HRW: Displaced in Yemen at Heightened Covid-19 Risk

Civilians fleeing renewed fighting in northern Yemen are particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said Friday. Fighting in Marib governorate between Houthi forces and the Saudi-led coalition and their Yemeni government allies has moved closer to overcrowded camps for int


US, China standoff ensnares WHO meeting on COVID-19 fight

Facing the most disruptive pandemic in generations, the technocratic halls of the World Health Organization are now the scene of pitched battles in an increasingly bitter proxy war between the China and the United States. At the U.N. health agency’s annual assembly this week, Chinese Presiden


Erdogan’s vast espionage apparatus helps him crack down on opponents

When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed an opening ceremony for the Turkish secret intelligence service’s new headquarters, he praised the country’s spies as “unsung heroes” who work day and night all over the world. With these remarks, Erdogan was clear about


After Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer Tawakkol Karman joins content board

Yemeni journalist and political activist Tawakkol Karman has complained of “widespread bullying and smear" after Facebook’s decision to induct her into its content Oversight Board plunged her into controversy. But what if her credibility was more at risk from her own words and actions th


Moscow’s coronavirus offensive

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, Russia appears to be observing the adage that you should never let a good crisis go to waste. Seeking to capitalize on the chaos and promote its own soft power, the Kremlin has taken Beijing’s lead and started love-bombing struggling nations with medical a


Middle East faces a long, ‘ugly’ recession amid coronavirus fallout: Experts

The Middle East is facing a long and “ugly” recession as the coronavirus pandemic stifles economic activity, experts said. The IMF predicted last week that coronavirus would likely cause the greatest global recession in nearly a century, with the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan,


China must pay Africa for its COVID-19 Mistakes

Former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has said that Africa must be accorded compensation from China, following the Asian country’s failure to transparently and effectively manage the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has become a global catastrophe. In a report by Guardian


Xi Jinping calls on Trump to improve US-China relations amid Covid-19 crisis

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called on Donald Trump to take “substantive actions” to improve relations between the two countries, as China prepared to shut its borders to foreign arrivals amid fears of infections coming from abroad. On Friday, Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping


IRAQI SECURITY FORCES USED MILITARY-STYLE GRENADES INTENDING TO KILL AND MAIM PROTESTERS: REPORT

During the height of protests in Baghdad late last year, hundreds of civilians died. More than 15,000 were injured. Protesters crammed national squares, overtaking bridges and public spaces to voice concern about corruption, continued American military presence and drone strikes around the country,


Mobile phones top the list of tech speeding up aid operations in 2019: Poll

Mobile technology had the biggest benefit of all technology on aid operations in 2019, according to an exclusive poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Wednesday, with drones and satellites also helping to speed up help to people in need. From drones delivering children’s vaccines in Vanua


World Children’s Day is a stark reminder of young Arabs’ plight

TUNIS -Written By Iman Zayat -  Global landmarks were lit up in blue November 20 to mark World Children’s Day, a UN-recognised occasion to raise awareness for and ensure children’s rights. The Empire State Building in New York, the Acropolis of Athens, the European Parliament bui


On Iraq visit, US VP Pence reassures Kurds and discusses protests with premier

IRBIL, Iraq- Vice President Mike Pence worked to reassure the United States’ Kurdish allies in an unannounced trip to Iraq on Saturday, the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of US forces in Syria two months ago.Flying in a C-17 military cargo jet to pr


Iran intelligence leak proves influence in Iraq

BAGHDAD - Reports Monday on a trove of leaked Iranian intelligence documents drove home the depth of its influence in Iraq, where anti-government protesters have accused Tehran of meddling and overreach. The New York Times and online publication The Intercept reported that the hundreds of documents


Fresh clashes erupt in Iraq despite appeal for calm by top cleric Sistani

BAGHDAD- Fresh clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government demonstrators broke out in Baghdad on Friday as protests entered their third week, despite a call for calm by the country’s top Shiite cleric. Government leaders also appeared to have refused to backdown, closing rank in


US and Gulf countries sanction individuals and businesses linked to Iran and Hezbollah

LONDON - The US and Gulf countries on Wednesday placed sanctions on 25 entities and individuals linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hezbollah. The action was taken by the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, which was set up in Riyadh by Donald Trump along with the six GCC countie


Iran-backed militias deployed snipers during Iraq protests

Iran-backed militias deployed snipers on Baghdad rooftops during the Iraq’s deadliest anti-government protests in years, two Iraqi security officials told Reuters.The deployment of militia fighters, which has not been previously reported, underscores the chaotic nature of Iraqi politics amid m


Security forces kill at least nine in new protests in Iraq

Baghdad - Security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at demonstrators on the fifth day of anti-government protests in the Iraqi capital on Saturday 5 -10- 2019 , killing at least nine people and wounding 39, as thousands of protesters took to the streets and set fire to political party offic


Inspired by Swedish teen, worldwide protest demands climate action

Millions of young people flooded the streets of cities around the world on Friday9-20-2019 to demand political leaders take urgent steps to stop climate change, uniting in a worldwide protest inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Alarmed by images of the Greenland ice sheets melt






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