Wikileaks Founder Should Be Extradited: US Lawyers Tell UK Court

<!– –> Julian Assange, who denies any wrongdoing, is being held at UK’s Belmarsh Prison. Lawyers for the United States launched a fresh attempt on Wednesday to have Julian Assange extradited from Britain, arguing that concerns around the WikiLeaks founder’s mental health should not prevent him from facing US justice. The 50-year-old Australian is wanted in the United States on 18 criminal charges, including breaking a spying law, after his group published thousands of secret classified files and diplomatic cables in 2010. Lawyer James Lewis, acting for the US government,…

Finland Scientists Create Lab-Grown Coffee With No “Environmental Pitfalls”

<!– –> “Compared to regular coffee, the cellular coffee is less bitter,” Heikki Aisala said. Finland: Latte drinkers may in the future be sipping on java sourced from a petri dish rather than a plantation, say scientists behind a new technique to grow what they hope to be sustainable coffee in a lab. “It’s really coffee, because there is nothing else than coffee material in the product,” Heiko Rischer tells AFP, pointing to a dish of light brown powder. His team of researchers at the Finnish technical research institute VTT…

No “Wasteful Vanity” Projects, China Restricts Skyscrapers In Small Cities

<!– –> China accepts that high-rise buildings promote more intensive use of land resources. (File) Beijing: China has restricted the construction of extremely tall skyscrapers in smaller cities as part of a crackdown on wasteful vanity projects by local governments. Without special approval, cities with populations of less than 3 million must not build skyscrapers taller than 150 metres (492.13 ft), and cities with larger populations must not construct buildings higher than 250 metres, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said ocn Tuesday. The measures go further than an…

Taliban “Eager To Have Dialogue”, China Asserts. Then Urges World, Again

<!– –> China’s foreign minister Wang Yi urged international community to help Afghanistan’s development. Beijing: Afghanistan’s Taliban is eager to have dialogue with the international community, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi virtually said at a conference held in Iran. “The Taliban is eager to have dialogue with the world … China will host the third Neighbours of Afghanistan meeting at the appropriate time,” Wang said in a pre-recorded message broadcast live by Iranian state TV. The Chinese foreign minister also urged the international community to help Afghanistan’s development. (This story…

Walmart Recalls Room Spray Over “Rare” Bacteria Linked to Deaths

<!– –> Walmart’s spray was linked to a cluster of cases in the US this year of melioidosis. Walmart Inc. told customers to immediately stop using a household spray, double-bag it, put it in a cardboard box and return it because it might contain a “rare and dangerous bacteria.” The aromatherapy spray, a Better Homes and Gardens-branded product labeled “Lavender & Chamomile with Gemstones,” was linked to a cluster of cases in the U.S. this year of melioidosis, a dangerous bacterial infection normally found in tropical climates. The U.S. Centers…

China’s “Steady” Covid Surge Brings Sense Of Foreboding In Border Towns

<!– –> Covid Outbreak In China: China reported 50 new local confirmed Covid-19 infections on Tuesday. Beijing: China has reported nearly 250 locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 since the start of the current outbreak 10 days ago, with many infections in remote towns along porous international borders in the country’s northwest. China had 50 new local cases for Oct. 26, the highest daily count since Sept. 16, official data showed on Wednesday. The overall number is tiny versus many clusters outside the country. It is also modest compared with more…

3 Minor Sons Found With Sibling’s Skeleton In Texas; Mother Arrested

<!– –> Mother accused of abandoning her four sons has been arrested. (Representational) Washington: A mother accused of abandoning her four sons has been arrested in Texas along with her partner suspected of murdering one of the boys, a local sheriff said Tuesday. Three of the children were found Sunday in a Houston apartment, where they had been living alongside the skeletal remains of their brother. The mother’s partner, 31-year-old Brian Coulter, was charged with the 2020 murder of the boy, who was eight years old when he died. The…

China Tells Evergrande Boss To Pay Debts With Own Cash: Report

<!– –> Evergrande reported that it had resumed work on more than 10 stalled projects. Beijing: Chinese authorities have told Evergrande founder Xu Jiayin, once the country’s richest man, to use his personal wealth to alleviate the embattled company’s debt crisis, according to media reports. The liquidity crunch at one of China’s biggest property developers has hammered investor sentiment and rattled the country’s crucial real estate market, while fanning fears of a possible contagion of the wider economy. Last week, the group unexpectedly paid interest on an offshore bond just…

‘Vaccinated But…’: Delay In Covaxin Approval By WHO Hits Indian Travellers

<!– –> Sugathan P.R. has received two doses of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine. Pandalam: Stuck in a village for nine months and unable to return to his job in Saudi Arabia, Sugathan P.R. is hoping the World Health Organization will approve the COVID-19 shot Covaxin, paving the way for his trip back. Like Mr Sugathan, millions of Indians have taken Covaxin and many have complained of travel struggles as the vaccine has not been recognised for international travel by several countries. “I cannot continue to remain idle here any further,”…

“Where Is Our Gasoline?”: Cyberattack Causes Widespread Disruption In Iran

<!– –> Iran Gas Disruption: Iran says it is on high alert for online assaults after disruption. Tehran: Iran says it is on high alert for online assaults, which it has blamed in the past on its arch-foes United States and Israel. The United States and other Western powers meanwhile have accused Iran of trying to disrupt and break into their networks. “The disruption at the refuelling system of gas stations … in the past few hours, was caused by a cyberattack,” state broadcaster IRIB said. “Technical experts are fixing…