Chilean President said he heard the protest march of up to 1 million people

By Helene Fung Up to a million people (more than 5% of Chile’s population) participated in a protest march for political, economic and social reforms in Santiago on Friday, waiving indigenous and national flags and placards, also singing popular resistance songs from the 1973-90 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship era.  While many headed home ahead of the…

UN launches investigation into mass killings during the Philippines’ drug war

By Helene Fung The United Nations Human Rights Council will be setting up an investigation into mass killings during Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”. The Filipino government’s official version is that 6,600 people have been killed by the police in shootouts with suspected drug dealers since Mr Duterte was elected in 2016 with…

Rain on Donald Trump’s controversial Fourth of July Parade

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump addressed a Fourth of July parade in capital city Washington DC in the rain, declaring that “the future of American freedom” lay with the men and women who are willing to defend it, and paid tribute to each branch of the US armed forces. The celebration also featured…

Trump ordered then called off attack on Iran

By Helene Fung According to the New York Times and the Associated Press, US President Donald Trump has ordered an attack on Iran last night in response for a US drone being shot down by the Iranian army; but then called it off when the operation was already in its early stages. War planes were…

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi increases majority in election win

By Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Narendra Modi’s Facebook Page Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks set to increase his majority as counting of India’s general election votes continue. Official data from India’s Election Commission on Thursday (local time) showed Mr Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to be ahead in 302 of the available 542…

Trump raises tariffs on $200b of Chinese imports

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump raised tariffs on$200b of Chinese imports, from 10% to 25%. The changes took effect Friday local time, after negotiators from the two countries began further negotiations in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to resolve the trade war which has already affected global trade and shaken financial markets world-wide.…

US President Trump urges measles vaccinations as new cases spike

By Helene Fung The number of new measles cases in the US peaked at record high 700 cases in 25 years. President Donald Trump, who’s previously linked vaccinations to autism in a tweet back in 2014, now said in response that vaccinations “are so important”. Measles usually causes fever, runny nose and an all-over rash.…

Trump-Kim romance reverses North Korea sanctions

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he intends to reverse a decision by the US Treasury to impose additional sanctions on North Korea. The reason is because he “likes” North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and doesn’t think sanctions are necessary. Mr Trump did not specify which sanctions would be reversed.…