Media Coverage

2/25/2021

Libya’s designated prime minister, Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, chosen via a UN-facilitated process last month, will on Thursday propose a unified government to the country’s divided parliament as part of a peace plan. The new government is intended to replace Libya’s two rival administrations and oversee the run-up to national elections planned for December in a roadmap to end years of chronic chaos and violence.

2/25/2021

Thousands gathered outside the Supreme Court of Argentina calling for decisive action over rampant levels of violence against women. High rates of violence against women triggered a new wave of activism for Argentina’s feminist movement in 2015. Nearly 300 femicides were reported in the country in 2020, according to organizations tracking cases through the media. In the first 52 days of 2021, there have been 43 femicides and transfemicides. Of those, 38 were direct victims and five were children or other people connected to a woman who was killed.

2/25/2021

Violence erupted on Tuesday after the electoral commission declared former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum victor in Sunday’s runoff vote with 55.75 percent, while opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane garnered 44.25 percent. The elections have been trumpeted as a democratic watershed for the Sahel state—the world’s poorest nation, according to the UN’s benchmark of human development, and a country wrestling with two armed rebellions.

2/25/2021

Supporters of Myanmar’s junta attacked people protesting the military government that took power in a coup, using slingshots, iron rods, and knives Thursday to injure several of the demonstrators. On Thursday, tensions escalated on the streets between anti-coup protesters and supporters of the military. Photos and videos posted on social media showed groups attacking people in downtown Yangon as police stood by without intervening.

Critics of the military charge it pays people to engage in violence, allegations that are hard to verify.

2/25/2021

Armenia’s armed forces called for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his government in a statement on Thursday, the Interfax news agency reported. Pashinyan has faced protests and calls to resign after what his critics say was the disastrous handling of a bloody six-week conflict between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh last year.

2/25/2021

A German court on Wednesday sentenced former Syrian secret service agent Eyad A. to four and a half years in prison on charges of aiding and abetting crimes against humanity. Eyad A., 44, is accused of rounding up people following anti-government demonstrations in the Douma in 2011 and delivering them to a detention center where they were tortured. The verdict in the German city of Koblenz marks the first time a court outside Syria has ruled on state-sponsored torture by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

2/25/2021

Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in Georgia on Tuesday after the arrest of opposition leader, Nika Melia, deepening a political crisis that erupted after disputed elections last year. Hundreds of riot police used tear gas against Melia's supporters who were camped out at his United National Movement party's headquarters in the capital Tbilisi before he was arrested in an overnight police raid and placed in pre-trial detention.

2/23/2021

Months-long calls for Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to resign escalated again on Tuesday, as thousands of protesters staged the third demonstration in a week demanding he quit over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan.

The demonstrations follow protests last November, which grew after Pashinyan signed a Russian-brokered peace deal following six weeks of conflict that claimed thousands of lives and saw swathes of territory in and around Nagorno-Karabakh ceded to Azerbaijan.

2/23/2021

Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government have resumed in the Qatari capital Doha after weeks of delays, escalating violence, and a change in US diplomatic leadership as the Biden administration began.

Last week, the Taliban in an open letter called on the US to fully implement the Doha accord, including the withdrawal of all international troops, saying it had committed to its side of the deal—to secure US security interests in the war-torn country.

2/23/2021

Niger votes on Sunday in the second round of a presidential election that is expected to usher in the first democratic transition of power since the West African nation gained independence from France in 1960.

Ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum is seen by many as the favorite and is up against Former President Mahamane Ousmane.

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