US, Russia Officials Discuss Situation in Afghanistan

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, met with Russian officials and discussed shared interests of the two countries including the situation in Afghanistan. In a tweet West said that he met with Vladimir Putin’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, …

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Russia Seeks to Close Top Human Rights Group Memorial

Russia seeks to shut down Memorial, one of the country’s most prominent human rights groups, under the controversial law on “foreign agents.” Memorial announced in a statement on Nov. 11 that it had received notification from the Supreme Court that …

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UN Urges De-escalation in Belarus-Poland Border Migrant Crisis

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday responded to the migrant crisis at the Belarusian-Polish border, urging de-escalation to resolve intolerable situations at shared frontier where hundreds of people are at risk of freezing.       “I urge the …

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US, Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and India Mull Quad Alliance

Top diplomats from the United States, Israel, India, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had recently held a virtual ministerial meeting, discussing how to expand regional economic and political cooperation.  The gathering has been lauded by the countries involved as …

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Portuguese UN Peacekeepers Suspected of Smuggling Scheme in Central African Republic

Portuguese authorities raided nearly 100 properties on Nov. 8 as part of an investigation targeting peacekeepers suspected to be involved in a smuggling scheme in the Central African Republic (CAR). Officers said a “criminal network” involving a “handful” of Portuguese …

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UN Warns G20 to Speed Up Climate Efforts

The United Nations told the world’s largest economies to ramp up net-zero commitments after a UN report found that their policy efforts are not enough to avert the climate crisis. The annual UN emissions gap report released on Oct. 26 …

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UN Chief Designates Singaporean Sociologist as New Myanmar Special Envoy

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Sociologist Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore, as his new Myanmar Special Envoy on Monday. “I will take on this role on Dec 13, and I look forward to listening to the aspirations and perspectives of …

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Up to 180,000 Healthcare Workers Killed by COVID-19, WHO Estimates

COVID-19 may have killed between 80,000 to 180,000 healthcare workers from January 2020 to May 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Oct. 21. In a 26-page working paper, WHO based the grim estimate from the 3.45 million reported …

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