Jackie Chan’s luxury Beijing condos up for auction in ownership row

Beijing (AFP) Two luxury Beijing apartments seized from martial arts film star Jackie Chan will be put up for auction for around $10 million due to an ownership dispute, according to court documents seen by AFP. The action star, 66, best known for hit movies "Rush Hour" and "Police Story", sparked controversy in 2013 when … Continue reading Jackie Chan’s luxury Beijing condos up for auction in ownership row

China silent on detention of Australian journalist

Beijing (AFP) China refused Tuesday to disclose why an Australian journalist working as an anchor for state TV has been detained for at least two weeks without charge. Cheng Lei, an anchor for CGTN, China's English-language state broadcaster, has been held since at least August 14 but Australian diplomats say Beijing has given no reason … Continue reading China silent on detention of Australian journalist

Nepal lifts virus ban for Bahrain royal climbing expedition

Kathmandu (AFP) Nepal is making a royal exception to its coronavirus ban on foreign arrivals, with a mountaineering team including a Bahrain prince set to tackle two major peaks. The Himalayan country shut its borders in March including grounding international flights just ahead of the busy spring season, devastating the local tourism sector. Nepal is … Continue reading Nepal lifts virus ban for Bahrain royal climbing expedition

Blatter’s turn to face Swiss prosecutor over Platini payment

Bern (Switzerland) (AFP) Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was facing questioning Tuesday by a Swiss prosecutor over a payment of two million Swiss francs ($2.2 million) made to former UEFA boss Michel Platini in 2011. The 84-year-old arrived around at 09:00 am at the headquarters of the Public Ministry of the Confederation (MPC) in Bern, … Continue reading Blatter’s turn to face Swiss prosecutor over Platini payment

Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case ‘dishonest’, says Thai PM probe

Bangkok (AFP) The case against the Thai heir to the Red Bull billions accused of a fatal hit-and-run was "compromised" from beginning to end, the premier's office said Tuesday, calling the entire procedure "dishonest". The announcement comes a month after charges against Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya were dropped by the police and attorney general's office, prompting … Continue reading Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case ‘dishonest’, says Thai PM probe

Iran’s Khamanei says UAE ‘betrayed’ Muslim world with Israel deal

Tehran (AFP) Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United Arab Emirates of betraying the Muslim world with its agreement to normalise relations with Tehran's arch-foe Israel. "The #UAE betrayed the world of Islam, the Arab nations, the region's countries, and #Palestine," Khamenei said, according to his official Twitter account. Iranian students … Continue reading Iran’s Khamanei says UAE ‘betrayed’ Muslim world with Israel deal

Rashford joins forces with supermarkets to fight child poverty

London (AFP) Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has joined forces with major supermarkets and food providers in Britain to form a taskforce to help fight child food poverty. The England striker's campaign pressured the UK government into a U-turn in June to provide free school meal vouchers to pupils over the summer holidays. Marcus Rashford … Continue reading Rashford joins forces with supermarkets to fight child poverty

Suspected Israeli strikes on Syria leave several dead, including one civilian

Israeli strikes on Syria killed one civilian, three government troops and seven allied foreign fighters, a war monitor said on Tuesday in a new toll. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which had previously put the toll from Monday's strikes at five, said Iran-backed paramilitary fighters were among those killed in the attack. A handout … Continue reading Suspected Israeli strikes on Syria leave several dead, including one civilian

Mali must tackle ‘impunity, injustice, corruption’

Two weeks after a military coup toppled Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, the conflict-riven West African nation is teetering on the precipice of change, with calls for a swift transitional rule and deep reforms to flush out corruption, nepotism and bad governance. Civilians are still reeling from the protests of July 10-11, which left dozens dead … Continue reading Mali must tackle ‘impunity, injustice, corruption’

Macron in high-takes Lebanon reform drive

Beirut (AFP) French President Emmanuel Macron pressed his "risky" drive for political change in Lebanon Tuesday, as the crisis-stricken country marked its centenary while teetering on the brink of the abyss. Macron has set an ambitious goal for his second trip to the crisis-hit country since a deadly August 4 explosion ravaged Beirut: to press … Continue reading Macron in high-takes Lebanon reform drive

Sanofi halts trial of Covid-19 drug after tests

Paris (AFP) French pharma giant Sanofi said Tuesday that international Phase 3 clinical tests of its Kevzara drug for serious Covid-19 cases had proved inconclusive and it was halting the trial. The Phase 3 test -- normally the last before official approval for use -- "did not meet the primary or secondary evaluation criteria compared … Continue reading Sanofi halts trial of Covid-19 drug after tests

Psychologist-backed documentary labels Trump ‘malignant narcissist’

Los Angeles (AFP) As battle lines are drawn ahead of Donald Trump's bid for re-election, a new documentary based on the testimony of mental health professionals has labeled the US president a "malignant narcissist." "Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump" -- released on streaming platforms Tuesday -- claims not to be politically motivated. US President … Continue reading Psychologist-backed documentary labels Trump ‘malignant narcissist’