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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

WASHINGTON — Chinese hackers have stolen tens of millions of dollars worth of US COVID relief benefits since 2020, the Secret Service said on Monday.

France says making masks mandatory in transports hinges on COVID situation

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 evolution of the situation, French Health Minister Francois Braun said on Monday.

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

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...

Indonesia parliament ratifies criminal code that bans sex outside marriage

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...

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...

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...

COVID-19 confusion in China as authorities row back curbs

BEIJING — A patchwork easing of the world’s toughest COVID-19 curbs sowed confusion across China on Monday, spurring hopes for more clarity as officials shift tone on the dangers posed by the coronavirus in the wake of last month’s unprecedented protests.

Migrant workers aim to stay in Qatar far beyond World Cup final

DOHA — Senegal’s loss to England on Sunday saw Africa’s hopes of lifting the trophy in Qatar recede even further but the migrant workers watching the game at a specially-built fan zone were still hoping for the biggest prize of all — work beyond the World Cup.

British government looks at pension rules to retain health workers

LONDON — Britain’s government is launching a consultation into how to amend pension rules for workers in the National Health Service (NHS) to help retain more staff, at a time when the sector faces strikes over pay this month that could halt some procedures.
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