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Death of S.Korea’s first transgender soldier spurs calls for change

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By Sangmi Cha, Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) – The death of South Korea’s first known transgender soldier, who was discharged last year for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, sparked calls from advocacy groups and activists for better protections and acknowledgement of transgender residents. Byun Hui-su, 23, who was a staff sergeant......

South Africa’s information regulator says WhatsApp cannot share users’ contact information

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Facebook Inc cannot share any contact information it collects from WhatsApp users with its other properties without first obtaining authorisation from South Africa’s Information Regulator (IR), the agency said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Whatsapp logo is placed on a computer motherboard in this illustration......

U.N. special envoy on Myanmar says 38 killed on Wednesday

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NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) – United Nations special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said 38 people had been killed in the Southeast Asian nation on Wednesday. Myanmar security forces opened fire on protests against military rule on Wednesday, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered......

Indigenous people sue retailer Casino over Amazon destruction

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PARIS (Reuters) – Indigenous peoples from Brazil and Colombia sued retailer Casino in a French court on Wednesday over the selling of beef linked to land grabbing and deforestation in the Amazon, campaigners involved in the lawsuit said. It is the first time a French supermarket chain has been taken......

One in five Chinese Australians report attacks or threats amid pandemic, rising tensions

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – One in five Chinese Australians say they have been physically threatened or attacked in the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and tensions in Australia’s relationship with China, a survey by the Lowy Institute think tank reported. FILE PHOTO: The Sydney Harbour Bridge is seen through......

Myanmar police break up protests as ASEAN diplomatic effort stalls

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(Reuters) – Security forces fired in the air and used tear gas to break up anti-junta demonstrations in Myanmar’s two biggest cities on Wednesday, witnesses said, a day after a regional diplomatic push to help end the month-long crisis made little headway. Protesters set off smoke grenades to block the......

No evidence U.S. Capitol rioters belong to antifa movement, FBI chief Wray testifies

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI Director Chris Wray on Tuesday debunked conspiracy theories promoted by right-wing supporters of former President Donald Trump, saying there was no evidence that leftist extremists disguised themselves as Trump supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. In testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Wray also told......

Hearing for Hong Kong democracy activists resumes after marathon session

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – The proceedings for 47 Hong Kong democracy activists charged with conspiracy to commit subversion resume on Tuesday, following a marathon hearing that extended well past midnight before it was adjourned after one of the defendants fainted. Lawyers for the defendants are challenging a prosecution bid to......

170 U.S. lawmakers urge Biden administration to push Turkey on rights

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FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a meeting with EU Council President Charles Michel in Brussels, Belgium March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One hundred seventy members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a bipartisan letter sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging President......

Biden administration to pay transportation, healthcare for families separated under Trump

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FILE PHOTO: Migrants stand in lines on the U.S. side of the Gateway International Bridge to be processed to seek asylum in the U.S., in Matamoros, Mexico February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States could pay for transportation, healthcare, legal services, and career and educational services......

‘Inferior’ women: China counters Uighur criticism with explicit PR attacks

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China, under growing global pressure over its treatment of a Muslim minority in its far west, is mounting an unprecedented and aggressive campaign to push back, including explicit attacks on women who have made claims of abuse. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin holds pictures while speaking......

‘Inferior’ women: China counters Uighur criticism with explicit PR attacks

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China, under growing global pressure over its treatment of a Muslim minority in its far west, is mounting an unprecedented and aggressive campaign to push back, including explicit attacks on women who have made claims of abuse. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin holds pictures while speaking......

Kremlin critic Navalny arrives in penal colony: RIA

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FILE PHOTO: A still image taken from video footage shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is accused of flouting the terms of a suspended sentence for embezzlement, inside a defendant dock during the announcement of a court verdict in Moscow, Russia February 2, 2021. Press service of Simonovsky District......

Arrival of “sticky bombs” in Indian Kashmir sets off alarm bells

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By Fayaz Bukhari, Devjyot Ghoshal SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Security forces battling a decades-long insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir are alarmed by the recent arrival in the disputed region of small, magnetic bombs that have wreaked havoc in Afghanistan. FILE PHOTO: Indian soldiers examine the debris after an explosion in Lethpora......

Ten arrested in Barcelona as protests over jailed rapper turn violent

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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Ten people were arrested in Barcelona on Saturday for assaulting police officers in fresh unrest over the jailing of a rapper for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs. Pablo Hasel, known for his anti-establishment lyrics, was arrested on Feb. 16 after failing to report to......

Exclusive: Bangladesh under ‘no obligation’ to accept stranded Rohingya refugees -minister

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DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh is under “no obligation” to shelter 81 Rohingya Muslim refugees adrift for almost two weeks on the Andaman Sea and being assisted by neighbouring India, said Bangladesh foreign minister A.K. Abdul Momen. FILE PHOTO: Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A. K. Abdul Momen speaks during a meeting with......

White supremacist sentenced to nearly 20 years in plot to bomb Colorado synagogue

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DENVER (Reuters) – An avowed white supremacist was sentenced on Friday to 19-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty months ago to a federal hate-crimes case stemming from a botched plot to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue in 2019. FILE PHOTO: Richard Holzer is seen in this undated handout photo......

U.N. rights chief decries violations in China’s Xinjiang, hopes for visit

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FILE PHOTO: U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Friday that China is restricting basic civil......

Singapore bourse queries developer over Myanmar project

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* Trading in ETC shares halted on Friday * SGX asks ETC to provide more details on Myanmar project * Move comes after report from rights group Justice for Myanmar * Payments firm Coda deactivates Mytel from platform SINGAPORE, Feb 26 (Reuters) – The Singapore Exchange (SGX) on Friday issued......

Rwanda court says has jurisdiction to try ‘Hotel Rwanda hero’

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Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, sits inside a courtroom in Kigali, Rwanda February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) – A Rwandan court ruled on Friday that it has jurisdiction to try Paul Rusesabagina, the hotelier depicted as a hero in......

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