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AQAP and ISIS fill vacuum in #Yemen

AQAP and ISIS fill vacuum in #Yemen

| August 25, 2019

The recent upsurge of violence in Yemen between forces loyal to the legitimate government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and groups seeking the secession of southern Yemen has opened up renewed space for terrorist groups, including ISIS and AQAP, to operate in the country. According to the spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), […]

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Muddy waters in #Firtash case give Vienna pause

Muddy waters in #Firtash case give Vienna pause

| August 23, 2019

In the latest twist in an already bizarre saga, one which has roped in Russiagate theorists and pitted a former Austrian minister against US prosecutors, Austria’s caretaker government approved the extradition of Ukrainian oligarch Dimitri Firtash to the United States— just as a Vienna judge ruled to halt Firtash’s extradition. Firtash—who stands accused by a […]

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#Huawei confident UK government will resist “politically motivated” pressure

#Huawei confident UK government will resist “politically motivated” pressure

| August 16, 2019

Tech titan Huawei is “confident” the UK government will resist “politically motivated” pressure to drop the Chinese company from its 5G plans. America has been pressing for Britain to stop Huawei supplying infrastructure for the future mobile network. Washington has warned signing a post Brexit trade deal could hinge on the UK’s decision to work […]

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#UNESCO – Economy of Heritage

#UNESCO – Economy of Heritage

| July 25, 2019

The 43rd session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Baku chaired by Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev ended on July 10. Delegations from 21 Member States that constitute the World Heritage Committee as well as observers from States Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972) participated […]

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International organizations must co-operate more closely in promotion of global #DigitalEconomy

International organizations must co-operate more closely in promotion of global #DigitalEconomy

| July 24, 2019

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) today (24 July) organized a forum in London that has brought together twenty different international and regional organizations to discuss best practices to promote the development of the global digital economy. Sharvada Sharma is the chairman of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO). He said: “This forum is an opportunity to […]

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#Georgia and #SouthOssetia – EU should support International Peace Project

#Georgia and #SouthOssetia – EU should support International Peace Project

| July 19, 2019

The EU has applauded the efforts of a pioneering project which aims to reconcile people in Georgia and South Ossetia, a so-called frozen conflict zone. A source of tension since the break-up of the Soviet Union, South Ossetia hosted a brief war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. Moscow subsequently recognised South Ossetia as an […]

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Vinayak M Prasad (World Health Organization) – #BigTobacco should be taxed more to pay for the health costs of smoking

Vinayak M Prasad (World Health Organization) – #BigTobacco should be taxed more to pay for the health costs of smoking

| July 18, 2019

There are more than a 1.1 billion smokers in the world, and it’s estimated that 8 million people die every year as a result of their addiction to cigarettes. By any reasonable metric, smoking is perhaps the greatest and most salient public health emergency of our time. The scale of this crisis is magnified even […]

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