Israel holds a record 1,200 Palestinians in administrative detention

Today's news: China is set to restrict Internet access for children and minors. India is on high alert following violence between Muslims and Hindus in Haryana that left at least six dead. Japan and Taiwan brace for Typhoon Khanun. Vietnam plans to export two million doses of African swine fever vaccine by October. Russian lawmakers want toys to be “ideologically” certified. The Kazakh-Afghan forum opens in Astana, but the Taliban remain an issue.


Israel is holding 1,200 prisoners, 99 per cent Palestinians, without charges or trial. According to the Hamoked human rights group, this is the highest figure in the 30 years. Under Israel’s "administrative detention", suspects can be held for months (and even years).


Children and teenagers will not be able to access the Internet at night and the use of smartphones will be restricted by new anti-addiction rules. The restrictions, proposed by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), will come into force on 2 September; they are designed to prevent anyone under 18 from accessing the web between 10 pm and 6 am. There will be different levels of daily use, from 40 minutes to 2 hours.


The Indian government is on maximum alert following sectarian violence in Haryana between Muslims and Hindus, which has left at least six people dead so far, including two police officers. A mosque was also set on fire. Many fear that clashes could break out in the city of Gurugram. India’s Supreme Court calls on the authorities to deploy troops and install cameras to prevent an escalation.


About 166,000 households are without power this morning in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures. Two people are reported dead in Okinawa. This follows the slow passage of Typhoon Khanun, which is battering south-western Japan with heavy rains and gusts of wind that have reached over 220 km per hour. Disruptions have also been reported in Taiwan, with schools and businesses closed as well as scores of flights cancelled.


Vietnam will export two million doses of African swine fever vaccine to the Philippines by October, Vietnamese authorities announced. This comes a week after it approved the domestic use of the world's first commercial vaccines against a disease that has caused havoc to the global pork market in the past few years. In 2018-2019, about half of China's pig population died.


After the Phak Kao Klai (Move Forward) party, which came first in the 14 May election, left the winning coalition, the Pheu Thai Party (For Thais Party), the second-largest party in the lower house of parliament, will try to form a government, its leader, Cholnan Srikaew, announced yesterday. The two parties fell apart over the former’s insistence on amending the lèse-majesté law.


In Russia, the United Russia party is preparing to table a bill in the State Duman meant to ensure that toys uphold the country’s “moral and spiritual ideology”. The proposed legislation would require toys to be certified for health and safety as well as psychological and pedagogical appropriateness. Toys will be judged on whether they “harm the mental health and development of a child”.


Kazakhstan's deputy foreign minister, Kanat Tumysh, said that his government’s position on the current Afghan government has not changed. The Taliban remains a terrorist group with whom there are no official relations. However, the issue, he added, will be "coordinated with the international community and partners" at the Kazakh-Afghan trade forum in Astana that opened today until Saturday.