Calls to help US women falling out of labour force grow louder

More than one-third of parents, mostly women, have yet to return to the workforce, largely because of childcare needs. As women have left the U.S. workforce in droves, in what some economists have deemed the first female recession, calls for structural changes to support them are growing louder. Since the pandemic took hold, more than […]

UN chief: CAR peacekeeping force needs 3,700 reinforcements

The UN chief says 2,750 military reinforcements and 940 additional police are needed to help the peacekeeping mission. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is recommending an increase of nearly 3,700 soldiers and police to bolster the UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying the conflict-torn country is at “a critical juncture”. The […]

Israeli air force holds ‘surprise’ drill near Lebanon border

Israeli military exercise comes amid intensified attacks in neighbouring Syria targeting Iranian military assets. Israel’s air force has begun a “surprise exercise” to improve combat readiness along the United Nations-demarcated Blue Line between it and Lebanon, according to its military. The military said on Monday that the drill, which will last until Wednesday, would result […]

Five Afghan security force members killed in attack on UN convoy

Unidentified gunmen attack a UN convoy on the outskirts of Kabul, killing five members of the Afghan security forces. A United Nations convoy has been attacked on the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, with unidentified gunmen killing five Afghan security force members who were escorting the international agency’s vehicles. An Afghan interior ministry official said […]

Project Force: Is India a military superpower or a Paper Tiger?

India’s strategic position has changed dramatically over the past decade. Traditionally fixated on its chief rival, Pakistan, India is now concerned about the striking and rapid modernisation of China’s armed forces. With a weak air force that is under-strength, an army still bogged down with strategic ideas formed in the last century and a navy […]

Using Connections to Trump, Dershowitz Became Force in Clemency Grants

WASHINGTON — By the time George Nader pleaded guilty last year to possessing child pornography and sex trafficking a minor, his once strong alliances in President Donald J. Trump’s inner circle had been eroded by his cooperation with the special counsel’s investigation into Mr. Trump’s team and its connections to Russia. So as Mr. Nader […]

Breach at home base of Air Force One prompts security review

The US Air Force is reviewing security protocols after an unarmed man accessed the flightline at Joint Base Andrews. The US Air Force ordered a broad review of security at all its installations on Friday, after an unarmed man got access to the flight line at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and entered an aircraft […]

After Years in Government, Biden Has a New Perk: Air Force One.

WASHINGTON — President Biden has served in elected office for almost four decades. He has interacted with nine presidents. He is accustomed to staff waiting on him, traveling by motorcade, and knew his way around the Oval Office and the mazelike layout of the West Wing from eight years as vice president. “It feels like […]

Rapid Action Battalion: Bangladesh’s notorious paramilitary force

Since it was established in April 2004, Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) – a paramilitary force – has been accused of serious human rights violations and abuse of power. The elite law enforcement body was formed during the government of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who came to power in 2001 on the promise to […]

Taiwan air force flexes muscles after latest Chinese incursion

Self-ruled island is beefing up its military as China becomes increasingly assertive. Armed and ready to go, Taiwan air force jets screamed into the sky on Tuesday in a drill to simulate a war scenario, showing its fleet’s battle readiness after dozens of Chinese warplanes flew into the island’s air defence zone over the weekend. Taiwan, claimed […]

China Sends Warplanes to Taiwan Strait in a Show of Force to Biden

HONG KONG — China sent warplanes into the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, a show of force to the Biden administration that signals Beijing’s plans to maintain pressure on Taiwan even as it calls for a reset with the United States. Taiwan’s military said that four Chinese fighter jets, eight bombers and one anti-submarine aircraft […]

Taiwan reports large incursion by China’s air force

Taipei says Chinese combat aircraft, including nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and four J-16 fighter jets, entered its airspace. Nuclear-capable Chinese bombers and fighter jets entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Saturday and Taiwan’s air force deployed missiles to “monitor” the large-scale incursion. Taiwan’s air force warned away the Chinese aircraft, the […]

Landmark anti-nuclear treaty enters into force

The first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons has entered into force, an historic step marred by the lack of signatures from the world’s major nuclear powers. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons became part of international law on Friday, culminating a decades-long campaign aimed at preventing a repetition of the United States atomic […]

In Pictures: Tunisian troops quell unrest with force

Hundreds of youths have clashed with police in cities across Tunisia, throwing stones and petrol bombs in the capital as security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to try to quell the unrest. Rioting and protests have followed the 10th anniversary of a revolution that brought democracy but few material gains for most Tunisians, with […]

Judge not inclined to force Amazon to put Parler back online soon

Parler, the app favoured by Trump supporters, is likely to remain offline after a judge signalled she is more inclined to take a measured approach when considering whether to force Amazon.com to restore web-hosting services. Parler is likely to remain offline, at least in the near-term, after a judge indicated she’s likely to take a […]

Canada’s first provincewide COVID curfew coming into force

Curfew from 8pm to 5am will be in place until at least February 8 as Quebec seeks to stem high COVID-19 infections. Canada’s first provincewide COVID-19 curfew is coming into effect on Saturday night, as the Quebec provincial government seeks to stem a surge in infections and hospitalisations linked to the novel coronavirus. In a […]

Lessons from 2020: Reconnecting with nature, a force for good

As we stumble into 2021, it was salutary to read of an inspiring wildlife encounter experienced by the famous naturalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough. Now 94 years old, he has witnessed the planet’s most extraordinary animals thriving in their natural habitats in all the far corners of the world. But this happened on his […]

Black US Air Force service members face discrimination: Report

Report finds that Black members of the Air Force face discrimination, have fewer opportunities than their white peers. Black service members in the United States Air Force are far more likely to be investigated, arrested, face disciplinary actions and be discharged for misconduct, according to a new report that looked at racial disparities across the […]

New US lawsuits could force Facebook to sell Instagram, WhatsApp

With the filing of the two US lawsuits, Facebook is the second big tech company to face a major legal challenge. The United States Federal Trade Commission and nearly every US state sued Facebook Inc on Wednesday, saying it violated antitrust law and should potentially be broken up. With the filing of the twin lawsuits, […]

Australia pushes plan to force Facebook, Google to pay for news

Australia finalised plans on Tuesday to make Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google pay its media outlets for news content, a world-first move aimed at protecting independent journalism that has been strongly opposed by the internet giants. Under laws to go to parliament this week, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the Big Tech firms must negotiate […]

Is ‘Big Oil’ becoming ‘Big Carbon’? Revenue falls force rethink

Oil companies such as BP and Shell are nurturing nature as a future revenue stream, betting on an expected rise in carbon credit prices as their fossil fuel profits ebb. BP last year put $5m into Finite Carbon, a company that connects forestry owners with companies seeking to offset their climate-warming emissions via tree planting. […]