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UN independent expert urges Spanish Government to reverse decision on Catalan autonomy

Image:The UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas. GENEVA (25 October 2017) - The UN Independent Expert...

Vice President Robredo warns of China debt trap, cites Sri Lanka

Image:Vice President Leni Robredo. The  administration’s new source of financing for its ambitious infrastructure projects, China, could lead the Philippines into a “debt trap” as...

US knew about 1960s mass killings of communists in Indonesia, declassified documents reveal

Image: Members of the Youth Wing of the Indonesian Communist Party (Pemuda Rakjat) are watched by soldiers as they are taken to prison in Jakarta...

‘Do not shoot!’: The last moments of communist revolutionary Che Guevara

Image: The body of Argentine-born guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara is displayed in the village of Vallegrande, Bolivia, on Oct. 10, 1967. Guevara was executed a...

Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis Meets Reality

By KEVIN RUDD. ( NYT) The news coverage of Myanmar over the past several months has led many people to conclude that Daw Aung San...

Maldivian Ambassador to Colombo ready to break International and Sri Lankan Law

Image: Safety in peril: Amal Clooney and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed in London in January 2016.   | Photo Credit: AP. In a recent interview to...

INDIA: The murder of the ‘other’

‘In India, Another Government Critic Is Silenced by Bullets’, is how the New York Times reported the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a gutsy journalist known for...

PR firm Rajapaksa hired, Bell Pottinger accused of inciting racial violence in South Africa

Image: Indian businessmen Ajay Gupta and younger brother Atul Gupta in 2011. The family of Indian-born tycoons are close to president Jacob Zuma. Photograph: Gallo...

“The United States is and will continue to be an Indo-Pacific power” – US Assistant Secretary of State Alice G. Wells

Remarks of Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells on Indo-Pacific Regional Architecture. Indian Ocean Conference 2017, Colombo,...

Pakistani village court orders gang rape as revenge

Multan, July 27 (Reuters): Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl...

The Passion of Liu Xiaobo

Image: Liu Xiaobo, mid-2000s. Perry Link In the late 1960s Mao Zedong, China’s Great Helmsman, encouraged children and adolescents to confront their teachers and parents, root out...

Why the BJP has no incentive to stop the lynching of Muslims in India

Image: Family members of Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer who was allegedly lynched by vigilantes for transporting cows in Rajasthan in April, sit on a...

‘Ai Weiwei Drifting’: China’s most famous, displaced artist

The new DW documentary accompanies artist Ai Weiwei during work on his own film. It depicts his life between Beijing, New York and Berlin,...

France election: Macron party set for big parliamentary win

BBC/ The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections. As polls...

Ireland on the verge of electing its first openly gay Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Image: Ireland's Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launches his campaign bid for Fine Gael party leader in Dublin Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters. Trained doctor takes insurmountable lead...

Make no mistake about it: the Manchester attack had everything to do with young women

Image: Ariana Grande was performing at the Manchester Arena as part of her Dangerous Woman tour/ Getty. Women and girls don’t have to carry Kalashnikovs to strike...

The Guardian view on the German elections: Angela Merkel keeps winning

Image: Armin Laschet, top candidate of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union celebrates after the North Rhine-Westphalia state elections. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty Images. Editorial. Last week France, next...

Killing of Yameen Rasheed underscores urgent need for reform in the Maldives

Image:Yameen Rasheed's family submit a petition to Maldives Police Services to investigate his murder.  Dying Regime on Flickr. 48 rights groups strongly condemn the brutal...

The Guardian French election: Good luck, Mr Macron. You will need it

Image: Emmanuel Macron: new French president. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images. Any other result would have been a European catastrophe and, for once, thank goodness, the opinion...

Iran presidential election: Five things to know

Image: Iranian elections traditionally have a high turnout. copyrightAFP. By Siavash Ardalan, BBC Persian.   Iran is due to hold a presidential election on 19 May, in which the incumbent...

WHO Approves World’s First-Ever Dengue Vaccine

Ted Andersen/Geneva. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday endorsed the world’s first-ever vaccine for dengue fever, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus that threatens to...

Photo Essay: The pain and sadness in the air; Covering the Colombian landslide

Luis Robayo  Saturday 8 April 2017 MOCOA — It’s really, really hard to watch the survivors and their pain and trauma. There are...

A Year Into Power Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Acknowledges Slow Pace of Reforms

Image: Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the Myanmar community living in Singapore, on the island of Sentosa in Singapore September 22,...

The best job in the world: Gabriel García Márquez on journalism

Image: Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Some 50 years ago, there were no schools of journalism. One learned  the trade in the newsroom, in the print shops,...

What a Le Pen Win Would Look Like for France and the EU

18 March: A Le Pen campaign rally in Metz, France. Photo by Elyxandro Cegarra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.18 March: A Le Pen campaign rally in Metz,...

CEDAW expresses concern on climate of insecurity, particularly for women in conflict affected zones.

Image: 15  women activists participated at the recently concluded CEDAW- Sri Lanka session. In its concluding observations  of the recently concluded consideration of the 8th...

Freedom of Expression Monitors Issue Joint Declaration on ‘Fake News’, Disinformation and Propaganda

Geneva/Vienna (3 March 2017) – Leading monitors of freedom of expression around the world have come together to issue a Joint Declaration on freedom...

The Killing Squads: Inside the Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’

Image: The sister of Jefferson Bunuan carrying his photo as they prepare to take his body to Manilla South Cemetery. August 1, 2016.© 2016...

Sources: U.S. considers quitting U.N. Human Rights Council

The body has been accused of unfairly targeting Israel, and Trump aides are questioning its usefulness. By NAHAL TOOSI and ELIANA JOHNSON The Trump administration is...

President Trump is losing his war with the media

By Aaron Blake President Trump berated the media repeatedly at his press conference on Feb. 16, calling CNN, the New York Times and other outlets...
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Sri Lanka: Rs. 60,000 charged for “coffin and ash” of cremated of Muslim victims of Covid 19

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