A new wave of street protests is sweeping the country, triggered by a hike in prices. The country’s Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Raisi are among protesters’ targets. Actors, athletes and intellectuals back the movement, urging the authorities to heed protesters’ demands, not crack down on them. Against this backdrop, a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme is still pending.
Canberra's U-turn with the defeat of conservative Scott Morrison and Labor's return to government is being watched closely outside the country as well. Newly appointed Foreign Minister Penny Wong - an ethnic Han Chinese originally from Malaysia - to oversee the crux of relations with Beijing.
The trial against him and five pro-democracy activists will begin Sept. 19. The charge of threatening national security is dropped. New charges of failing to register a charitable fund wth preliminary hearing today, the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. Meanwhile, the diocese cancels traditional masses for the Tiananmen massacre.
Rampant corruption in the country overshadows the first outing since the official inauguration of President Serdar Berdymuhamedov, son of his predecessor. A journalistic investigation revealed that the state-of-the-art health care facility ran on bribes for everything: treatment, operations, bed places and hiring.
Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi is back in the governing fold after a meeting yesterday with the deputy premier and local officials. Strong pressures got her to reverse her decision. Meanwhile Prime Minister Bennett lost a second close aide, while some lawmakers threaten to quit. With 60 out of 120 seats in the Knesset, the government’s fate is uncertain.
In the past three years, more than 6,000 children have died from malnutrition in Maharashtra, many from tribal families whose parents were victims of child marriages. A charity created by Fr Elenjimittamin in 1957 is playing a crucial role in providing education and welfare to such “angels in rags”.