US, Europe expand sanctions on Belarus over ‘migrant smuggling’ – WION

The United States, Canada, and European allies expanded sanctions on Belarus placing restrictions on government officials and entities for human rights abuses and official support for “migrant smuggling.”

Post-War Rebuilding and the Cold War: Crash Course European History #41

Sometimes, friendship isn’t forever. At the conclusion of World War II, the old structures of power were a shambles. The traditional European powers were greatly weakened by years of total war and widespread destruction. The USSR was looking to expand its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, and at the same time, the United StatesContinue reading “Post-War Rebuilding and the Cold War: Crash Course European History #41”

Sudan security forces fire tear gas at march against military rule

Protesters have been marching regularly since coup 42 people killed in crackdowns so far, dozens arrested Protesters reject PM’s deal with military Top politicians detained since coup have been released Sudanese security forces deployed tear gas against tens of thousands of protesters gathering in central Khartoum on Tuesday to oppose military rule following last month’sContinue reading “Sudan security forces fire tear gas at march against military rule”

Belarus’ oldest newspaper is banned as extremist

Belarus’ oldest newspaper was banned on the 115th anniversary of its founding Tuesday, the latest move in the government’s relentless crackdown on independent media in the ex-Soviet nation. The Nasha Niva newspaper was outlawed as extremist by the Central District court in Minsk, which acted upon the request of the Ministry of Information. The rulingContinue reading “Belarus’ oldest newspaper is banned as extremist”

Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps

A YouTube video of Xinjiang detention facilities has rekindled concern over China’s crackdown on ethnic minorities. Researchers say the videos offer new evidence, but many fear for the vlogger’s safety. A 20-minute video featuring more than a dozen detention facilities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has offered fresh evidence and renewed the discussion around China’s large-scaleContinue reading “Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps”

Over 1,000 people, mostly Tigrayans, detained in Ethiopia in a week – UN

At least 1,000 people, mostly ethnic Tigrayans, have been detained in cities across Ethiopia in the past week, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Nov. 2, a year after the conflict erupted between the federal government and forces aligned with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the politicalContinue reading “Over 1,000 people, mostly Tigrayans, detained in Ethiopia in a week – UN”

UN investigator: Crimes against humanity under Myanmar junta

The head of the U.N. body investigating the most serious crimes in Myanmar said that preliminary evidence collected since the military seized power on Feb. 1 shows a widespread and systematic attack on civilians “amounting to crimes against humanity.” Nicholas Koumjian told U.N. reporters Friday that the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, which he heads,Continue reading “UN investigator: Crimes against humanity under Myanmar junta”

Ethiopia declares state of emergency as Tigrayan forces gain ground

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after forces from the northern region of Tigray said they were gaining territory and considering marching on the capital Addis Ababa. The announcement on state-affiliated media came two days after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged citizens to take up arms to defend themselves from the Tigray People’sContinue reading “Ethiopia declares state of emergency as Tigrayan forces gain ground”

U.N. envoy says ‘civil war’ has spread throughout Myanmar

The outgoing U.N. envoy for Myanmar says “civil war” has spread throughout the country and the international community should consider measures aimed at replacing the military junta’s leaders with people who are more constructive and want to find a peaceful solution to the army’s ouster of the elected government. Christine Schraner Burgener, whose 3 1/2-yearContinue reading “U.N. envoy says ‘civil war’ has spread throughout Myanmar”

Sudan coup: Ousted PM Hamdok staying ‘at my home,’ general says

General Abdel-Fattah Burhan said he was detaining Abdalla Hamdok at his residence for the deposed prime minister’s “own safety.” Meanwhile, three Sudanese ambassadors in Europe have defected. Sudan’s top general Abdel-Fattah Burhan said on Tuesday he was keeping ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at “my home,” in the wake of the military coup the army official conducted. TheContinue reading “Sudan coup: Ousted PM Hamdok staying ‘at my home,’ general says”

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