Australia pays $14 million for copyright to Aboriginal flag, making it free for all to display

Australia pays $14 million for copyright to Aboriginal flag, making it free for all to display

For five decades, Australia’s Indigenous peoples have raised a black, red and yellow flag to represent their identity. Because of copyright law, however, the flag has not been free for… Read more
A growing global potato shortage is affecting french fries, from Japan to Kenya

A growing global potato shortage is affecting french fries, from Japan to Kenya

There’s a growing global potato shortage — a real problem for a planet addicted to french fries and chips. A number of popular items, including marmite and cream cheese, have… Read more
The world has avoided a ‘twindemic,’ but as flu cases rise alongside covid, experts fear that could change

The world has avoided a ‘twindemic,’ but as flu cases rise alongside covid, experts fear that could change

A “twindemic” of covid-19 and influenza is a recipe for public health nightmares. Strict measures to control the spread of the coronavirus were expected to prevent flu transmission, which appears… Read more
More than three dozen dead, 100 injured after fire tears through crowded ferry in Bangladesh

More than three dozen dead, 100 injured after fire tears through crowded ferry in Bangladesh

A fire tore through a crowded ferry in southern Bangladesh early Friday, leaving more than three dozen people dead and more than 100 injured — the latest in a line… Read more
U.S. listed as a ‘backsliding’ democracy for first time in report by European think tank

U.S. listed as a ‘backsliding’ democracy for first time in report by European think tank

The United States for the first time was added to a list of “backsliding democracies” in a report released Monday by the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.… Read more
Remains of New Zealand coal miners discovered deep underground, 11 years after 29 died in disaster

Remains of New Zealand coal miners discovered deep underground, 11 years after 29 died in disaster

Eleven years ago, 29 coal miners were killed in one of New Zealand’s worst industrial disasters — and one of countless accidents that underscore the human cost of coal power,… Read more
Women to sue Qatar for invasive airport body searches, a case highlighting rights concerns ahead of 2022 World Cup

Women to sue Qatar for invasive airport body searches, a case highlighting rights concerns ahead of 2022 World Cup

Seven women based in Australia plan to sue the Qatari government and state airline over invasive gynecological searches they were subject to before boarding a flight from Doha — an… Read more
At least 17 injured in knife attack and fire on Tokyo subway crowded with Halloween revelers

At least 17 injured in knife attack and fire on Tokyo subway crowded with Halloween revelers

A knife-wielding man rampaged through a Tokyo Metro train on Sunday, setting a fire and injuring at least 17 passengers as commuters headed into the city center for Halloween festivities,… Read more
Italy’s former interior minister is being tried for preventing a boat carrying migrants from docking. Richard Gere, an actor, is one of the witnesses.

Italy’s former interior minister is being tried for preventing a boat carrying migrants from docking. Richard Gere, an actor, is one of the witnesses.

Matteo Salvini, a former interior minister and the head of Italy’s right-wing League party, is on trial on kidnapping charges related to his denial of entry to a humanitarian ship… Read more
Is 400 Mawozo the Haitian gang that kidnapped American missionaries, or are they just a bunch of kids?

Is 400 Mawozo the Haitian gang that kidnapped American missionaries, or are they just a bunch of kids?

News that an armed Haitian gang kidnapped 17 members of an Ohio-based missionary group — including five children — on Saturday once again pushed Haiti into the center of an… Read more