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...

War crimes being committed in Sinai says Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) say that Egyptian security forces and militants in the Sinai governorate, Egypt are responsible for crimes against humanity. Photograph: Human Rights Watch In a report released yesterday, HRW has reported on the conflict in the Sinai province, after a two-year investigation which has found crimes including mass arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings and possibly unlawful attacks on civilians. The report found that the Egyptian military and police were responsible for the majority of the crimes but ISIS-affiliated militants are also...

Theresa May to step down as prime minister in June

The British Prime Minister has announced that she will step down as Conservative leader on June 7th, in a press address today. In a statement made in front of 10 Downing Street the Prime Minister said that it was with ‘deep regret’ that she had made the decision to step down after failing to secure parliamentary backing on her Brexit deal. The Conservative Party said that a new leader could be in place by the end of July. In response to the announcement, the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn called for a general election to let the public decide on a new prime minister to lead the...

3 killed in Quetta, Pakistan mosque bombing

The bombing of a mosque on Friday in Pakistan’s western city, Quetta, has killed 3 people and wounded 28, leaving three in a critical condition. Abdul Razzaq Cheema, Quetta’s police chief, told reporters that the attack occurred before Friday prayers. The local police officer, Tauseef Farman, reported that an explosive device went off next to the prayer leader, who was among the killed. Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan, a region of Pakistan that has suffered from cycles of separatist and government violence. Recent attacks in the province killed at least 10 people. Attacks in the region...

Modi to win India elections with a landslide victory

Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is to secure a second five-year term with a resounding majority. Results so far project that the BJP is set to win over 300 of the 543 seats in parliament, while the main opposition led by Rahul Gandhi’s Congress Party is expected to win fewer than 100. Modi’s victory is certain but results are still being declared. Rahul Gandhi has accepted defeat and congratulated Modi on his win during a press conference. In Tamil Nadu, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagm (DMK) party has secured a majority, defeating the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagm (...

UK loses vote at UN over Chagos Islands

Britain lost a vote at the United Nations General Assembly, urging Britain to withdraw its colonial administration from the Chagos Islands within six months. Photograph: UN News 116 countries voted in favour of the motion, six voted against and 56 others abstained. The vote followed on from an Advisory Opinion by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in February, which called on the UK to relinquish its hold on the territory to complete the process of decolonisation. The Assembly stated that the decolonisation of Mauritius was not conducted in a manner consistent with the right to self-...

Indonesia post-election protests kills six and injures hundreds

Six people have been killed and 200 injured during protests in Jakarta, Indonesia, against the official election results of last month’s election which declared Joko Widodo as president. National Police spokesperson, Dedi Prasetyo, said that police were checking reports of casualties but stressed that the police and military personnel present at the protests were not equipped with live bullets. Protesters are mainly supporters of unsuccessful presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto and claimed that widespread fraud took place. Opposition supporters claimed that protesters were shot by riot...

Mordaunt to give amnesty to veterans for battle crimes

Penny Mordaunt, the new defence secretary, has promised to introduce an amnesty against prosecution of British soldiers for alleged offences committed in the course of duty more than ten years ago covering wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and aorund the world but not in Northern Ireland. “It is high time that we change the system and provide the right legal protections to make sure the decisions our service personnel take in the battlefield will not lead to repeated or unfair investigations down the line,” Mordaunt said. Following that announcement, Mordaunt said she would like to see the exemption...

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