Australia intercepts Sri Lankan boat with 13 asylum seekers: government

Australia’s military intercepted a Sri Lankan boat carrying 13 asylum-seekers last month, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said on Monday, as Canberra sought to defend the relocation of a Tamil family to a remote detention center. Dutton said the vessel – intercepted off the Cocos Islands, a remote Australian territory in the Indian Ocean …

Hong Kong on edge after weekend of clashes, airport disruption

Hong Kong commuters were met by riot police at subway stations on Monday in tense scenes following a weekend when protesters intensified their fight for democracy in the Chinese-ruled city, which is facing its biggest political crisis in decades. A plane flies over anti-extradition bill protesters as they demonstrate outside the airport in Hong Kong, …

As fires ravage the Amazon, indigenous tribes pray for protection

As thousands of fires ravage the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, some indigenous tribes are turning to prayer in a bid to halt the destruction and protect their environment for future generations. A fire burns a tract of Amazon jungle as it is cleared by loggers and farmers near Porto Velho, Brazil August 31, 2019. …

In Sri Lanka, a polarizing politician reaches out to minorities but suspicion lingers

Sri Lanka presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been a polarizing figure for much of his political life. It is an image he is trying to change. Sri Lanka’s former wartime defense secretary and presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa shares a moment with Muslims during his visit at Ketchimale mosque in Beruwala, Sri Lanka August 17, 2019. …

Hong Kong on edge after weekend of clashes, airport disruption

Hong Kong commuters were met by riot police at subway stations on Monday in tense scenes following a weekend when protesters intensified their fight for democracy in the Chinese-ruled city, which is facing its biggest political crisis in decades. A plane flies over anti-extradition bill protesters as they demonstrate outside the airport in Hong Kong, …

Stocks shiver as new U.S.-China tariffs add to global gloom

Global stock prices fell on Monday after the United States and China imposed new tariffs on each other’s goods, reinforcing investors’ worries over slowing global growth. A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz The E-mini futures for U.S. S&P500 ESc1 …

Chargers GM: Team tabling Gordon contract talks

The Los Angeles Chargers informed running back Melvin Gordon’s representation that talks regarding his contract extension have been postponed until the end of the season, general manager Tom Telesco announced on Sunday. “When or if Melvin reports, he’ll play this season under his current contract, and we’ll just revisit it after the season,” Telesco said …

Nearly a year in, Mexico’s president doubles down on management of economy

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in his first state of the union address on Sunday, doubled down on his approach to managing Latin America’s second-largest economy, saying the interests of private firms would be subordinated to those of the nation. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador delivers his first state of the union at …