Africans keen to help US with ‘electoral reform’

In the early hours of Wednesday, at the height of the nail-biting election drama unfolding in the United States, the country’s embassy in Abidjan issued a statement urging Ivory Coast’s leaders to “show commitment to democratic processes” following last month’s disputed polls in the West African country. The irony was hard to miss. Just hours […]

Pilgrims arriving today; 10 days duration of stay

JEDDAH — The third phase of the gradual resumption of Umrah service and visit to the Two Holy Mosques started on Sunday, Nov. 1 as first batches of pilgrims from outside the Kingdom are expected to land at King Abdulaziz International Airport here this evening. Foreign pilgrims are allowed to perform Umrah and visit the Prophet’s […]

Women leaders essential to global peace, progress, UN chief tells Security Council

NEW YORK — Women continue to be under-represented in key decision-making over the battle against COVID-19, the chief of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Thursday, addressing the Security Council, adding that the situation is even “worse for women in conflict areas”. “In war zones and everywhere in the world”, individuals are “calling for inclusion […]

U.S. Sows WTO Turmoil by Vetoing Front-Runner for Top Job

The World Trade Organization’s effort to select a leader and chart a new course for the global trading system hit a roadblock Wednesday after the Trump administration vetoed a bid by front-runner Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is a U.S. citizen, to be the WTO’s next director-general. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Dennis Shea said Washington won’t join […]

‘Serious concerns’ over rights situation in Myanmar ahead of next month’s election

GENEVA — The UN human rights office (OHCHR) voiced “serious concerns” on Tuesday over the situation in Myanmar — including rights violations and proliferation of hateful speech against minority communities — as the country prepares for general elections next month. Minority groups, including the Rohingya Muslim community and ethnic Rakhine population, have been disproportionately affected, said […]

Schools ‘must never be targeted’, UNICEF says after deadly blast kills 7 in Pakistan

NEW YORK — A deadly bombing that killed at least seven people at a religious school in Pakistan on Tuesday, has been strongly condemned by the Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Education is the fundamental right of every girl and boy, everywhere”, stressed Aida Girma, UNICEF’s Representative in the country. “Schools must never be targeted”. According to news […]

Prime Minister of Pakistan appeals to Facebook CEO to ban Islamophobic content

Pakistan’s prime minister has appealed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ban Islamophobic content on the site, warning of an increase in radicalisation amongst Muslims, the government said on Sunday. In a letter, which the Pakistani government posted on Twitter, Imran Khan said that “growing Islamophobia” was encouraging extremism and violence across the world, especially […]

US woman faces first federal execution since 1953

The US is to execute a female federal inmate for the first time in almost 70 years, the Justice Department said. Lisa Montgomery strangled a pregnant woman in Missouri before cutting out and kidnapping the baby in 2004. She is due to be given a lethal injection in Indiana on 8 December. The last woman […]

Kuwaiti Emir asks PM to prepare for election after Cabinet resigns

KUWAIT— Kuwait’s new Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has asked the Kuwaiti Cabinet led by Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to carry on its duties and prepare for parliamentary elections due this year after the premier submitted the resignation of his government, state news agency KUNA reported on Tuesday. In a meeting with […]

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