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

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

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

‘Everyone is on the list’: fear grips Nicaragua as it veers to dictatorship

The nights were the hardest. From the moment Medardo Mairena decided to run for president, in direct challenge to Nicaragua’s authoritarian leader, he was certain the security apparatus would eventually come for him. Over the summer, he watched as other opposition leaders disappeared. One by one, they were dragged from their homes amid a nationwide … Read more

How a plan to reconcile France and Russia collapsed

The plan, to repatriate the skeleton of a Napoleonic general who died on a Russian battlefield two centuries ago, was supposed to bring together the leaders of two nations long at odds. The remains of Gen. Charles Étienne Gudin, who was killed in action in 1812 during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, would be flown home … Read more

Public support strong for Japan’s Covid vaccine minister as next PM, says opinion poll

Japanese voters strongly support Taro Kono, minister in charge of fighting COVID-19, as the next prime minister according to a second opinion poll, as potential candidates prepare to join what has become a wide-open contest for ruling party leader. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s shock Friday announcement he was stepping down has thrown a ruling Liberal … Read more

‘Human toll was tremendous’: Hurricane Ida’s death count rises while thousands still lack power

Hurricane Ida’s death toll continued to rise on Sunday, with many in the US Northeast holding out hope for people missing in the floodwaters, while nearly 600,000 customers in Louisiana still lacked power a week after the storm made landfall. Ida slammed into Louisiana on Aug. 29 as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with sustained … Read more

Medical journals seek urgent action on climate change in unprecedented plea

Editors of 220 medical journals worldwide have called for urgent action on climate change in a joint editorial published on Sunday, according to an AFP report quoted by france24.com. “Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world,” the editorial, published ahead of the COP26 climate summit, read. … Read more