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Human Rights Observatory
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned along with her ex-spy father in Britain in March, said they are "lucky to have survived" the nerve agent attack. In her first on-camera appearance since the assassination attempt, Skripal called her recovery "slow and painful" but said she hopes to return to her home in Russia someday. Skripal and her 66-year-old father, Sergei, spent weeks hospitalized in critical condition after they were found unconscious in the English city of... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Residents of a southern Iranian city have held a funeral for three people who they say were killed by security forces in a violent confrontation last week. The residents of Kazerun shared images of Wednesday's funeral with VOA Persian. The images of large crowds at the local cemetery suggest that hundreds of people attended. In one video clip, mourners vow to avenge the three people who residents say were killed by Iranian security forces confronting anti-government... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Britain’s newly-married Prince Harry has had a long love affair with the African continent. He spent his post-graduation year in Lesotho, launched a children’s charity there and fell in love with his bride-to-be in Botswana. Africa is also the couple’s rumored honeymoon destination. Royal watchers are betting he and Meghan Markle will celebrate their recent marriage in the southern African nation of Namibia, known for its sand dunes and pristine beaches. That love for Africa shone... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, finally has a permanent security clearance. A background check of Kushner run by the FBI took more than a year to clear. Kushner had been working under an interim clearance, but it was revoked in February during procedural changes in the White House. The New York Times was the first to report on Kushner's permanent clearance. The White House had blamed the delay on administrative backlogs that... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
She’s a Yale-educated attorney and a romance novelist who served a decade in the Georgia legislature. Now Stacey Abrams has gained a shot at becoming the first black woman elected governor in U.S. history. Abrams, 44, easily won the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary, and strong turnout among Democrats has fueled hopes she can take back the governor’s mansion in November in a state where Republicans hold every statewide office from U.S. senator to insurance commissioner. “We... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
When Ebola broke out in West Africa in 2014, no one was prepared. A potential vaccine had been in limbo since a previous outbreak a decade earlier. Governments dragged their feet while failing to recognize the risks the outbreak carried. Local health workers were quickly overwhelmed. And aid agencies were scrambling to catch up. By the time the epidemic was brought under control in 2016, more than 11,300 people had died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and the costs had risen to $4.3... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
President Donald Trump's top health official said Wednesday that the U.S. and global partners will “take the steps necessary” to try to contain a new Ebola outbreak, asserting that the fight against infectious diseases is one of the administration’s top priorities for the World Health Organization, the U.N. agency taking the lead.  Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar stopped short of predicting whether the outbreak in Congo that’s believed to have killed at least 27... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
President Donald Trump called Wednesday for a "radical change" to the structure of U.S. aid to countries deemed not sufficiently assisting the United States in keeping violent illegal immigrants from heading here. "We're going to work out something where every time someone comes from a certain country, we're going to deduct a rather large amount of money from what we give them in aid," promised Trump. "We may not just give them aid at all, because despite... (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Wednesday, May 23, 2018
In reaction to reports of the forced displacement of more than 100 Indigenous Yukpa People on 18 May due to an armed attack by a paramilitary group in Colombia, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said: (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
South Sudan peace talks hit a new roadblock Wednesday, as opposition groups rejected a proposed peace deal and the government said it only partially agreed with the proposal. The sides met in Addis Ababa this week in a renewed attempt to end South Sudan's civil war, which has driven more than four million people from their homes and left an estimated seven million in need of humanitarian aid. Opposition groups, including the SPLM-IO and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance, say the... (Full Story)
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