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September 11, 2020 | Via BBC

India and China to ‘Quickly Disengage’ from Border Standoff

India and China have agreed to “quickly disengage” from a standoff that has seen gunfire at a disputed border and accusations of kidnapping. Their foreign ministers met on Thursday and said they would ease tensions. Soldiers from both countries have periodically skirmished along the poorly demarcated border, called the Line of Actual Control. Both sides have accused each other of straying into their territory.

September 11, 2020 | Via CNN

Rio Tinto CEO Resigns After Destruction of 46,000-Year-Old sacred Indigenous site

Rio Tinto (RIO) CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques has resigned under pressure from investors over the company’s destruction of a 46,000-year-old sacred Indigenous site in Australia to expand an iron ore mine. Jacques will leave once his successor is chosen or at the end of next March. The destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves went ahead on May 24 despite a seven-year battle by the local custodians of the land.

September 11, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Belgian King’s Daughter Fights for Right to Call herself a Princess

A woman who successfully fought a seven-year legal battle to prove she was the daughter of the former king of Belgium, Albert II, will learn next month whether, against the wishes of her father, she will be able to use the titles Her Royal Highness and the Princess of Belgium. King Albert, 86, who abdicated from the Belgian throne in 2013, was forced to acknowledge he was Boël’s biological father.

September 11, 2020 | Via Reuters

Brazilian Expert on Uncontacted Amazon Tribes Killed by Arrow

A top expert on isolated Amazon tribes in Brazil was killed by an arrow that struck him in the chest as he approached an indigenous group, friends and a police witness said on Thursday. Rieli Franciscato, 56, had spent his career as an official in the government’s indigenous affairs agency Funai, working to set up reservations to protect Brazil’s tribes.

September 11, 2020 | Via NBC News

Vaccine Confidence Hurt by Misinformation and Polarization

Political polarization and online misinformation are threatening vaccination programs worldwide, with public trust volatile and varying widely between countries, according to a global vaccine confidence study. The study, which maps trends in vaccine confidence across 149 countries between 2015 and 2019, found that skepticism about the safety of vaccines tended to grow alongside political instability and religious extremism.

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