News | Thousands of Afghans seeking refuge in regional countries: UNHCR

Tens of thousands of Afghans in neighbouring countries are thought to be in need of international refugee protections, having sought refuge there after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month, the United Nation’s refugee agency says. In the period between January 1-July 22, 2021 – just before the Taliban’s overthrow of the Afghan government – nearly 4,000 Afghans were estimated to have become new refugees in Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan, according to data released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. That number rose to 35,400 by September 22, an almost… Read More

Berita | Kilang peti sejuk Panasonic di Singapura tutup, 700 hilang kerja

Panasonic akan memberhentikan 700 pekerjanya di Singapura selepas firma elektrik global itu mengambil keputusan untuk menutup operasi pembuatan mesin pemampatnya, kata firma elektronik antarabangsa itu. Panasonic berkata ia akan menggabungkan operasi Panasonic Appliances Refrigeration Devices, yang telah beroperasi di Singapura hampir 50 tahun ke kilang-kilangnya di Malaysia dan China. Bagaimanapun keputusan tersebut tidak termasuk ibu pejabat penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) Panasonic di negara tersebut. Sebuah kenyataan syarikat itu menyifatkan langkah tersebut sebagai satu “cara pandang ke hadapan di saat perniagaan global berdepan cabaran” dan sebagai sebahagian daripada “kajian semula strategi jangka panjang… Read More

News | Students in shock after deadly attack on university

There is deep shock and a day of mourning in Perm, after a gunman killed six people and wounded 24 others at the local university. The attacker was a first-year student, named locally as Timur Bekmansurov, 18, and most of his victims were fellow students. At the university they instinctively knew how to act. Students told me they barricaded themselves inside classes and kept away from windows. Some hid on the floor and under desks. Months ago there was a deadly shooting at a school in the Russian city of Kazan, so… Read More

News | Guterres warns China, US to avoid new Cold War ahead of UN summit

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of a potential new cold war between China and the United States, and implored the two major powers to repair their “completely dysfunctional” relationship. “We need to avoid at all cost a cold war that would be different from the past one, and probably more dangerous and more difficult to manage,” Guterres said ahead of the annual UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders – a convening blemished by COVID, climate concerns and contentiousness across the planet. Guterres said the world’s two major economic powers… Read More