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Set up the Syrian North Seat Belt and the United States Joint Operations Center to operate next week

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Ankara and Washington agreed to set up a joint operations center in southeastern Turkey to set up a security zone in northeastern Syria and control it. Turkish Defense Minister Aika said today that the joint operations center will be fully operational next week. The Anadolu Agency quoted Hulusi Akar as saying that the control and […]

Europe calls for China to abide by international law obligations

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It is well noted that the European External Action Service (EEAS) is relatively cautious when it comes to issuing statements regarding China and its multiple human rights abuses. So it was interesting to see that the EEAS issued a statement on the trial of Chinese human rights activist Huang Qi on 30th July 2019. Mr […]

Pakistan’s Continues its Kill and Dump Policy in Balochistan

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The Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB), an NGO based in France and Sweden, recently published a Bi-annual report titled 2019 Balochistan: The State of Human Rights. This report was published one week after the HRCB had issued a message of appreciation to Members of the European Parliament for “raising the issue of an ethnic […]

Cardi B talks minimum wage increase with Bernie Sanders

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Rapper and social media sensation Cardi B teamed up with US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a video released Tuesday showing the pair discussing the need to raise the minimum wage. The unlikely duo — an elderly, often-disheveled senator and a flamboyant, profanity-using performer — filmed the online campaign video at a Detroit nail salon […]

Fossil fuels? Plastic? Trump says more is better

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President Donald Trump has seen the future and it is oil. And plastic. Where most environmental scientists and most US allies fear that overuse of fossil fuels is driving the planet into crisis, the US president spies only opportunity. In a speech on Tuesday to hundreds of workers building a new Shell petrochemical factory near […]

US immigration chief under fire for twisting Statue of Liberty poem

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Acting US immigration chief Ken Cuccinelli came under fire Tuesday for twisting the words of a famed poem that appears on a plaque at the Statue of Liberty. “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge,” Cuccinelli said on National […]

Japan braces for powerful storm at peak holiday period

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Japan was bracing Wednesday for a severe tropical storm expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds during the peak holiday period, with dozens of flights and bullet train services cancelled. The storm, named Krosa, is expected to churn slowly over western parts of the country, potentially affecting millions of people returning to major cities […]

Guaido warns Venezuela’s Maduro over moves to advance legislative elections

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Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido warned President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday that any attempts to bring forward parliamentary elections would end in “disaster” for the government. Elections to renew the National Assembly, the only branch of government under opposition control, are set for December 2020. But the Constituent Assembly, a rival body created by the […]

Franco-Irish girl’s family mourn ‘unbearable’ loss, as autopsy conducted

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Malaysian authorities Wednesday conducted a post-mortem examination on the body of a Franco-Irish teen found in the jungle after she disappeared from a resort, as her family mourned the “unbearable” loss. The naked body of Nora Quoirin, 15, was discovered Tuesday in a ravine in dense rainforest after a 10-day hunt involving hundreds of people, […]

Trump assailed for hands-off stance on Hong Kong

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President Donald Trump was assailed Tuesday for his hands-off approach to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, avoiding criticizing Beijing even as he cited US intelligence reports of Chinese troops moving to the territory’s border. Critics on both sides of the political spectrum accused Trump of abandoning longstanding US policy to support democratic movements and giving […]