13 Sep 2021

Singapore moots ‘foreign interference’ law with powers to issue online platforms take-down order

Singapore has delayed new laws that would arm the government with the ability to issue directives to different platforms, such as social media sites. The government would also obtain the power to block or remove any content deemed to be a part of hostile information campaigns. The proposed bill was

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25 Aug 2021

All students and staff at Afghanistan’s only girls’ boarding school flee to Rwanda

On Tuesday, officials from the School of Leadership Afghanistan announced that all students and staff had been evacuated to Rwanda to flee violence from the Taliban. The school was Afghanistan’s only girls’ boarding school. The move came just days after the Taliban ousted the government in Afghanistan, resulting in a

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24 Aug 2021

Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema sworn in as President in rare victory for an African opposition leader

On Tuesday morning, Zambia’s newly-elected president Hakainde Hichilema was sworn into office after a stunning victory for the opposition leader. The ceremony was attended by other African leaders such as Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan and the leader of Malawi Lazarus Chakwera. Mutale Nalumango, Zambia’s second female Vice President, was

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18 Aug 2021

Taliban Block Routes to Kabul Airport, Hampering Evacuations From Afghanistan

Afghans and Westerners are stranded in Kabul after the Taliban took over the capital city on Sunday. The insurgents set up checkpoints on most roads leading to the city’s US-controlled airport, hindering evacuation flights. There is currently no clear system to bring people into the airport and entry remains extremely

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29 Jul 2021

Outspoken billionaire Sun Dawu jailed for 18 years in China

Prominent Chinese billionaire Sun Dawu has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. Dawu runs one of the largest private agricultural businesses in China, located in the northern province of Hebei. Sun is outspoken on human rights and controversial topics deemed politically sensitive. Dawu was found guilty of provoking trouble,

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29 Jul 2021

Lebanon’s water system on brink of total collapse, says UN

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Lebanon’s water supply system is on the verge of collapse. The announcement marks the latest development in Lebanon’s recent struggles that have pushed the country into chaos. More than 71% of the country’s population are at immediate risk of losing access to

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26 Jul 2021

Chinese Officials Blame U.S. for Stalemate in High-Level Talks

Earlier today, senior US and Chinese officials disputed over several key topics, including Covid-19, human rights, and cybersecurity. The tense exchange occurred during the highest-level meetings between the two countries on Chinese soil since the inauguration of US President Joe Biden. Following the meetings, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng

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14 Jul 2021

4 Iranian nationals charged with alleged kidnapping plot of US journalist, court documents say

On Tuesday, an indictment was unsealed in a New York federal court revealing an alleged plot to kidnap a human rights activist and journalist from New York. Four individuals have been charged for their involvement in the plot, Alireza Shavaroghi Farahani, aka Vezerat Salimi and Haj Ali, 50; Mahmoud Khazein,

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12 Jul 2021

Jordan jails two senior figures convicted of plotting coup

A court in Jordan has found a former royal court chief, Bassem Awadallah, and a relative of King Abdullah, Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, guilty of sedition and incitement against the monarchy. Both of the men, the latter of which denied the charges, have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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07 Jul 2021

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse killed in attack at home

Jovenel Moïse, Haiti’s president, was killed in an attack on his home at 01:00 local time, according to the country’s interim prime minister. Mr. Moïse resided in the nation’s capital of Port-au-Prince. First Lady Martine Moïse was also injured after unidentified armed men stormed the residence last night. Mr. Joseph,

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