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Pentagon slammed for turning $1 billion ‘coronavirus fund’ into more military-industrial pork – but...

The Pentagon has defended its decision to repurpose Covid-19 preparedness funds – meant for pandemic response – to prop up weapons contractors as House Democrats slammed its double-dipping. While the Department of Defense received $1 billion in March's CARES Act stimulus bill specifically to "prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus," it ultimately diverted most of the windfall to defense contractors, the Washington Post revealed on..

Jail for misogyny? UK govt advised ‘gender’ should be added to ‘protected characteristics’ under...

Sex or gender should be made legally "protected" characteristics in England and Wales, particularly to provide more protection to women, the Law Commission – a government advisory body – has said in a report. Hate crime laws in England and Wales should be extended to ensure equal protections for all the existing "protected characteristics" and to include some new ones. The report issued on Wednesday proposed extending protection to women "for th..

11 UK cops injured in suspected ACID ATTACK during drug raid

An investigation is underway in Barnet, north London after 11 firearms officers were injured by "a suspected corrosive substance" as they executed a drugs warrant, according to the Metropolitan Police. Though the extent of their injuries is still being assessed in hospital, none is thought to be life-threatening. The circumstances of the attack are currently being investigated, and police have arrested a number of male suspects at the scene for..

COVID-19 tests taken by travellers from India must come from ‘recognised labs’: MOH

SINGAPORE: The negative COVID-19 test result that selected travellers from India must produce for entry into Singapore has to come from a "recognised" laboratory in India, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday (Sep 23). These approved laboratories which process the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results must be "internationally accr..

Fear of US sanctions spooks insurers into refusing to cover construction of troubled Nord...

A large group of shipping insurers will refuse to insure vessels participating in the construction of Nord Stream 2, as companies worry that providing services for builders puts them at risk of violating US sanctions. The decision made by the thirteen members of the International Group of P&I Clubs, who collectively provide marine liability cover for approximately 90% of the world's ocean-going tonnage, will seriously complicate the pipelin..

Many UMNO, BN MPs voice support for Anwar: Ahmad Zahid

KUALA LUMPUR: UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Wednesday (Sep 23) he received information that many UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) Members of Parliament have stated their support for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to form a new government. Ahmad Zahid, who is also BN chairman, said UMNO and BN are not component parties of Perikatan Nasio..

Rare 700-year-old Chinese scroll goes under the hammer in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: A 700-year-old painted scroll from the Yuan Dynasty titled Five Drunken Princes Returning On Horseback is expected to sell for US$10 million to US$15.5 million at an upcoming Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong. Once owned by Chinese emperors and painted by Yuan dynasty master Ren Renfa (1255-1327), the 2m scroll will go under the hammer..

Fury as no police charged directly over fatal Breonna Taylor shooting

A police officer has been indicted following the death of Breonna Taylor in March - but not on charges directly linked to her being shot. Of the three officers involved, Brett Hankison was the only one to be indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment - after he fired his gun into neighbouring apartments. He could face up to five ..

The FinCEN Files Show Suspicious Activities of Kazakhstan’s Former Oligarchs

AdvertisementA wide range of “usual suspects” popped up on the news reels as the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and BuzzFeed News unveiled the collated data of the so-called FinCEN Files, which showed how U.S. banks served as intermediaries for thousands of suspicious international transactions over an 18-year period. Inevitably, Kazakhstan’s former oligarchs were part of the scandal. In 1990, the U.S. Treasury Depar..

East Africa: Heavy Rainfall Expected in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya

Addis Ababa — Heavy rainfall above 200 mm is expected in parts of Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya in the coming eight days, according to Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The press release issued by IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center today stated that moderate rainfall from 50-200 mm is also expected from September 22-29 in southern parts of Sudan, much of South Sudan, western and central Ethiopia, parts of north-e..

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