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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

Assange's fate hangs in balance as UK court considers U.S. extradition bid

LONDON (Reuters) - Almost a decade after his WikiLeaks website enraged Washington by leaking secret U.S. documents, a London court will begin hearings on Monday to decide whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States. FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson. A hero to admirers who say he has exposed abuses of power, Assange is ... 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

Japan Jan. factory output seen slowing, retail sales to fall: Reuters poll

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s factory output likely slowed in January and retail sales fell for a fourth straight month, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, a worrying sign as the new coronavirus outbreak adds to threats to the economic outlook. FILE PHOTO: A worker cycles near a factory at the Keihin industrial zone in Kawasaki, Japan February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo. Recent data, including exports and machinery orders, have ... 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

Iran's Khamenei says voting in parliamentary election 'a religious duty'

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves as he meets with people in Tehran, Iran February 18, 2020. Official Khamenei website/Handout via REUTERS. DUBAI (Reuters) - Casting a vote in Iran’s parliamentary election is “a religious duty”, the country’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated on Friday after voting in Tehran, broadcast live on state TV. “Voting is a religious duty ... which will also ... 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, Germany, Coronavirus: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up .). Good morning. We’re covering an intelligence warning of Russian aid to the Trump campaign , Germany’s reckoning with a domestic terrorist attack Full story

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