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Human Rights Observatory
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The United Nations independent expert on human rights for North Korea has welcomed political talks and denuclearization efforts, but urged that the human rights situation not be forgotten.   "The human rights situation at the moment has not changed on the ground in North Korea, despite this important progress on security, peace and prosperity," Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana told reporters Tuesday ahead of his briefing to the U.N. General Assembly committee that... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Zimbabwe’s opposition leader on Tuesday called for the creation of a “national transitional authority” to deal with a worsening economic crisis amid shortages of basic items such as drugs and fuel. Nelson Chamisa, who narrowly lost July's election, accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government of excessive borrowing and lacking ideas to solve Zimbabwe’s biggest crisis in a decade. Chamisa also plans to go ahead with a rally on Saturday that party officials have indicated... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
NewsAfter frequent anti-media insults and rhetoric in the past, “France Unbowed” leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon has taken his guerrilla war against journalists to a new level, urging his supporters to “give them hell.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards his comments as irresponsible and dangerous. The evolution in Mélenchon’s comments about or against the media reflect a steady growth in hostility and vengefulness. (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
NewsOne of Brazil’s leading dailies, the Folha de São Paulo, has been under heavy attack since reporting on 18 October that far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro benefited from illegal funding. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards the attacks as a serious press freedom violation and deplores the toxic climate for Brazil’s journalists since the election campaign began. The 18 October article in the Folha de São Paulo claimed that business (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia once again under the global spotlight. Turkey’s President Erdogan said he believed the death of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul was a “savage murder”. But Khashoggi’s killing is only the latest in a long line of violations to add to the Kingdom’s appalling human rights record. (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton is to meet with President Vladimir Putin to explain why President Donald Trump wants to pull out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Earlier, Bolton hinted the arms control pact with Russia may have run its course. He also met with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who applauded Bolton for his two-day visit to Moscow and said "even small steps will benefit our relations and help restore trust" between the two... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers on Tuesday after arriving in Fiji for a three-day visit as part of their tour of the South Pacific.   School children in uniform and people of all ages lined the streets and waved both British Union Jack and Fijian flags as Prince Harry and Meghan's motorcade drove past.   The couple arrived from Australia, where Meghan, who is four months pregnant, had her schedule reduced in recent days... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Twitter has removed some accounts thought to be used to circumvent a ban on conspiracy-monger Alex Jones and Infowars, the company said Tuesday. A Twitter spokesman confirmed that the accounts had been removed but provided no additional comment. The company says it usually does not discuss specific accounts. Twitter permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope in early September. It said it based that action in reports of tweets and videos that violated... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Somali intelligence officials say the deputy leader of an Islamic State-affiliated extremist group based in northern Somalia has been killed in the capital. The officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters told The Associated Press that Mahad Moalim's body was found near a Mogadishu beach last week, a few days after he reportedly was abducted while secretly visiting the city.   The officials said his relatives have accused... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
In front of a small group of supporters on a chilly fall morning, Christine Hallquist laid out her economic development plan for a state that she feels is being left behind by prosperity in larger states and urban areas.   She reiterates her Bernie Sanders-esque call for a $15 per hour minimum wage, universal health care and paid family leave while adding that high speed internet access is critical for everyone in Vermont, even those who live in the state's most rural... (Full Story)
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