China seeking to control bodies like WHO, Interpol: UK parliament panel
Autocratic nations like China are seeking to manipulate, undermine, or even break up multilateral organisations, such as the WHO and Interpol, set up in the wake of World War II to establish an international system based on shared values of peace, prosperity and freedom, a new report has found.
Why NATO's tentative pivot to the Asia-Pacific may be a hard sell
News/Politics: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is reaching out to prospective security partners in the Asia-Pacific as it turns its attention to China. But some NATO members want the focus to remain where it has always been — on Russia.
Israeli airstrikes target Gaza sites in response to Palestinian fire balloons for 2nd straight day
News/World: Israeli airstrikes hit militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, and Palestinians responded by sending a series of fire-carrying balloons back across the border for a second straight day.
Flash floods kill 10 people in Bhutan, seven missing in Nepal
Flash floods triggered by heavy rains washed away a remote mountain camp in Bhutan on Wednesday killing 10 people and injuring five, while floods in neighbouring Nepal left seven people missing, authorities said. The Bhutan villagers, who had been collecting cordeyceps, a fungus used in medicine, were sleeping when the floodwaters hit just after midnight. Their camp near Laya, about 60 km (37 miles) north of the capital Thimphu, was washed away, local media reported.