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Russian jets ‘unsafely’ intercept US plane over the Med

The US has accused two Russian fighter jets of "unsafely" intercepting one of its patrol planes over the Mediterranean Sea. Two Russian SU-35 jets flew alongside the P-8A Poseidon for one hour and four minutes on Tuesday, the US defence department said. The jets stopped the US 6th Fleet plane from being able to manoeuvre properly, making the inte..

COVID-19 and Cashmere: Rethinking One of Mongolia’s Largest Industries

AdvertisementFrom an early decision to close its schools and borders in late January 2020, to its close monitoring and containment of citizens returning from abroad, Mongolia’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been markedly successful, with zero fatalities reported thus far. The Mongolian government’s close coordination with multilateral organizations such as the World Bank and UNICEF bolstered these efforts by securing funding for essential..

‘She took her last breath in my arms’: A personal tragedy as US COVID-19...

In a matter of months, 100,000 lives have been lost to coronavirus in the United States - nearly triple that of any other country. America never wanted to lead the world this way. The unfathomable milestone is one of this country's most tragic and indelible. Each death took away unique experiences and stories: some well told; most unsung. I..

Inside Brazil’s slums where coronavirus is at risk of spreading like wildfire

Brazil is now only second behind the United States as the worst affected country for coronavirus cases. That is despite the central government and its president, Jair Bolsonaro, continuing to play down the spread and effect of the disease. The worst hit city in Brazil is Sao Paulo and its enormous favelas are the chief breeding grounds for COVID-1..

‘Please, I can’t breathe’: Police officer kneels on neck of man who died

A black man has died after pleading that he could not breathe as a white police officer kneeled on his neck during an arrest. Footage of the restraint was shared widely online after a bystander filmed the officer pinning the shirtless man to the ground in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Four police officers involved in the arrest have since been fired, wi..

East Africa: First Person – The Struggle to Protect Human Rights in East Africa...

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in East Africa, the UN Human Rights regional office, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has been contributing to the COVID-19 response of UN country teams in the region, by ensuring that human rights protection for vulnerable people is included in their plans. The head of the office, Nwanneakolam Vwede-Obahor, shared some of the challenges she and her colleagues are facing. “These have been trying times ..

What’s Changed in Kazakhstan’s New Protest Law?

AdvertisementOn Monday, May 25, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed into law legislation aimed at updating Kazakhstan’s protest policies. When the draft of the new law was released in February 2020, it was heavily criticized by rights activists; the final law retains many of the features that had drawn criticism. The law’s most significant change flips what had been an approval process to a notification process for holding demonstration..

Kenya: Govt’s Repeated Denials of Complicity in High Places Under Scrutiny

In August 2001, seven years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the Rwanda government issued an official statement stating that Felicien Kabuga was living in Kenya and demanded that the Kenyan government arrest him. Prior to that, Kenya was in the limelight following local and international media reports that Nairobi was harbouring one of the masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. However, then Kenya's Foreign minister ..

Dutch PM didn’t see dying mother due to coronavirus restrictions

The Dutch prime minister did not get to visit his dying mother in her final weeks because he was following lockdown restrictions, his office has said. Mark Rutte's mother Mieke Rutte-Dilling died aged 96 at her care home in The Hague on 13 May, the PM said in a statement. He was unable to visit her before she died because he was following his..

Burundi: Ruling Party Candidate Wins by Landslide – Provisional Results

Ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye has won Burundi's presidential election by a landslide, preliminary results show, while the main opposition party cries fraud. The independent election commission (CENI) announced partial results Monday, giving Ndayishimiye 69% of the vote and his chief competitor Agathon Rwasa of the opposition CNL party 24%. Current First Vice President Gaston Sindimwo of the nationalist party Uprona finished ..

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