South Africa Says Australia Retracted Claim of ‘Persecuted’ White Farmers

South Africa Says Australia Retracted Claim of ‘Persecuted’ White Farmers Photo Peter Dutton, Australia’s home affairs minister, in Canberra in February. In March, Mr. Dutton said that “persecuted” white South African farmers deserved the protection of a “civilized country” and said he would explore the possibility of fast-tracking refugee visas. Credit Michael Masters/Getty Images MELBOURNE, Australia — South Africa’s foreign minister said Monday that the Australian government had retracted comments by its home affairs minister suggesting that South Africa was not a “civilized country” because of its treatment of white farmers.
In March, the minister, Peter Dutton, said that “persecuted” South African farmers deserved the protection of a “civilized country” — alluding to Australia — and said he would explore the possibility of fast-tracking refugee visas for them. The South African government has been considering a constitutional amendment to expropriate farmland without compensation ..

Asian Markets Fall Modestly, Unburdened by Big Names in Tech

Asian Markets Fall Modestly, Unburdened by Big Names in Tech Photo A stock board in Tokyo on Tuesday. Markets in Asia were down less than 1 percent by midday after a sharper drop the day before in New York. Credit Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press HONG KONG — Asian markets fell on Tuesday after a tough day on Wall Street but were spared the full extent of the pain felt in the United States, thanks in part to a dearth of big technology names that trade in the region.
Market Snapshot View Full Overview Markets in Asia were down less than 1 percent by midday after a sharper drop the day before in New York, suggesting that Wall Street’s painful Monday would not turn into a global rout. Underlining that point, futures that track major United States stock indexes were modestly higher in Asian trading on Tuesday, meaning that many investors see a better day coming.
For the most part, global markets are responding to the same signals. Investors around the world have been unnerved by the prospec..