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The Taliban reportedly wants China to invest in Afghanistan's infrastructure.
‘Afghanistan’s Trustworthy Friend,’ Taliban Courting China for Infrastructure Investments and Trade
The Taliban and China have been intensely courting each other publicly in recent weeks, with representatives from both sides declaring that they look forward to cooperating on various issues. In an interview with the Italian...
Police intervene in the activities of beachgoers in Melbourne on September 2, 2021, a city whose citizens have suffered more than 200 days of lockdown since the pandemic began. Some worry a social credit score is coming to Australia after a television segment from April promoting a federal parliamentary proposal to require identification to use social media resurfaced.
Australians Worry About Possible Social Credit Score After TV News Segment Resurfaces
A resurfaced Australian television segment promoting an initiative recommended by a federal parliamentary commission that would require social media users register with their government identification in order to “remove the veil of being anonymous” stoked...
The new Mu COVID-19 variant has shown potential of bypassing vaccine-elicited immunity.
WHO Monitoring New ‘Mu’ COVID-19 Variant, Could Be Vaccine-Resistant
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified the B.1.621 strain of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as Mu, as a Variant of Interest (VOI). The variant, first identified in Colombia in Jan. 2021, is...
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is sworn in to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on May 13, 2021 in Washington, DC.
50,000 Afghans Allowed Entry Into the United States As Americans Remain Stranded in Afghanistan
Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, has stated that at least 50,000 Afghan nationals who evacuated following the Taliban takeover would be admitted into the United States. He did not say exactly how...
Afghan TikTok Comedian Executed by Taliban Militants for Mocking Them
Footage of the abduction of Afghan TikTok comedian Nazar Mohammad, better known as Khasha Zwan, has surfaced, showing the man being held prisoner in the city of Kandahar.  Death of a comedian On July 31st,...
Vietnam: Facebook User Fined for Distributing “Fake News” Critical of Government’s COVID-19 Response
Vietnamese Facebook user, Nguyen Thuy Duong, has been fined by Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City police for posting content critical of the country’s COVID-19 response. Her posts accuse authorities of neglecting residents and letting them...
The Australian military monitors the public on August 17, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The state of South Australia recently deployed a phone app that uses geolocation and facial recognition to enforce 14-day home quarantine.
South Australia Deploys Facial Recognition Quarantine App
The state of South Australia has rolled out an app that relies on geolocation and facial recognition-based randomized check-ins to enforce a government mandated 14-day quarantine as the federal government alluded to reopening borders to...
Children have been facing increased stress during the pandemic, especially with lockdowns.
Loneliness and Lockdowns: UK Sees Record Rise in Antidepressant Prescriptions to Children
A record number of youngsters in the UK are being prescribed antidepressants by the National Health Service (NHS). There has been a steep rise in mental health issues, especially among children and youngsters over the...
Hong Kong Population Falls as Professionals Escape China’s National Security Law
More than a year after Hong Kong imposed the National Security Law (NSL), the city continues to see an exodus of residents, particularly well-educated professionals.  According to data from the Hong Kong census and statistics...