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A women's rights activist placed a candle beside a poster with the pictures of Noor Mukadam, who was recently beheaded, during a candle light vigil to pay tribute to Noor and other domestic violence victims, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on July 25. The killing of Mukadam in an upscale neighborhood of Pakistan's capital has shone a spotlight on the relentless violence against women in the country. Rights activists say such gender-based assaults are on the rise as Pakistan barrels toward greater religious extremism.

Rights groups warn assaults on women on the rise in Pakistan

The gruesome death of 27-year-old Noor Mukadam last week in an upscale neighborhood of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, is the latest in a series of attacks on women in Pakistan, where rights activists say such gender-based assaults are on the rise as the country barrels toward greater religious extremism.

A Joint UN and INGOs team carried out a rapid response mechanism in response to the humanitarian needs of communities affected by the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. More than 100,000 children in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region could face the most extreme and life-threatening form of malnutrition in the next year, the United Nations children’s agency warned on Friday.

UN: 100,000 children in Ethiopia’s Tigray face deadly hunger

The warning comes as high-level officials from the UN and United States visit Ethiopia over the next several days to press the government to lift what the US has described as a “siege” of Tigray and as some 200 food-laden UN trucks are stuck on the only remaining road into the region.

Lawyer Lawrence Lau (right) and senior counsel Clive Grossman (center) left the holding area of the High Court in Hong Kong on Friday after visiting their client Tong Ying-kit, who was sentenced to nine years in prison for terrorism and inciting secession in the first trial conducted under a national security law imposed by China.

Hong Kong protester is sentenced to 9 years in first security law case

A Hong Kong court sentenced a protester to nine years in prison Friday for terrorism and inciting secession, the first demonstration of the teeth of a sweeping new national security law aimed at those who might speak out against Beijing.

A satellite image provided by Planet Labs Inc. shows what analysts believed is a field of intercontinental ballistic missile silos near Yumen, China. The US military has warned about what analysts have described as a major expansion of China's nuclear missile silo fields, at a time of heightened tension between the US and China.

US warns China is building more nuclear missile silos

Researchers at the Federation of American Scientists estimate that China has approximately 250 underground missile silos under construction after they used satellite imagery to identify a new field being built in western China.

Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine.

Israel delivers booster shots of vaccine to people 60 and older

Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots Friday to people 60 and older who have already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases.

Tong Ying-kit, 23, arrived at a court for the violation of the new security law after carrying a flag reading "Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our times" during a protest in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong protester given 9-year term in 1st security case

A pro-democracy protester was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first prosecution under Hong Kong’s national security law as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over the territory.

People walked near Tokyo Station in Tokyo Thursday, a day after the record-high coronavirus cases were found in the Olympics host city.

Japan expands virus emergency after record spikes amid Games

Japan is set to expand the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo to neighboring areas and the western city of Osaka on Friday in the wake of record-breaking surge in infections while the capital hosts the Olympics.

A health worker prepares a syringe of the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a makeshift mass vaccination centre on a football field in Surabaya on July 29, 2021.

Here’s how countries around the world have approached vaccine mandates

Vaccination requirements have proven highly controversial, with some public health leaders and health workers calling for mandates in some cases, while some international human rights groups have raised concerns. In many developing countries, meanwhile, demand for vaccines still outpaces supply.