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Article 370: Why more locals in Kashmir are becoming militants

Two years after India revoked Kashmir's status, more locals are taking up arms in the disputed region.

Attacked, rejected and harassed: Asians around the world speak out on workplace discrimination

Asians around the world speak out on workplace discrimination By Michelle Toh, Moss Cohen and Lauren Cook, CNN Business Published June 7, 2021 It’s not just in the streets, and it’s not just in the United States. In Australia, 66.4% of Asian Australian respondents to a survey last October reported experiencing workplace discrimination, which represented an increase of almost 15% in six months. The pandemic worsened dramatically in the country during that time, with coronavirus cases surging from 4,862 to 27,109 between last April and October, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University. Asian Australians also suffered a disproportionate drop in working hours last spring, which “was more than twice the drop” for the rest of the population, according to researchers at the Australian National University, which conducted the study. They noted that there was “a range of possible explanations” for the disparity, including “that discrimination against Asian Australians in the workplace may have had an effect.” In the United Kingdom, the employment rate among Chinese people dropped 4.6% from the first quarter of 2020 to the second — nearly three times more than declines experienced by other ethnic groups, according to government data. "It is likely that the high representation of Chinese and East Asian people in hard-hit sectors like hospitality is part of it, but direct discrimination by employers may play a role too,” Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, a British coalition of labor unions, told CNN Business. The coronavirus outbreak was first detected in China last year, leading some politicians to blame the country for the crisis. Victims and community groups say that has emboldened more people to show hostility to those perceived to be of Asian — and especially Chinese — descent. CNN Business spoke with 38 workers in 11 countries who reported experiencing or witnessing bias in a range of ways since the start of the pandemic, from explicit harassment to subtle microaggressions. They are of various Asian ethnicities, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Filipino. Here are 11 of their stories. CNN Business spoke to dozens of people around the world.Read, watch or listen to some of their experiences of racial discrimination in the workplace.

Biden administration proposes $750 million weapons sale to Taiwan in a move likely to anger Beijing

The administration gave notice about the intended sale on Wednesday, according to a State Department spokesperson, two congressional sources, and a notification from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The deal includes 40 M109A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer Systems and related equipment. "If concluded, this proposed sale will contribute to the modernization of Taiwan's howitzer fleet, strengthening its self-defense capabilities to meet current and future threats," the spokesperson said.One of the congressional sources told CNN that Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez had already cleared the sale as part of the informal review process -- a common practice in which the House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees get a heads-up on planned sales, allowing committee leadership to raise concerns, give their input or place holds. This source said Menendez sees it "as yet another statement of the Biden administration's serious intent to get strategy in the Indo-Pacific right, and its commitment to stand with our ally Taiwan."The United States has long provided arms to the island under the terms of the decades-old Taiwan Relations Act, and there is bipartisan support for supplying Taiwan with weapons. Last October, the Trump administration notified Congress of a proposed $1.8 billion in advanced weapons systems sales to Taiwan, and the administration had previously approved several major arms sales to Taiwan valued at more than $13 billion, including dozens of F-16 fighter jets, M1A2T Abrams tanks, portable Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, and MK-48 Mod6 torpedoes.Beijing has lambasted those sales, calling them a violation of China's sovereignty. The country's communist government views Taiwan as part of its territory, though the two have been governed separately since the end of a bloody civil war in 1949.New guidelinesIn April, President Joe Biden dispatched an unofficial delegation to Taiwan in a show of support for the island, according to a senior administration official and a State Department spokesperson.The State Department also announced in April that the agency had "issued new guidelines for U.S. government interaction with Taiwan counterparts to encourage U.S. government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship."At the time, State Department spokesman Ned Price said, "The guidance underscores Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and an important security and economic partner that is also a force for good in the international community."These new guidelines liberalize guidance on contacts with Taiwan, consistent with our unofficial relations, and provide clarity throughout the Executive Branch on effective implementation of our 'one China' policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances," Price said.Shortly before leaving office in January, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States was lifting decades-old restrictions on interactions between American and Taiwanese officials.

What Is Equity Release?

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Fed's Daly sees bond program taper later this year, early next

(Reuters) - San Francisco Federal Reserve President Mary Daly on Wednesday said that mostly likely the U.S. central bank will be in position to...

Three US Senators propose narrowing crypto tax language in infrastructure bill

In an amendment from Oregon Senator Ron Wyden on behalf of himself and Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis, with the support of Pennsylvania Senator Pat...

Coronavirus latest: Vanguard to give $1,000 to US employees who get Covid jab

Illinois will require everyone in schools to wear masks indoors and has mandated jabs for state employees in high-risk settings to combat rising Covid-19 cases. “Far too few school districts” have indicated they plan to follow recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when the new academic year begins, governor Jay Pritzker said.The New York International Auto Show has been cancelled for a second straight year, a casualty of tighter restrictions in the city and concerns over the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19. The announcement on Wednesday came a day after New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said patrons of indoor public places, such as gyms, restaurants and entertainment venues, will be required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 in order to gain entry from August 16.Organisers of a popular beer festival in Chicago have cancelled this year’s event. “With increasing Covid-19 cases and associated risks, we do not believe it is the right choice to move forward with the festival at this time,” organisers of Hyde Park Summer Fest said after consulting with “various stakeholders”.Israel will bring back outdoor mask use for large groups, send half of its public sector employees home and ask people to refrain from unnecessary indoor gatherings as a surge of the Delta variant tests one of the world’s most vaccinated nations. New cases surged to over 3,000 Tuesday, up from a few dozen a day just a month ago, and health minister Nitzan Horowitz said the country may have to impose a fresh lockdown over the coming High Holy Days if severe hospitalisations continue to climb.The UK’s Covid-19 vaccination programme has been extended to 16- and 17-year-olds, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said on Wednesday. “After carefully considering the latest data, we advise that healthy 16 to 17-year-olds are offered a first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine”, Wei Shen Lim, Covid-19 chair for the JCVI, said.Walgreens has reported a surge in vaccinations in US states where overall take-up rates had lagged, a sign that concerns over the Delta variant and a recent wave of new cases is fuelling demand. Demand for shots has jumped more than 30 per cent over the last several weeks “in key areas of the country that have previously been slower to vaccinate,” the company said. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas are among the states that have registered the “most notable” gains in vaccination rates.The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on coronavirus has urged the government to fix “chaotic scenes” at airports, as the country approaches the next review of its travel restrictions. “The government’s border policy is leading to chaotic scenes at UK airports and leaving the country dangerously exposed to new variants,” said Caroline Lucas, the group’s vice chair.The European Commission has ordered 200m doses of Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine to bolster its arsenal of jabs, despite the US drugmaker’s vaccine having not yet been approved. The deal covers the purchase of 100m doses, with the option to get an extra 100m doses up to 2023. Novavax shares jumped 12 per cent in New York trading.The World Health Organization has called for a global moratorium on booster shots until at least the end of September amid a severe shortage of vaccines in lower-income countries. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, said that the Geneva-based health body was calling for the moratorium to allow at least 10 per cent of people in every country in the world to be vaccinated.China has tightened its border controls by temporarily blocking new passports being issued to most citizens, as the country grapples with an outbreak of the Delta coronavirus variant. China’s National Immigration Administration on Wednesday announced that it would no longer issue new travel documents including passports for non-essential trips outside the country.

Petrobras Earnings Jump on Oil Rally and Brazil’s Water Crisis

(Bloomberg) — Brazil’s state-controlled oil company saw its earnings surge in the second quarter, thanks to a rally in crude prices and a hydropower crunch in Brazil that boosted electricity demand. Since late last year, Petrobras has sold more fuel oil domestically and increased output at its own thermal power plants, part of a wider […]

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