China drafts law to punish parents for children's bad behaviour
In the draft of the family education promotion law, guardians will be reprimanded and ordered to go through family education guidance programmes if prosecutors find very bad or criminal behaviour in children under their care. The draft family education promotion law, which will be reviewed at the NPC Standing Committee session this week, also urges parents to arrange time for their children to rest, play, and exercise.
Australia's Queensland state to open to vaccinated travellers
Australia's Queensland state announced plans on Monday to open up to vaccinated travellers, ending the status it has enjoyed throughout the pandemic of remaining virtually free of Covid-19. Queensland and Western Australia have been among the states most successful in keeping Covid-19 out. Queensland authorities warned infection rates would rise and remain high for months.
Afghan Taliban's victory boosts Pakistan's radicals
Pakistan's Taliban, known as the Tehrik-e-Taliban or TTP, is a separate organization from Afghanistan's Taliban, though they share much of the same hardline ideology and are allied. More than 300 Pakistanis have been killed in terrorist attacks since January, including 144 military personnel.
China's economic growth slows to 4.9% in the third quarter
China's economy grew just 4.9% in the third quarter of 2021, the weakest rate of expansion in a year as the country contended with a major energy crunch, supply chain disruptions, and deepening debt woes in its outsized property sector.