Zimbabwe Doctors Strike Over Abducted Colleague: Daily Brief

Outrage is growing in Zimbabwe after a doctor and union leader was reportedly abducted over the weekend; Taliban attacks are on the rise ahead of Afghanistan's presidential elections; the word "they" - for people who identify as non-binary - has been added to a major dictionary; Bahrain rejects pleas to free Nabeel Rajab; new regulations put some US meat workers at risk of injury; rights groups press UN chief on China's Xinjiang abuses; and Barack Obama meets inspirational climate activist Greta Thunberg...

Zimbabwe’s government has reportedly deployed military doctors to state hospitals after medical workers went on strike across the country. Doctors boycotted work this week in protest at the alleged abduction of their union leader, Peter Magombeyi, who had led a series of strikes over poor pay and working conditions. On Saturday, he sent a WhatsApp message saying he had been kidnapped by three men. He has not been seen since.

Taliban attacks are on the rise ahead of Afghanistan's presidential election which is scheduled for September 28, HRW says. Scores of civilians have been killed and injured in recent weeks. 

The word "they" - for people who identify as non-binary - has been added to a major dictionary. 

The Bahrain High Court of Appeals has rejected a request to free the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, who is serving a five-year prison sentence. 

New regulations announced by the Trump administration this week to allow increased slaughter line speeds in hog processing plants in the US will put workers at risk of serious injury. 

UN chief Antonio Guterres should use the weight and authority of his office to unambiguously call on China’s leadership to shut down Xinjiang’s abusive detention centers, a coalition of human rights groups has said. 

And finally some good news: here's the inspirational teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg meeting former US President Barack Obama. When the pair met earlier this week, the former president described her as "one of the planet’s greatest advocates”.