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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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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IN A NEW VIDEO, THERE IS NO SIGN OF A FIGHT BEFORE JOURNALIST ABU AKLEH WAS KILLED

Fri 20 May 2022: A new video that begins moments before Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed has emerged showing relative calm and quiet, contrary to claims by Israeli officials that fighting was taking place in the area. Abu Akleh, 51, was killed by an Israeli soldier on May 11, according to colleagues and witnesses […]

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WESTERN SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA NOT CAUSING GLOBAL GOOD INSECURITY: BLINKEN

Fri 20 May 2022: In statements to the UN Security Council on Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Western sanctions on Russia are not driving food hunger around the world. “Sanctions aren’t preventing Russia from exporting food and fertilizer, sanctions imposed by the United States and many other countries deliberately include carve […]

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RUSSIA’S FORMER PRESIDENT DENOUNCES ‘INSANE’ SANCTIONS

Fri 20 May 2022: Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said the West should not expect Russia to continue food supplies if it slaps Moscow with devastating sanctions over the war. “Our country is ready to fulfil its obligations in full. But it also expects assistance from trading partners, including on international platforms,” Medvedev, who […]

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TURKEY WILL SAY ‘NO’ TO ENTRY OF FINLAND, SWEDEN INTO NATO: ERDOĞAN

Thu 19 May 2022: Turkey “will say no” to the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO, the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday. His speech came as senior representatives of two countries are set to visit Turkey for talks. Speaking to a group of Turkish youth, Erdoğan accused the two countries — and especially Sweden — of being “a focus of terror, home […]

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IRAN: SECURITY FORCES USES LIVE ROUNDS, TEAR GAS ON ANTI-GOV’T PROTESTERS

Thu 19 May 2022: Social media footage not verified by Reuters showed at least six people killed and dozens injured over the past few days. Iranian security forces fired live rounds and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters in several provinces today, according to posts on social media, as protests triggered by rising food prices […]

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‘I MEAN UKRAINE’: FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH CALLS IRAQ INVASION ‘UNJUSTIFIED’

Thu 19 May 2022: Former US President George W. Bush referred to the invasion of Iraq as “unjustified” before clarifying that he was referring to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, according to local media on Wednesday evening. “The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch […]

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