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Peace becomes more elusive as US backs Israeli WB settlements

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank (WB) by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were "inconsistent with international...

  Asia / South Asia

US backing for Israeli settlements clouds peace process

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel’s right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were “inconsistent with international law,” a stance that may make Israeli-Palestinian peace even more elusive, Reuters reports. The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who...

Myanmar judge extends sentences for jailed poets

A Myanmar judge on Monday extended the sentences of a troupe of satirical performers jailed for mocking the military, in a case that has raised new concern about freedom of expression. Seven members of the Peacock Generation troupe were arrested in April after taking part in Thangyat, a centuries-old form of poetry and performance that pokes fun at the flaws...

  Americas

Peace becomes more elusive as US backs Israeli WB settlements

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank (WB) by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were "inconsistent with international law," a stance that may make Israeli-Palestinian peace even more elusive, reports Reuters. The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a victory for...

  Europe

  Europe

  Africa

  Africa

An appeal for Sudan's future

On December 19, 2018, peaceful protests erupted spontaneously in cities across Sudan. Just four months later, the brave demonstrators succeeded in ousting the despotic regime of Omar al-Bashir, who had ruled the country for 30 years. Remarkably, it was Sudan's most oppressed social groups – women, young people, and ethnic minorities – who led the way. In August, Sudanese civil-society...

Gambia takes Myanmar to top UN court over Rohingya campaign

Gambia filed a case Monday at the United Nations’ highest court accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against its Rohingya Muslim minority and asking the International Court of Justice to urgently order measures “to stop Myanmar’s genocidal conduct immediately.” Gambia filed the case on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Gambia’s justice minister and attorney general, Abubacarr Marie...