Warning of income gap, Xi Jinping tells China’s tycoons to share wealth

Four decades ago, Deng Xiaoping declared that China would “let some people get rich first” in its race for growth. Now, Xi Jinping has put China’s tycoons on notice that it is time for them to share more wealth with the rest of the country. Xi says the Communist Party will pursue “common prosperity,” pressing … Read more

Islamic State says it carried out Sunday’s attack on Iraqi police near Kiruk, killing 10

Islamic State militants on Monday claimed responsibility for an overnight attack on Sunday on a guard post near the city of Kirkuk that police sources said killed 10 Iraqi policemen and wounded four. Islamic State, whose militants are active in the area, claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq News Agency on Telegram. The … Read more

The masked professor vs. the unmasked student

Matthew Boedy, an associate professor of rhetoric and composition, sent out a raw emotional appeal to his students at the University of North Georgia just before classes began: The COVID-19 delta variant was rampaging through the state, filling up hospital beds. He would teach class in the equivalent of full body armor — vaccinated and … Read more

Unemployment benefits expire for millions without pushback from Biden

Expanded unemployment benefits that have kept millions of Americans afloat during the pandemic expired Monday, setting up an abrupt cutoff of assistance to 7.5 million people as the delta variant rattles the pandemic recovery. The end of the aid came without objection from President Joe Biden and his top economic advisers, who have become caught … Read more

Cyber-fraudster poses as courier executive, cheats mobile shop owner of Rs 1.48 lakh

A mobile phone shop owner from south Mumbai fell prey to a cyberfraud where the fraudster called him up posing as an executive from a courier service and tricked him into revealing his bank details to transfer out Rs 1.48 lakh from his account. The 32-year-old complainant approached the MRA Marg police on September 6. … Read more

El Salvador holds 400 bitcoin, price jumps

El Salvador holds 400 bitcoins, President Nayib Bukele said on Monday, one day before the country formally adopts it as legal tender alongside the U.S. dollar. Bitcoin temporarily climbed above 1.49% to more than $52,680 on Monday evening, Refinitiv Eikon data showed, with a Reuters market analyst putting it on track for $56,000-$56,300.Earlier on Monday, … Read more

Chile authorizes Sinovac vaccine for kids of 6 and older

Chilean health authorities approved on Monday the use of the Sinovac vaccine against the coronavirus for 6-year-old children and older and became the first Latin American country to take that step. Heriberto Garc, a director of Chile’s Public Health Institute, said the institution approved the new measure by five votes in favour and one against. … Read more

G7 nations urge return to constitutional order in Tunisia

The ambassadors of the G7 group of advanced economies urged Tunisia’s president on Monday to appoint a new head of government as a matter of urgency and return to a constitutional order in which an elected parliament plays a significant role. Explained | Why Tunisian president has suspended the PM, dissolved Parliament The statement, put … Read more

Brazil braces for pro-Bolsonaro rallies on Tuesday

Brazil prepared for Independence Day demonstrations on Tuesday by supporters of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has called for a show of support for his attacks on the country’s Supreme Court that are rattling Latin America’s largest democracy. Security was reinforced in the capital, Brasilia, and police started blocking access to the central mall where … Read more

A curtain divides male, female students as Afghan universities reopen

Students across Afghanistan have started returning to university for the first time since the Taliban stormed to power, and in some cases females have been separated from their male peers by curtains or boards down the middle of the classroom. What happens in universities and schools across the country is being closely watched by foreign … Read more