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Israeli-Palestinian conflict nearing ‘boiling point’, UN envoy warns

Conflict between Israelis and Palestinians “is again reaching a boiling point,” the UN Middle East envoy told the Security Council on Nov. 28, warning of escalating violence amid a stalled peace process.  Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland called for stronger international commitment towards the two-State solution and outlined potential ways to move forward.   He reported that high levels of violence in...

UK army to take wheel as ambulance drivers, healthcare workers plan to strike

Reports say British troops will be brought in to drive ambulances and fill hospital roles as thousands of health workers plan to go on strike in December to demand a pay hike and better working conditions amid soaring inflation in the country. British media reports said health and defense officials are drawing up a contingency strategy to invoke the Military Aid to the...

Progress of West African nations must be forged through cooperative economics

Last month Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, called on member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to remove what he described as “outdated physical and psychological boundaries and other colonially-inspired differences” for the region to progress economically. Buhari, who because of the two-term limit cannot run again for a third-term in the upcoming February...

Sudan’s military regime wants U.S. support for stability, but at what cost?

Sudan is geo-strategically important to the United States’ interests in both Africa and the Middle East. The country’s military rulers are the October 2021 coup leaders, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and his deputy, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (also known as ‘Hemedti’). They are seeking to press the Biden administration to focus its Sudan policy on “stability,” rather than supporting...

Brazil president-elect says UN Security Council needs to change

Brazil President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says that the United Nations Security Council needs to change and that there should be more members representing all continents. “The UN Security Council needs to change, it needs to have more people representing all continents, and it needs to end the idea that a (single) country can have the right of veto,” he told reporters...

Presidents of Cuba and Algeria report results of meeting

The presidents of Algeria, Abdelmajid Tebboune, and Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, announced Nov. 17 in Algiers the results of a meeting in which they agreed to boost economic, trade, financial and cooperation ties. Speaking to the press after the meeting between the two heads of state at the Presidential Palace ‘El Muradia,’ Tebboune told the media that it was decided to cancel...

Brazil expels U.S. fishing tour company from Indigenous land

RIO DE JANEIRO—Federal courts in Brazil have ordered a New Jersey-based fishing tourism company to leave a remote Indigenous area of the Amazon after prosecutors filed charges of operating without government authorization and manipulating Indigenous people, which is illegal in the country. The Attorney General’s office in Santarem alleged in the civil lawsuit that the company Acute Angling invaded an...

Man dies at UK migrant center criticized over conditions

LONDON—A man being held at a much-criticized center for migrants in Britain has died after falling sick, bringing renewed criticism to the Conservative government over its treatment of asylum-seekers. The Home Office said a man who was staying at the Manston migrant center in southeast England died in a hospital on Nov. 19 after “becoming unwell.” Authorities are trying to contact next of...

Hundreds of pre-Hispanic artifacts found at American couple’s house in Guatemala

Prosecutors in Guatemala claim to have discovered 1,222 possible pre-Hispanic archaeological artifacts at the home of an American couple accused of smuggling the historical relics. The artifacts were found during a 12-hour inspection at the house of Stephanie Allison Jolluck and Giorgio Salvidor Rossilli in the tourist town of Antigua, ranging from large stone carvings to small pottery pieces, reports said. The special prosecutor’s...

Israel announces bid to upgrade apartheid wall amid West Bank tensions

Israeli minister for military affairs Benny Gantz has approved a plan to build a 100-kilometer (62.1-mile) wall in the occupied West Bank, as the occupying regime steps up its apartheid policies against Palestinians. During a tour of the occupied territory on Nov. 14, Gantz said a 50-km (31-mile) stretch of the project would replace an old existing fence, which is...