JORDAN’S PRINCE HAMZAH FACES ‘TRULY BIZARRE’ RESTRICTIONS, QUEEN NOOR SAYS

Fri 20 May 2022: Jordan’s Queen Noor Al-Hussein, wife of the late King Hussein, has called current King Abdullah II’s decision to restrict the communications, place of residence and movement of her son, former crown prince Hamzah, as “truly bizarre”. “Some truly bizarre and stranger than fiction stuff circulating right now,” Queen Noor wrote on […]

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UN RIGHTS CHIEF VISITS CHINA BEGINNING ON MONDAY, INCLUDING XINJIANG

Fri 20 May 2022: According to her office, the UN human rights chief will begin her long-awaited journey to China on Monday, including a stop in the Xinjiang province, where authorities are accused of grave human rights breaches. Michelle Bachelet will visit China’s far-western Xinjiang region next week, after years of asking “meaningful and unfettered” […]

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MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE UKRAINE CONFLICT WILL BE LABELED ON TWITTER

Fri 20 May 2022: On Thursday (May 20), Twitter announced that it will begin putting warning messages on some false information about the Ukraine crisis, as well as limiting the spread of claims disproved by humanitarian organizations and other reliable sources. Twitter’s action is part of a new policy outlining how the social media giant […]

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EU PROVIDES ROHINGYA WITH $23 MILLION IN HUMANITARIAN AID

Fri 20 May 2022: The European Commission stated on Friday that the Rohingya community will receive an additional €22 million ($23.3 million) in humanitarian aid. The help will go to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and their host communities, as well as displaced Rohingya and other conflict-affected persons in Myanmar, according to a statement from the […]

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IMF AND PAKISTAN HOLD BAILOUT TALKS IN QATAR AS ECONOMY FALTERS

Fri 20 May 2022: Doha, Qatar – At a luxury hotel in Qatar’s capital, Pakistani officials are holding talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as Islamabad seeks the release of more funds from a $6bn bailout package agreed in 2019 to stabilise the country’s faltering economy. “The team will be in Doha during May 18-25 as part […]

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AUSTRALIA REPORTS FIRST MONKEYPOX CASE IN TRAVELLER RETURNED FROM BRITAIN

Fri 20 May 2022: Following North American and European countries, Australian officials verified a confirmed case of monkeypox infection on Friday (May 20). A traveller who had recently returned from the United Kingdom was found to have the disease. Authorities have indicated that another such case is being investigated. Another individual suffered a mild illness, […]

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RUSSIA’S HULK TOWS THREE 15.6-TON CHOPPERS TO SET NEW WORLD RECORD

Fri 20 May 2022: On May 19, Sergey Agadzhanyan, dubbed the “Russian Hulk,” set a new world record for towing multi-ton equipment by dragging three helicopters at once without the use of special apparatus such as ladders. While towing aircraft, the Russian Hulk blew up a medical heating pad (hot water bottle). The helicopters, which […]

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NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED REACHED 59.1 MILLION IN 2021: MONITOR

Fri 20 May 2022: The unprecedented figure is the result of new waves of violence and protracted conflict in countries ranging from Ethiopia and Afghanistan to Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. People living in internal displacement due to conflicts or natural disasters worldwide reached a record 59.1 million at the end of 2021, up from 55 million a year earlier, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre […]

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