China on Tuesday denied a special U.N. investigator's report of widespread torture in the country, saying authorities had mechanisms in place to prevent the problem. Manfred Nowak, the U.N.'s first torture investigator to visit China, said last week that he had heard stories of beatings and sleep deprivation during his trip to detention centers in Beijing, Tibet and the Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang
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Forest fires in Siberia have been raging for three months already. They have become a disaster not only of Russian, but of global scale. The fires have already scorched 12 million hectares of land