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Former UN adviser reminds int’l community to protect Indian Muslim minority

Juan E Mendez, former United Nations special adviser on prevention of genocide, urged the international community to immediately intervene to protect the Indian Muslim minority from genocide threat looming largely after Hindu zealots and politicians openly called for arming themselves. During an interview with Al Jazeera Tv on Friday, Mendez said there was a role that the international community had...

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Former UN adviser reminds int’l community to protect Indian Muslim minority

Juan E Mendez, former United Nations special adviser on prevention of genocide, urged the international community to immediately intervene to protect the Indian Muslim minority from genocide threat looming largely after Hindu zealots and politicians openly called for arming themselves. During an interview with Al Jazeera Tv on Friday, Mendez said there was a role that the international community had...

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Australia’s Queensland state says peak of Omicron two weeks away

Australia reported 64 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, as the most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), said the Omicron COVID-19 variant would not delay the start of the school year. NSW reported 30 deaths of patients with COVID-19, while Victoria state saw 20 deaths, and Queensland reported 10 deaths. The national toll of 64 was down from its deadliest...

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Antonio Guterres

Guterres reaffirms UN stand on Kashmir’s settlement on basis of Security Council resolutions

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday reiterated the world body’s position on the Kashmir dispute that it should be resolved on the basis of the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements between India and Pakistan, with the hope that human rights will be respected in the disputed territory. “Well, the position of the UN … when the resolutions that...

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U.S. opposes plans to strengthen World Health Organization

The United States, the World Health Organization's top donor, is resisting proposals to make the agency more independent, four officials involved in the talks said, raising doubts about the Biden administration's long-term support for the U.N. agency. The proposal, made by the WHO's working group on sustainable financing, would increase each member state's standing annual contribution, according to a WHO...

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U.S. charges Texas man for threatening Georgia election officials

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced it has charged a Texas man with making violent threats against Georgia election and government officials. The indictment marked the first case brought by a federal task force formed in response to a wave of intimidation that has engulfed election administrators since the 2020 presidential vote. The matter is one of “dozens” of...

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New Delhi riots

Indian man jailed in first conviction over 2020 New Delhi riots

An Indian court has jailed a man for five years in the first conviction over religious riots in New Delhi in 2020, when more than 50 people, most of them Muslims, were killed. The riots, the worst such violence in the capital in decades, followed months of protests against a citizenship law that critics say discriminates against the Muslim minority...

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Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi expresses concern over spread of hatred in cyber world by followers of Hindutva

In India, main opposition party Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has expressed concern over spread of hatred in the cyber world by the followers of Hindutva. In a tweet, the Congress leader said that "Hindutvavadis" have been spreading hatred in the cyber world because cowards only attack while hiding. Calling them cowards, he said they do not have the courage to...

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong warns people to stop trying to prevent COVID hamster cull

Hong Kong police will deal with pet lovers who try to stop people giving up their hamsters to be put down, or who offer to care for abandoned hamsters, authorities said, after they ordered a cull of the cuddly rodents to curb the coronavirus. On Tuesday, officials ordered the killing of about 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet shops after...

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Antony Blinken

Top diplomats for U.S., Russia meet in Geneva on soaring Ukraine tensions

The top diplomats of Russia and the United States were to meet in Switzerland on Friday to discuss soaring tensions over Ukraine after a flurry of meetings between officials on both sides in the last week produced no breakthroughs. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Geneva for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following a swing through...

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Sudan’s Sovereign Council agrees to form gov’t led by civilian PM

In Sudan, ruling and military-dominated Transitional Sovereign Council have agreed to formation of government led by a civilian prime minister. The development came after meeting of head of Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan with US delegation in Khartoum. The Sudanese and American sides stressed inclusion of all Sudanese political forces into a comprehensive round-table national dialogue to reach a national...

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Iran, Russia, China to hold joint naval drill amid growing ties

China, Russia and Iran will hold joint naval drills in the north of Indian Ocean on Friday. The purpose of the drill is to strengthen security and its foundations in the region, and to expand multilateral cooperation between the three countries to jointly support world peace and maritime security.

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Teen pilot Zara Rutherford becomes youngest woman to fly the world solo

Teenage aviator Zara Rutherford has become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo. According  to  CNN The 19-year-old, who has dual British-Belgian nationality, landed at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in western Belgium on Thursday, completing an epic 41-country journey spanning over 52,000 kilometers (32,300 miles), and broke two Guinness World Records in the process. "I made it," Rutherford, who received...

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Indian writer Rana Ayyub criticizes Indian govt for its continuous online harassment of women journalists

Prominent Indian writer Rana Ayyub has criticized Indian government for its continuous online harassment of women journalists. The criticism came in a piece of writing published in the Washington Post titled “Opinion: An investigation sheds light into Modi’s machinery of online hate and manipulation.” She said the horrendous fact is that most of these attacks were targeting female journalists, who...

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Iranian President arrives in Moscow on two-day official visit

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi arrived in Moscow on a two -day official visit today (Wednesday) on the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier in a statement, Ebrahim Raisi said his visit to Moscow could mark a turning point in bilateral relations between the two countries.

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UAE demands emergency UNSC meeting to address attack by Yemen’s Houthi militia

The United Arab Emirates has demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to address the deadly drone attack on its capital by Yemen's Houthi militia. The demand was made by UAE's ambassador to the UN, Lana Nusseibeh, in a letter to the Security Council's president. She called on the Security Council to firmly and unequivocally condemn these terrorist...

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Morocco

43 die as migrant boat capsizes off Morocco

In Morocco, forty-three migrants including three infants have died after their boat capsized off the coast of Tarfaya. In a statement, Spanish diplomat told the AFP that ten people were rescued from the shipwreck. The migrants were making their way to the Spanish Canary Islands.

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