IRAN DENIES COMMUNICATING WITH BIDEN ADMINISTRATION

Tue 19 January 2021: Chief of Staff of the Iranian president’s office Mahmoud Vaezi denied on Monday media reports claiming that his country has been in contact with the incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported. Vaezi told the agency that the Iranian policy with the new US administration would be: “Commitment in […]

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SWISS GOV’T URGES VOTERS TO REJECT NIQAB BAN IN REFERENDUM SAYING THE MOVE WOULD HURT TOURISM

Tue 19 January 2021: The Swiss government recommended on Tuesday that voters reject a proposal in a planned March 7 referendum to ban full facial coverings such as burqas and niqabs, worn by some Muslim women, saying the move would hurt tourism. Under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, any proposal to change the constitution goes […]

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NO INDICATION OF INSIDER THREAT BEFORE JOE BIDEN INAUGURATION: ACTING PENTAGON CHIEF

Tue 19 January 2021: The acting Pentagon chief Christopher Miller said on Monday the FBI is assisting the U.S. military in vetting more than 25,000 National Guard troops being deployed to assist in protecting the U.S. Capitol around President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration for potential security concerns. Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said in a […]

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PALESTINIANS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE FIRST BATCH OF RUSSIAN VACCINES

Tue 19 January 2021: The Palestinian Authority will receive the first 5,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine on Tuesday, intended to inoculate hospital and health workers. The shipment is due to be brought by a PA delegate into the occupied West Bank through Jordan, the official said on condition of anonymity, adding that […]

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US ASKS AUSTRALIA TO SCRAP PROPOSED LAWS TO MAKE SOCIAL MEDIA PAY FOR NEWS

Tue 19 January 2021: The US has asked Australia to scrap proposed laws that would make it the first country in the world to force Facebook and Google to pay for news sourced from local media outlets. In a submission asking the government to “suspend” the plans, Assistant US Trade Representatives Daniel Bahar and Karl […]

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KAZAKHSTAN FORMS NEW CABINET AFTER PARLIAMENTARY POLLS

Tue 19 January 2021: Kazakhstan formed a new government Monday following parliamentary elections on Jan.10. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree on the establishment of a new Cabinet under Askar Mamin, who will continue serving as the country’s prime minister. Alikhan Smailov, Roman Sklyar and Yeraly Tugzhanov have once again been appointed deputy prime ministers. […]

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CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS FROM 13 COUNTRIES CALL ON UN TO ADDRESS FRENCH ‘ABUSE’ OF MUSLIMS

Mon 18 January 2021: An international alliance of 36 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) representing 13 countries has petitioned the United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR) about the systematic anti-Muslim actions of France. Prominent NGOs, lawyers and religious bodies called on the OHCHR to act on France’s “breadth of state abuse against Muslims” that has been raging […]

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RUSSIAN JUDGE JAILS NAVALNY FOR 30 DAYS; KREMLIN FOE CALLS FOR PROTESTS

Mon 18 January 2021: A Russian court has ordered Alexey Navalny be remanded in pre-trial detention for 30 days, a move that will heighten tensions between Moscow and Western leaders who are calling for the Kremlin critic’s release. Monday’s verdict was delivered in a courtroom set up at the police station in Khimki, on the outskirts of […]

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