Media Coverage

2/25/2021

Two Democratic lawmakers reintroduced legislation calling for the formation of the first federal racial justice commission tasked with examining the country's history of systemic racism against Black people, addressing inequities and backing efforts to provide reparations for slavery.

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.

2/23/2021

A Lebanese court has removed the judge leading the investigation into last year’s Beirut port blast, a move likely to further delay a probe that has faced fierce political pushback.

More than six months since the largest non-nuclear blast in history, Lebanese people still have no answers about why or how the devastation in Beirut happened. The explosion killed 200 people, injured thousands, and destroyed entire districts of the city.

2/23/2021

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported to Germany Friedrich Karl Berger, a 95-year-old German citizen who served as a guard at the Neuengamme concentration camp subcamp in 1945. Berger admitted he guarded prisoners and accompanied them on the forced evacuation of the camp that resulted in the deaths of 70 prisoners.

He had been living in the United States since 1959.

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