US joins diplomatic push to save Sudan talks

A top US diplomat for Africa, Tibor Nagy, was due to arrive in Khartoum, Sudan, to join an international push to salvage a deal between Sudan’s opposition groups and the military council. Talks between the transitional military council and the civilian opposition broke down when Sudan’s security forces attacked a sit-in protest. Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has also tried to mediate talks to break the deadlock between the military council and the opposition. He proposed a 15-member transitional council, consisting of eight civilians and seven army officers, to lead the country to...

Police and protesters clash in Hong Kong

Police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Hong Kong as protests turn violent. Tens of thousands of demonstrators filled the streets, surrounding the Legislative Council, ahead of the scheduled debate, to express their anger against government plans to allow extraditions to China. Police officers have used tear gas, rubber bullets, batons, pepper spray and water hoses against the demonstrators. 22 people are reported to have been taken to hospital for injuries sustained in the clashes. Hong Kong police commissioner, Stephen Lo Wai-Chung, said that the police took action...

India's Supreme Court orders the release of a journalist detained for defaming BJP leader

India’s Supreme Court has ordered the release of a journalist, Prashant Kanojia, who had posted controversial tweets about Yogi Adityanath, the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Utter Pradesh current Chief Minister. According to a petition his wife sent to the Supreme Court; Kanojia, age 26, was detained by plainclothed police after he tweeted about a woman claiming to be in love with Utter Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. A further two journalists have been arrested for holding a discussion on the women’s claim about Adityanath in Noida, a city on the...

Almost 100 killed in Central Mali attack

According to local officials, at least 95 Fulani villagers have been killed in an attack on Sobane-Kou, by suspected ethnic Dogon villagers in central Mali, and 19 are reported missing. The attackers also burned down houses and killed livestock. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet but there have been rising tensions between the Dogon and Fulani ethnic groups. The village was home to around 300 inhabitants according to officials. Nicolas Haque, a reporter for Al Jazeera, has reported that Malian troops have been deployed to the village to try and “secure the area and to...

Canada complicit in 'race-based genocide' against Indigenous people

Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (NIMMIWG) has found the country is complicit in “race-based genocide” against the Indigenous People. The report identified that indigenous women are 12 times more likely to be killed or to disappear than other women in Canada. In total, the inquiry cost over C$92 million and heard over 2,300 testimonies which included survivors of violence and family members. According to the inquiry, these issues may be attributed to deep-rooted colonialism and state negligence. The report further details 231 “calls for justice”...

India backtracks on compulsory Hindi education after Tamil Nadu outrage

The Indian government has revised a controversial draft bill following strong opposition from the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The education bill that looked to make Hindi a mandatory third language across the country, removed specifying Hindi as the third language. The removal has not completely quelled tensions in Tamil Nadu, as the introduction of a third compulsory language is stills seen as a method to impose Hindi. Speaking over the weekend, the leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MK Stalin, who’s party swept a majority in Tamil Nadu, said, he would ‘wage a war; against the BJP...

Sudan’s security forces use live ammunition to disperse protesters

Security forces in Sudan have used live ammunition to disperse protesters in the capital, Khartoum. The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, a medical group affiliated with the protesters said 13 people have been killed and hundreds injured. Protesters have been staging a sit-in for several weeks now, demanding an end to military rule since the fall of Omar al-Bashir in April. The Sudanese Professionals Association, the group leading the protests said, “The protesters holding a sit-in in front of the army general command are facing a massacre in a treacherous attempt to disperse the protest...

Former foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar appointed as India's foreign minister

Former foreign secretary and Ambassador to the US, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, has been appointed as India’s foreign minister, in what marks the first time a diplomat has been appointed as foreign minister without running for election. Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who is not officially affiliated with any party, previously served as India’s ambassador to the United States, China and Singapore. During his time as ambassador to the US, under the Obama administration, he played an instrumental role in removing Modi's travel ban to the US. Most recently he worked as the foreign secretary under the...

Exiled Catalan leader denied access to European Parliament

Carles Puigdemont, an exiled Catalan leader, has been denied access to the European Parliament after he was successfully elected as an MEP in the recent European election. Puigdemont told his supporters on Twitter that he, as well as Catalan minister Toni Comin, were prohibited access to the parliament by the secretary-general. A parliamentary spokeswoman explained to reporters that parliament can only grant accreditation to MEPS once they had received the national lists which had the names of those elected; however, parliament may also issue temporary passes for new MEPs to enable meetings...

Amnesty International: Myanmar military committing new war crimes

Amnesty International has found that Myanmar's army is committing new war crimes against ethnic Rakhine rebels. Photograph: Amnesty International Amnesty International's new report, "' No one can protect us': War crimes and abuses in Myanmar's Rakhine State ," documents violations of international humanitarian law and human rights abuses in Rakhine state since 4 January 2019. The report details how the Myanmar military has been killing and injuring civilians in indiscriminate attacks, carrying out extrajudicial executions, arbitary arrests, torture and enforced disappearances. On 4 January...

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