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Papua New Guinea farewells “grand chief” at state funeral

PNG Michael Somare

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Papua New Guineans gathered in their thousands to pay respect to their “grand chief” at a state funeral on Friday for Michael Somare, the former Prime Minister who led the Pacific archipelago to independence. Somare died on 26th February, aged 84, just weeks after he was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer. He served […]

‘Quad’ nations agree to send a billion vaccines across Asia by end-2022; WHO approves J&J vaccine for emergency use

Quad meeting 12 Mar 2021

New Delhi, IndiaReuters Leaders of the United States, India, Australia and Japan agreed to pool financing, manufacturing and distribution capacity to send one billion coronavirus vaccines across Asia by the end of 2022, India’s Foreign Secretary said on Friday. The so-called “Quad” group of four nations want to expand global vaccinations and counter China’s growing […]

Curbs on girls reading, singing in public stir rights fears in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Badakhshan schoolgirl

Kabul, AfghanistanThomson Reuters Foundation A decision to ban girls over the age of 12 from reading poems or singing at public events sparked anger in Afghanistan this week, with literary figures and campaigners saying it marked a backwards step on educational rights. The Education Ministry’s directive comes as the government negotiates a power-sharing deal with the […]

Islamophobia on the rise, according to United Nations report

India Muslims protest Chinas treatmenmt of Uighurs

RNS A new report from the United Nations highlights growing Islamophobia and excessive surveillance of Muslims in countries around the world. The United Nations Human Rights Council report, which was released last week, is unsparing in its critique that governments around the world, including in the United States and China, should do more to combat […]

Widow of Bangladesh shipbreaker pursues test case on worker safety

Bangladesh shipbreaking

Dhaka, BangladeshThomson Reuters Foundation A Bangladeshi woman whose husband died dismantling an oil tanker in a local shipyard was given the green light this week to keep pursuing a claim for compensation from a UK company linked to the vessel in a test case for the shipbreaking industry. Britain’s Court of Appeal threw out a […]