Indonesia passes law barring extramarital sex, curbs dissent

INDONESIAN lawmakers have passed a contentious criminal code that outlaws extramarital sex and raises penalties on abortions as part of legislation that sparked violent protests when introduced in 2019. Parliament passed the bill at a plenary session on Tuesday, which also adds limits to how much people can criticize the president and public institutions, and […]

Wirecard in the dock as Germany’s biggest fraud trial starts

REUTERS MUNICH/BERLIN — Former Wirecard executives go on trial on Thursday, two years after the collapse of the payments company that produced Germany’s biggest post-war fraud scandal and sent shockwaves through the country’s political and financial establishment. Austrian former chief executive Markus Braun and two other high-ranking managers of the defunct blue-chip company are facing […]

Fuel runs short at South Korean petrol stations as union plans general strike with truckers

PHILIPPINE STAR/ KRIZ JOHN ROSALES SEOUL — A nationwide strike by South Korean truckers has led nearly 100 petrol stations across the country to run dry, government data show, and a national trade union said it would launch a general strike on Tuesday in support of the drivers. The truckers’ strike over a minimum pay […]

Chinese hackers stole millions worth of US COVID relief money, Secret Service says

REUTERS WASHINGTON — Chinese hackers have stolen tens of millions of dollars worth of US COVID relief benefits since 2020, the Secret Service said on Monday. The Secret Service declined to provide any additional details but confirmed a report by NBC News that said the Chinese hacking team that is reportedly responsible is known within […]

France says making masks mandatory in transports hinges on COVID situation

GOLDEN STATUE at the Trocadero square near the Eiffel tower wears a protective mask during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 in Paris, France, May 2. — REUTERS PARIS — The decision to make wearing face-masks in public transportation mandatory again to contain a new surge in the COVID-19 epidemic will depend on the […]

Human Rights Watch warns against Mexico’s ‘regressive’ electoral overhaul

STOCK PHOTO Image by Jorge Carlos from Pixabay MEXICO CITY – A leading rights group on Monday called for Mexican lawmakers to vote against a proposal to overhaul the electoral system, warning it could seriously undermine electoral authorities’ independence, putting free and fair elections at risk. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s proposal to reform Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) would cut the INE’s budget and change how electoral authorities are elected. If Congress […]

Indonesia parliament ratifies criminal code that bans sex outside marriage

STOCK PHOTO Image by Tú Anh from Pixabay JAKARTA – Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a criminal code that bans sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail, part of a raft of legal changes that critics say undermine civil liberties in the world’s third-largest democracy. The controversial new laws, which apply […]

NASA’s Orion capsule makes its closest approach to moon

The uncrewed Orion capsule of NASA’s Artemis I mission sailed within 80 miles (130 km) of the lunar surface on Monday, achieving the closest approach to the moon for a spacecraft built to carry humans since Apollo 17 flew half a century ago. The capsule‘s lunar flyby, on the return leg of its debut voyage, came a week after Orion reached its farthest point in space, nearly 270,000 miles from Earth while […]

Musk’s Neuralink faces federal probe, employee backlash over animal tests

Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a medical device company, is under federal investigation for potential animal-welfare violations amid internal staff complaints that its animal testing is being rushed, causing needless suffering and deaths, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and sources familiar with the investigation and company operations. Neuralink Corp. is developing a brain implant it hopes will help paralyzed people walk again and […]

Philippines inflation at 14-year high, backs case for 50 bps rate hike

MANILA – Philippine annual inflation surged to a 14-year high in November driven mainly by higher food prices, the statistics agency said on Tuesday, with the pickup in prices seen supporting the case for a half-percentage point interest rate hike this month. The consumer price index (CPI) rose 8.0% in November from a year earlier, […]