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Countries rebuild trust in free trade and globalization – News

As the world faces the worst food security crisis in decades, WTO members pledge to make trade in food and agricultural inputs more predictable By Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Published: Mon 4 Jul 2022, 11:00 PM As a beautiful dawn crept over Lake Geneva on June 17, a remarkable thing happened at the headquarters of the World […]

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The war is prompting some European countries to strengthen their military and civilian defenses

July 3, 2022 at 2:00 a.m. EDT Polish Territorial Defense Force recruits undergo weapons training south of Gdansk. (Kasia Strek/Panos Pictures for The Washington Post) Placeholder while loading article actions WARSAW — Days after Russian troops stormed Ukraine in February, Eryk Klossowski made an unusual request to senior executives at the Polish utility company he […]

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Are there roads in foreign countries that honor Jamaica and Jamaicans?

Countries often name streets and roads after the people they admire. The Jamaican government has named some local roads on the island after foreigners, and overseas countries have reciprocated by naming some of their roads after Jamaicans they want to honor. Below is a list of eight foreign country roads named after Jamaicans. 1 – […]

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Egypt and Eswatini are the two worst African countries for workers, according to the ITUC global report

Other countries on the list of the 10 worst countries for workers in 2022 include Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Turkey and Guatemala. The index ranks country performance in six categories ranging from 1 to 5+, with higher numbers signifying poor performance status. Countries classified in category 5 are those that have not […]

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After G7 summit, Germany’s climate envoy says rich countries are still lagging behind

Jennifer Morgan, Special Representative for International Climate Policy at the German Foreign Office, speaks during a press conference at the G7 meeting of climate, energy and environment ministers on establishing of a climate and energy partnership between the United States of America and Germany. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/Picture Alliance via Getty Images) This story is part […]

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“In Arab countries, being a journalist is a sedentary and urban profession”, says Slimane Zeghidour, editor-in-chief of TV5

RIYADH: Earlier this month, the French Embassy in Saudi Arabia organized a conference entitled “France and the Arab World – From Charlemagne to the Fifth Republic” moderated by Slimane Zeghidour. Zeghidour, a specialist in regional affairs, is editor-in-chief of the French television channel TV Monde and a researcher at the French Institute for International and […]

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How anti-trans feminism took hold in the UK | Top countries

Since the beginning of 2022, more than 200 laws have been filed in the United States that would seek to restrict the rights of LGBTQ Americans. Of those bills, more than half would specifically target transgender Americans. In the first week of June alone, the state legislatures of Pennsylvania and Ohio passed bills banning transgender […]

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Neighboring countries are main source of Iranian tourism: deputy minister

TEHRAN — Citizens of neighboring countries have been the main source of tourism for Iran since coronavirus restrictions were eased several months ago, Deputy Tourism Minister Ali-Asghar Shalbafian said. He made the remarks at the World Tourism Industry Conference, held in Seoul, South Korea, on June 23, ISNA reported on Tuesday. “A turning point in […]

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The story behind Ireland’s abortion ban and its reversal | Top countries

Now that the United States Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, the nation could find itself on a path similar to that taken by the Irish people from 1983 to 2018. Abortion was first prohibited in Ireland by what was known as the Offenses […]

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Judges rule that EU countries are no longer allowed to collect passengers’ personal data

Airlines are no longer required to share passenger data with European Union countries, at least for flights within member states, the EU Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The Court of Justice of the EU has ruled that the obligation for airlines to provide passenger data to national authorities does not respect the right to privacy, […]

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Firm that handles Hajj requests from Western countries received investment from BJP-linked firm, Middle East Eye investigation finds

In a revelation that could ruffle feathers, an investigation by the Middle Eastern Eye discovered that the company commissioned by the Saudi authorities to process applications from potential Hajj pilgrims living in Western countries has received investment from a company whose vice president is close to the Indian government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP […]

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Here are the countries where abortion is legal

With Friday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the United States has joined only three other countries – El Salvador, Nicaragua and Poland – which have canceled the right to abortion since 1994, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights. The big picture: Nearly 60 countries have liberalized their abortion laws – although some […]

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Africa: Commonwealth countries urged to help arrest genocide fugitives

Activists and survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda are urging Kigali leaders for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to help arrest all alleged genocide perpetrators hiding in their country. Their call came on Wednesday, June 22, a day after the Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of […]

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Abortion laws around the world: In many countries, protections are not left to the courts

Comment this story Comment Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and removing the constitutional right to abortion has placed the United States among a select few countries that have severely restricted access to the procedure in the 21st century. In 1973, the landmark decision found that the constitution protected the decision to […]

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Ministry to speed up MoU with ASEAN countries to expand markets

KUALA LUMPUR (June 22): The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (K-KOMM) will accelerate the initiative to establish cooperation with ASEAN countries to expand telecommunications and creative industry markets, said his minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa. He said he mentioned during the post-Cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning that K-KOMM should launch the initiative immediately by creating […]

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NSO Pegasus spyware used by at least five EU countries

NSO Pegasus spyware has been used by at least five EU countries, the company admits. The admission was made as part of a European investigation into the impact of Pegasus, with an interim report now published. It’s likely the true figure is higher, with the company promising to provide a “more concrete figure”… What You […]

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Judges clip EU countries’ wings over travel data collection – POLITICO

European Union countries can no longer force airlines to hand over reams of passenger data – at least for flights within the 27-member bloc, according to an EU Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday. The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled that requiring airlines to transfer passenger data to national authorities interferes with […]

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Bolsonarism already places Petro’s Colombia among the “communist” countries

Q REPORTS – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has yet to comment on the victory of progressive Gustavo Petro in Sunday’s elections, but his far-right base has already put Colombia on the list of “communist” countries. Lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, one of the sovereign’s sons, was one of the most explicit and posted on his social media […]

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20 countries expected at the African Track Cycling Cup in Abuja

NNN: The President of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), Giandomenico Massari, said in Abuja on Friday that the federation was to host 20 countries for the Africa Cup track cycling championship. Massari told News Agency of Nigeria that the championship would be held from July 14-17 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja. […]

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Rich countries continue discussion over who pays for the COP27 agenda

NOTNegotiators representing dozens of developing countries left Germany empty-handed as wealthy countries blocked their attempts to win compensation for damage caused by climate change. The talks that wrapped up in Bonn on Thursday are a key part of the annual climate agenda, setting the stage for the United Nations-sponsored Conference of the Parties, or COP, […]

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Disney and gay rights: why is “Lightyear” banned in some countries?

Disney and Pixar’s latest film, “Lightyear,” hits theaters this week, but some countries have chosen not to show – or outright ban – the film. The film’s portrayal of an LGBTQ character is fueling controversy. On Tuesday, 14 countries said they would not allow the film to be shown, likely because of the character’s on-screen […]

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Countries haggle all night to save WTO deals

Ministers haggled frantically through Thursday night at the World Trade Organization in a bid to salvage deals on food security, fisheries and the fight against Covid-19. The 164 members of the world trade body have added an additional fifth day of talks to try to break the deadlock at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. But […]

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Global abortion rights advocates fear their country could be next if Roe falls

The concerns highlight not only the long reach of US health systems policy far beyond the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction, but also the precarious state of abortion policies in governments around the world. “We know the impact of this decision will have a ripple effect,” said Bethany Van Kampen Saravia, senior legal and policy adviser at […]

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Dozens of countries condemn China over Xinjiang abuse allegations

HONG KONG — Nearly 50 nations are calling on China to respond to allegations of widespread rights abuses in its western region of Xinjiang and on the UN rights chief to issue a long-delayed report on the allegations. The joint statement delivered to the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday comes after UN High Commissioner […]

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100 countries want patents on Covid-19 drugs removed. A health activist explains why

A conference is underway in Switzerland that could decide on access to life-saving Covid-19 drugs and diagnostics for millions around the world. The 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization is taking place in Geneva from June 12-16 and negotiations are expected to take place on the waiver of intellectual property rights, or IP, […]

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Iran Int’l Quran Contest A model for other countries: official

TEHRAN (IQNA) – The Islamic Republic of Iran’s International Quran Competition is the most credible international Quranic competition in the world, an official has said. Hamid Majidimehr, head of the Center for Quranic Affairs at the Awqaf and Charitable Affairs Organization, added that over the past two years many countries have suspended and postponed their […]

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Why do national dialogues in Arab countries exclude the participation of major parties? – Middle East Monitor

Tunisian President Kais Saied announced in early May the launch of a “national dialogue” to help resolve the political impasse in the North African country that followed his controversial takeover, when he sacked the government and dissolved the elected parliament. Saied, a former law professor, carried out what his opponents, legal experts and political analysts […]

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CITES bans rosewood exports from West African countries, including Ghana

Share this with more people! On June 8, 2022, a historic decision was taken by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). That day, CITES announced the immediate suspension of international trade in West African rosewood. The ban affects all West African countries as well as Cameroon and […]

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Deal with it, Commission tells countries as inflation threatens EU plans – EURACTIV.com

The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, thanks to on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. European news you deserve to read. welcome to Capitals by EURACTIV. Today’s edition is powered by NESTEWaste can help fuel sustainable mobilityWe need to reduce transport emissions and we need […]

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West Asian countries should unequivocally speak out against threats from Islamist terrorist groups: Priyanka Chaturvedi

On Wednesday, Shiv Sena MK Priyanka Chaturvedi said West Asian countries that have spoken out strongly against remarks about the Prophet Muhammad should “unequivocally denounce” threats from Islamist terror groups made in the wake of the controversial. Chaturvedi argued that there is a difference between respecting religious feelings and the threats that come with it, […]

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How African Countries Celebrated World Environment Day

The land is ours to till, not waste. Ours to man not maim – Niyi Osundare. Nations around the world celebrated World Environment Day yesterday to raise awareness of deteriorating environmental conditions and encourage people to take positive environmental action globally to help create a better future. This year’s theme was “One Earth”, and one […]

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Exclusion of countries from the Summit of the Americas is a blow to hemispheric democracy – American activist

LOS ANGELES (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – June 07, 2022) The exclusion of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba from the Summit of the Americas is a serious blow to democracy on the continent, Deisy Cabrera, a member of the Coalición de grupos Nuevas Ideas Internacional Monday. “All countries must be heard to present their contributions and demands. Failure […]

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“Why are Muslim countries silent on China? asks a section of activists amid Prophet’s remarks – The New Indian Express

By PTI NEW DELHI: A section of activists and experts on Monday questioned the “silence” of Muslim nations over China’s treatment of minorities and alleged violation of human rights there after some of these countries lodged a protest with India against two BJP officials’ remarks about Prophet Mohammed. The row over alleged derogatory remarks against […]

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Over 550 cases of monkeypox reported in 30 countries according to WHO

Over 550 monkeypox cases reported in 30 countries, WHO says Credit: Twitter @sanidadgob The rise in monkeypox cases across the world was reported by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) during a press briefing on Wednesday June 1. Speaking on the rise in monkeypox cases, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: […]

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iPhone spyware maker NSO wants to sell to countries marked in red

iPhone spyware maker NSO’s financial problems were so severe late last year that it struggled to make a payroll – after the company failed to make a single sale over a period of several months. The company, which sells software to perform remote no-click hacks on iPhones and Android smartphones, has been in deep trouble […]

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International News: In Commonwealth countries, Queen’s Jubilee sparks protests and apathy (6/1/22)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II walks past Commonwealth flags in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle on March 6, 2021, England. Steve Parsons ~ pool via AP, file LONDON — After seven decades on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II is widely seen in the UK as a rock in turbulent times. But in the former British […]

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Countries where the government shuts down the internet – 24/7 Wall St.

Fearing social unrest and the loss of control over their populations, the governments that preside over nearly 2.8 billion people around the world have the power to swing Internet access at the whim of kings, military juntas or presidents at life.These blackouts wreak havoc on businesses that depend on connection to the outside world, and […]

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Western countries demand that Russia respect international law – so why don’t they?

With a passion reminiscent of the aftermath of World War II, politicians and commentators are calling for a world order that takes seriously the rules of the United Nations Charter, including respect for sovereignty and fundamental human rights. While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the immediate incitement, China’s conduct in the Indo-Pacific region has prompted […]

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School shootings are rare in most developed countries. Why are they so prevalent in America?

In the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that killed two teachers and 19 students between the ages of 9 and 11, lawmakers, activists and the general public are once again wondering why such tragedies are so unique to the United States. States. According to an analysis conducted by […]

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Drug consumption rooms are ‘pretty normal’ in other countries, says Labor MP Paul Sweeney

A LABOR MSP campaigning for safe drug consumption rooms to be legalized in Scotland has said facilities are “pretty normal” in other parts of the world. Speaking to Times Radio on Saturday morning, Glasgow MSP Paul Sweeney said drug parlors were present in around 150 locations around the world, including New York. He said: “It […]

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“Generate, allocate global funding for least developed countries facing natural disasters”

With a call to generate and allocate the necessary global financing to least developed countries facing natural disasters in order to strengthen the culture of disaster preparedness and invest in technology, the Seventh Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2022 ended today (May 27, 2022) in Bali, Indonesia. The seventh GPDRR 2022 adopted four […]

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Monkeypox is spreading in more than 20 countries: WHO

New Delhi: The monkeypox virus has spread to more than 20 countries, with around 200 confirmed cases and more than 100 suspected cases in countries where it is not usually found, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The global health body has urged countries to increase infectious disease surveillance as outbreaks grow. Maria Van Kerkhove, […]

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What did other countries do after the massacres with firearms?

Around the world, mass shootings frequently encounter a common response: officials impose new restrictions to the possession of weapons. Mass shootings are becoming rarer. Homicides and suicides also tend to decrease. After a British gunman killed 16 people in 1987, the country semi-automatic weapons prohibited like the ones I used. A woman looks at a […]

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Middle Eastern countries rank Japan highly in opinion polls

“By the next decade, 70% of the global economy will be based on the digital economy,” says Deemah AlYahya of DCO DAVOS: Collaboration between governments, the private sector and civil societies is crucial to ensure that the digital economy works for all, according to an international digital innovation expert, who described internet access as “no […]

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As host of COP27, Egypt urges countries to meet their climate commitments

Egypt, host of upcoming UN climate change summit, will push countries to deliver on pledges to sharply cut greenhouse gas emissions, facilitate ‘non-adversarial’ talks on compensating developing countries for the impacts of global warming and will enable climate activists to protest, said the new president of COP27. In an interview with The Associated Press on […]

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Reactions from international civil society to the announcement of IPEF member countries

During President Biden’s trip to Japan today, the White House announced the launch of Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) talks with the United States, Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Others may join later. Academics and representatives of civil society organizations from these countries, many of […]

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Countries review progress of global compact on migration

Although many migrants have worked on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, risking their own lives to save others, they have sometimes been denied access to basic services and excluded from recovery plans, said said Thursday in New York the Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres. Mr. Guterres was addressing the official opening […]

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Troy Deeney: ‘How about learning what other countries were like before Britain colonized them?’

How has what they learn changed since you were in school? This is not the case ! And that’s the problem. The curriculum has changed when it comes to IT – my son, who is 13, is learning coding and it’s been great. But it doesn’t seem to have caught up in either performance or […]

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EXPLAINER: What you need to know about China’s crackdown on Uyghurs | Top countries

While the Uyghurs have existed for centuries, the conflict surrounding them has only gained global attention in recent years – triggering 43 countries and counting to condemn the Chinese government for its human rights abuses against this community and prompting many to ask: Who is it? group, what is happening to them and what is […]

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Countries where LGBTQ people face the death penalty urged to abolish it

Protesters in London against the death penalty in Iran. (John Keeble/Getty) A number of leading LGBTQ+ organizations have called on 11 countries to end the threat of the death penalty as punishment for gay people. ILGA Asia, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and five other organizations have condemned the use of violence against LGBTQ+ […]

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EDITORIAL: Will Marcos move closer to China and risk alienating democratic countries?

At the end of June, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will begin a six-year term as President of the Republic of the Philippines after winning the post in a landslide victory in the May 9 election. The presumed president is the eldest son of former dictator and late president Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the […]

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Why a growing number of Latin American countries are legalizing abortion

Ali Rogin: In the past three years alone, abortion rights activists in Latin America have celebrated major victories. Their movement is called the Marea Verde, the green wave of green scarves first worn by activists in Argentina. In 2020, this country legalized abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. It was previously treated as a […]

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15 European countries denounce Israeli plans to build more than 4,000 new units for settlers in the West Bank

Fifteen European countries have expressed concern over the Israeli regime’s plans to build nearly 4,500 new illegal settler units in the occupied West Bank. The move constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and stands in the way of a just and lasting solution to the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the foreign ministries of France, Belgium, […]

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ASEAN countries to get US investment of $150m

Published: May 13, 2022 5:14:07 p.m. US President Joe Biden opened a gathering of Southeast Asian leaders with a pledge to spend $150 million on infrastructure, security, pandemic preparedness and other efforts to counter influence of rival China. On Thursday, Biden kicked off a two-day summit with the Association of 10 Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) […]

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How debt cancellation could help poor countries prepare for climate change

As the planet heats up, worsening crises are pushing poor countries toward humanitarian catastrophe. Global warming disproportionately threatens the developing world with rising sea levels, more intense storms and scorching heat waves. At the same time, crippling debt is making it harder for many of these countries to prepare for and recover from these disasters. […]

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North Korea and Eritrea are the only two countries without vaccines

Placeholder while loading article actions North Korea admitted the inevitable this week – that covid-19 had finally reached its population. But for global health experts, there’s one particularly worrying detail: It’s one of only two countries without any vaccines. North Korea and Eritrea – both poor and ruled by brutal governments – have refused to […]

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Bangladesh may have talks with ASEAN countries to sign FTA: Philippine envoy

Star Activity Report Thu, May 12, 2022 6:00 PM Last updated on: Thu, May 12, 2022 6:15 PM Philippine Ambassador Alan L Deniega met on Wednesday with Rizwan Rahman, President of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Photo: Collected “> Philippine Ambassador Alan L Deniega met on Wednesday with Rizwan Rahman, President of the […]

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India among 30 strange countries that have not criminalized marital rape

India remains among some 30 countries where marital rape is not criminalized as Delhi High Court’s split verdict on the issue on Wednesday gave little cause for celebration for those fighting against the clause. alleged discrimination under Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code. According to a UN Women report, most of these 34 countries […]

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Iranian exports to African countries increased by 120% last year

Ali Akbar Rezaei said Tuesday during a seminar titled “Examining Opportunities in the Senegalese Market”, which was held by videoconference between Iran’s Ambassador to Senegal and representatives of a number of manufacturers of the Alborz province, and said that West Africa has a population of around 1.4 million which is a good hub to invest […]

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Macron proposes a new political union for non-EU countries

The French president warned on Monday that it could be decades before Ukraine joins the European Union and proposed a new political organization to bring together countries on the continent that share EU values ​​but are not part of the EU. of the block. During a speech marking Europe Day in Strasbourg, France, Emmanuel Macron […]

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Iconic Eurovision songs from 6 countries

Journey inspired by some of Eurovision’s most iconic pop anthems. Eurovision has given us some great songs, from the catchy melody of Waterloo by an unknown ABBA in 1974 to electropop, powerful ballads and the competition’s first-ever heavy metal winner in 2006. To mark the latest edition of the Europe’s happiest musical celebration, brought us […]

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Russia claims to have destroyed large amounts of equipment from European countries and the United States – NRK Urix

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, “large amounts of military equipment from the United States and European countries” were destroyed near a train station in Bogodukhov, northwest of Kharkiv. He writes CNN. The Russians also claimed to have attacked an ammunition depot at Bakhmut, a military base to the east. Neither NRK nor CNN could […]

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Why does Mother’s Day in the United States have a different date than other countries?

A celebration that honors motherhood, Mother’s Day takes place every year around the world on different dates. It is observed on the second Sunday of May in the United States, where its origins lie in the efforts of a West Virginia woman to celebrate the good deeds of her late mother. How Mother’s Day started […]

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FG will help more African countries advance in meteorology

The Nigerian government says it is offering technical assistance to other African countries to advance their weather forecasting capabilities. Mansur Matazu, Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), revealed this at the opening of a two-day regional forum hosted by Nigeria. The bodies involved in the forum are the Committee for Intra-ACP Climate Services […]

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Anand Teltumbde traveled to foreign countries to spread Maoist ideology, NIA says

Activist Anand Teltumbde, who is accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, used to travel to foreign countries to spread the ideology of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), the National News Agency said on Wednesday. investigation in a Mumbai court, PTI reported. “He [Teltumbde] used to attend international conferences under the cover of his […]

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Gulf Arab countries hedge against US power for Iran’s benefit

Virtually alone in the Middle East, the tiny emirate of Qatar has managed to balance powerful players: home to a key US air base, Al Udeid; benefiting from a defense pact and major non-NATO ally status with the United States; while maintaining friendly relations with Iran; host senior leaders of US-designated terrorist groups, including Hamas, […]

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The exclusion of certain countries from the regional summit is sanctioned

Buenos Aires, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The Puebla Group and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC in Spanish) condemned the decision of the United States to exclude Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela from the IX Summit of the Americas, an action criticized today by organizations and countries. That day, representatives of trade unions […]

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The United States is one of the only countries to back down on abortion rights

A leaky draft of a Supreme Court opinion suggested on Monday that a majority of justices could soon overthrow completely Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized access to abortion nationwide. If the court does issue this notice, as expected in the weeks to come, it would cement the status of the United […]

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Countries with the most – and the least – digital freedom | National

In 2016, the United Nations declared internet access a human right. About two out of three people in the world have access to the internet, but that doesn’t mean it’s equal, safe or free from censorship. In some countries, citizens are restricted on where they can go and what they can read online. The Internet […]

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March May Day Rallies in European Countries

Thousands of people marched across Europe on Sunday for the May Day protests, honoring workers and shaming their governments for doing more for their citizens. May 1 is a public holiday in many countries around the world. In France, police fired tear gas to repel black-clad anarchists who ransacked business premises in Paris as people […]

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“All South Asian countries share similar labor issues”

May 1, 2022 By Beena Sarwar, Sheeba Aslam Fehmi and Priyanka Singh The last Sunday in April this year (April 24) marked the ninth anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka. It was also the birthday of the late South Asian feminist and activist Kamla Bhasin, who was a lifelong […]

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China uses its diplomatic influence to attack Uyghurs in other countries

According to a news report, China is using its diplomatic influence in Central, West and South Asia to hunt down and target Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities who have sought safety abroad. Beijing’s transnational campaign, which uses a complex toolkit of intimidation, harassment, surveillance, detentions and extraditions, has reached unprecedented depths around the world, according […]

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British Columbia’s high-cost credit rules take effect May 1, 2022

On May 1, 2022, British Columbia will become the fourth Canadian province (along with Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec) to regulate high-cost credit products. After that date, there will be additional disclosure requirements and consumer rights for consumer credit products with interest rates above 32%, as well as licensing requirements for lenders offering such products. The […]

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The United States and more than 55 other countries pledge to keep the Internet open

The United States and more than 55 other governments have pledged to strengthen online democracy by agreeing not to shut down internet access, use algorithms to illegally spy on citizens, or conduct disinformation campaigns to undermine the election, the White House said Thursday. Governments have said they will not block or limit the scope of […]

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Afghanistan and Other Countries See Worrying Trends in Religious Freedom | National Catholic Registry

Afghanistan and four other countries should be added to the ten countries already recognized by the US State Department to have particular problems with religious freedom, the US Commission on Interreligious Freedom said in its annual report released Monday. “We are discouraged by the deterioration of freedom of religion or belief in some countries, particularly […]

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Protests in four countries against Vatenfall biomass power plants

Activists from four countries demonstrate on Wednesday against the investments and use of biomass by the energy company Vattenfall. According to the Clean Air Committee (CSL), around 500 protesters took to the streets in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and the UK. In Diemen, 50 activists will occupy the bridge in front of Vattenfall’s head office […]

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South Korea continues to lag behind other countries on many gender equality indicators

Placeholder while loading article actions South Korea’s President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol won a tight race last month after a campaign in which he repeatedly capitalized on a growing backlash against feminism among predominantly young and male voters . Yoon called systemic gender inequality a “thing of the past” and said he would prioritize talent and ability […]

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More islands and countries visited as Queen’s Baton relay continues

Baton carriers celebrate baton relay in Grenada The final leg of the relay, which passes through all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, saw the relay taken on a tour of the Americas and the Caribbean. Events and celebrations took place as the relay passed through Belize, Guyana, Grenada, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, […]

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SADC countries urged to ‘strengthen early warning capacities’ to deal with natural disasters

SADC President Lazarus Chakwera. (AMOS GUMULIRA / AFP) The SADC President called on Member States to fast-track frameworks to deal with natural disasters. Lazarus Chakwera says SADC should adopt the Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction. KwaZulu-Natal is reeling from floods that have claimed more than 400 lives and destroyed infrastructure. Southern African Development Community […]

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Healdsburg’s brand new Little Saint features wines from 13 countries

Little Saint in Healdsburg, which opened on Friday, offers an international abundance of wines from 13 countries, including Greece, Croatia, Lebanon, France and South Africa. The 300-bottle list also features an impressive selection of exceptional wines made in Sonoma County. For wine director Alexandria Sarovich, who joined Little Saint’s sister restaurant, Single Thread, as sommelier […]

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Lawmakers urge State Department to pressure countries to recognize same-sex spouses of diplomats

A group of Democratic lawmakers has urged the State Department to do more to ensure countries recognize same-sex partners of US diplomats. “We are writing about the ongoing challenges surrounding diplomatic accreditation faced by LGBTQI+ State Department employees and their spouses,” reads an April 18 letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken that U.S. Representatives […]

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Floods inundate countries around the world

FThe floods devastated several regions of the world almost simultaneously. The Philippines, South Africa, Australia and Argentina all experienced severe flooding in April alone. The floods caused hundreds of deaths and caused enormous material damage. In the Philippines, flooding was caused by Tropical Storm Megi. Megi made landfall on April 10 and devastated the coasts […]

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Balkan countries count on offshore platforms, LNG to replace Russian gas

Southeast European countries are urgently cutting red tape for offshore gas exploration and production, offering incentives and considering LNG as an alternative to Russian gas. Environmentalists oppose rapid change in energy policy. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has aggravated Europe’s serious energy crisis. The European Union and its member countries still formally keep their climate commitments […]

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Western finance ministers walk out of G20 meeting as Russian delegates speak

A new attempt to evacuate civilians from Mariupol appears to have failed, with local officials blaming Russian forces for allegedly attacking a metalworks where desperate Ukrainian defenders are holding out in the devastated southeastern port city. The report of a new effort to storm the Azovstal plant comes two days after President Vladimir Putin claimed […]

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Human rights have declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, in countries from Angola to the United States to New Zealand

Human rights activists and international leaders first warned in April 2020 that countries could use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to suppress human rights. Human rights refer to a wide range of political and social rights recognized by international law. This includes everything from people’s right to work and education to people’s right to […]

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Sitharaman at the G20 EME meeting

Washington: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said there was an urgent need for coordinated action across countries not only to enable rapid post-pandemic recovery but also to build resilience to future shocks as she witnessed the G20 meeting on emerging market economies here. Sitharaman shared his insights on the near-term economic outlook, risks and policy challenges […]

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PM Modi to visit 3 European countries in first week of May

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit three European countries – Germany, Denmark and France in the first week of May. The visit, Prime Minister Modi’s first overseas visit this year, will see two key bilateral engagements in Germany and France. But an important part of the visit will take place in Copenhagen, the […]

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UN releases $100 million to fight hunger in 6 African countries and Yemen

The UN has allocated $100 million to fight hunger in Africa and the Middle East as the fallout from war in Ukraine threatens to push millions even closer to starvation. The contribution from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), announced on Thursday, will go to relief projects in six African countries and Yemen. lifesaving help […]

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Scientists from several countries demonstrated to demand real government action on the climate…

Scientists from several countries have protested to demand real government action on climate change, with some engaging in dramatic civil disobedience, such as chaining themselves to a bank door or gluing their hands to a government building. “I’m willing to take a risk for this beautiful planet, for my sons,” NASA biological systems and climate […]

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India is on the list of top 10 countries that imprison writers, scholars and intellectuals

The 2021 Freedom to Write Report recently released by NGO Pen America detailed the arrests of eight people in the country, including comedian Munawar Faruqui and those arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case. Jailing writers and broader restrictions on free speech are just one element of India’s ruling party’s attempts to stifle dissent and tighten […]