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Afghanistan: progress on women's rights has been hard fought – now everything is at risk under the Taliban

Aug 23, 2021 11:56 am UTC| Insights & Views

When the Taliban was in power between 1996 and 2001, womens rights to education and employment were brutally violated. They could only go out in public if accompanied by a male relative and, even then, had to be fully...

Could sending humans to sleep for a year help solve the climate crisis? A new play, Hibernation, asks this question

Aug 22, 2021 01:45 am UTC| Insights & Views

Review: Hibernation by Finegan Kruckemeyer, State Theatre Company South Australia What lengths would you go to in order to save the planet from climate crisis? Stop eating meat and start composting? Recycle and make do,...

An Afghan American scholar describes his fear-filled journey from the chaos at Kabul airport to a plane bound for home in the US

Aug 22, 2021 01:44 am UTC| Insights & Views

Editors note: Afghan scholar Hanif Sufizada, who works at the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha, got caught in Kabul during the chaos of the U.S. military pullout, when thousands of Afghans...

Afghanistan: assessing the terror threat in the west as the Taliban returns

Aug 22, 2021 01:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

There is no other way to put it. The wests failure in Afghanistan will be remembered as one of epic proportions. Not only has the coalition of nations that entered the country 20 years ago failed to export their values ...

The Taliban's conquest of Kabul threatens the lives and safety of girls, women and sexual minorities

Aug 22, 2021 01:41 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The world watched in shock as Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan, fled the country on Aug. 15. The Taliban occupied Kabul, the countrys capital, and international news channels and social media began to be flooded...

India is preparing for another COVID surge but low vaccine coverage leaves it vulnerable

Aug 22, 2021 01:28 am UTC| Insights & Views

The first wave of COVID-19 in India in the summer of 2020 was efficiently flattened by a rapid country-wide lockdown. A consistent drop in case numbers from September 2020 to February 2021 allowed a cautious but smooth...

Why I no longer think we should try to eliminate COVID – public health expert

Aug 22, 2021 01:18 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

Around the world, countries are having to strike a balance between COVID-19 cases and restrictions. In the UK and the US, daily new cases number in the thousands, but restrictions and limitations are being lifted. In...

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Economy

Amazon fulfills giveaway pledge for vaccinated workers by handing out new cars and $100,000 payouts

Amazon handed out cash and free cars to its warehouse workers who already received their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. It was reported that the e-commerce and tech firm gave away $100,000 cash bonuses this month for...

McDonald's revamping Happy Meal toys to be eco-friendly

McDonalds revealed earlier this week that it would make significant changes to its Happy Meal toys in an effort to cut the use of plastic. The fast-food chains meal package for kids always comes with a toy, and they are...

Freddie Mercury NFTs up for auction for AIDS charity

Four non-fungible token (NFT) artworks inspired by the late Freddie Mercury of band Queen are being auctioned off for charity to mark the British singer-songwriters 75th birthday. Three of the NFTs show an image of...

NBA's Philadelphia 76ers taps Crypto.com as jersey patch and NFT partner

The NBAs Philadelphia 76ers have tapped Crypto.com as their partner for the jersey patch deal for the 2021-2022 season and on releasing a non-fungible token series. According to 76ers President Chris Heck, by weaving...

Politics

Capitol insurrection: Michael Flynn's private security force reportedly on the ground on January 6

Several key individuals of the Trump administration and of the former president himself are emerging as links to the Capitol insurrection last January 6. A report revealed that Michael Flynns private security force was...

Joe Biden says US will donate additional 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

This week, US President Joe Biden hosted a COVID-19 summit amongst his counterparts. At the virtual event, Biden pledged that the US will donate an additional 500 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to other...

Mary Trump weighs in on latest lawsuit by uncle Donald Trump

This week, former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against his niece Mary Trump and the New York Times. Ms. Trump appeared to shrug the latest lawsuit against her by her uncle, saying that this is the norm within the...

Kamala Harris immigration: VP blasts expulsion of Haitian migrants from border

To this day, thousands of migrants are still at the southern border of the US, looking to enter the country even in the midst of the pandemic. This week, US Vice President Kamala Harris blasted the recent incidents of...

Science

UK industry group warns CO2 crisis poses a risk of meat shortage

An industry group has warned of carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage in the UK within the week due to a sharp rise in gas prices that could result in meat supply issues. The gas price hie has forced domestic energy suppliers...

S. Korea's POSCO, Hyundai to use oyster shell waste for steelmaking

S. Korean steelmakers POSCO and Hyundai Steel Co. will start using oyster shells as a secondary base material for producing steel. Both firms have been developing a recycling technology with a local oyster shell...

S. Korea to develop solar-powered drone that could carry 20 kg to stratosphere

South Korea will invest 37.47 billion won in developing a solar-powered drone that could carry over 20 kilograms in the stratosphere and with natural disaster monitoring capability by 2025. The drone will serve as an...

S. Korean scientists develop 3D printing ink from sunflower pollen

A group of South Korean scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore managed to develop 3D printing ink material from sunflower pollen. The research team led by professor Cho Nam-joon first incubated...

Kumho Petrochemical to produce eco-friendly rubber compound out of rice bran

Kumho Petrochemical Co. will produce an eco-friendly synthetic rubber compound made of rice bran-based bio-silica. Silica improves fuel efficiency, braking power, and wear resistance of synthetic rubber for...

Technology

Nintendo announces next ‘Direct’ showcase happening on September 23

Nintendo surprised fans this week with the announcement of the next Nintendo Direct showcase. While the video game company has announced when and where fans can watch the presentation, gamers are still left guessing what...

Best Buy restocks PS5, Xbox Series X/S in-store on September 23

Best Buy has officially announced it is having an in-store restock of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles later this week. The major retailer, however, noted that there are only limited quantities available. In an...

Orca joins ‘Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate’ development

Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate will be the next main title installment for the popular Japanese role-playing game series from Square Enix. While details about the game, its plot, and features are still very scarce,...

Apple confirms update to make iPhone 13 Pro’s macro photography optional

While the iPhone 13 series looks almost identical to the 2020 iPhones, it actually comes with several hardware upgrades. In the camera department, Apple introduced a native macro photography feature on the iPhone 13 Pro...
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