Day: December 25, 2020

Women rights activist gunned down in Afghanistan

December 25, 2020

A prominent female rights activist was gunned down in Afghanistan on Thursday as a string of such attacks continue to cause panic in the war-ravaged country.   The country’s Interior Ministry confirmed Fareshta Kohistani was targeted in the Kohistan district of Kapisa province by unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle.   District Governor Hamza Khan told […]

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Azerbaijan draws attention of UNESCO on destroyed sites

December 25, 2020

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has criticized UNESCO for turning a blind eye toward the destruction of religious and historical structures belonging to Azerbaijani people by Armenia.   He visited on Wednesday districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh — an area recently liberated by the Azerbaijani army from the nearly three-decade occupation of Armenian forces — along with first […]

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US to establish consulate in Western Sahara, Morocco

December 25, 2020

The US announced Thursday that Washington is taking steps towards establishing a consulate in Western Sahara — a large territory in southern Morocco.   “Pleased to announce the beginning of the process to establish a U.S. consulate in Western Sahara, and the inauguration of a virtual presence post effective immediately!” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo […]

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Pakistan court orders release of accused in Pearl case

December 25, 2020

A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the “immediate” release of the four men, earlier convicted but later acquitted in the murder case of American journalist Daniel Pearl, the court record said.   All four men, including the prime suspect UK-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, were acquitted by the Sindh High Court (SHC) in April this […]

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Morocco: Ruling party okays Israel normalization deal

December 25, 2020

Morocco’s ruling Justice and Development Party declared Thursday support to Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani over the normalization agreement with Israel.   The Justice and Development Party released a statement on the issue for the first time since US President Donald Trump announced on Dec.10 that Israel and Morocco “have agreed to full diplomatic relations”. […]

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UPDATE – Turkey: 22 irregular migrants held

December 25, 2020

A total of 22 irregular migrants were held in Turkey’s eastern province of Kars and Mediterranean city of Mersin on Thursday.   Turkish gendarmerie teams stopped a passenger bus en route to Istanbul from the eastern Igdir province close to the Karahamza village of Kars.   During an identity check, Turkish forces held five Afghan […]

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UPDATE – Chinese vaccines to be sent to Turkey on Sunday

December 25, 2020

Chinese authorities have approved delivery to Turkey of COVID-19 vaccines set to be sent this coming Sunday, according to Turkey’s health minister.   Speaking after Thursday’s meeting of the country’s Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Committee, Fahrettin Koca said the Chinese vaccine boasts an effectiveness of 91.25%.   “With the evaluations of the Scientific Committee, we are […]

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Uganda’s rights lawyer charged with money-laundering

December 25, 2020

A leading human rights lawyer and founder of a rights organization in Uganda was denied bail and charged in a money-laundering case on Thursday.   Nicholas Opiyo, the founder of Chapter Four Uganda, a civil liberties watchdog, is known for defending leaders and supporters of opposition parties allegedly detained on politically-motivated charges.   He was […]

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