Cho Joo-bin, 25, hosted online rooms on encrypted messaging app Telegram, where users paid to see young girls perform sexual acts under coercion. A total of 74 victims, including 16 minors, were blackmailed into uploading explicit images onto the group chats. At least 10,000 people used the chat rooms, with some paying up to $1,200 […]Read More .
Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer on Middle Eastern studies at the University of Melbourne, had been detained in Iran since 2018. The 33-year-old was found guilty of espionage last year and sentenced to 10 years in prison. In a statement, Moore-Gilbert thanked the Australian government and others who had campaigned for her freedom, describing the past two […]Read More .
Some 97 whales and three dolphins died in the stranding, which conservation department staff were alerted to around midday local time on Sunday. A power outage and the remote location of New Zealand’s most eastern islands, around 500 miles east off the country’s South Island, meant Department of Conservation rangers did not arrive at Waitangi […]Read More .
Those faiths — Chinese Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism — are supervised by official organizations such as the Protestant Three-Self Patriotic Movement or the Buddhist Association of China, which are in turn overseen by the ruling Communist Party’s powerful United Front Work Department. Practice outside the bounds of these groups is strictly controlled, and underground […]Read More .
Across the region, many countries and cities that had previously kept the coronavirus largely under control are seeing a rise in infections. Last week, Japan’s daily caseload surged to its highest since the pandemic began, surpassing 2,000 for five days in a row. In South Korea, daily infections also rose from a relative lull in […]Read More .
But China’s expanding footprint in the Maldives has unsettled neighboring India, which views the region as part of its traditional sphere of influence — and at risk of being pulled away from its orbit. The infrastructure race is another measure of the escalating geopolitical rivalry between India and China. In recent months, conflicts have flared […]Read More .
Somsak Thepsuthin said tests which turned purple in the presence of ketamine hydrochloride reacted the same to trisodium phosphate — a chemical which can be used as a food additive and cleaning agent which is all that had been found so far. “This was a misunderstanding that our agency must accept,” he told reporters. “This […]Read More .
Biden announced on November 23 several key members of his foreign policy and national security teams. He named Antony Blinken as his choice for secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of homeland security, Avril Haines as director of national intelligence, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US ambassador to the United Nations, Jake Sullivan as national security […]Read More .
According to US-based satellite operator Maxar Technologies, the images, dated October 28, 2020, show “there has clearly been significant construction activity this year all along the Torsa River valley area.” In a statement, Maxar added there had also been construction of “new military storage bunkers” near the Doklam area. Maxar said the images show the […]Read More .
The unmanned Chang’e-5 probe, named after the mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, blasted off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan, near the country’s southern tip, in the early morning. After liftoff, the spacecraft separated from its boosters and protective fairing, and went into Earth-moon transfer orbit. Live-streamed footage from the launch shows […]Read More .