Media Coverage

4/8/2020

Opposition groups in Argentina organized a protest at the central Buenos Aires Obelisk Saturday to voice their objections to justice reform plans announced by President Alberto Fernández.

Fernández announced his justice reform project on Wednesday, saying his goal was a more agile judiciary, “independent of political power,” and greater transparency.

4/8/2020

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has appointed Defence Minister Hamed Bakayoko as prime minister after his predecessor died suddenly this month, the president said on Thursday.

Bakayoko, a former radio and newspaper executive and longtime ally of Ouattara, had been considered a possible replacement for Gon Coulibaly as the presidential candidate. 

4/8/2020

Lebanon has appointed Charbel Wehbe as foreign minister after Nassif Hitti resigned from the position, saying the country risked becoming a “failed state” and the government showed a lack of reformist will.

In his resignation letter, Hitti wrote “Lebanon today is sliding toward becoming a failed state.”

Hitti’s resignation is the biggest blow yet to Diab's six-month-old government, which has struggled to make good on promises that it would implement wide-ranging reforms following massive anti-establishment protests last year.

4/8/2020

The funeral will take place in Derry on Wednesday of former Social Democratic and Labour Party leader and Nobel laureate John Hume who has died aged 83.

Mr. Hume spearheaded the finally successful efforts to end the violence of the Troubles and is viewed as the architect of the 1998 Belfast Agreement.

He was centrally involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and served as Member of Parliament, Assembly Member, and Member of European Parliament. In 1998, he won the Nobel Peace Prize along with then Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble.

4/8/2020

The Hiroshima District Court Wednesday issued a ruling recognizing dozens of additional survivors from the United States’ atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The decision allows all 84 plaintiffs, who have suffered radiation-related illnesses connected to the bombing, to receive the same benefits as other victims who lived closer to the blast.

30/7/2020

West African leaders have called for the swift creation of a unity government in Mali as part of efforts to resolve the country’s political crisis, but warned of sanctions against those standing in the way.

In a statement issued after a video conference on Monday, heads of the 15-nation regional bloc ECOWAS stood by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita but called for a unity government to be “established rapidly” and urged the opposition to join it.

30/7/2020

Bolivia postponed its general elections on Thursday for a second time because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting it off until October 18, officials said.

The poll was originally supposed to be held in May but had been rescheduled to September 6 after the country went into lockdown following the virus outbreak.

Salvador Romero, who heads the country’s electoral court, said the decision to delay the elections again came after medical experts warned that COVID-19 infections would peak in Bolivia in late August or early September.

30/7/2020

Britain is to resume selling arms to Saudi Arabia despite assessing that the country could be using them to commit war crimes, the government has announced.

International trade secretary Liz Truss said on Tuesday that the government had completed a review of how arms export licenses were granted in order to comply with an earlier court ruling suspending sales.

30/7/2020

Syrian and Russian planes have carried out deadly aerial strikes on schools, hospitals, and markets in Idlib province that amount to war crimes, UN investigators said on Tuesday in a report that also condemned attacks by Islamist militants.

They said that “indiscriminate bombardment” by pro-government forces, ahead of a March ceasefire brokered with Turkey, claimed hundreds of lives and forced one million civilians to flee, which may amount to a crime against humanity.

30/7/2020

Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui has died at the age of 97, the official Central News Agency said.

Lee became Taiwan’s first democratically elected president in 1996, after a landslide victory that followed eight months of intimidating war games and missile tests by China in waters around the self-governed island.

Lee became the Nationalist party chairman in 1988. Eight years after assuming the role, Lee’s push for full democracy culminated with the island’s first direct presidential vote.

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