Israel tightens second lockdown as virus cases soar
The Cabinet voted to close all nonessential businesses, including open-air markets. Prayers and political demonstrations would be limited to open spaces and no more than 20 people, and participants would not be able to travel more than a kilometer (0.6 miles) from home for either.
Hong Kong activist Joshua arrested for 2019 illegal assembly
Hong Kong police arrested prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong on Thursday for participating in an unauthorised assembly in October 2019 and violating the city's anti-mask law, according to a post on his official Twitter account.
Probe of gang rape case that shocked Egypt ensnares many
Those hopes were quickly dispelled after authorities detained possible witnesses and some of their acquaintances, who could face separate charges under the country's vague morality laws. A media campaign has targeted both potential witnesses and the alleged perpetrators.
Nobel winners to get $110,000 raise as prize money increased
Winners of the prestigious Nobel prizes this year will receive an extra 1 million crowns ($110,000), the head of the foundation said. Prize money will increase to 10 million crowns this year. "The decision has been made due to the fact that our costs and capital are in a stable relation in a completely different way than previously," the head of the Nobel Foundation said.
Nasa chief warns Congress about Chinese space station
Nasa chief Jim Bridenstine told lawmakers Wednesday it was crucial for the US to maintain a presence in Earth's orbit after the International Space Station is decommissioned so that China does not gain a strategic advantage.
'China running 380 detention centres in Xinjiang'
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute said it had identified more than 380 "suspected detention facilities" in the region -- where China is believed to have detained more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking residents.
Canada is in second wave of pandemic: Trudeau
Canada has entered a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, PM Justin Trudeau said, warning that the country was on the brink of a surge if people did not follow public health guidelines. Trudeau said the country "is at a crossroads" as a second wave emerges in four large provinces, adding that the govt would do whatever it took to help the country recover from the pandemic.
North Korea shot dead South Korean in its waters: Seoul
The 47-year-old man had been on board a vessel near the western border island of Yeonpyeong, the ministry said in a statement. After analysing intelligence, the South Korean military had "confirmed that the North fired at a South Korean national found in the northern seas and cremated his body", it said.
New bid but little hope to reform UN Security Council
A flurry of world leaders have appealed again to the United Nations to reform the Security Council, reviving a bid launched 15 years ago. But chances of transforming the world's body most powerful institution are seen as close to zero by most experts, who see little incentive from today's Permanent Five to let others in.