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Quaden Bayles: Australian boy in bullying video receives global support

Image caption Quaden Bayles (centre) has received support from YouTubers and celebrities like Hugh Jackman (right). People around the world have rallied behind a nine-year-old Australian boy after a video of his deep distress over being bullied was went viral. Yarraka Bayle posted the clip of her son, Quaden, crying after he was targeted at school for his dwarfism. "This is what bullying does," she says in the video, in which her son also says ... Full story

India woman held for chanting 'long live Pakistan' at citizenship protest

Image caption Ms Leona was charged with sedition at a protest event in Bangalore city. An Indian woman has been arrested and charged with sedition for chanting "long live Pakistan" at a protest in the southern city of Bangalore. Amulya Leona was participating in a demonstration against a controversial citizenship law, which critics say discriminates against Muslims. Asaduddin Owaisi, a prominent Muslim politician, who was at the rally, ... Full story

Australia to spend $726 million to upgrade strategic northern airbase

FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri. SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will spend A$1.1 billion ($725.9 million) to upgrade an airbase in the country’s tropical north, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, a development that increases Canberra’s military armory in ... Full story

South Korean church leader says coronavirus outbreak is the 'devil's deed'

SEOUL (Reuters) - The leader and self-proclaimed messiah of a South Korean religious movement at the center of the country’s largest coronavirus outbreak on Friday called the disease the “devil’s deed” and a test of faith. A man wearing a mask to prevent contracting the coronavirus walks on a zebra crossing in Seoul, South Korea, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji. Lee Man-hee sent the message on an internal app used by members of the ... Full story

Welcome bugs into your yard. You might just save the world. - The Washington Post

Unfortunately, we humans are now in a position to declare victory in our long war on insects. The United Nations’ Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has found 1 million plant and animal species, mostly bugs, to be at imminent risk of extinction. Industrial agriculture, millions of miles of road hazards, unnecessary lights, overuse of pesticides, habitat elimination, tens of millions of acres of sterile lawn and the ... Full story

Trump whistleblower's attorney Mark Zaid sent email threatening 'We will hunt you down'

President Trump was standing at a lectern adorned with the executive office seal, addressing an arena packed with thousands of his most strident supporters, when he paused his standard rally stump speech and reached into his suit coat. Last year, as he harangued the “hyperpartisan impeachment witch hunt” and the whistleblower who helped launch it, Trump unfolded a printout of a just-published Fox News story and waved it at the crowd in northern ... Full story

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

TOKYO (AP) — You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus. From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. From the know-it-all who rattles off the many much more likely ways you’re going to die: smoking, car accidents, the flu. None of it seems to matter. As the number of cases rise — more than 76,000 and counting — fear is advancing like a tsunami. And not ... Full story

Global central bankers scour shopping malls, manufacturers for coronavirus playbook

WASHINGTON/RIYADH/FRANKFURT - (Reuters) - In the days after a new virus was identified in China on Dec. 31, global central bankers fell back on past experience for a comforting early analysis. A man wearing a face mask walks past a shop of a French luxury cosmetic brand Lancome at the Wangfujing shopping street as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Beijing, China February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang. The SARS ... Full story

Russia meddling to help Trump win re-election, US lawmakers hear

Image caption President Trump was reportedly angry about the election security briefing. US intelligence agencies have warned that Russia is attempting to help President Donald Trump get re-elected in November, US media report. The comments came in a closed-door briefing to the House Intelligence Committee on 13 February, officials told US outlets. President Trump was reportedly enraged, complaining that Democrats would use the information ... Full story

Solar energy expands quickly in Brazil, attracts Chinese firms

PORTO FELIZ, Brazil (Reuters) - Beside the green pastures and sugarcane plantations surrounding the farming town of Porto Feliz is the strange sight of hundreds of blue, silicon panes turned towards the sun. FILE PHOTO: A photovoltaic solar panel farm is seen in Porto Feliz, Sao Paulo state, Brazil February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli. This solar farm, about 150 km (93.2 miles) from Sao Paulo, produces electricity for around 40 homes and ... Full story