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BD took limited measures to prosecute abuses, killings: US

Dhaka, Apr 21 – The government of Bangladesh took limited measures to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by security forces in 2017, said a US report on Human Rights Practices released on Friday. US acting secretary of State John J Sullivan at a press conference released the report. While briefing journalists, the acting secretary condemned the brutal ... Read More »

Kim Jong Un, Xi Jinping meet in Beijing: Xinhua

In first trip abroad, DPRK leader reportedly reaffirmed support for talks with U.S. Hamish Macdonald and Oliver Hotham Chinese state media has, following days of speculation, confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the past few days. As part of a visit to China from Sunday to Wednesday, Kim Jong Un reportedly ... Read More »

US interfaith icons in BD to voice against Rohingya genocide

Dhaka, March 27 – A delegation of American Interfaith leaders is currently visiting Rohingya camps in Bangladesh. The 14 member delegation includes two Buddhist leaders, Two Jewish leaders, Two Imams and several Christian leaders. They are listening to Rohingya voices in the camps and will return back to the USA on March 29th to amplify Rohingya voices in the US ... Read More »

Trump expels 60 Russian diplomats

The Trump administration expelled 60 Russian diplomats on Monday and ordered Russia’s consulate in Seattle to close, as the United States and European nations sought to jointly punish Moscow for its alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain. Read More »

‘Today oppression is fashionable again,’ says Rights chief

Geneva, 26 Feb (Kanaga Raja) – “Today oppression is fashionable again; the security state is back, and fundamental freedoms are in retreat in every region of the world,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said Monday at the opening of the thirty-seventh session of the UN Human Rights Council. “Shame is also in ... Read More »

West Asia in flux: Connecting the dots

By Chandra Muzaffar A series of events linked to West Asia in the last nine months has brought to the surface the under-currents and cross-currents in the region’s perennial struggle between occupation and hegemony, on the one hand, and resistance and liberation, on the other. It is crucial to understand how these events are related to one another, to connect ... Read More »

North Korea catalogue of US HR violations

By Jake Johnson US “can never camouflage its true identity as the gross violator of human rights,” Pyongyang says Just as U.S. President Donald Trump was preparing to lambast North Korea as “a menace that threatens our world” in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Pyongyang attempted to undercut Trump’s “ominous” rhetoric by releasing a white paper that ... Read More »

One year under Trump: An assault on women’s health

It was one year ago that millions of women worldwide marched against newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump. The marches were meant to send a message to Trump after a presidential election that “insulted, demonised and threatened” women, immigrants and those from the LGBTQ community and others. “[The march] will send a bold message to our new administration on their ... Read More »

Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria

Kocabeyli, Jan 21 (AP/UNB) — Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to expand Turkey’s military border operations against a Kurdish group that has been the U.S.’s key Syria ally in the war on the Islamic State group. Read More »

Australia rescue drone makes first rescue

A pair of Australian swimmers on Thursday became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver dropped a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas. Australia is leading the use of the technology in surf lifesaving, with dozens of drones being trialled on beaches around the country. Read More »

Trump to and from the Paris deal

Washington, Jan 11, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States could “conceivably” return to the Paris climate accord, although he stopped short of signaling any move in that direction. Read More »

2017 was a year of record-breaking climate events

By Kelly Levin We’re only a few days into the new year, but it’s already off to an extreme start. Washington DC, Jan 6 2018 (IPS) – Parts of the United States are experiencing blizzard and record low temperatures, with sharks freezing in the Atlantic and cold-snapped iguanas falling from trees in Florida. The frigid, snowy conditions could be related ... Read More »

China’s space lab Tiangong-1 to crash to Earth by March

By Katie Hunt, CNN Hong Kong (CNN) China’s Tiangong-1 space lab was billed as a potent symbol of the country’s rise when it launched in 2011. Now, the lab is out of control and expected to crash-land on Earth by the end of March — posing a minuscule risk to humans but inflicting a blot on the nation’s bold push ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia detains Palestinian billionaire Masri

Sabih al-Masri, Jordan’s most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday. Masri’s detention, which follows the biggest purge of the Saudi kingdom’s affluent elite in its modern history, has sent shockwaves through business circles in Jordan ... Read More »