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‘Perhaps UK doesn’t want a deal’: Irish FM Coveney says concerns growing amid challenging Brexit talks

Britain is making it more difficult to reach a basic trade deal by introducing legislation that undermines its withdrawal treaty with the European Union, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Sept. 22. Many EU foreign ministers are starting to think that the British government does not want a deal with the EU, Coveney...

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...

The historical impact of African musicians on the geopolitical stage

When it comes to appreciating the power of African artists and their historical impact on geopolitics there is no shortage of icons from which to choose. A recent documentary produced by France24 focusing on the legacy of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie is a case in point. His historic...

Iran: U.S. attempts to impose unilateral sanctions doomed to failure

The Iranian Foreign Ministry says any attempts by the “sanctions-addicted” U.S. to impose unilateral restrictions on Iran will fail as the move is in violation of international law. “The sanctions-addicted United States is not far to once again compensate for some of its blatant failures in the Security Council and its inability to...

UN: Africa loss $800B in illegal transfers in recent years

GENEVA—The United Nations estimates that illegal outflows of capital from Africa totaled over $830 billion in the first 15 years of this century, much of it linked to movements of high-value commodities like gold, diamonds, and platinum—straining the ability of the continent’s governments to provide services like health care, education, and infrastructure. The UN...

Iran’s Rouhani urges restraint over Karabakh dispute, warns of new war in region

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to show restraint and reject any foreign interference over the Karabakh dispute, warning that the region cannot tolerate a new war.   During a telephone conversation with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan Sept. 30, Rouhani voiced concern about the ongoing fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh...

EU: Brexit trade talks still face ‘too many difficulties’

BRUSSELS—With a deadline looming ever more menacingly, the European Union’s chief negotiator on the post-Brexit trade deal with Britain Nov. 4 publicly blamed London for a lack of progress in the two sides’ belated attempt to reach an even rudimentary agreement. “At this stage, there are still too many difficulties remaining on important topics,”...

Europol arrests nearly 400 in child trafficking raids

The European Union (EU)’s police agency, Europol, has arrested nearly 400 people during raids targeting child trafficking suspects in a number of European countries. Europol said in a statement on Nov. 4 that during the raids—coordinated with Britain, Portugal, Spain, and nine other EU countries—at least 388 people were arrested and 249 potential victims...

New hotspot opens up in North Africa despite UN bid to defuse tensions

(GIN)—War is breaking out all over. Fighting shows no signs of ending in Ethiopia as the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, attempts to put down a rebellion by the sovereign-seeking state of Tigray. Eritrea now appears to have been drawn into the fighting. A massacre was reported by Amnesty International.  In the Amhara region, political...

Number of fires more than doubles in Brazil’s Pantanal

BRASILIA, Brazil—The number of fires in Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s biggest tropical wetlands, more than doubled in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to data released by a state institute. Officials said it was the largest number of fires in a six-month period in the last two decades.

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Covid-19 continues to spread, devastate Black communities

Dr. Michael LeNoir and Professor Elaine M. Hernandez said they have watched the explosion of new Covid-19 cases in states which were...