SYRIA CONDEMNED BY CHEMICAL WEAPONS BODY FOR USE OF SARIN, CHLORINE

Fri 10 July 2020: The executive branch of the world’s chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday condemned the use of banned sarin and chlorine bombs by Syria’s air force, but stopped short of taking direct action to penalise Damascus, Reuters reports. It followed a report in April by Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons investigators, which found […]

CHINA RESPONDS TO US SANCTIONS OVER XINJIANG

Fri 10 July 2020: Beijing hits back at US sanctions on Communist Party secretary of Xinjiang for rights abuses of ethnic Uighurs ANKARA (AA) – China on Friday said it would take reciprocal measures against the US for sanctioning a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party and three other officials over human rights abuses […]

SUDAN PM ABDALLAH HAMDOK TO ANNOUNCE CABINET RESHUFFLE AMID PROTESTS

Thu 09 July 2020: Abdallah Hamdok governs North African country in tandem with military following 2019 power-sharing deal KHARTOUM, SUDAN (AA) – Sudanese prime minister is set to reshuffle his 18-member Cabinet amid protests in the North African country, the Council of Ministers announced on Thursday. “Based on the commitment he made in his address to […]

UK ANNOUNCES $37B VIRUS PACKAGE

Thu 09 July 2020: The UK government has unveiled a package worth $37 billion (£30 billion, 33 billion euros) to save jobs and help the young into work to kickstart the coronavirus-hit economy. Delivering a mini-budget to parliament, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak’s measures included bonuses to companies retaining staff and taking on apprentices, investment in […]

ENDING POVERTY BY 2030 A FADING DREAM: UN EXPERT

Wed 08 July 2020: COVID-19 pandemic will push 176 million more people into extreme poverty, report says GENEVA (AA) – The global COVID-19 pandemic has pushed more than 250 million people to the brink of starvation and dashed hopes of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030, a UN expert said in a report on Tuesday. The […]

UN CHIEF SEEKS END TO FINANCING OF COAL TO SMOOTH CLEAN ENERGY SHIFT

Fri 10 July 2020: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries on Thursday to stop financing for coal and commit not to build new coal-fired power plants to enable a shift to clean energy. “Coal has no place in COVID-19 recovery plans,” Guterres said, speaking via videolink to a clean energy transition summit hosted by the […]

PODCAST | HOW THE ASSADS TOOK SYRIA

Thu 09 July 2020: Syria’s inner circle of power has been dominated by the al-Assad family for 50 years, but nearly a decade of war is exposing its cracks. Syria’s inner circle of power has been dominated by the al-Assad family for 50 years, but nearly a decade of war is exposing its cracks. Journalist […]