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January 22, 2020

Why Meghan Markle broke free from stifling British Royalty

This momentous month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - announced on their joint Instagram account that they would be taking a step back as senior members of the...

UN calls for help to resettle refugees

The United Nations refugee agency is seeking more places in third world countries to resettle some 172,300 refugees next year, calling the resettlement "a tool for saving lives". The already large number of refugees seeking asylum in foreign countries is o ...

Israel creates new Gaza 'blacklist'

Israel has eased restrictions on the import of consumer goods to the Gaza Strip, relaxing its blockade on the Palestinian territory while maintaining restrictions on the entry of construction materials.In a statement on Monday, Israel said all items would ...

Thousands join Facebook 'boycott BP' campaign

Alan ChernoffAn online movement to boycott BP for its role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is growing at a rate of better than 25,000 names a day.    "I won't buy their gas any more. I won't patronise a company that's destroying our planet," ...

Human rights organisation condemns global abuses

Amnesty International has accused the US, Russia and China of ignoring human rights violations by allies and failing to open their own records to scrutiny in its annual survey.The human rights organisation took Washington to task for the failure of Barack ...

Haitians demand president resigns

Protesters in Haiti have demanded the resignation of the country's president, accusing him of using January's devastating earthquake as an excuse to remain in power. About 1,000 demonstrators took to the streets earlier this week to criticise Rene Preval a ...

Iranian leader demands investigation into 9/11 attacks

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, asking him to launch an investigation into the September 11, 2001 attacks on America."The minimum expectation from your excellency is to set up an independent and trusted fact-f ...

Depression, psychosis and 'earthquake shock' torment Haiti survivors

Deborah Sontag Port-au-Prince, HaitiInside this city’s earthquake-cracked psychiatric hospital, a schizophrenic man lay naked on a concrete floor, caked in dust. Other patients, padlocked in tiny concrete cells, clutched the bars and howled for attention.F ...

Argentina agrees chemical castration for rapists

Officials in Argentina's Mendoza province have authorised chemical castration for rapists after a significant increase in sexual assaults last year.Mendoza authorities convened a scientific legal committee and authorised the voluntary chemical castration b ...

Mugabe eyes shares in all foreign-owned firms

Andrew MeldrumJust in case you were thinking that Zimbabwe's power-sharing government is successfully returning the country to stability and normality, think again.A new law came into effect on Monday that requires all foreign-owned businesses to sell 51 p ...

Millions of aid money snatched back from Haiti dictator

Tim Edwards Switzerland's government stepped in this week to avert a public relations catastrophe after the country's highest court diverted money previously awarded to aid groups working in Haiti to its hated former dictator Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvali ...

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