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BANGKOK (Xinhua): Thailand's Ministry of Commerce on Thursday (July 30) said Thai embassies in Europe had gone through great lengths to explain how Thai monkeys are trained to pick coconuts from trees, and that the practice had nothing to do with animal abuse, as claimed by animal rights activists.
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's security forces on Thursday cleared people off streets of the capital Harare and forced shops to close, a day before planned anti-government protests during the worst economic crisis in nearly a decade.
HARARE (Reuters) - The U.N. food agency on Thursday appealed for an additional $250 million to provide relief to millions of Zimbabweans as the COVID-19 pandemic bites and warned that 60% of the population could become "food-insecure".
HONG KONG (China Daily/ann): The Hong Kong government said on Thursday that 12 opposition candidates in an upcoming election for seats in the city’s legislature have been disqualified and that more could face a similar decision in the near term.
HONG KONG (Reuters): Hong Kong police have arrested four people aged 16-21 for suspected offences under the city's new national security law, the first such detentions outside of street protests since the legislation took effect a month ago.
(Reuters) - Oregon's governor on Wednesday said federal tactical police had agreed to withdraw from Portland, though U.S. officials said agents would stay until conditions improved after weeks of clashes with protesters.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): Top officials in the Catholic Church have said that they are coming up with a protocol to protect minors and vulnerable adults, but they reiterated that physically and mentally able adult women who have sexual relations with clergymen – consensual or otherwise – will not be the beneficiary of the protocol.
SEOUL (Reuters): South Korean President Moon Jae-in's new point men on North Korea face a daunting challenge: They must engineer a breakthrough in strained ties amid public scrutiny of their history with Pyongyang, which once landed them in prison.
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in's new point men on North Korea face a daunting challenge: they must engineer a breakthrough in strained ties amid public scrutiny of their history with Pyongyang, which once landed them in prison.