South Asia and Beyond

Are H&M, Zara Destroying Forests In Brazil?

A report released recently said that top fashion brands like Zara and H&M have been linked to illegal deforestation, land grabbing and violence in an area of Brazil ‘plundered’ to grow cotton. The investigation carried out by non-governmental organisation Earthsight tracked 816,000 tonnes of cotton to firms in Asia to make jeans, hoodies, shorts and […]Read More

US Asks China To Tell Iran Not To Retaliate Against Israel

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called upon China and other countries to use their influence over Iran to dissuade it from attacking Israel. Blinken spoke to Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, Turkish foreign minister Hakan Fidan and Saudi foreign minister Faisal bin Farhan “to make clear that escalation is not in anyone’s interest […]Read More

Former China Everbright Group Chairman Charged With Taking Bribes

Former China Everbright Group Chairman Tang Shuangning has been charged with taking bribes and corruption, Chinese state media reported on Friday. He has been under investigation by the country’s anti-graft department. Tang took advantage of his various positions, including at the People’s Bank of China and the China Everbright Group, to embezzle money and take […]Read More

Joe Biden Says US Govt Is Considering Appeal To Drop Julian Assange Charges

US President Joe Biden yesterday said that his government is considering a request from Australia to drop the decade-long US push to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Biden said at a press conference, “We’re considering it”. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Biden’s comment on Assange was encouraging. “I’m increasingly optimistic about an outcome, but […]Read More

US Expects Missile Strike On Israel by Iran, Proxies

The United States along with allies believe that the Iranian government or its proxies would soon strike against military and government targets in Israel, Bloomberg reported. The report added that Iran may launch high-precision missiles in the coming days and it is a matter of when and not if. New reports surfaced yesterday saying that […]Read More

Egypt, Jordan, France Urge Immediate Ceasefire In Gaza

The leaders of France, Egypt and Jordan have warned Israel against launching ground offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. They urged Tel Aviv to implement an “immediate” ceasefire in its war on Hamas. “We warn against the dangerous consequences of an Israeli offensive on Rafah,” said a joint editorial published in several newspapers […]Read More

Why New Zealand Visa Rules May Hurt Indian Workers?

The New Zealand government has announced that it is making immediate changes to its employment visa programme after a near record migration last year which it said was “unsustainable”. The changes included introducing English language as a minimum skill for employer work visas. The stay for most low-skilled roles will also be reduced to three […]Read More

TSMC To Make World’s Most Advanced Semiconductors in Arizona, Gets $6.6 Billion Subsidy

The US government has announced that it has signed an accord with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to build the world’s most advanced semiconductors at Arizona. The Biden government has awarded a $6.6 billion as subsidy and $5 billion in low-cost government loans for the advanced production unit. TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, will […]Read More

Slovakia Elects A New Pro-Russian President

Voters in Slovakia have chosen Peter Pellegrini as the new president. He secured the win against pro-West career diplomat Ivan Korcok in a runoff election held on Saturday. Pellegrini won 53% of the vote, while Korčok received 47%. Pellegrini, a former prime minister, is an ally of current PM Robert Fico, and shares the government’s […]Read More

Thai PM: Myanmar Army ‘Losing Strength’

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin told Reuters that now is a good time to open talks with Myanmar as the military regime that seized power in a 2021 coup is weakening. “The current regime is starting to lose some strength,” Srettha said in an interview on Sunday, adding, “but even if they are losing, they […]Read More

Iranian FM To Visit Damascus After Israeli Strike On Consulate

Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian is travelling to Damascus today, a week after Iran’s consulate there was targeted in a suspected Israeli attack. During a meeting with Houthi spokesperson and senior official Mohammed Abdelsalam, Amirabdollahian hailed “the brave support of the Yemeni nation for the oppressed Palestinian nation”. The foreign minister has said that Tehran […]Read More

UN Top Court To Hear ‘Genocide’ Case Against Germany

The UN top court will hear a case filed by Nicaragua accusing Germany of supporting genocide and asking the International Court of Justice to adopt measures immediately for Berlin to stop supplying Israel with weapons. The German government has hit back rejecting the allegations. “Germany has violated neither the Genocide Convention nor international humanitarian law and […]Read More

Philippines To Hold Drills In South China Sea With US, Japan, Australia Ignoring China’s Warnings

The combined defence and armed forces of the United States, Japan, Australia and the Philippines will conduct “maritime cooperative activity” to support a free and open Indo-Pacific, the Philippines’ defence ministry said on Saturday. Naval and air force activities will be conducted within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone on April 7, the defence ministry said […]Read More

Microsoft: China Will Use AI To Tackle Lok Sabha Polls

A report released by Microsoft has said that China will use content generated through artificial intelligence (AI) to try and disrupt Lok Sabha polls in India, along with polls in US and South Korea. The US company said that “at a minimum” Beijing will use and distribute AI generated social media posts that will benefit […]Read More

Israel Sacks 2 Officers For Strike On Aid Workers

An Israeli inquiry into the killing of seven aid workers in an air strike in Gaza this week found serious errors and breaches of procedure by the military, with the result that two officers have been dismissed and senior commanders formally reprimanded. The inquiry found Israeli forces mistakenly believed they were attacking Hamas gunmen when […]Read More