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Support trulyindependent journalism Find out more Close Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth. Whether $5 or $50, every contribution counts. Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda. Do not travel to Afghanistan due to the risk of violence, detention or kidnapping. The American government advises against visiting the country, now under Taliban rule since August 2021. American citizens Ryan Corbett, George Glezmann, and Mahmood Habibi have been detained by the Taliban, with the group seeking to exchange them for Afghan prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay. Here’s what we…

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Support truly independent journalism Find out more Close Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth. Whether $5 or $50, every contribution counts. Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda. Pakistan is set to ban former prime minister and opposition leader Imran Khan’s political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), officials said on Monday. It comes just days after a court acquitted Mr Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi on charges of unlawful marriage. Information minister Attaullah Tarar said in a press conference in Islamabad on Monday that a move to ban…

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Support truly independent journalism Find out more Close Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth. Whether $5 or $50, every contribution counts. Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda. An online gaming company in China confined an employee inside a “small dark room” for four days in an attempt to make him resign, sparking a legal battle over labour rights. Guangzhou Duoyi Network has challenged a court ruling telling the company to compensate the former employee, South China Morning Post reported. Amid protracted negotiations over his resignation from a…

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Support truly independent journalism Find out more Close Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth. Whether $5 or $50, every contribution counts. Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda. Japan’s defense ministry has taken disciplinary action against over 200 military officials for mishandling classified materials and misconduct. Individuals were charged with violating laws, falsely claiming allowances, and other offenses. The defense minister expressed regret over the lack of discipline and vowed to restore trust. The scandal comes as Japan seeks to strengthen military ties with Western allies. Amid the…

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Support trulyindependent journalism Find out more Close Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth. Whether $5 or $50, every contribution counts. Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda. Indian police have arrested an influential politician’s son for a hit-and-run incident, shedding light on the privileged escaping consequences for their actions. The incident involved Mihir Shah, the son of a prominent politician in Maharashtra, who allegedly ran over a woman while driving under the influence and attempted to evade capture with the help of his father. This case is part…

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Support trulyindependent journalism Find out more Close Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth. Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda. Six Chinese citizens were killed and several went missing after a local militia targeted a mining site in the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said on Thursday as the central African country continued to be wracked by widespread violence. At least two and possibly three Congolese soldiers were also killed in the attack, which took place in the gold-rich Djugu territory in Ituri province. Codeco is one of…

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Unraveling the Tensions: Taiwan’s Trawler Seizure by China In a recent incident, China seized a Taiwanese trawler, sparking tensions in the region. Taiwanese officials believe this move is a strategic ploy to pressure Taiwan’s government amidst escalating disputes. The boat, with five fishermen onboard, trespassed into Chinese waters, prompting strong reactions from Beijing. Taiwan is now striving to secure the release of the detained vessel and crew, highlighting the delicate dynamics between the two nations. This seizure adds to the existing friction, intensified by recent political changes in Taiwan. Taipei officials suspect that the seizure is part of China’s psychological…

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Support truly independent journalism Find out more Close Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth. Whether $5 or $50, every contribution counts. Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda. Opposition lawmakers staged a walkout as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian parliament, setting the tone for his new term. The Congress party-led opposition made a strong statement after unexpectedly challenging Modi’s parliamentary majority in the recent election, now relying on allies to govern. During Modi’s speech, the opposition demanded answers regarding the situation in Manipur, a state gripped…

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Japan is taking steps to address overcrowding on Mount Fuji by increasing entry fees and restricting the number of visitors during the climbing season. Last year, about 300,000 climbers ascended the iconic mountain, causing concerns about pollution and unruly behavior. This season, only 4,000 visitors will be allowed per day, each charged a fee of 2,000 yen. Climbers are required to wear wristbands to access the trail between 3am and 4pm, with exceptions for those staying in mountain huts near the peak. Supporting the measures, Yamanashi governor Kotaro Nagasaki emphasized the importance of preventing accidents and altitude sickness, particularly among…

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