Gabrielle Reyes

Articles by Gabrielle Reyes

Report: North Korea Has Up to 5,000 Tons of Chemical Warfare Agents

North Korea has likely amassed between 2,500 and 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, including extremely toxic nerve agents such as sarin, in recent years, according to estimates published in a joint report on Tuesday by the RAND Corporation and South Korea’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies, the website NK News reported.

South Korean policemen wearing gas masks stand guard during a civil defence drill at an ap

Japan: Giant Squid Statue Built with Pandemic Aid Earning Its Keep with Tourist Revenue

The government of Noto, a central Japanese town known for its squid fishery, said Monday that its once controversial decision to erect a giant squid statue with pandemic relief funds in October 2020 had paid off, as it had since boosted tourism in the area and thus generated significant income for the local economy, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) reported Tuesday.

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Taiwan Fires Live Ammunition at Chinese Drone for First Time

Taiwan’s military fired live ammunition on a Chinese drone on Tuesday after the drone intruded into the airspace above one of the sovereign island nation’s outer islets, the online newspaper Taiwan News reported, noting that the incident marked the first time Taipei has used live ammunition to fire warning shots on a Chinese drone.

A Yilong II (Wing-Loong II) unmanned reconnaissance-strike drone demonstrates on the openi

Madagascar: Armed Mob of 500+ Attacks Police over Albino Kidnapping

Police in Ikongo, Madagascar, fatally shot at least 19 people on Monday after a 500-person-strong lynch mob overpowered a local police station holding four people suspected of kidnapping an albino child and murdering the child’s mother, Deutsche Welle (DW) reported Tuesday.

Madagascar police watch over opposition supporters close to former President Marc Ravaloma

Report: Taliban Engaging in ‘Routine Torture’ of Afghan Christians

Christians who have remained in Afghanistan since the Sunni Islam-based Taliban terror group seized control of the country last August “face routine torture and persecution” from Taliban members and various other Afghans, the Afghan newspaper Etilaat Roz reported on Monday citing an original report by Fox News.

A Taliban fighter stands guard at a checkpoint in Herat on August 15, 2022. - Taliban figh

Pakistan: One-Third of Nation Underwater After Record Floods

Roughly a third of Pakistan was considered underwater as of Monday due to ongoing flooding that has killed at least 1,136 people since the nation’s monsoon season began in June, Pakistan Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

This aerial view shows a flooded residential area in Dera Allah Yar town after heavy monso

Kenya Finds 3 Venezuelans Breached Its Election Servers Illegally

The Kenyan national police service’s investigative unit, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), allegedly determined in recent days that three Venezuelan nationals had illegal access to Kenya’s electoral commission servers five months ahead of the country’s general election on August 9, during which a disputed presidential vote occurred, Kenya’s the Nation newspaper reported on Monday.

General Service Unit soldiers stand guard as election officials and party agents verify th

Video: India Demolishes Illegally Built Twin Towers

Authorities in Noida, India, used 8,100 pounds of explosives to detonate twin residential towers on Sunday after India’s Supreme Court ruled that they were illegally constructed, Reuters reported.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - 2022/08/28: Supertech build Apex and Ceyane 100-metre-high illegal resi

India Condemns Chinese ‘Militarization’ of Taiwan Waters

The Indian government’s representative office in Sri Lanka used the term “militarization” in a post on Twitter on Saturday to describe China’s recent actions in the Taiwan Strait, which separates the sovereign island nation of Taiwan from China’s southeastern coast, the Hindu reported on Sunday, noting that it was the first time New Delhi had used such strong rhetoric to refer to the China-Taiwan dispute.

Two Taiwanese military corvettes sail during a Navy Drill for Preparedness Enhancement ahe

China: Post-Drought Floods Force Nearly 50,000 to Evacuate Sichuan

Torrential rain hammered southern China’s Sichuan province over the weekend after several weeks of drought causing the region’s landscape to suffer flash flooding that forced the evacuation of nearly 50,000 people as of Sunday, China’s state-run Global Times reported.

A cyclist rides along a flooded street during a heavy rainfall brought by typhoon Ma-on on

Taliban Conducting Door-to-Door Raids to Confiscate Guns

Members of Afghanistan’s Taliban conducted door-to-door raids of homes in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif on Thursday in part to search for and confiscate weapons, including firearms, deemed “illegal” by the terror group, which seized control of Afghanistan’s government in August 2021, the Kabul-based Khaama Press News Agency reported.


China Makes Move to Increase Influence on African Media

Chinese Communist Party officials hosted a “China-Africa Media Cooperation” virtual forum on Thursday from Beijing, the Global Times reported, noting that delegates from both sides agreed to foment “an international public opinion atmosphere of cohesive development” between Beijing and 40-plus African nations and regions.

Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China CPC Centra

African Diplomat Flees to South Sudan after Arrest for Alleged NYC Rape

A United Nations (U.N.) diplomatic representative of South Sudan successfully fled to his home country this week after he was arrested on August 21 for allegedly raping a woman in New York City but released the next day after invoking diplomatic immunity, the New York Post reported on Thursday.

Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, South Sudanese Diplomat to U.S.

Chinese Wildlife Reserve Staff Wear Panda Suits Smeared with Bear Feces

Photographs of giant panda keepers at China’s Wolong National Nature Reserve recently circulated online showing the staff wearing panda costumes smeared with feces and urine while they cared for the captive animals as part of an effort to minimize the natural scent of the human zookeepers, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Thursday.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21: Male giant panda Xiao Qi Ji relaxes in his enclosure during hi

South Korea Logs World’s Lowest Fertility Rate

South Korea recorded the world’s lowest fertility rate in 2021, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, noting that the development supports a current prediction by demographers that South Korea’s population of 51 million will more than halve by 2100.

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China Admits Endless Coronavirus Lockdowns Are Crushing Already Critical Birth Rate

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) told Reuters this week that ongoing Chinese coronavirus lockdowns nationwide have had a “clear impact on the marriage and childbirth arrangements of some people” within the country and have contributed to the nation’s plummeting fertility rate and shrinking population, the news agency reported on Tuesday.

HONG KONG, CHINA - JANUARY 29: A woman carries a baby wearing a protective mask as they ex

Japan May Build More Nuclear Reactors Despite 2011 Post-Tsunami Promise

Japan’s federal government said on Wednesday it is mulling over plans to build “next-generation nuclear power plants,” Kyodo News reported, noting that the admission marks a major shift from previous statements by Tokyo that it would not pursue “new nuclear energy” in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses statements to the press after his meeting

Russian Military Violates South Korean Airspace

Russian military aircraft entered South Korea’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday without giving Seoul prior notice, prompting the Republic of Korea Air Force to scramble fighter jets in response, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Sukhoi Su-35S aircrafts perform during the International Military-Technical Forum "Army 20

China Manufactures ‘Artificial Rain’ to Fight Drought

China’s ruling Communist Party ordered its meteorological bureau to dispatch special rain-making aircraft to drought-afflicted areas of the country’s south on Tuesday as part of a wider effort to protect China’s autumn harvest from ruination by a regional heatwave that began in June, the Global Times reported.

WEINING, CHINA - AUGUST 24, 2022 - Citizens use rocket anti-aircraft guns to make artifici

Report: Turkey Doubled Russian Oil Imports this Year

Turkey doubled its Russian oil imports year-on-year over a period spanning January to August 2022, Reuters reported on Monday citing new data from the financial analyst platform Refinitiv Eikon.

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Bushfires Add to Pressure from Drought in China

Bushfires have reportedly engulfed “several mountains” in Chongqing, a municipality within southern China’s Sichuan province, in recent days, the Global Times reported on Monday, noting that the wildfires have merely exacerbated an ongoing heatwave and drought across most of China’s southern region that began in June.

HEJIANG, CHINA - AUGUST 22: A firefighter battles to contain the forest fire on the mounta

Chinese Regime ‘Punishes’ 27 People for ‘Ugly’ Textbook Cartoons

China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) “punished” 27 employees Monday for their roles in approving illustrations in public primary school textbooks that were deemed “ugly” and “problematic,” China’s state-run Global Times and Xinhua News Agency reported.

YICHANG, CHINA - AUGUST 22, 2022 - A citizen shows an illustration of a primary school mat

Coronavirus: China Postpones Fall Semester for 20+ Universities

More than 20 colleges and universities across six regions in China postponed the start of their fall semesters in recent days in an effort to curb local outbreaks of the Chinese coronavirus, the Global Times reported on Sunday.

BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 30: A Chinese student from Renmin University of China holds a flag a

U.N. Chief Urges ‘Unimpeded Access’ to Russian Food, Fertilizer in Global Market

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday urged governments and private sectors worldwide to allow Russian food and fertilizer “unimpeded access” to the global market as they are “not subject to sanctions” imposed on Moscow by the U.S. government and its allies in response to Russia’s latest war with Ukraine, Turkey’s Hürriyet Daily News reported.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres talks to media at a press conference, during the H

China Struggles to Prevent Food Crisis as Drought Hits Heartland Farms

China’s central government on Monday was “ramping up” efforts to prevent an ongoing heatwave and drought from ruining much of the nation’s autumn grain harvest across China’s southern region, the Global Times reported, noting that the autumn grain harvest in jeopardy contributes 75 percent of China’s annual grain production on average.

Gan Bingdong stands in the basin of a community reservoir near his farm that ran nearly em

Philippines Finally Reopens Schools After 2+ Years of Lockdowns

Most primary and secondary schools in the Philippines held in-person classes on Monday for the first time since March 2020 when Manila ordered learning institutions nationwide to shut down in response to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, the Philippine Star reported.

Students fall in line during the opening of classes at the San Juan Elementary School in P

Japan Seeks to Boost Alcohol Sales Among Younger Citizens

Japan’s government recently kicked off a marketing campaign aimed at increasing alcohol sales among younger citizens, aged 20 to 39, in response to record decreases in alcohol tax income in Japan over the past few years, the Hindustan Times reported Friday.

People toast the 2013 vintage Beaujolais Nouveau wine in Tokyo on November 21, 2013 after

New Zealand: Remains of 2 Children Found in Auctioned Luggage

A family in Aukland, New Zealand, recently discovered the remains of two children aged 5 and 10 years old inside suitcases they purchased unseen at an auction for an unclaimed storage locker, Reuters reported on Friday, noting that New Zealand authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the children’s deaths as they suspect they were murdered.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki (L) speaks with a p

Watch: Panama Presidential Candidate Films Crash from Inside Helicopter

A pre-candidate for Panama’s 2024 presidential election named Dimitri Flores filmed himself traveling inside a helicopter as it crashed into a Panamanian mountainside on August 10, Brazil’s Universo Online (UOL) media outlet reported on Wednesday, noting that the politician survived the crash along with four other passengers and the helicopter’s pilot.

Dimitri Flores, candidate for presidency in Panama, films a helicopter crash from inside t

China Claims to Have Developed ‘Safer’ Way to Edit Human Genes

Researchers from the state-run Chinese Academy of Sciences claimed in a recently published study to have developed a gene-editing method that is allegedly “more efficient and safer” than established techniques because it uses the CRISPR gene-editing tool to target RNA instead of DNA, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Wednesday.

This photo taken on September 2, 2019 shows a laboratory technician checking samples with

Watch: Chinese Workers Test Fishermen’s Live Catch for Coronavirus

The local government of Xiamen, China, recently ordered municipal workers to test both fishermen and their catch, including “live fish” and crabs, for the Chinese coronavirus out of alleged concern that international fishing activity in the area may have sparked local outbreaks of the virus, the Chinese government-controlled news outlet Sixth Tone on Thursday.

A fish receives a COVID-19 test at a port in Xiamen, Fujian province, Aug. 16, 2022. From