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‘We are not a vassal state’: Philippines’s Duterte won’t stop infrastructure projects with U.S.-sanctioned Chinese firms

The Philippines will not be cowed by a U.S. blacklist on Chinese companies and will continue doing business with the sanctioned firms, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said, insisting Manila will not bow to a foreign power. Duterte won’t halt ongoing projects with Chinese businesses despite the American blacklist, spokesman Harry Roque told reporters Sept. 1, arguing infrastructure is...

India rejects high status of dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir

An Indian official has rejected an assertion by Pakistan’s foreign minister that the dispute over the Kashmir region is a global matter high on the agenda of the United Nations (UN). Vidisha Maitra, the first secretary of India’s permanent mission to the UN, said in a statement on Sept. 22 that the disputed Himalayan region was an integral part of...

Growing movement demands return of cultural art, artifacts

Two-years-ago, a study, “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage,” found at least 90 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s cultural legacy remains preserved outside of the African continent. “Whereas many other regions of the world represented in Western Museum collections are still about to hold on to a significant portion of their own cultural and artistic heritage, this is not the case...

Venezuela asks ICC to probe U.S. sanctions as crime against humanity

Venezuela says it has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate U.S. sanctions imposed on the Latin American country as crimes against humanity and has provided The Hague-based tribunal with evidence. Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced the development at a press conference in the capital, Caracas, on Aug. 25, adding that a dossier that reveals how U.S. sanctions on...

Irish PM sorry for ‘profound wrong’ of unwed mothers’ homes

LONDON—Ireland’s prime minster issued a formal state apology Jan. 13 to the thousands of unmarried women and their children who endured pain, shame and stigma at church-run institutions, saying his government was determined to start righting the country’s wrongs. Prime Minister Micheal Martin’s apology came a day after the final report of an inquiry said 9,000 children died in 18...

Libya’s unclear future marred by internal, external conflict

Civil war is currently ratcheting up in Libya as internal saber-rattling escalates and foreign actors involved take sides and add to heightened threats of military action. Libya has been absent a cohesive government since a United States-led overthrow of Muammar Gadhafi and the Great Jamahiriya government in 2011. Since the U.S. and NATO (North Atlanta Treaty Organization) invasion, resulting in...

Armenia PM agreed to Karabakh truce to avoid ‘full collapse’

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says he agreed to a Russian-brokered peace deal with Azerbaijan to avoid further losses in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, adding that the continuation of fighting would have resulted in “full collapse.” “The document secured what we could lose, according to military estimates and other assessments,” Mr. Pashinyan said on Nov. 10. “In a situation when...

Recognize ‘true value’ of water, UN urges, marking World Day

The UN is marking World Water Day on March 22 with a global conversation on how people value the lifegiving resource in different parts of the world, according to local needs. “For me, water means protection,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message.  He explained that a well-managed water cycle, encompassing drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, wastewater, transboundary governance, and other key issues, “means defense against...

One year old among 29 children injured in Israeli aggression

The United Nations’ children agency reports that the Israeli regime’s recent aggression in the holy occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds has injured 29 children, including a one-year-old, saying some of the victims have suffered head and spine injuries. The casualties have been caused during the regime’s violence across al-Quds, including in its Old City and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, UNICEF said...

Virus variant races through Italy, especially among

Nurse Maurizio di Giacobbe tends to a patient in a COVID-19 ICU of the Tor Vergata Polyclinic Hospital, in Rome, Italy, Dec. 13, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges for families around the world managing work and home life with children kept home from school and after-school activities. For the Di  Giacobbe  family,  the  juggling  is  even ...