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Israeli president visits Turkey as nations seek to bridge divide | world news

By BURHAN OZBILICI and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Israeli President Isaac Herzog arrived in Turkey on Wednesday for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, becoming the first Israeli leader to visit in 14 years as the two countries prepare to film a new page of their troubled relationship. Escorted by a […]

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Pakistan among countries with highest maternal mortality rate: speakers – Journal

ISLAMABAD: Child marriage is common in Pakistan, with around 18% of girls married before the age of 18. This was emphasized by a speaker during an event organized as part of International Women’s Day. Around 11,000 mothers in Pakistan die from pregnancy-related complications. The country is among those with the highest maternal mortality rates. In […]

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US senator backs transfer of Russian-made fighter jets from NATO countries to Ukraine

A third round of talks between Moscow and Kyiv has concluded with Ukrainian negotiators noting small positive developments in the area of ​​humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to flee Russia’s unprovoked invasion of its neighbour. The establishment of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to flee several towns has been a point of contention between the […]

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Egypt transports Ukrainian tourists to neighboring countries, official says

AL-MUKALLA: The Iran-backed Houthis have agreed to allow the UN to dump the rusting oil tanker Safer in the Red Sea which threatened to cause a major catastrophic disaster, a leader of the terror group has said. After years of reluctance and broken promises, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, head of the Houthi movement’s supreme revolutionary committee, […]

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LGBTQ refugees fleeing Ukraine face discrimination in countries with anti-gay laws

Updated March 4, 2022 5:42 PM ET Late Thursday evening, Viktória Radványi, communications director of Budapest Pride, drove with his girlfriend to the Hungarian-Ukrainian border. They were picking up four LGBTQ refugees and bringing them back to Budapest to provide them with safe housing, food and mental health resources. But Radványi is not part of […]

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Activist groups report 358 human rights defenders murdered in 35 countries in 2021

By CTN Staff | 17 hours ago According to a global analysis of threats and attacks facing human rights activists, compiled by Front Line Defenders (FLD) and the Human Rights Defenders Memorial, 358 human rights defenders were murdered in 35 countries in 2021, many of them, according to the groups, could have been prevented, because […]

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Ukraine crisis and energy dependence explained

As the Western world continues to demonize Vladimir Putin and now even the Russians, a stark reality has emerged of how dependent they are on Russian energy exports, and how their overt and boastful attempts to stage a token solidarity farce with the Ukraine are an attempt to divert public attention from their own failures. […]

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“Pakistan Ranked Among Worst Performing Countries in Cigarette Tax Scorecard” – Journal

ISLAMABAD: Poor households in Pakistan spend a higher proportion of their budget on tobacco than wealthy households, which translates into less spending on basic needs. Due to unchanged and low tobacco taxes, Pakistan was ranked among the worst performing countries in the Tobacconomics Cigarette Tax Scorecard which assessed the strength of tax systems. This was […]

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Western countries agree to add Putin and Lavrov to sanctions list

KYIV – Russia and Ukraine will discuss a ceasefire in a second round of talks on March 3, Moscow’s chief negotiator says as Russian military forces resume their assault on Ukrainian cities . Live briefing: Russia invades Ukraine Consult the RFE/RL live briefing on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how Kiev is fighting back and […]

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Pfizer to provide 10 million COVID pill courses to developing countries – the Global Fund

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment pill Paxlovid is seen in a box, at the Misericordia hospital in Grosseto, Italy, February 8, 2022. REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register March 2 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) is expected to provide about 10 million courses of its highly effective COVID-19 antiviral treatment […]

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Dozens of countries step out during Lavrov’s speech in Geneva

The Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva walk out of the room during the screening of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s pre-recorded speech during the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva. Jean Marc Ferré/UN Photo/dpa Representatives of dozens of countries protested Russia’s […]

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UN appeals for $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid to Ukraine and neighboring countries

The Ukrainian capital’s television tower, located near a memorial for victims of a Holocaust massacre, was hit, the Ukrainian government said on March 1 as Russian forces shelled Kharkiv’s central square and other civilian sites in the east of the city. Ukrainian Ministry of Interior posted a photo of smoke clouds around the TV tower. […]

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Denmark shines, US lags behind in latest climate protection ranking | Top countries

In the wake of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, pressure has intensified for world leaders to confront the climate crisis head-on and adopt bolder policies. This, in turn, has increased the need for timely data that countries can use to guide their policy decisions. The CICC 2022, released in November 2021, offers a real-time […]

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Diplomats from both countries to meet at Belarus border as protests erupt – The New Indian Express

By Associated Press KYIV: The Ukrainian president’s office has confirmed that a delegation will meet with Russian officials as troops from Moscow close in on Kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office said on the Telegram messaging app on Sunday that the two sides would meet at an unspecified location on the Belarusian border and did […]

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Ukrainians flee to European countries, including some who previously turned refugees back

“We have to do it,” she said. “Ukrainians are fighting for us and they are fighting for European human values.” Nearly 150,000 Ukrainians fled to European neighbours, mainly Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia and Romania, since Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday, the UN refugee agency said on Saturday. The story continues under the ad Thousands others […]

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The UAE plays an influential global role that inspires countries

The jury for the Zayed Prize for Human Brotherhood said the UAE plays an influential regional and international role that inspires countries around the world to overcome their differences, based on the principles of human brotherhood. The Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity announced Friday Their Majesties King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein and Queen Rania […]

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Emirates News Agency – UAE plays influential international role that inspires countries: Jury of Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity

ABU DHABI, 26th February, 2022 (WAM) — The jury for the Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity has declared that the UAE plays an influential regional and international role that inspires countries around the world to overcome their differences, based on the principles of human brotherhood. The Zayed Prize for Human Fraternity announced Friday Their Majesties […]

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Ukrainian refugees arrive in neighboring countries

(journalist) – This story has been updated with new developments. Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion are beginning to arrive in neighboring countries, many of them traveling on foot. Reuters reports that normally quiet border crossings in Poland, Hungary and Slovakia are seeing increasing numbers of Ukrainians, and those countries are bracing for the […]

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Horowitz: The New Western Fascism: Countries Are Gradually Using Prison Exclusively For Political Opponents

Despite all the rhetoric about Putin’s authoritarian hold over former Soviet states, we have our own authoritarian Putins who now rule Western democracies and crush all political dissent. Detaining someone without bail for staging a peaceful protest against the government sounds like something Putin would do, but it is happening now in Canada and has […]

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Palestinian supporters in Pakistan condemn Muslim countries’ participation in Israeli naval exercise

The Palestine Foundation of Pakistan (PLFP) strongly condemns the presence of some Muslim countries in a so-called naval exercise led by the United States with the presence of the Zionist occupation regime and the secret measures of Tel Aviv to normalize relations with other countries and their dangerous consequences. AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The Palestine […]

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In low-income countries, meat is not the problem. A western industrialist

In recent years, there has been a growing movement against excessive meat consumption. Environmentalists point to meat production as one of the main causes of climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss and water pollution; health advocates say eating too many animal products increases the risk of everything from heart disease to cancer; and animal welfare activists […]

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El-Sissi hails WHO decision on vaccine technology for African countries

DUBAI: Photographer and activist Lana Haroun, 34, was in Khartoum in 2019, at the epicenter of Sudan’s revolution. She helped document the rage and optimism of the movement that ended dictator Omar Bashir’s 30-year rule in April of that year. Like thousands of Sudanese who had long dreamed of political change, Haroun was hopeful as […]

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The race to net zero requires countries to adopt…

(MENAFN- CMR Ubin World) NEW YORK (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 15, 2022 In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, John Lang, who manages the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit’s NetZero Tracker, talks to CM Rubin (founder of CMRubinWorld) about the global race to Net Zero. Lang specializes in communicating climate science and policy to the public. The world […]

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27 OAS countries “appalled” by the death of Hugo Torres

A total of 27 member countries of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States signed a statement in which they clearly expressed their dismay at the death of the former guerrilla fighter, retired brigadier general and political prisoner on the orders of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, Hugo Torres Jimenezand reiterated their condemnation […]

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Six African countries to receive mRNA vaccine technology

BRUSSELS – The first African countries selected to receive the technology needed to produce mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 are Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia, announced on Friday a summit meeting of the countries of the European Union and the African Union. The six countries have been chosen to build vaccine production plants […]

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Bella Hadid calls out India and other countries in the middle of Hijab Row; Said “It’s not your job to tell women what they should”

The Karnataka Hijab Row continues to gain momentum on social media as well-known international personalities start to join the conversation. After Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai and Manchester United footballer Paul Pogba, model Bella Hadid also took to her official social media and called the decision ‘ridiculous’ to ban […]

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The race to net zero requires countries to adopt robust and credible net zero goals that are genuine, not greenwash, says leading expert

NEW YORK (WEB PR) February 15, 2022 In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, John Lang, who manages the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit’s NetZero Tracker, talks to CM Rubin (founder of CMRubinWorld) about the global race to Net Zero. Lang specializes in communicating climate science and policy to the public. The world must reduce […]

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France, New Zealand, Belgium… the movement is spreading to many countries

The movement started by Canadian truckers is gaining momentum. While large-scale containment is planned in Paris this weekend, other countries are not left out. Similar protest movements, among others against health measures, are organized in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Canada It all started with a protest movement by Canadian truckers, who were asked […]

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Hijab controversy in Karnataka: A look at the list of countries that have banned headscarves and burkas

Image source: AP Muslim women take part in a march against the ban on Muslim girls wearing the hijab from attending classes in some schools in the state of Karnataka in southern India Strong points Mass protests for and against wearing the ‘hijab’ escalate in several educational institutions Karnataka HC has ruled that no religious […]

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Iran and 4 countries clash over reparations for 2020 crash

Lebanese officials hold talks over border dispute amid anger over port blast BEIRUT: Lebanese officials began internal talks on Thursday in preparation for a response to US envoy Amos Hochstein, who urged them to settle a maritime border dispute with Israel. Hochstein passed on ideas to move forward the negotiations, which have been stalled for […]

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Roma inclusion slips as several EU countries delay national strategies – EURACTIV.com

Several European countries are lagging behind in their strategies to tackle the discrimination and inequality faced by Roma, casting doubts on their ability to achieve already “unambitious” goals, experts warn. EU countries had to submit their national plans under the Roma Policy Framework 2020-2030 for the inclusion of Europe’s largest ethnic minority by September 2021, […]

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Countries that have banned the burqa, but what does international law say about it?

Massive protests for and against the wearing of ‘hijab’ in educational institutions have erupted in various colleges across Karnataka. The situation escalated on Tuesday when a Muslim girl wearing a hijab entered the college, while a group of boys wearing saffron headscarves shouted “Jai Shri Ram”, trailing behind the woman. The turmoil began when a […]

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Canadian anti-vaccine truckers inspire copycat protests in several countries

A PROTEST MOVEMENT by Canadian truckers angry at Covid vaccine rules has become a rallying point for opponents of pandemic restrictions, drawing crowds from New York to New Zealand. In New York City, dozens of city workers threatened with layoff unless they are shot marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall on Monday carrying […]

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Legislation to support debt relief for the Caribbean and other developing countries passes the US House

A bill to support debt relief for the Caribbean and other developing countries has passed the US House of Representatives. Congresswoman and New York City legislator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th congressional district, said the measure passed the House on Friday as part of the America COMPETES Act. “The legislation reinforces the common […]

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UAE lifts travel ban on 12 African countries for vaccinated citizens

BEIRUT: Friday marks the first anniversary of the assassination of Lebanese researcher and publisher Lokman Slim, but his family has not yet received any new information regarding the progress of the judicial investigation to discover the circumstances of the crime. Slim, 58, was shot on February 3, 2021. His body was found in his car […]

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“Create a global fund for countries to pay for wildlife conservation in Africa”

Afternoon Drive host John Maytham chats with conservation expert Dr Tamar Ron. Conservation expert Dr Tamar Ron says joint global responsibility is needed to support African communities living with wildlife She says the UK’s planned ban on imports of hunting trophies has demonstrated that a new approach is needed to wildlife conservation. She says affected […]

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Blaming rich countries for Omicron’s impasse

Big pharma and Northern leaders have left poor countries vulnerable to the most contagious variant of COVID yet. AAs the world prepares for the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19, more than a few questions remain unanswered. To what extent will reduced immunity from vaccines make people vulnerable to serious illness? Could […]

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Corruption report doesn’t let ‘clean’ countries off the hook for enabling global financial secrecy

A worrying new normal for corruption has taken hold internationally, reports anti-corruption organization Transparency International in its annual index, while highlighting the role of facilitators in aiding corruption. The Corruption Perceptions Index finds that levels of corruption have stagnated in the majority of countries over the past 10 years. With accountability and transparency reduced amid […]

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Thailand News Today | Thailand opens its borders to all countries (terms and conditions apply)

From February 1, Thailand opens its borders tomorrow to all countries. Terms and conditions of application. Meanwhile, Pattaya’s walking street plans to open in time for a US military exercise, and a Thai tourist exposes Phuket’s notorious taxi fares. You watch Thailand News Today, bringing you the headlines in Thailand and beyond. And in our […]

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Ghana and four other ‘smaller’ African countries will grow faster than Nigeria’s in 2022 – IMF

The federal government projects the economy will grow by 4.2% in its recently signed 2022 budget However, the IMF estimates that it will actually grow 2.7% below the expected average of 3.8% for sub-Saharan countries despite the size of Nigeria’s economy. The IMF also went further by listing Ghana and four other African countries as […]

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Unilever to cut thousands of jobs in more than 100 countries: report

Consumer goods giant Unilever is expected to announce thousands of job cuts worldwide this week, the BBC has reported. Soap maker Marmite and Dove will cut positions in more than 100 countries, with cuts in the “small thousands” expected, according to the BBC report citing a source. It comes […]

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Taliban urges countries to ‘not punish’ Afghans, release aid in diplomatic talks

Taliban representatives and Western diplomats have begun their first formal talks behind closed doors, meeting in Norway to discuss Taliban demands amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis facing the country. The Associated Press reported that a Taliban demand would unfreeze nearly $10 billion that the United States and Western countries have frozen as Afghans face starvation. […]

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Sportswashing is associated with certain countries – why not Israel? | Cycling

In the summer of 2020, a group of five cyclists from Ramallah were out for a ride when they were stopped by a group of Israeli settlers. According to Reuters, upon discovering that the cyclists were Palestinian, the settlers began throwing stones at them. Four escaped to a nearby field. One of them, Samer Kurdi, […]

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European countries urge Israel to halt construction in East Jerusalem

PARIS (Reuters) – The foreign ministries of France, Germany, Italy and Spain on Wednesday night urged Israeli authorities to halt construction of new housing in East Jerusalem. Earlier this month, Israeli authorities approved plans for the construction of around 3,500 homes in occupied East Jerusalem, nearly half of which are to be built in the […]

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Sharaka organizes several tree planting events for peace in the countries of the Abraham Accords

(January 19, 2022, JNS thread) In honor of the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat (January 16-17) and to celebrate the commitment of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Israel to tree planting, conservation and of the environment, Sharaka has partnered with several organizations to plant trees while raising awareness of the environment and the […]

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‘England is one of the most nature-deprived countries on earth’: Tony Juniper’s call to end binary thinking

Video by Phil Clarke Hill Nature is in poor condition. England is small, land is scarce and there are no simple answers to meet competing demands. But by getting farmers, politicians, activists, gardeners and dog walkers working together, we can make a difference. That’s the message of Tony Juniper, longtime environmental activist and, since 2019, […]

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Rights groups urge countries to lobby China for human rights ahead of Olympics — Radio Free Asia

Rights groups and a former United Nations official have issued a final appeal to the international community to use the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to pressure China to improve its record in on human rights, amid widespread persecution of Uyghur Muslims, Tibetans, Hong Kongers and other groups. Thousands of athletes, officials and diplomats from […]

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From corruption to the ‘mark of the beast’ – why countries like Malawi are battling Covid | Madalitso Wills Kateta

In January 2021, Malawian rights activist Paul Msoma wrote that he was in Kamuzu Central Hospital, struggling to breathe. The hospital had oxygen cylinders but no flowmeters – the instrument needed to connect him to these. I wondered where the funds that had been released for the country’s response to Covid-19 were going. “My situation […]

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What Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction means for women’s rights in other countries

The conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell for sex trafficking resonates beyond the borders of the United States and the United Kingdom, where the high-profile figures linked to the case reside. Women’s rights activists in France, Iran and Turkey told ABC News that it raised hopes in many victims that they too could get justice. In particular, […]

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WITNESS-What I learned from photographing the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu | Top countries

(Reuters) – My earliest memories of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu come from newspaper clippings and video recordings of foreign news reports smuggled into South Africa by dissidents to evade censorship. As an activist allied with the African National Congress, the Archbishop was banned from the heavily controlled white minority government media. In the smuggled tapes, […]