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When Olympic diver Tom Daley announced in 2013 that he was dating a man and “couldn't be happier,” his coming out was an act of courage that, with its rarity, also exposed how the top echelons of sport weren't seen as a safe space by the vast majority of LGBTQ athletes. Back then, the number of gay Olympians who felt able and willing to speak openly about their private lives could be counted on a few hands. There'd been just two dozen openly gay Olympians among the more than 10,000 who competed at the 2012 London Games, a reflection of how unrepresentative and anachronistic top-tier sports were just a decade ago and, to a large extent, still are.
Iran said on Tuesday its security forces had arrested a network of agents working for Israel and had seized a cache of weapons it said were planned for use during recent unrest sparked by water shortages in the Islamic Republic, state media reported. Iran often accuses its enemies or rivals abroad, such as Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia, of trying to destabilise the country by stoking protests and violence. Tuesday's announcement came after nearly two weeks of protests over water shortages, mostly in southwest Iran, which have turned political and spread to other areas.
Hong Kong-based international boutique sales company Asian Shadows has acquired Locarno selection “Shankar’s Fairies” by Indian filmmaker Irfana Majumdar. The film will world premiere on Aug. 13 in the Concorso Cineasti del Presente section of the Locarno Film Festival. Set in 1962, in a recently independent India, which is class-bound and exploitative, “Shankar’s Fairies” follows […]
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Burned-out military vehicles, boxes of ammunition and the bodies of scores of federal troops were still scattered along the dirt road that runs through the Ethiopian village of Sheweate Hugum three weeks after the fighting subsided. What happened here in mid-June was just one battle in an eight-month war between Ethiopia's military and rebellious forces in the northern region of Tigray. Nine days later, Tigrayan fighters regained the regional capital Mekelle, three hours' drive to the east, in a major setback for the central government.
80% of its adults have been fully vaccinated. This article, Labuan becomes first Malaysian territory to declare herd immunity, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
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Cambodian authorities have stopped five large containers of water buffalo meat imported from India after determining the shipment was tainted with the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday. The Health Ministry said the virus was detected in three of the five shipping containers of frozen meat being brought in by a private company. Cambodia temporarily suspended imports from India during its massive surge in coronavirus cases earlier this year, but began allowing them again in recent weeks as the Indian numbers declined.
A Facebook group titled “My wife married Mirror and left my marriage in ruins” currently has over 300,000 members.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (27 July) reported 139 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 64,453.
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Hong Kong customs has seized HK$3.3 million (US$423,100) worth of dried fish bladders from the protected totoaba species after officers found them hidden in an air cargo consignment bound for Vietnam from Mexico. The discovery prompted customs to exchange intelligence with overseas law enforcement agencies in an effort to track down the sender and final consignee of the haul, Assistant Superintendent Herman Lui Siu-fai of the syndicate crimes investigation bureau said on Tuesday. The 14.4kg of d
Starbucks is quitting its joint venture in South Korea - the firm's fifth-largest market. It's selling a part of its stake to local partner E-Mart. The rest is being snapped up by Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, GIC. Retailer E-Mart will operate the stores, and buy an additional 17.5% stake for $411 million. That suggests a $2.35 billion value for the whole business. Starbucks said the deal would be completed in 90 days. Its South Korean office wouldn't comment on why the firm was selling up. With more than 1,500 stores across 78 cities, Starbucks Coffee Korea saw operating profit surge nearly three quarters over the January to March quarter. E-Mart and parent firm Shinsegae have leveraged the disruption of the past year to buy up some businesses. Last month E-Mart said it was buying most of EBay's operations in South Korea for $3 billion.
California’s Tulare County Sheriff’s Office published footage described as showing a “would-be Grinch” using a Santa hat as what they called a Molotov cocktail to damage Porterville Superior Courthouse on July 26.Police said the damage was discovered when deputies reported for work, and that examination of CCTV footage showed a woman walking near the courthouse at 2:45 am. The woman, who was wearing the hat, lit it on fire and left it at the front door of the courthouse, causing minimal damage, police said.Police did not give information about if there was any fuel contained in the Santa hat or about a possible motive for the incident. They appealed for information. Credit: Tulare County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful
KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — Public transport operator RapidKL has issued a public apology after doors of its driverless train operating on the Kelana Jaya line remained open during operations...
Hong Kong police have arrested two suspected triad members in relation to a video clip of a naked man allegedly confessing to a bungled robbery of an underground casino. The 71-second video shows the man holding his Hong Kong identity card and claiming he conspired with another man, nicknamed Ah Him, in an attempt to rob the gambling den on Wing Hong Street in Cheung Sha Wan. A force insider said the investigation showed the 29-year-old man surnamed Wong posed as a gambler to enter the premises
High winds and heavy rains battered Pudong, Shanghai, as residents braced for Typhoon In-Fa on July 25.Railways, flights, and metro services were suspended in Shanghai on the same date, local media reported.This timelapse, filmed by expatriate Alison Forbes, shows high winds and heavy rains lashing an apartment complex.As of July 26, no casualties have been reported in Shanghai, with many residents working from home for the day, according to the South China Morning Post.The storm made a second landfall on July 26 in Zhejiang province bringing winds of up to 28 metres per second near its center, according to local news reports. Eastern China was on high alert as the storm continued to affect the region. Credit: Alison Forbes via Storyful