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Jeremy Hunt Announces £15m for Ethiopian Elections

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced £15.5m of UK aid money would be given to help Ethiopia run transparent, free and fair elections at the opening ceremony of the 26th celebration of World Press Freedom Day. During his speech, he also announced a new Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship programme, providing opportunities to 60 African … Read more →

The UN urges China to improve its human rights record

The UN has been in serious talks with China at the Belt and Road Forum, an international conference that saw 37 world leaders converge on the Chinese capital of Bejing. Despite China’s efforts at collaboration, leaders from the UK, France, Germany, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada chose to not attend the talks. … Read more →

Lyra McKee’s Funeral Brings Unity to a Divided Nation

The funeral of the murdered journalist Lyra McKee – the first journalist to be shot and killed in the UK in 20 years – took place in Belfast on 24 April. It was attended by political leaders from Belfast, Dublin and London including Theresa May, the President of Ireland, the taoiseach (Irish prime minister) and … Read more →

Over 1,000 climate activists arrested in central London

On 15 April, the Extinction Rebellion group began a protest against climate change in London which is now entering its second week. Since the start of the protest, more than 1,000 people have been arrested and over 50 have been charged, in what organisers have described as the biggest civil disobedience event in recent British … Read more →

New Zealand nurse abducted by Islamic State in 2013 may be alive says Red Cross

An International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) statement on the whereabouts of the New Zealand nurse, Louisa Akavi, 62, indicated that “Our latest credible information indicates that Louisa was alive in late 2018” after her abduction five years ago. Akavi was with two Syrian drivers, Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes, from the ICRC delivering … Read more →

Protests turn deadly on fourth day of uprising in Sudan

Even with the international community calling for the Sudan government to refrain from hostilities, the fourth day of the protests in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, according to anti-government groups, stated that Tuesday’s protests were the most extreme. Pro-demonstration groups described how security forces from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and Islamist militias violently … Read more →

UN calls for truce with thousands of refugees caught in the fighting in Libya

Since Thursday General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) forces have marched to attack Tripoli. With fighting raging on the outskirts of the city with thousands of refugees caught in between the crossfire. A UN report, on Sunday, called for a two-hour truce between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Wadi Al-Rabeea, Al-Kayikh, Qasr bin … Read more →

United Nations condemns Brunei for calling out the death sentence for gay sex

The UN condemned Brunei this week for the legislation of the punishment of whipping for theft and stoning to death for the acts of sodomy, adultery, and rape. The kingdom, with a Muslim-majority population of around 400,000, first adopted these elements of Islamic law in 2014, and they have been rolled out in phases since then. However, homosexuality has … Read more →

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