Media Coverage

1/9/2020

Lebanese diplomat Mustapha Adib was appointed prime minister in crisis-hit Lebanon on Monday after winning the backing of major political parties.

In his first comments after securing the appointment, he said his first priority was to form a government that would be able to implement reforms to regain the trust of the Lebanese and international community.

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1/9/2020

Facebook said on Tuesday that it was preparing for Myanmar’s general election in November by improving the detection and removal of hate speech and content that incites violence, and preventing the spread of misinformation.

The company said in a blog post that between now and November 22, it would remove “verifiable misinformation and unverifiable rumors” that are assessed as having the potential to suppress the vote or damage the “integrity” of the electoral process.

1/9/2020

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia imposed travel bans on President Alexander Lukashenko and 29 other Belarusian officials on Monday, signaling impatience with the West’s cautious approach by announcing sanctions without waiting for the rest of the EU.

The three small Baltic states have led calls for firm measures against Lukashenko, who is accused by opponents and the West of rigging an Aug. 9 election to prolong his 26-year rule.

1/9/2020

Supporters of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader Guillaume Soro on Monday filed their candidacies for a tense presidential election in October.

Both Gbagbo and Soro had been barred by the electoral commission from running due to convictions in the country’s courts.

“We have just submitted the candidacy file of our political leader, president Laurent Gbagbo, the father of democracy in Ivory Coast,” said Georges-Armand Ouegnin, president of the pro-Gbagbo coalition called Together for Democracy and Sovereignty.

27/8/2020

The pandemic has forced many Chileans out of work, and—with only a meagre social safety net—residents of poor neighborhoods are living in destitution. But demonstrations over hunger have been met by violent repression, according to activists and human rights groups, who say that police have used the enforcement of quarantine orders as a pretext for a crackdown on protest.

“It’s getting worse,” said Ana Piquer, executive director of Amnesty International Chile. “More people are out of work, more people are protesting, so there is more repression. It’s a very direct relation.”

27/8/2020

French President Emmanuel Macron has created a roadmap for Lebanese politicians outlining political and financial reforms needed to unlock foreign aid and rescue the country from multiple crises including an economic meltdown, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The two-page “concept paper” was delivered by the French ambassador to Beirut, a Lebanese political source said. A diplomatic source at Macron’s Elysee office said no document has been given to Lebanese parties. A French Foreign Ministry official declined comment.

27/8/2020

Police in Belarus dispersed protesters who gathered on the capital’s central square Wednesday, detaining dozens in an effort to end weeks of demonstrations challenging the re-election of the country’s authoritarian ruler.

The crackdown in Independence Square on Wednesday came on the 18th straight day of protests pushing for the resignation of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.

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27/8/2020

Rwanda has issued an international arrest warrant for former Rwandan spy chief, Aloys Ntiwiragabo, who is under investigation in France over his role in the African country’s 1994 genocide.

French investigative news site Mediapart tracked down Ntiwiragabo, who had been identified by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as one of the architects of the genocide.

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27/8/2020

Peace talks between warring Afghan sides will begin in September said the country’s top peace negotiator on Thursday in Kabul, a crucial diplomatic process needed to end about two decades of war in Afghanistan.

His comments come at a time when prospect of peace talks were looking bleak over the issue of last batch of Taliban prisoner release.

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25/8/2020

Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter on Sunday dismissed a ceasefire proposal by the UN-supported government as a “deception,” claiming that rival militias were preparing to attack the strategic city of Sirte.

Ahmed al-Mosmari, a spokesman for Hifter’s forces, told a televised news conference that the proposal “represents nothing but throwing dust in eyes and deceiving the local and international public.”

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