Major news stories from around the world
EU summit loads pressure on Poland over rule of law
Leaders urge defiant Polish PM to fall back into line, hoping dialogue will stave off a fundamental crisis.
China: The patriotic 'ziganwu' bloggers who attack the West
With her reassuring smile, Chinese blogger Guyanmuchan cuts a friendly figure on Weibo.
Man Charged Under British Terrorism Law in Death of Lawmaker
British authorities said Thursday that a British man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of lawmaker David Amess last week while he was meeting with constituents at a church.
Pakistan foreign minister makes first trip to Kabul since Taliban takeover
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi travelled to Kabul on Thursday for his first visit to the Afghan capital since the Taliban victory in August, following weeks of tension over transport links between the neighbouring countries.
The New York Times
China’s Economy Continues to Slow, Rattled by Real Estate and Energy
Growth of 4.9 percent shows the country’s huge industrial sector has run into trouble. But exports and services are looking strong.
US to reopen borders to vaccinated travellers November 8
The United States will reopen its land and air borders on November 8 to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against Covid-19 -- ending a more than 18-month ban on travel from much of the globe that separated families, hobbled tourism and strained diplomatic ties.
Afghanistan: At least 35 killed in suicide bombing during prayers at Kandahar mosque
The explosion happened during Friday prayers at the Imam Bargah Mosque in the Kandahar province. The hospital where the wounded are being taken has asked young people to donate blood.
British lawmaker David Amess stabbed to death
Conservative British lawmaker David Amess was killed on Friday after being stabbed “multiple times” during an event in his local constituency in southeast England, in the second death of a UK politician while meeting voters since 2016.
COP26: China's Xi Jinping unlikely to attend, UK PM told
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been warned by officials that China's President Xi Jinping is unlikely to attend the COP26 climate summit in November.
China Orders Mines To Up Coal Production By Nearly 100m Tonnes
Chinese authorities have ordered dozens of coal mines to expand production amid a nationwide energy crunch, state media reported Friday.
Gunfire kills several people near Beirut protest
More than 30 people also wounded after gunfire erupts near a protest rally in the Lebanese capital.
U.S. COVID-19 cases, deaths tumble with vaccine mandates
The plethora of COVID-19 vaccine mandates introduced by the Biden administration and corporate America has brought loads of good news to the country.
Broken promises: Afghan women plead with UN for safety
Women from Afghanistan say they are living under constant fear of being made “invisible” by the Taliban, including being targeted by a squad of murderers.
Chinese property firms suffer fresh downgrades amid Evergrande crisis
The rumbling crisis at China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) and other major homebuilders drove debt market risk premiums on weaker Chinese firms to a record high on Wednesday and triggered a fresh round of credit rating downgrades.
Russia denies weaponising energy amid Europe gas crisis
Russia has denied using energy as a political weapon, amid surging prices across Europe that have sent gas bills in many households skyrocketing.
China to outlaw all news outlets not funded by Communist Party
Free speech fears over draft law that states privately funded organisations 'shall not engage in news-gathering, editing, and broadcasting'
Japan bids to harness the energy of super typhoons
As climate change contributes to more powerful Pacific storms, a new research center wants to better understand the threats they pose and utilize the energy they generate to help Japan reach zero carbon emissions.
Macron unveils 30-bln euro plan for innovation and industrial revival
France wants to be a leader in green hydrogen by 2030 and build low-carbon planes and small nuclear reactors as part of a 30 billion euro ($35 billion) investment plan, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.
COP26: Urgent climate action needed to avert 'impending health catastrophe', doctors warn
A new report from the World Health Organisation calls on nations to start decisive action that will limit global warming and prevent millions of deaths every year.
Record low turnout suggests vote to throw out Iraq's elite will leave them in power
Record low turnout in Iraq's parliamentary election suggested on Monday that a vote billed as an opportunity to wrest control from the ruling elite would do little to dislodge sectarian religious parties in power since 2003.
Taliban says talks with U.S. to continue if necessary
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the caretaker government in Afghansitan said on Monday that talks with the United States would continue if necessary.
China-Taiwan tensions: We will not bow to Beijing pressure, says leader
Taiwan will not bow to pressure from China and will defend its democratic way of life, President Tsai Ing-wen has said in a defiant speech amid heightened tensions over the island.
Blast hits mosque in Afghanistan, killing worshippers
A blast tore through a mosque in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Kunduz on Friday, a Taliban official said, causing multiple deaths.
Nato expels eight Russians from its mission for spying
Nato has expelled eight Russian diplomats it says have been working secretly as intelligence officers.