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An alliance of ethnic armed groups in Myanmar has agreed to extend a ceasefire with the junta in northern Shan State after “pressure” from China, nearly four weeks after the collapse of a China-brokered ceasefire.

“China put a lot of pressure on us to have a ceasefire immediately,” the TNLA leader told the news agency. “Therefore, we have to do it as we can’t avoid it.”

  • [Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov] says Vance wants to ‘stop pumping Ukraine full of weapons’
  • Foreign minister says Russia welcomes anyone ready for talks

Russia’s top diplomat signaled a preference for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and especially his running mate JD Vance, praising their vocal interest in cutting a deal to end the war in Ukraine.

Although the previous Trump administration imposed “more and more sanctions” on Russia, “at that time, dialogue was underway between us and Washington at the highest levels,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday. “Right now, there is no such dialogue.”


Pro-democracy campaign group finds exports of goods to Russia, vital to its war efforts, roughly doubled in a year

Hong Kong has become a global trade hub for “the world’s most brutal regimes”, according to a report examining the city’s role in facilitating the flow of goods to countries under sanctions by the west, including Russia, Iran and North Korea.

A report published on Monday by the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation, a campaign group, found that between 2021 and 2022, exports of semiconductors from Hong Kong to Russia roughly doubled to $400m (£310m), second only to shipments from mainland China. Semiconductors are vital to Russia’s war effort as they are a component in weaponry such as drones and cruise missiles.


A convicted South African murderer who shot dead dozens of black men during apartheid has told the BBC the police sanctioned his violence. Louis van Schoor says others should share the blame for the killings he carried out as a security guard. But in talking to BBC Africa Eye over the past four years, he has also let slip horrifying details that raise serious questions about his early release from prison.

Over a three-year period in the 1980s under the country’s racist apartheid system - which imposed a strict hierarchy that privileged white South Africans - Van Schoor shot and killed at least 39 people.

Van Schoor’s killings - sometimes several in a single night - struck terror into the black community of East London. Stories spread through the city of a bearded man - nicknamed “whiskers” in the Xhosa language - who made people disappear at night. But his shootings were not carried out in secret.

In a particularly brutal case on 11 July 1988, Van Schoor shot a 14-year-old boy who had broken into a restaurant searching for petty change.


Taiwan is holding five days of military drills simulating a response to a Chinese invasion. The exercises come amid growing tensions across the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan on Monday launched the annual Han Kuang drill, during which the island nation's preparedness for a possible Chinese invasionis tested and refined.

The five-day exercises come as relations between Taipei and Beijing are particularly strained following the inauguration speech on May 20 of President Lai Ching-te, which China denounced as being full of separatist content.

China considers democratically governed Taiwan to be its territory and has not ruled out using military force to assert its claimed sovereignty.


Extending the human lifespan is a multibillion-pound industry and has been hailed as the most fascinating scientific challenge in modern history. But if a drug to achieve longevity is ever discovered, one thing looks certain: it is highly unlikely to work on women – and almost inconceivable that it will work on mothers.

That is because, say experts, cages in laboratories across the world are filled with white mice who share a striking similarity: they are all male.

This is a serious problem, said Dr Steven Austad, a biologist and the author of the bestselling Methuselah’s Zoo, because the sex differences between rodents are significant – and the differences between virgin female mice and mice that have given birth are even larger.

About 75% of the drugs that extend lifespan in mice work only on males: the drugs were developed on male mice then belatedly tested on both sexes, only to discover the females did not respond.


Health authorities in India's Kerala state have issued an alert after a 14-year-old boy died of the Nipah virus.

According to the state's health minister, an additional 60 people have been identified as being in the high-risk category of having the disease.

The Nipah virus infection is a "zoonotic illness" transmitted from animals like pigs and fruit bats to humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO has described the virus as a priority pathogen because of its potential to trigger an epidemic.


An MP for the radical-left France Unbowed party has sparked outrage after saying Israeli athletes are not welcome at the Paris Olympics and calling for protests against their presence.

Citing Israel’s war in Gaza, Thomas Portes told a pro-Palestinian gathering in Paris on Saturday: “We are just a few days away from an international event to be held in Paris, the Olympic Games. And I’m here to say that no, the Israeli delegation is not welcome in Paris. Israeli athletes are not welcome at the Olympic Games in Paris. We have to use this deadline and all the levers we have to mobilise.”

Yonathan Arfi, the head of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF), described the comments as “indecent” and “irresponsible”, accusing Portes of “putting a target on the backs of Israeli athletes”.

Arfi reminded the MP that 11 Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics and said the country’s Olympians were “already the most in danger” at the Games.


Even in the most distant reaches of EU territory, Moscow is still posing problems.

Russian rockets are posing an unusual dilemma in one of the farthest reaches of the European Union.

Locked away in silos in a corner of the bloc’s spaceport on the northern coast of South America in French Guiana are at least two mothballed Russian Soyuz-2 rockets, according to four officials speaking on condition of anonymity.

A decision on what to do with the launchers, stuck in place since Russia's space agency Roscosmos suddenly withdrew its engineers at the outset of the war in Ukraine, is needed to make way for new European-made rockets.

“There is some sort of deal in preparation,” one of the officials familiar with the talks said. “We need the space.”

But that raises big geopolitical issues.


Apple is failing to effectively monitor its platforms or scan for images and videos of the sexual abuse of children, child safety experts allege, which is raising concerns about how the company can handle growth in the volume of such material associated with artificial intelligence.

The UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) accuses Apple of vastly undercounting how often child sexual abuse material (CSAM) appears in its products. In a year, child predators used Apple’s iCloud, iMessage and Facetime to store and exchange CSAM in a higher number of cases in England and Wales alone than the company reported across all other countries combined, according to police data obtained by the NSPCC.

Through data gathered via freedom of information requests and shared exclusively with the Guardian, the children’s charity found Apple was implicated in 337 recorded offenses of child abuse images between April 2022 and March 2023 in England and Wales. In 2023, Apple made just 267 reports of suspected CSAM on its platforms worldwide to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), which is in stark contrast to its big tech peers, with Google reporting more than 1.47m and Meta reporting more than 30.6m, per NCMEC’s annual report.


In the year to mid-June Brazil’s currency, the real, fell against the dollar by 17%, the worst performance of any major currency over this period. The São Paulo stockmarket lost 8% of its value even as other emerging markets rallied.


"Investors have started to worry" Why is that? From what i've seen (i live in Brazil) the economy is going from bad to worse, the spending is always growing and there's no intent to reduce that...


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Locals in Spain's tourism hotspots are increasingly frustrated about mass tourism. Authorities are clamping down.

Barcelona plans to increase the tourist tax for cruise passengers staying in the city for less than 12 hours, the mayor revealed in a Sunday interview.

"We are going to propose.. substantially increasing the tax for stopover cruise passengers," Jaume Collboni told El Pais newspaper.

It is the latest in a series of measures that he has announced to reduce the impact of mass tourism.

It comes just weeks after protesters in Barcelona, chanting: "Tourists go home," sprayed visitors with water as part of a demonstration against mass tourism.

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