Almost everything we’d want in a gaming laptop—the Asus ROG

The G15 is reasonably unassuming as gaming laptops go—it doesn’t feel huge or bulky, and there’s a thankful minimum of SuPeR 31337 bling. Jim Salter Here’s the all-important keyboard shot. We know better than to predict readers’ reactions at this point—but the absence of a PrtScr key annoyed us. Jim Salter The back panel of […]readmore

Opponents of Myanmar coup form unity government, aim for 'federal

Opponents of Myanmar's junta announced a National Unity Government on Friday including ousted members of parliament and leaders of anti-coup protests and ethnic minorities, saying their aim was to root out military rule and restore democracy. Myanmar has been in violent turmoil since a Feb. 1 coup that ousted a civilian government led by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, which had held power for five years and was starting its second term after a landslide election victory in November. People have been taking to the streets day after day to demand the restoration of democracy, defying crackdowns by the readmore

Beijing warns US, Japan against collusion vs China

BEIJING: China said Friday it has expressed "serious concerns" to the United States and Japan over what it calls negative moves and collusion between the two countries against China. The statement from foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian came just before President Joe Biden welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to the White House on Friday in his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader. That meeting is seen as reflecting Biden's emphasis on strengthening alliances to deal with a more assertive China and other global challenges. Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing that Japan and the readmore

Democracy protests: Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai jailed for

HONG KNOG: Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was jailed for 12 months on Friday over one of the city's biggest ever protests in 2019. It is the first time the 73-year-old -- who is currently in custody after his arrest under Beijing's sweeping national security law -- has received a sentence for his activism. Alongside Lai, four other defendants also received immediate jail terms of eight to 18 months for organising and knowingly participating in the peaceful protest on August 18, 2019, which called for democracy and greater police accountability. Four other defendants received suspended sentences, including 82-year-old respected barrister Martin Lee, readmore

Pakistan orders temporary social media shutdown after violent protests

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan blocked access to all social media on Friday, after days of anti-French protests across the country by radical Islamists opposed to cartoons they consider blasphemous. Sites temporarily blocked on orders from the country's interior ministry included Twitter and Facebook, said Khurram Mehran, a spokesman for Pakistan's media regulatory agency. He gave no further details. The move comes as police officials prepare to clear a large demonstration in the eastern city of Lahore, and just hours after the government said the leader of the outlawed Islamist political party at the forefront of the protests had urged his readmore

Chicago releases video of police shooting 13-year-old dead

CHICAGO: Authorities in Chicago released police body camera footage Thursday showing an officer shooting dead a 13-year-old Latino boy as the mayor of America's third-largest city appealed for calm over the "excruciating" video. The shocking footage shows teenager Adam Toledo running from officers in the small hours of March 29 and then being hit with a single shot to the chest as he stops and raises his hands. Prosecutors say he was armed, although no weapon is visible in his hands in the video when he is struck. Tensions over racism and policing are already high in the readmore

Covid variant first detected in India is found in the

NEW DELHI: A highly infectious new double mutant Covid-19 variant that was first detected in India has now been found in the UK sparking calls for Boris Johnson to cancel his trip to India. The B1617 variant was on Thursday designated a 'variant under investigation' by Public Health England meaning it has concerning epidemiological, immunological or pathogenic properties and requires investigation. PHE said that up to 14 April it had identified 77 cases of the India variant in Britain – 73 cases in England and four in Scotland. Variants first detected in Kent in the UK, Brazil and South Africa have subsequently been designated ‘readmore

William and Harry won't be shoulder-to-shoulder at Prince Philip funeral

LONDON: British royals William and Harry will not walk side by side in the procession at this weekend's funeral of Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, Buckingham Palace revealed Thursday. As young boys in 1997, the pair provided the most poignant image of their mother princess Diana's funeral as they walked, heads bowed, behind her coffin. Prince Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied them, alongside their father Prince Charles and uncle Charles Spencer. Their grandfather's funeral, at Windsor Castle at 3 pm (1400 GMT) Saturday, is the pair's first reunion since Harry's shock move readmore

Higher risk of brain clot from Covid compared with vaccine:

LONDON: There is a much higher risk of brain blood clots from Covid-19 infection than there is from vaccines against the disease, British researchers said on Thursday, after the rollout of inoculations was disrupted by reports of rare clots. AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have both seen very rare reports of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) linked to their vaccines. A study of 500,000 Covid patients found CVST had occurred at a rate of 39 people out of a million following infection, researchers said. That compares with European Medicines Agency figures showing that 5 in a million people reported CVST after getting AstraZeneca’readmore