IRAN: AHWAZIS PROTEST AT MONTHS-LONG WATER SHORTAGES IN SWELTERING SUMMER HEAT

Fri 05 June 2020: The water crisis is worsening in what should naturally be the water-rich Ahwaz region. In the city of Chobeideh, 30 years of acute water shortages have recently been exacerbated. Its residents have to travel 35 km to Abadan city – home to one of the largest oil refineries in the Middle […]

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CHECHNYA, ENTREPRENEURS HIT HARD AS CORONAVIRUS BITES

Fri 05 June 2020: The restrictions imposed in Chechnya because of the coronavirus pandemic led to a decline in sales volumes and provoked financial difficulties, entrepreneurs complain. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that on May 26, Magomed Daudov, the speaker of the Chechen parliament, announced that the epidemiological situation in the republic was smoothing, but the regime […]

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CRISTIANO RONALDO BECOMES FOOTBALL’S FIRST EVER BILLIONAIRE

Fri 05 June 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo is officially football’s first-ever billionaire — pipping arch-rival Lionel Messi to the coveted position according to Forbes. Juventus and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 35, is only the third athlete to hit the mark while still playing, following Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather Jr. “Ronaldo, the first to reach the earnings […]

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NIGERIAN CAMPAIGNERS STAGE PROTEST OVER SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Fri 05 June 2020: Nigerian rights campaigners took to the streets of the capital Abuja on Friday to raise awareness about sexual violence in the West African country after a series of high-profile rape cases. #JusticeforUwa has trended on social media in the last week after Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, a 22-year-old student, died two days […]

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RUSSIAN FRUSTRATION AFTER IRANIAN RETURN TO SYRIA SITES

Fri 05 June 2020: Tension surfaced between Moscow and Damascus on Wednesday on the backdrop of the Syrian government disregarding the decision on the return of Iranian forces to important sites. Earlier, Russia and Syria agreed on limiting the access of these forces to such zones. Sources stated that Moscow has once again found itself […]

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MORE DRINKERS CUT THAN INCREASE ALCOHOL IN LOCKDOWN, SURVEY SAYS

Fri 05 June 2020: (Reuters) – People missing out on drinking in restaurants and bars during coronavirus lockdowns are not entirely making up for it by pouring more at home, a survey of nine countries conducted on behalf of beer, wine and spirits companies showed. The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), made up of […]

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SPIKE IN CORONAVIRUS IN PAKISTAN AS LOCKDOWN EASES ‘CONCERNING’, EXPERTS SAY

Fri 05 June 2020: (Reuters) Four weeks ago, with its most important festival coming up and millions of people facing starvation as economic activity dwindled, Pakistan lifted a two-month-long coronavirus lockdown. Prime Minister Imran Khan has said despite rising infections and deaths, the country would need to learn to “live with” the virus to avert pushing tens […]

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FACEBOOK PLACES STATE MEDIA LABELS ON RUSSIAN, CHINESE OUTLETS

Fri 05 June 2020: (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will start labeling Russian, Chinese and other state-controlled media organizations, and later this summer will block any ads from such outlets that target U.S. users, it said on Thursday. The world’s biggest social network will apply the label to Russia’s Sputnik, Iran’s Press TV and China’s Xinhua […]

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