In Hong Kong, worst may be yet to come

The two sides are now locked in a confrontation from which neither sees a plausible exit

A firefighter near Colo Heights, Australia, northwest of Sydney, on Tuesday. The New York Times

The world burns all year

Are there enough planes to douse the flames?

Ducks are pictured at the home of Dominique Douthe, whose neighbours took her to court over her ducks’ loud quacking, in Soustons, France, November 18, 2019. Reuters

French court says ducks may keep on quacking

It rejects a neighbour's complaint that the birds' racket was making their life a misery

A view of the Moria camp on the island of Lesbos in September. The Greek government said it would begin gradually closing the camp as well as the Vathi camp on Samos by July. The New York Times

Greece to shut down refugee camps

The government announces steps to replace overcrowded migrant camps on the Aegean Islands

People protest against increased gas price, on a highway in Tehran, Iran Nov 16, 2019. REUTERS

Iran declares end to violence

But the evidence suggests otherwise

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital's maternity care has come under scrutiny. The New York Times

Dozens of babies died due
to hospital failings: report

It could become the biggest maternity scandal in the history of Britain’s National Health Service, experts say

Men of the Al Bunda tribe ride in a pick-up from Sadr City, a vast, impoverished neighbourhood of Baghdad whose residents have a history of defying the government, to join protests in the Iraqi capital's downtown area, Oct 30, 2019. For several weeks now, more than 200,000 Iraqis across the country have gathered on any given day to demonstrate against the government. The New York Times

Why Iraqis are protesting

They come in droves to Baghdad’s protests, driven by anger at the govt’s neglect and fuelled by their long history of defiance

“I find it an astonishing privilege that this is what I get to do for a living,” Susan Choi said during her National Book Awards acceptance speech. She is this year’s fiction winner for her novel “Trust Exercise.” The New York Times

Susan Choi wins National Book Award

She wins the fiction prize for ‘Trust Exercise’

One World Trade Center in New York, on Jul 30, 2018. With income inequality a focus of the current presidential candidates, workers in journalism, advertising and book publishing have anonymously posted salary information on crowdsourced spreadsheets, many of them hoping their efforts will lead to higher pay. The New York Times

Media workers call out pay gaps

They posted salary information on crowdsourced spreadsheets, many of them hoping their efforts will lead to higher pay

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Asia shares up
from 3-week lows

But gains were capped by persistent worries over the status of US-China trade negotiations

Netanyahu faces calls to quit

Israeli PM said, he would not quit after he was indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Estrella Vasquez, a muxe woman who features on the cover of Vogue magazine, paints a Huipil, a traditional garment used on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, at her house in Juchitan, in Oaxaca state, Mexico Nov 19, 2019. Muxes are a third gender population traditional to Zapotec indigenous culture in southern Mexico. REUTERS

Vogue cover features transgender ‘muxe’ from Mexico

Muxes are a third gender population traditional to Zapotec indigenous culture in southern Mexico