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US calls out Israel and Hamas after Gaza aid shipment attacked, diverted

Washington DC, US Reuters The US on Thursday called on both Israel and Hamas to ensure that aid bound for civilians in Gaza is not disrupted, after a shipment from Jordan was attacked by Israeli settlers and subsequently diverted by Palestinian militants. Secretary of State Antony Blinken viewed the aid on Tuesday just before it […]

Russia breached global chemical weapons ban in Ukraine war, US says

Washington DC, US Reuters The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of violating the international chemical weapons ban by deploying the choking agent chloropicrin against Ukrainian troops and using riot control agents “as a method of warfare” in Ukraine. “The use of such chemicals is not an isolated incident and is probably driven by Russian […]

Blinken speaks to Azeri, Armenian leaders about peace talks

Reuters US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has spoken to the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan and reaffirmed Washington’s support for a peace treaty between the South Caucasus neighbors, the State Department said on Sunday. Yerevan suffered a major defeat last September when Baku’s forces retook the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which while part of Azerbaijan […]

India dismisses US human rights report as “deeply biased”

New Delhi, India Reuters New Delhi said on Thursday it does not attach any value to a US State Department report critical of human rights in India, and called it deeply biased. The annual human rights assessment released earlier this week found “significant” abuses in India’s north-eastern Manipur state last year and attacks on minorities, […]

Blinken says genocide in Xinjiang is ongoing in report ahead of China visit

Washington DC, US Reuters Beijing is continuing to commit genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in its western Xinjiang province, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a report published on Monday, ahead of his planned visit to China this week. The State Department’s annual human rights report, which […]

US rights report on India cites abuses in Manipur, harassment of media and minorities

Washington DC, US Reuters The US State Department’s annual human rights assessment found “significant” abuses in India’s north-eastern Manipur state last year and attacks on minorities, journalists and dissenting voices in the rest of the country. Manipur has seen fierce fighting between its tribal Kuki-Zo and majority Meitei populations after a court order a year […]

UN raises over $US600 million to boost aid to Ethiopia

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters The United Nations on Tuesday received financial pledges for about two-thirds of the $US1 billion it was seeking to raise to boost humanitarian aid to Ethiopia, which has been hit by conflict, drought and floods. A UN-hosted pledging event, organised along with the governments of Ethiopia and the United Kingdom and held […]

Malian parties reject junta’s suspension of political activities

Bamako, Mali Reuters Malian political parties and civil society groups jointly rejected on Thursday the ruling junta’s order to suspend political activities and vowed to mount a legal challenge to what one opposition politician called the “dictatorial” move. The West African country has been under military rule since a coup in 2020. Tensions have risen […]

Venezuela arrests allies of opposition leader Machado

Caracas, Venezuela Reuters Venezuela Attorney General Tarek Saab said on Wednesday that two people close to opposition candidate Maria Corina Machado had been arrested, prompting Machado to call the charges leveled at her team “completely false.” The arrests are set to complicate an already-confused scenario ahead of the July presidential contest. Machado won the opposition’s […]