Gabrielle Reyes

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Afghan Women’s Youth Soccer Team Flees Taliban for Pakistan

Dozens of players from Afghanistan’s junior national women’s soccer team successfully fled Afghanistan and arrived in neighboring Pakistan on Wednesday, with more of their fellow teammates due to arrive on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Members of Afghanistan's national girls football team arrive at the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) in Lahore on September 15, 2021, a month after the hardline Taliban swept back into power officials said. (Photo by Arif ALI / AFP) / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by …

France Foreign Minister: Biden Acted Like Trump by Sabotaging Submarine Deal

U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision on Wednesday to help Australia acquire U.S. nuclear-powered submarines and thus abandon a previous agreement with Paris to purchase $40 billion worth of French-designed submarines was “a stab in the back,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: U.S. President Joe Biden meets with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Executive Committee in the Oval Office at the White House on April 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden, Harris and members of the caucus discussed the recent spike in anti-Asian violence, …

Report: Singapore ‘Segregated’ by Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate

A Chinese coronavirus vaccine mandate issued by Singapore’s government in August has “segregated” the city-state and left residents who choose not to receive the inoculation feeling “ostracized,” two Singaporeans told the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Thursday.

Residents are tested at a temporary swab centre set up at the void deck area on the ground floor of a public housing block, after a few positive Covid-19 coronavirus cases were detected in the building, in Singapore on May 21, 2021. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by …

China Denounces ‘Irresponsible’ U.S.-U.K.-Australia Military Pact

Beijing on Thursday denounced the new “AUKUS” military pact announced by Australia, the U.K., and the U.S. Wednesday, describing the alliance — which aims to counter China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region — as “extremely irresponsible” and warning it “seriously undermines regional peace.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian speaks at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

U.N. Criticizes Nicaragua’s Crackdown on Political Opposition

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet presented an oral report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday in which she accused Nicaragua’s ruling government of detaining political opponents in inhumane circumstances ahead of the country’s general election in November, VOA reported Tuesday.

A youth carries a portrait of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega during commemorations for the anniversary of the triumph of the 1979 Sandinista Revolution that toppled dictator Anastasio Somoza in Managua, Nicaragua, late Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Miguel Andrés)

Canadian PM Trudeau Vows to Criminalize ‘Anti-Vax’ Hospital Protests

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed Monday to criminalize protests outside hospitals in Canada if reelected in an upcoming parliamentary vote after hundreds of citizens opposed to Trudeau’s latest Chinese coronavirus vaccine mandates staged peaceful demonstrations and candlelight vigils outside health centers nationwide in recent days.

Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at TVA following the Face-a-Face 2021 french debate in Montreal, Quebec on September 2, 2021. - This is the first of three official debates to be held, and the first of two in French. Canadian Prime Minister Justin …

Coronavirus: City in Southeast China Seals Highway Entries and Exits

Putian city in southeastern China’s Fujian province sealed off more than half of its highway entry and exit points on Sunday as part of an effort by municipal authorities to contain a new, local outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus, Reuters reported on Monday.

This photo taken on May 30, 2021 shows a man receiving a nucleic acid test for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Guangzhou in China's southern Guangdong province. - China OUT (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban: Women Must Segregate from Men to Study at University

Women in Afghanistan may continue studying at universities, including at the post-graduate level, but classrooms must be gender-segregated and enforce an Islamic dress code, the newly formed government of the Taliban terror group announced Sunday.

TOPSHOT - Students attend a class bifurcated by a curtain separating males and females at a private university in Kabul on September 7, 2021, to follow the Taliban's ruling. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Japan Signs Defense Transfer Deal with Vietnam to Counter China

Japan and Vietnam signed an accord on Saturday allowing Tokyo to supply Hanoi with Japanese-made defense equipment and technology as the two nations work toward more rigorously countering China’s growing presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

This picture taken and released by the Vietnam News Agency on September 12, 2021 shows Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) shaking hands with Japan's Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi before a meeting in Hanoi. (Photo by STR / Vietnam News Agency / AFP) (Photo by STR/Vietnam News Agency/AFP via …

U.N. Staff in Afghanistan ‘Fear for Their Lives’ After Taliban Takeover

United Nations (U.N.) staff members in Afghanistan are facing increased incidents of “harassment and intimidation” by members of the Taliban since the terror group seized power of the country last month, U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan Deborah Lyons said Thursday, adding that some U.N. personnel “fear for their lives.”

A convoy of Taliban fighters patrol along a street in Kabul on September 2, 2021. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

U.N. Chief: Taliban Resurgence May ‘Embolden Jihad’ in African Sahel

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Thursday he fears the Taliban terror group’s recent seizure of power in Afghanistan may “embolden” fellow jihadists in the African Sahel to increase terror attacks in the hopes of similarly gaining control over their home countries.

Mauritanian soldiers stand guard at a G5 Sahel task force command post, on November 22, 2018, in the southeast of Mauritania near the border with Mali. - Remote villages near the border with Mali, have long been neglected by authorities, making them easier prey for jihadists and other armed groups …

Joe Biden Calls Xi Jinping to ‘Reminisce’ About ‘Traveling Together’

U.S. President Joe Biden called Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday to discuss bilateral relations between Washington and Beijing and allegedly used some of the 90-minute phone call to “reminisce” with Xi about their previous “travels together,” the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 4, 2013. Biden arrived in Beijing to raise concerns over a Chinese air zone ramping up regional tensions, looking to bolster ties while also underscoring …

Brazil: Truckers Block Highways in Support of President Jair Bolsonaro

Commercial truck drivers in Brazil blocked highways in at least 16 states on Thursday for the second straight day as part of demonstrations supporting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in his current battle with the country’s judiciary and federal election authorities, Brazil’s Globo News site reported.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the commemoration of the 54th anniversary of the creation of Brazil's Tourism Board (EMBRATUR) at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 17, 2020. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP) (Photo by EVARISTO SA/AFP via Getty Images)

W.H.O. Chief Calls for Halt to Coronavirus Booster Shots Until 2022

World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday urged countries worldwide to stop administering booster shots of Chinese coronavirus vaccines to their populations until at least the end of 2021 as part of his ongoing efforts to preserve the global vaccine supply for use in less developed nations.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference organised by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, on July 3, 2020 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / POOL / AFP) (Photo …

Hong Kong Police Arrest 4 Organizers of Tiananmen Square Vigil

Hong Kong police arrested four organizers of an annual Tiananmen Square vigil on Wednesday for refusing to cooperate with an investigation related to their alleged violations of the city’s national security law, the Hong Kong Free Press reported.

HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 05: Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China vice-chairwoman Chow Hang-tung, second left, and other members attend a press conference on September 5, 2021 in Hong Kong, China. The alliance behind Hong Kong's annual 04 June Tiananmen Square vigil announced that …

India Fighting to Contain Outbreak of Nipah Virus After Boy’s Death

Health authorities in southern India’s Kerala state said they were monitoring 68 people under quarantine at a state hospital on Wednesday for possible exposure to the Nipah virus — far deadlier than the Chinese coronavirus — after a 12-year-old Kerala boy died from Nipah on Sunday.

People in protective suits prepare to cremate the body of a 12-year-old boy died of the Nipah virus in Kozhikode, Kerala state, India, Sunday, Sept.5, 2021. The southern Indian state is quickly ramping up efforts to stop a potential outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus, even as it continues to …

Chinese PLA Publishes Video of Himalayan Drill by Tibet Unit

A video published by a Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) daily news site on Monday appears to show units of the army’s Tibet military district conduct a high-altitude drill at an undisclosed location near the Himalayas, the South China Morning Post reported Tuesday.

PLA Training in Himalayas/Tibet. Screenshot via YouTube.

Brazil: World Cup Qualifier Halted Mid-Match over Alleged Virus Breach

Brazilian health officials on Sunday halted a World Cup qualifying soccer match in Sao Paulo between Brazil and Argentina minutes after it started, accusing four Argentine players of violating Brazil’s Chinese coronavirus quarantine rules, Reuters reported Tuesday.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 05: Health authorities argue with Head coach of Argentina Lionel Scaloni (C) and players of Brazil and Argentina during a match between Brazil and Argentina as part of South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 at Arena Corinthians on September 05, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. …

Health Regulators Probe Prenatal Test Linked to Chinese Military

Health regulators across five countries are currently investigating a prenatal test owned by the Chinese company BGI for possible violations of local data privacy laws, including allegedly sharing women’s genetic information with the Chinese military for unknown research purposes, Reuters reported Monday.

Gynecologist in mask doing palpation of pregnant woman - stock photo