Israel demolishes Palestinian homes near separation wall

Israeli troops bulldozed a cluster of Palestinian homes in the village of Sur Baher, West Bank, despite protests and international outcry. Palestinian residents said they had been given permits to build within areas run by the Palestinian Authority which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank under the Oslo interim peace deals with Israel. Israel, however, claimed that the buildings had been built illegally and posed a security risk. Last month, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the buildings violated a construction ban. Palestinians fear that this will set a precedent for other...

South Africa not co-operating in arresting Rwandan genocide fugitive – UN court

​ The chief prosecutor of a United Nations tribunal has accused South Africa of failing to co-operate with the court with regards to the arrest of a fugitive sought over his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Welsh independence only ‘a matter of time’ - Plaid Cymru

The leader of Plaid Cymru said independence for Wales and Scotland was “a matter of time” as calls for self-governance continue to grow in the region. Adam Price said that the choice facing the people of Wales “has rarely been starker”. “On the one hand, the insular, narrow nationalism of the British establishment and its obsession with delivering a nightmare Brexit come hell or high water. And on the other, a bright, prosperous future as independent nations at the heart of Europe.” “I know what I would prefer.” His comments, in an opinion piece in the Scotsman, come after Gwynedd county...

Amnesty opposes Israel’s attempt to deport Human Rights Watch Director

Amnesty International has joined a legal case initially brought by Human Rights Watch (HRW) to challenge the Israeli governments decision to revoke HRW’s Israel and Palestine Director’s work permit. Last May Israel’s Ministry of Interior initially revoked the work permit of HRW’s Israel and Palestine Director, Omar Shakir. In their case they cited a 201 “anti-boycott” amendment to the Entry to Israel Law which refuses entry to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to anyone who supports or calls for a boycott of Israel. The court cited that Shakir has continuously called for...

India Supreme Court demands a tally of citizens in Assam

India’s Supreme Court has ordered a citizenship tally in Assam after concerns were raised that thousands of illegal muslim immigrants from Bangladesh had produced false documents for citizenship. This order follows years of ethnic tensions and campaigns against Bangladesh immigrants who natives claim are stealing resources and taking their land. Prime Minister Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharat Janata Party has further contributed to this tension by vowing to expel illegal immigrants and labelling them termites in this years election campaign which saw him gain a large mandate. The courts demand...

Venezuelan Government and Opposition hold negotiation

Representatives of both Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido are holding negotiation in Barbados to resolve the political crisis in Venezuela. The discussions in Barbados are extension of the first round of negotiations in Oslo in May. Last week both sides had agreed to negotiations and for Norway to act as an impartial mediator. These negotiations follow a heavy political and economic crisis in Venezuela when in January of this year Guaido declared the 2018 election illegitimate and proclaimed himself president. Guaido has received the support of more than...

Turkish diplomat and Iraqi civilian shot dead in Erbil

A Turkish diplomat was killed yesterday after three assailants opened fire at a restaurant in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq. The attackers also fired at Iraqi nationals who were sat at adjacent tables to the diplomat, killing one and seriously wounding another. Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called the incident and “atrocious attack against our consulate employees in Erbil.” “We are continuing our efforts with the Iraqi authorities and local authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of the attack are found quickly,” Erdogan wrote on Twitter. No one has so far...

Sudan's military and opposition coalition sign power-sharing accord

Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces of Freedom and Change alliance have signed a political accord to form a power-sharing body, following months of divisions and protests calling for civilian rule after President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April. The 22-clause accord was signed today to solidify an agreement between both sides. The two sides have agreed to rotate control of the sovereign council for just over three years. The council will be made of five civilians, five military figures, and an 11th civilian who will be chosen by the other ten members. The...

Australia expresses “deep concern” over Chinese treatment of Uighur people

Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Marise Payne, expressed “deep concern” over China’s treatment of the Uighur minority and the use of forced labour, detention centres and the blocks on consular assistance to dual citizens. On Monday, Payne responded to questions concerning the cases of 10 Australian permanent residents who have been allegedly detained, including a two-year-old Australian citizen. The Minister maintained that Australia has sought information and offered consular assistance but was denied access. China has denied these allegations and stated that they had extended an...

Top Myanmar generals barred from entering US over Rohingya atrocities

​ The US State Department announced that it has barred several senior military officials in Myanmar from entering the United States, over a lack of accountability for atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims since a 2017 crackdown.

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