Hong Kong was a ‘safe harbor’ for tech companies shut out of China. Not anymore

But a new law that gives Hong Kong authorities sweeping powers to regulate online content could put those companies on a collision course with that censorship mechanism, known as the Great Firewall — and potentially force them out of Hong Kong altogether. Under the national security law that went into effect last week, Hong Kong … Read more

Singapore votes against backdrop of pandemic

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Voting takes place with face masks and plastic gloves Voting is under way in Singapore’s general election, under the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. The small city state is one of a handful of countries to hold a vote during the pandemic so far. Strict safety … Read more

Hanging death of US black man ruled suicide

Image copyright GoFundMe Image caption Robert Fuller’s family were sceptical of the initial suicide finding The death of a black man found hanging from a tree, sparking fears that he had been lynched amid US anti-racism protests, has been ruled a suicide. Robert Fuller, 24, had a history of mental illness and took his own … Read more

Half of Oklahoma ruled to be Native American land

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Five Tribes of Oklahoma – Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole and Muscogee Nation – proudly uphold their traditions The US Supreme Court has ruled about half of Oklahoma belongs to Native Americans, in a landmark case that also quashed a child rape conviction. The justices decided 5-4 that … Read more

Congress Presses Military Leaders on Suspected Russian Bounties

Michael J. Morell, a former acting C.I.A. director, portrayed that as scapegoating in testimony to the Foreign Affairs Committee. He pointed out that the briefer is the lowest-ranking person in the room during the president’s regular intelligence briefings, and said the national security adviser, the C.I.A. director, the director of national intelligence or the White … Read more

Mike Skinner: ‘Music is genuine chaos’

Image copyright The Streets Image caption Mike Skinner treated himself to a diamond encrusted lighter on a gold neck chain to mark his return “When I first started DJing properly,” says Mike Skinner, “I thought it would be a sort of dignified way to grow a bit older. “And… it’s not that. It’s Saturday night, … Read more

The city where hundreds of thousands of women have to live with their boss

Foreign domestic workers, she knew, often earn much higher salaries than she could find at home. Before she arrived, a recruitment agency found her a job as a helper — a job that entails being a housekeeper, personal chef, nanny and caretaker. And like nearly all helpers in Hong Kong, she was legally required to … Read more

Plastic surgeons say pandemic has boosted demand

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A number of clinics around the world say they are seeing a rise in people getting surgery A number of cosmetic surgery clinics around the world are reporting a rise in people getting treatment during the coronavirus outbreak as they can hide their treatment behind a mask or work … Read more

Like ‘A Bus Accident a Day’: Hospitals Strain Under New Flood of Covid-19 Patients

Hospital bed capacity, including in I.C.U.s, is generally used to gauge a region’s health care infrastructure and the preparedness of its hospitals to respond to the coronavirus. Data showing I.C.U.s at full or near capacity have made headlines recently, but health experts say that attention to capacity does not paint an entirely accurate picture of … Read more