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Turkey's lira fell to a fresh record low on Monday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was pursuing the expulsion of ten foreign ambassadors. The lira, having already hit a record low the previous week after Turkey's central bank cut its key interest rate despite growing inflation, is in for more pain if Erdogan continues on this path, analysts warned. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, responsible for carrying out the order, has not yet commented on the matter. Erdogan's comments boosted fears of heightened tensions between the West and Turkey, hitting the already weak lira. "It goes without saying that the beleaguered Turkish Lira would fall under intense pressure, after setting various record lows over the past week," Teneo's Piccoli added.
Persons: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Erdogan, Osman, It's, Teneo, Wolfango Piccoli, Piccoli, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Timothy Ash, Erdogan — Organizations: Observers, Turkish, Bluebay Asset Management, NATO Locations: London, Osman Kavala, Turkey, West, Ankara, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Turkish
ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey stepped back on Monday from a threat to expel 10 Western ambassadors, averting a diplomatic storm that analysts and diplomats were warning would bring economic disaster upon Turkey and a lasting rupture in the NATO alliance. In what seemed to be a calculated move, the 10 embassies involved issued identical statements confirming their compliance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, statements which were then welcomed by Mr. Erdogan. In a televised address after a cabinet meeting, he cast the incident as an obligation to protect Turkish sovereignty. “Our will is never to cause a crisis, but to protect the rights and law, honor, interests and sovereign rights of our country. Thus, today the same ambassadors with a new statement turned back from their accusations to our judiciary and to our country,” he said, adding: “I believe from now on they will be more careful about their statements regarding sovereign rights.”
Persons: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Erdogan, Organizations: NATO, Vienna Convention, Diplomatic Locations: ISTANBUL, Turkey, Vienna
Opinion | Colin Powell and ‘Guernica’
  + stars: | 2021-10-23 | by ( Maureen Dowd | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +1 min
The Shakespearean tragedy of Powell is that he knew it was a rotten decision. And, unlike the draft dodgers in the Bush White House, he knew the real cost of war. And somehow, Powell naïvely thought that he and his pal George Tenet could scrub his speech of all the deceptions shoehorned in by Cheney’s co-conspirators. Diplomats referred to Iraq as “The House of Broken Toys.” But in the end, it was America that was broken. I was stunned when Mary McGrory, the liberal lioness of The Washington Post, wrote that Powell “persuaded me, and I was as tough as France to convince.” She explained that she was “clinging tightly to the toga of Colin Powell” because no one commanded such respect.
Persons: Powell, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney goad, Cheney, Powell naïvely, George Tenet, neocons, ” —, didn’t, Dick Rumsfeld’s, Mary McGrory, Powell “, , Colin Powell ” Organizations: dodgers, Bush, House, United Nations, Cheney’s, Saddam, Diplomats, Broken, Washington Locations: Afghanistan, Iraq, America, France
Israel also withdrew from UNESCO at the same time as the United States. UNESCO said in a statement that the return of the United States and Israel would be "good news" and sees "real hope" for their return but "the timing and modalities ... have yet to be defined." According to the Senate legislation, the United States would be required to withdraw from UNESCO if the Palestinians joined any more U.N. agencies. UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, who is set to be elected for a new term next month, travelled to the United States last month. Israel's foreign ministry declined to comment when asked about a potential return to UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Persons: Audrey Azoulay, Lady Cochrane, Mohamed Azakir, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Joe Biden's, Biden, Israel, Biden's, Jill, Patricia Zengerle, John Irish, Michelle Nichols, Grant McCool Organizations: UNESCO, Lady, REUTERS, United, Representatives, Cultural Organization, Diplomats, Thomson Locations: Beirut, Lebanon, Mohamed Azakir WASHINGTON, PARIS, United States, Israel, Paris, Palestine, Washington, U.S, Timbuktu
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a news conference ahead of a meeting of NATO defence ministers at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 20, 2021. Officials and diplomats say no such attack is imminent. Russia denies any war-like intentions and says it is NATO that risks destabilising Europe with such preparations. But U.S. officials, NATO diplomats and former officials say the "Concept for Deterrence and Defence in the Euro-Atlantic Area" - and its strategic implementation plan - is needed as Russia develops advanced weapon systems and deploys troops and equipment closer to allied borders. "The assumption up until now, has been that Russia is a nuisance, but it's not an imminent threat.
Persons: Jens Stoltenberg, Yves Herman, General Ben Hodges, Hodges, Jamie Shea, it's, Shea, Robin Emmott, Alison Williams Organizations: NATO, REUTERS, Defence, Russia, U.S, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Russia, BRUSSELS, Moscow, China, U.S, Ukraine, Crimea, Soviet, Belarus, Baltic, Europe, Britain, France, Turkey, Syria, United States
REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini/FilesThe historic 2015 Paris Club agreement with Havana forgave $8.5 billion of $11.1 billion in sovereign debt Cuba defaulted on in 1986, plus charges. The Cuban government and Paris Club had no comment on the matter. Over the last decade, Cuba also restructured debt with Russia, China, Germany, Mexico and Japanese commercial debt holders. Under the original Paris Club agreement, seen by Reuters, interest was forgiven through 2020, and after that was just 1.5% of the total debt still due. The Cuba group of the 22-member Paris Club comprises Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Persons: Alexandre Meneghini, , , seconding, Donald Trump, Joe Biden Organizations: Paris Club, REUTERS, Havana, Cuban, Reuters, International Monetary Fund, World Bank Locations: HAVANA, Cuba, Cuban, Havana, Republic of Cuba, Caribbean, Russia, China, Germany, Mexico, Paris, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
The historic 2015 Paris Club agreement with Havana forgave $8.5 billion of $11.1 billion in sovereign debt Cuba defaulted on in 1986, plus charges. The Cuban government and Paris Club had no comment on the matter. Over the last decade, Cuba also restructured debt with Russia, China, Germany, Mexico and Japanese commercial debt holders. Under the original Paris Club agreement, seen by Reuters, interest was forgiven through 2020, and after that was just 1.5% of the total debt still due. The Cuba group of the 22-member Paris Club comprises Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Persons: Alexandre Meneghini, seconding, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Marc Frank, Leigh Thomas, Dave Sherwood, Alistair Bell Organizations: REUTERS, Paris Club, Havana, Cuban, Reuters, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Thomson Locations: Cuban, Havana, Cuba, HAVANA, Republic of Cuba, Caribbean, Russia, China, Germany, Mexico, Paris, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a plenary session of the Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow, Russia October 13, 2021. He skipped the last in-person G20 summit held in Japan in 2019 before COVID-19 hit. Last week, after coughing repeatedly at a government meeting, Putin said he had caught a cold. He has followed some international events by video link but did not dial into a G20 meeting on Afghanistan organised by Italy earlier this month. It was not clear if he would take part in the G20 summit virtually if he does not come in person, officials said.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Sergei Ilnitsky, Fumio Kishida, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Putin, Kishida, Obrador, Marcelo Ebrard, Xi Jinping, Jair Bolsonaro, Joe Biden, Dmitry Peskov, COVID, Xi, Alok Sharma, Leika Kihara, Frank Jake Daniel, Brad Haynes, Kumar Manoj, Vladimir Soldatkin, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Russian Energy, European Union, RIA, Russia, United, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Rome, ROME, Italy, Russian, U.S, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Korea, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, COVID, Italian, China, Afghanistan, United Nations, Glasgow, Scotland, Paris, Tokyo, Mexico City, San Paolo, New Dehli
Kena Betancur/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoRIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Brazilian counterpart Carlos Franca to discuss "unprecedented" regional migration and ways to collaborate to slow the number of migrants heading north, the State Department said on Tuesday. Mexico is slated to impose visa requirements for Brazilian visitors, according to a document from Mexico's Interior Ministry. Mexico has not required visas for Brazilians since 2004, giving migrants an easier path to enter the country and proceed north. Reuters reported last week that Washington has, since July, asked Mexico to impose visa requirements on Brazilians. Last month, Reuters reported that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) had asked Brazil to receive some Haitian migrants camped along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Carlos Franca, Kena, Joe Biden, Franca, Ned Price, Blinken, Brazil's, Gabriel Stargardter, Peter Cooney Organizations: Brazilian Foreign, UN, Assembly, Brazilian, State Department, Interior Ministry, Reuters, U.S . Customs, Border Protection, International Organization for Migration, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, JANEIRO, Americas, Latin, Southern, Mexico, Washington, Brazil
Russia will suspend the activities of its mission to NATO starting next month in response to the alliance’s expulsion of eight Russians, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. Lavrov said staff at NATO’s military mission in Moscow would be stripped of their accreditation from Nov. 1, and that NATO could interact with Russia via its embassy in Brussels if needed, Russian news agencies reported. NATO this month expelled eight members of Russia’s mission to the alliance who it said were “undeclared Russian intelligence officers." The dispute marks the latest deterioration in East-West ties that are already at post-Cold War lows. Russia accuses NATO of provocative activity close to its borders, and recently staged major exercises of its own.
Persons: Sergei Lavrov, Lavrov Organizations: NATO, Russian Locations: Russia, Moscow, Brussels, East, Crimea, Ukraine
The girl died of malnutrition last month before the family was able to flee south, deeper into Ethiopia's Amhara region. Habtam is among an influx of thousands of Amhara families fleeing to the town of Dessie from fighting further north. On Monday, the TPLF said the Ethiopian military had launched an offensive to try to dislodge the Tigrayan fighters from Amhara, following a barrage of air strikes reported last week. Habtam said there was little food in the areas under Tigrayan control and that Tigrayan forces took scarce medicines from local pharmacies. When asked about the rape, Getachew of the TPLF said any reported incident would be investigated and that the actions of one man should not implicate Tigrayan forces in general.
Persons: Baz Ratner DESSIE, Habtam Akele, Saba, Habtam, Reda, Leul Mesfin, Maggie Fick, Katharine Houreld, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopian, of Humanitarian Affairs, Diplomats, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Bakar, Humera, Ethiopia, Amhara, Dessie, Tigray, Afar, Mersa, Nairobi
EU political director Enrique Mora, the chief coordinator for the talks, was in Tehran on Thursday to meet members of Iran's nuclear negotiating team, four months after discussions broke off between Iran and world powers. Western diplomats had hoped the Vienna talks might resume before the end of October. However, after Mora's visit, Iran's foreign ministry said it would hold talks in the coming days with the EU in Brussels. "They insisted that they don't want talks for talks, they want talking with practical results and with a final agreement on how to bring JCPOA back to life," the official said. President Joe Biden aims to restore the deal to restrain Iran's nuclear programme, but the sides have not agreed on which steps need to be taken and when.
Persons: Enrique Mora, Ebrahim Raisi, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Iran's, Phillip Blenkinsop, John Irish, Hugh Lawson Organizations: EU, Diplomats, Thomson Locations: BRUSSELS, Iran, Brussels, Tehran, United States, Vienna, France, Britain, Germany, China, Russia, States, Republic
Some 83 aid workers, a quarter of them employed by the WHO, were involved in sexual exploitation and abuse during the country's massive Ebola epidemic from 2018 to 2020, an independent commission said last month. Tedros said that the WHO had earmarked $7.6 million to imbed coordinators to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse in operations in 10 countries and would implement a long-term programme to spend double that annually, they said. Health officials in eastern Congo confirmed a second case of Ebola on Thursday in the latest flare-up of the deadly virus. read moreAmong the first members of a 15-person WHO surge team deployed to Beni is an expert in the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, a WHO statement said on Wednesday. The expert will brief WHO employees and partners on how to "prevent any inappropriate and abusive behaviour", it said.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Tedros, Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay, Nick Macfie Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, REUTERS, Democratic, Reuters, UN, UN's, Services, EU, European Union, Health, Hereward, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Congo, GENEVA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Western, EU, Beni, Hereward Holland, Kinshasa
REUTERS/Denis BalibouseSummary Major donors seek external oversight in sexual abuse scandalSay probe should establish management accountabilityWHO expected to present its action plan on Thursday - diplomatsWHO says consultations continue, will present its plan "shortly"GENEVA, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Major Western donors have pressed the World Health Organization to launch a deeper external probe demanding how a major sexual abuse scandal in the Democratic Republic of Congo involving its staff was allowed to happen, diplomats told Reuters. The probe should examine how WHO management reacted to growing allegations and aim to establish wider accountability, they said. The WHO said in an email reply that it has consulted staff, member states and others on its comprehensive plan to address the report's recommendations and prevention in its operations. "The consultations with member states continue this week. WHO will integrate their feedback into the plan; we aim to finalise it shortly and present it to member states," it said.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Denis Balibouse, Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Tedros, Stephanie Nebehay, Nick Macfie Organizations: WHO Academy, REUTERS, WHO, World Health Organization, Democratic, Reuters, Thomson Reuters Foundation, The, Children's Fund, UNICEF, Thomson Locations: Lyon, France, GENEVA, Democratic Republic of Congo, North Kivu, Ituri, United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, Western, Congo
Iranian flag flies in front of the UN office building, housing IAEA headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerPARIS, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The visit by the European Union coordinator to Iran comes at a critical time in efforts to revive nuclear talks with world powers and cannot be considered as "business as usual" given the worsening nuclear situation on the ground, E3 diplomats said. "The visit comes at an important time, as the Vienna talks on a full return to the JCPoA have now been suspended by Iran for almost four months," the diplomats from Britain, Germany and France said in a note on Wednesday, referring to Thursday's visit by EU coordinator Enrique Mora. "The situation in the nuclear field has been worsening and worsening continuously since then. For this reason, we do not see this visit as "business as usual", but rather as a crucial visit in the crisis."
Persons: Lisi Niesner PARIS, Enrique Mora, John Irish Organizations: UN, REUTERS, European Union, Thomson Locations: Vienna, Austria, European, Iran, Britain, Germany, France, EU
Police secure the entrance to the U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece October 5, 2019. A Biden administration official said Tsunis was well-qualified to lead the embassy in Greece, stressing his fluency in Greek and involvement in Greek American organizations. This is about something that is deeply rooted in him, that he knows inside and out, and that's the country of Greece, the U.S. relationship with Greece." If confirmed, Tsunis would be the first non-career appointee to serve as ambassador to Greece in nearly 30 years. "Well, I would suspect he knows more about Greece than he did about Norway," he said.
Persons: Alkis Konstantinidis, George Tsunis, Tsunis, Biden, Anderson Cooper, Jon Stewart, Chas Freeman, Richard Nixon, Bob Sherman, Obama, Sherman, Freeman, Richard Boucher, Boucher, Al Franken, Arshad Mohammed, Gabriella Borter, Jonathan Landay, Simon Lewis, Andrea Shalal, Mary Milliken, Dan Grebler Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Republicans, Progress Party, Hotels, Battery, Battery Park City Authority, Hellenic, Foreign Relations Committee, State Department, Reuters, European Union, U.S . Senate, Former U.S, Thomson Locations: Athens, Greece, Former U.S, Norway, United States, U.S, Norwegian, Saudi Arabia, China, Battery Park, Portugal, Oslo, Turkey, Balkans, Israel, Cyprus, Hong Kong, America, Al Franken of Minnesota, Washington, Wilmington
Accra, Ghana (CNN) A safe house was the only place Joe felt protected enough to meet. For years, Ghanaian LGBTQ activists felt they had made progress. LGBTQ activists say what happened to Joe is part of a pattern of abuse seen in Ghana over several years. The conference was hosted by the World Congress of Families, which Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ+ rights group, calls "one of the most influential American organizations involved in the export of hate." Prince Dogbatse told CNN that: "No such reports have come to the attention of the Command," but that they would investigate the matter.
Persons: Joe, meekly, Ghanaians, Alex Kofi Donkor, Bill, Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, Bedzrah, Danny Bediako, Bediako, Brian Brown, Brown, Neil Datta, Datta, Philip Naameh, Nana Akufo, Biden, Amavor, Prince Dogbatse, Eddy Oppong, hadn't Organizations: CNN, Rights Watch, Diplomats, National Coalition, Rights Ghana, Rights, Accra's, Star, World Congress, Families, Congress of Families, National Organization for Marriage, Republican Party, European Parliamentary, WCF's, Roman Catholic, Christian, Islamic, Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, European Union, State Department, Department, Key Watch Ghana, Command, Ghanaian Locations: Accra, Ghana, Ghanaian, shivering, Africa, Australia, Ghanaians, Western, Soviet Union, Hungary, Croatia, Tbilisi , Georgia, Verona, Italy, Europe, Eastern Europe, WCF's Accra, Washington, Islamic State, Volta
Members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) prepare to head to mission in Sanja, Amhara region, near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriNAIROBI, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Airstrikes against Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia's northern region of Amhara have intensified, a spokesman for the Tigrayan forces said on Friday, which he said could presage a ground push against the Tigrayan forces by the Ethiopian military and its allies. The Ethiopian military and its allies have been fighting forces from the northern region of Tigray for 11 months. Tigrayan forces pushed into Amhara region, whose forces have been fighting alongside the government, in July. A diplomatic source confirmed to Reuters that there had been airstrikes near Wurgessa.
Persons: Wegel, Africa's, Gizachew Muluneh, Katharine Houreld, Frances Kerry Organizations: Ethiopian National Defense Force, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, United Nations, Diplomats, Thomson Locations: Sanja, Amhara, Tigray, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri NAIROBI, Ethiopia's, Wurgessa, Afar
Russian and U.S. state flags fly near a factory in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Anton VaganovMOSCOW, Oct 6 (Reuters) - A Congressional proposal to expel 300 Russian diplomats from the United States would lead to the closure of U.S. diplomatic facilities in Russia if implemented, Russia's foreign ministry has said. U.S. Democratic and Republican senators urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to expel Russian diplomats if Moscow did not issue more visas for Americans to represent Washington in Russia. read more"Those proposing such steps are apparently pushing for the closure of U.S. foreign institutions in Russia," Russia's foreign ministry said, the Interfax news agency reported. It said that Moscow did not have that number of diplomats in Washington and that the proposal appeared to include diplomatic staff at Russia's mission at the United Nations.
Persons: Anton Vaganov MOSCOW, Joe Biden, Tom Balmforth, Andrew Osborn Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Democratic, United Nations, State Department, Thomson Locations: U.S, Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia, United States, Moscow, Washington
CHALLENGE TO STATUS QUOFor David Boyd, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, the U.N. proposal, which was first conceived of in the 1990s, is long overdue. "The evidence is overwhelming that these environmental challenges are directly affecting people's enjoyment of fundamental human rights," he said. Aspects of the historic 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights later became law via an international treaty. Globally, the number of climate-related litigation cases has soared in the past few years and more are invoking human rights to support their arguments. Top U.N. rights official Michelle Bachelet opened the Council's session in September by calling environmental threats "the single greatest challenge to human rights of our era".
Persons: Marc Limon, Sebastien Duyck, Yasmine Ahmed, Boris, Johnson, Joe Biden administration's, David Boyd, U.N, Remo Klinger, Dennis van Berkel, Michelle Bachelet, Kate Abnett, Valerie Volcovici, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay, Lisa Shumaker Organizations: REUTERS, United, Diplomats, Rights, World Health Organization, Universal Rights Group, Observers, Center for International Environmental, Human Rights, Urgenda, European Union, Thomson Locations: Mentaro, Muaro Jambi, Indonesian, Sumatra, U.S, Brazil, Russia, GENEVA, Britain, United States, United Nations, Glasgow, Geneva, Costa Rica, Maldives, Switzerland, Washington, Tunisia, Germany, Brussels
Russian and U.S. state flags fly near a factory in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Anton VaganovWASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic and Republican senators urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to expel 300 Russian diplomats from the United States if Moscow does not issue more visas for Americans to represent Washington in Russia. read moreThat meant there are only about 100 U.S. diplomats in Russia, compared with 400 Russian diplomats across the United States, the senators said. Accordingly, Russia must issue enough visas to approach parity between the number of American diplomats serving in Russia and the number of Russian diplomats serving in the United States," the senators wrote in a letter to Biden. If Moscow does not do so, they said Biden should begin expelling as many as 300 Russian diplomats.
Persons: Anton Vaganov WASHINGTON, Joe Biden, Bob Menendez, Mark Warner, Jim Risch, Marco Rubio, Biden, Patricia Zengerle, Marguerita Choy Organizations: REUTERS, . Democratic, U.S, State Department, House and State Department, Thomson Locations: U.S, Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia, United States, Moscow, Washington
Hill says Grenell, then Trump's ambassador to Germany, threatened to fire her via Don Jr.A call to Don Jr. would have Hill and a colleague "sacked by tweet," she writes. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyFormer President Donald Trump's ambassador to Germany threatened to call his son to have Fiona Hill "sacked by tweet," Hill writes in her new book. "He went on to accuse my office of leaking information to the press," Hill writes. "Then he threatened to call Donald Trump Jr., a close friend of his, to have me and a colleague 'sacked by tweet.'" After serving as the US ambassador in Germany, Grenell became Trump's acting director of national intelligence.
Persons: Richard Grenell, Fiona Hill, Hill, Grenell, Don Jr, Donald Trump's, Donald Trump Jr, Trump, Gordon Sondland —, Trump's, , Sondland, wasn't, MAGA, Breitbart Organizations: Service, National Security Council, European Union, State Department, Trump, Diplomats Locations: Germany, Europe, Russia, Brussels, Berlin, Iran
Western diplomats voiced concern at the WHO "management failure" during the sexual violence in Congo. He again pledged "zero tolerance" for sexual exploitation and apologised to the victims but declined to say whether he was considering resigning. This happens every time in every kind of deployment to the Congo, people are getting away with sexual exploitation and abuse." Activists said that sexual abuse and harassment were common in Congo and called for reforms. There have been many incidents of alleged sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers in several missions in Africa in the past decade.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Denis Balibouse, Tedros, Tedros Adhanom, Tedros ’, Okello, Jean, Jacques Mbungani Mbanda, They've, it's, Mobert, Maggie Fick, Elias Biryabarema, John Irish, Stephanie Nebehay, Nick Macfie Organizations: WHO Academy, REUTERS, WHO, Congo Diplomats, World Health Organization, U.S, Democratic, Thomson Reuters Foundation, The, United, Reuters, Tedros, UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, UN, Amnesty, John, Thomson Locations: Lyon, France, Congo, GENEVA, Democratic Republic of Congo, United States, Germany, Ethiopia, Tigray, Europe, Western, Uganda, Africa, DRC, DR Congo, Nairobi, Kampala, Paris
The donors fund WHO's operations worldwide, from fighting the COVID-19 pandemic to routine programmes against chronic diseases such as diabetes and malnutrition. Tedros, who visited Congo 14 times during the Ebola epidemic, told a news conference on Tuesday that no one had raised the allegations. Middle managers were criticised but the top echelon including Tedros has emerged without being accused or directly linked, they added. Activists said that sexual abuse and harassment were common in Congo and called for reforms. There have been many incidents of alleged sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers in several missions in Africa in the past decade.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Denis Balibouse, Tedros, Tedros Adhanom, Tedros ’, Okello, Jean, Jacques Mbungani Mbanda, They've, it's, Mobert, Maggie Fick, Elias Biryabarema, John Irish, Stephanie Nebehay, Nick Macfie, Alison Williams Organizations: WHO Academy, REUTERS, Congo Diplomats, World Health Organization, U.S, Democratic, WHO, Thomson Reuters Foundation, The, United Nations, European Union, Reuters, United, Tedros, Children's Fund, UNICEF, Amnesty International, John, Thomson Locations: Lyon, France, Congo, GENEVA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Geneva, Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Germany, United States, Ethiopia, Tigray, Western, Kenya, Uganda, Africa, DRC, Nairobi, Kampala, Paris
"They killed him as he is the leader and all Rohingya abide by him," Habib Ullah said in the video. Before opening fire, "they said he cannot be a leader of Rohingya and there cannot be any leaders for Rohingya,” he said. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain/File Photo Read MoreA close associate of the slain leader told Reuters in a message he feared for his life. Rafiqul Islam, the police official, said Mohib Ullah had not filed complaints about the threats or sought police protection. Diplomats and U.N officials, she said, "elevated Mohib Ullah as a moderate Rohingya leader and when he was receiving death threats no one was there to offer him protection."
Persons: Mohib Ullah, Habib Ullah, Rohingya, , Gunmen, Islam, Saad Hammadi, Mohammad Ponir Hossain, ARSA, Ullah, couldn't, Mohib, Eva Buzo, Donald Trump, Poppy McPherson, Ruma Paul, Nick Macfie, Jon Boyle Organizations: Reuters, Salvation Army, Rohingya, Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace, Human, ARSA, Amnesty, United Nations, REUTERS, White, Human Rights, UNHCR, Diplomats, U.N, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cox's Bazar, Arakan, South Asia, Kutupalong, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, Myanmar's, Rakhine, Australian
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