingdom was behind the hacking of the mobile phone of the Washington Post owner and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos. Citing unnamed sources, British daily The Guardian reported on Tuesday that the billionaire's phone was hacked in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message…
China says coronavirus cases rise to 440, with nine deaths

China says coronavirus cases rise to 440, with nine deaths

China's National Health Commission said on Wednesday that nine people had died from a new coronavirus and 440 people across 13 Chinese provinces had been confirmed to be infected and warned that the still-unidentified virus could mutate. The number of cases of the infection, known by its technical name 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is greater…
Lebanon announces formation of new government

Lebanon announces formation of new government

Lebanon has formed a new government, its presidency announced after Hezbollah and its allies clinched a deal on a cabinet that is now tasked with tackling the country's worst economic crisis in decades. The country has been without an effective government since caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in October last year under pressure from…
Officials confirm first US case of the coronavirus

Officials confirm first US case of the coronavirus

A Kazakh sanitary-epidemiological service worker uses a thermal scanner to detect travellers from China who may have symptoms possibly connected with the previously unknown coronavirus, at Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan [Pavel Mikheyev/Reuters] A United States citizen who recently returned from a trip to central China has been diagnosed with the new virus that has…
Pakistan delays release of film after far-right protest threat

Pakistan delays release of film after far-right protest threat

Islamabad, Pakistan - The government of Pakistan has advised that the release of an award-winning Pakistani film be delayed over objections raised by far-right parties who allege it contains "blasphemy". "Zindagi Tamasha" (Circus of Life) was scheduled to be released on Friday but the government said it requested the producers to delay it pending a review by a council…