Tag: Politics

Brazil’s Bolsonaro fuels spat with Europe, fires soar

by Jordi Miro, with Sebastian Smith in Washington President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday that Europe has "nothing to teach" Brazil about preserving the environment, as the country aligns itself with the United States over fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. The far-right leader's comments come as...

China rotates troops in Hong Kong as police ban new rally

by Elaine YU / Emma CLARK China sent fresh troops to Hong Kong Thursday as part of a "routine" garrison rotation, as the financial hub braced for a new round of violent protests after police refused permission for a mass rally at the weekend. Hong Kong...

While PM Lee is sweating about climate change, the political climate here in Singapore is heating up

So, parts of our sunny island is in danger of being submerged during high tides and torrential rain because of rising sea levels and an increase in mean global temperatures. The prime minister has come up with a 100 year plan and a 100...

Najib kept Malays poor and dependent on handouts for political gains: analyst

Malaysia's ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak kept Malays poor and dependent on handouts for his political gains, says a political watcher in Malaysia. Ahmad Farouk Musa, the founder of the Islamic Renaissance Front, a think tank advocating reform and renewal in Islam, said this while speaking...

Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as outrage over Amazon grows

by Carlos Fabal, with Allison Jackson in Rio de Janeiro Hundreds of new fires are ragingĀ in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, official data showed Saturday, as thousands of troops were made available to help fight the worst blazes in years following a global outcry. Multiple fires...

UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires ‘crisis’

by Giovanna FLEITAS / with Jorge SVARTZMAN in Rio de Janeiro Paris and the United Nations called Thursday for the protection of the fire-plagued Amazon rainforest as Brazil's right-wing president accused his French counterpart of having a "colonialist mentality" over the issue. Official figures show nearly...

UK opposition seeks to oust PM to avoid no-deal Brexit

Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn urged parliament Wednesday to oust Prime Minister Boris Johnson before he takes the splintered country out of the EU without a deal. Corbyn called on members of other parties who fear the economic consequences of a chaotic...

Trump appears to link China trade deal to HK demos

President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to link a trade deal with Beijing to the "humane" resolution of a standoff with Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters while seeming to suggest a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. "Millions of jobs are being lost in China...

India abolishes Kashmir’s special status, tightens grip on region

by Jalees ANDRABI The Indian government on Monday revoked Kashmir's special status, stripping the significant autonomy it has enjoyed for seven decades in a move expected to further inflame tensions in the Muslim-majority region and infuriate rival Pakistan. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Hindu-nationalist party rushed...

Clashes, travel chaos in Hong Kong as leader warns city on brink

by Elaine YU / Yan ZHAO Hong Kong riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters for a third straight day Monday as the city's leader warned the global financial hub was nearing a "very dangerous situation", and a rare strike caused transport chaos. Clouds of tear gas...