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Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends Invest Myanmar in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, January 28, 2019. Suu Kyi, 75, is due to face trial on Monday on charges of breaching coronavirus regulations while campaigning for the election she won last November and also for possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies. Her legal team have denied any wrong doing by Suu Kyi and her chief lawyer Khin Maung Zaw called the most recent corruption charges "absurd". Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director, Human Rights Watch, said in a statement the charges Suu Kyi faced "are bogus, and politically motivated" and "should be dropped, resulting in her immediate and unconditional release." The junta has branded a rival National Unity Government set up by supporters of Suu Kyi as a terrorist group and blamed it for bombings, arson and killings.
Persons: Suu, Ann Wang, Myanmar’s, Aung San Suu Kyi, Suu Kyi, Nobel, Khin Maung Zaw, Phil Robertson, Suu Kyi's, Che Guevara, Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet Organizations: Invest Myanmar, REUTERS, Human Rights, Asia, Assistance Association for Political, United Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, Myanmar's, National Unity Government, Reuters, Karen National Defence Organisation, Thomson Locations: Myanmar's, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Yangon, American
Kim Jong-un Calls K-Pop a ‘Vicious Cancer’ in the New Culture War
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( Choe Sang-Hun | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
SEOUL — Kim Jong-un called it a “vicious cancer” corrupting young North Koreans’ “attire, hairstyles, speeches, behaviors.” His state media has warned that if left unchecked, it would make North Korea “crumble like a damp wall.”After winning fans around the world, South Korean pop culture has entered the final frontier: North Korea, where its growing influence has prompted the leader of the totalitarian state to declare a new culture war to stop it. But even a dictator may have trouble holding back the tide. In recent months, hardly a day has gone by without Mr. Kim or state media railing against “anti-socialist and nonsocialist” influences spreading in his country, especially South Korean movies, K-dramas and K-pop videos. As part of a panicked attempt to reassert control, Mr. Kim has ordered his government to stamp out the cultural invasion. It comes at a time when the North’s economy is floundering and its diplomacy with the West has stalled, perhaps leaving the country’s youth more receptive to outside influence and challenging Mr. Kim’s firm grip on North Korean society.
Persons: Kim Jong, Kim Organizations: Koreans Locations: SEOUL, North Korea, South
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called K-Pop a "vicious cancer" that we wants stamped out. He has been waging war against other cultures' influence, painting it as a threat to North Korea. State media said K-Pop and its catchy tunes could make North Korea "crumble like a damp wall." North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called K-Pop a "vicious cancer" and painted it as a threat to his country. The Times reported that state media said it could make North Korea "crumble like a damp wall."
Persons: Kim Jong, Kim Organizations: New York Times, The Times, Times Locations: North Korea, State, South Korea, North Koreans, Korea
UN rights commissioner warns of escalating violence in Myanmar
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseThe United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday of that violence in Myanmar is intensifying and condemned the army's "outrageous" use of heavy weapons, while urging a wider diplomatic effort to pressure the ruling generals. Michelle Bachelet said the junta had shown no willingness to implement a five-point consensus it agreed with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in April to halt violence and start dialogue with its opponents. "There appear to be no efforts towards de-escalation but rather a build-up of troops in key areas, contrary to the commitments the military made to ASEAN to cease the violence," Bachelet said in a statement. The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper gave a breakdown on Friday of offences committed since the military took power.
Persons: Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Denis Balibouse, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, Aung, Min Aung Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, REUTERS, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, United, People's Defence Forces, Association for Political, Myanmar, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Myanmar, Kayah State, China, Japan, United Nations
The White House has said it wants to build a more inclusive economy with the G7. Specific policies at the 2021 summit include the global minimum tax, which would discourage a "race to the bottom" by multinational companies. Instead of fleeing one country for another with more favorable tax rates, those companies would find a minimum tax wherever they go. Notably, proposals like the global minimum tax work in tandem with domestic proposals at home to increase the US corporate tax rate to offset massive expenditures in things like childcare and education. But, while Biden has vociferously called for more inclusive economic policy, especially with regard to taxes, political realities may imperil the concept of an inclusive economy.
Persons: toasting marshmallows, Joe Biden, Insider's Thomas Colson, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Insider's Ben Winck, Biden, it's Organizations: EU, Canadian, International Monetary Fund, UN, IMF, White, US, GOP Locations: toasting, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, South Korea
Now hunger is stalking the Tigray region again, and a senior UN official alleges that starvation is being used as a weapon of war. In some of his strongest public comments to date on the crisis, the UN's top humanitarian official, Mark Lowcock, accused Eritrean forces of "trying to deal with the Tigrayan population by starving them." Minister of Information Yemane Gebremeskel has previously said accusations that Eritrean soldiers are blocking or looting aid are "fabricated." Some residents accused Amhara forces of stealing their crops and livestock, or chasing them off their farms. Continuing harassment from Eritrean forces meant that no one was plowing the land for the next crop, farmers told aid workers.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy, Mark Lowcock, Lowcock, Gebremeskel, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Mitiku Kassa, Muluneh, Adan Muez, Tadesse Aregawi, Adan, Tadesse, Tsasie, Adigrat, OCHA, Eritreans, Abera, Gebrehiwot, Abebe, Mizan Berhanu, Fano, Katharine Houreld, Giulia Paravicini, Dawit Endeshaw, Silvia Aloisi, Alexandra Zavis, Janet McBride Organizations: REUTERS, UN, United Nations, Reuters, Ethiopian, Risk Management Commission, Hospital, UNICEF, Sans, MSF, Food, Relief Society of Tigray, U.S . Agency for International Development, The U.S . Embassy, Eritrean Defense Forces, EDF, Eritrean, Amhara, Billene, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Amhara, Adigrat, Eritrean, Mekelle, That's, Hunger, Kola Tembien district, The U.S, Axum, Adwa, Ziban, Fano, Addis Ababa
It's one of three in the US and it's considered to be the greatest volcano threat in the country. If Yellowstone's volcano erupted, it would be catastrophic. Each year, it produces enough heat to power six industrial power plants. They'd pump cold water down into the wells, which over time, would cool a ring of rock around the magma chamber. Even worse, cooling the rock could create fractures near the magma chamber, which might trigger a supereruption, the very thing we're trying to avoid in the first place.
Persons: it's, we've, That's Organizations: UN, NASA JPL Locations: Rhode Island, Yellowstone
As part of the agreement, Biden and Johnson will also work to reopen travel between the U.S. and U.K. as soon as possible. U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed the updated Atlantic Charter agreement aboard Air Force One while en route to the U.K. Wednesday for Biden's first trip abroad as president. “There'll be a refresher of the Atlantic Charter, which is now 80 years old,” Sullivan told reporters. And while the Atlantic Charter represents the latest chapter in the "special relationship" between Washington and London, the British government said this week that Johnson doesn't like that term. An aide told The Atlantic in a profile about Johnson that the prime minister thought the phrase appeared needy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Biden, Johnson, Jake Sullivan, Biden's, , ” Sullivan, Franklin D, Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, ” Biden, Brexit, , Irish Republic —, Sullivan Organizations: WASHINGTON, British, Charter, Downing, U.S, Air Force, Atlantic Charter, UN, NATO, European Union, Irish Republic Locations: United Kingdom, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England, Northern Ireland, United States, Washington, London
The G-7 summit: Here's a quick guide to everything you need to know
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Holly Ellyatt | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
It's the first in-person G-7 summit in almost two years. The Cornish Arms public house decorated with the flags of the G-7 countries near the venue for the upcoming Group of Seven leaders summit. Whole streets in Carbis Bay and nearby St. Ives have seen security fencing erected and an influx of police and for the event, with more than 5,500 police officers deployed to Carbis Bay and St. Ives. Police officers patrol on the beach in front of the Carbis Bay Hotel, host venue for the G7 Summit conferences, on June 03, 2021 in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. At the 2021 G-7 summit, the U.K. hopes to unite the group under the "build back better" slogan following the destruction of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Persons: St Ives, Matt Cardy, Joe Biden, Jill Biden, BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI, Ives, they've, It's, Hugh Hastings, pandemics, Vladimir Putin, Boris Johnson, Stefan Rousseau Organizations: Getty, CNBC, Cornish Arms, of Seven, Bloomberg, U.S, EU, European Commission, European Council, Air Force, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, AFP, Search, Cornwall . Police, coronavirus, NATO, . Air Force, UN Security, Foreign, Commonwealth, Development Office Locations: St, St Ives, Cornwall, England, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, India, South Korea, Carbis Bay, Tregenna, Russia, China, Brussels, EU, Geneva, Royal Air Force Mildenhall , Suffolk, Crimea, London, Glasgow
'There is famine in Ethiopia right now,' says UN aid chief
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Eleanor Pickston | Nima Elbagir | ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
(CNN) Over 350,000 people in Ethiopia's conflict-ravaged Tigray region are experiencing dire hunger, finds a new report by the United Nations and other aid groups. "There is famine in Ethiopia right now," United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned on Thursday. According to the global Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) system, which evaluates food insecurity and malnutrition around the world, substantial parts of the Tigray region are currently in an "IPC 5 Catastrophe" status -- its most severe rating. The situation is expected to worsen through September, the report also says. USAID distributes supplies to residents in the town of Hawzen, in central Tigray, who hadn't received much-needed aid for two months.
Persons: Mark Lowcock, hadn't Organizations: CNN, United Nations, Food, USAID Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Amhara, Afar, Hawzen
Japan, Australia raise concerns about reported abuses in China
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (R) and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi remove their protective masks as they attend a video conference with Australian Foreign Minister and Minister for Women Marise Payne and Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton (not in picture), at Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, Japan June 9, 2021. "We share serious concerns about reported human rights abuses against Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang," Japan and Australia said in a joint statement after a meeting of the defence and foreign ministers of both countries. "We call on China to grant urgent, meaningful and unfetteredaccess to Xinjiang for independent international observers, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights." Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi met their Australian counterparts, Marise Payne and Peter Dutton, via video conferencing. In Beijing, the foreign ministry said it strongly objected to the two nations playing up the "China threat" and smearing the country maliciously.
Persons: Toshimitsu Motegi, Nobuo Kishi, Women Marise Payne, Peter Dutton, Eugene Hoshiko, Marise Payne, Wang Wenbin, Hong Organizations: Australian Foreign Minister, Women, Australian Defense, Foreign Ministry, REUTERS, UN, Human Rights, Australian, East China, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, REUTERS Japan, Australia, China's, Xinjiang, Beijing, United States, Britain, Canada, China, East, Taiwan Strait, Myanmar
Throw in accidents, cyberattacks, extreme weather and the huge disruption caused by the desperate hunt for cleaner sources of energy, and you have a perfect storm. Rising costs have pushed producer price inflation in China to its highest level in nearly 13 years. The rising costs of resin and pulp, for example, are promptingandto increase the prices of household staples such as tampons, diapers and toilet paper. Logistics and labor costs climbCommodities are not the only factor driving prices higher, however. For example, workers might demand higher wages, forcing companies to increase the price of their goods and placing additional upward pressure on salaries.
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Iran prepared to ramp up oil output quickly if U.S. sanctions eased - SHANA
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
"If sanctions are lifted, most of the country's crude production will be restored within a month," Farokh Alikhani, production manager of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), told the oil ministry's SHANA website. "Careful planning has been done to restore oil output to pre-sanctions levels in intervals of one week, one month and three months." Tehran's oil exports increased to 2 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2016 and reached a peak of 2.8 million bpd before sanctions were re-imposed in 2018 by Trump. read moreAlikhani said Iran hoped to further raise its output "to more than 4 million bpd in the next step". "The average daily oil production of Iran after the implementation of the 2015 deal was 3.38 million bpd and we plan to return to that level if the sanctions are lifted," said Alikhani.
Persons: Lisi Niesner, Donald Trump, SHANA, Washington, Alikhani Organizations: UN, REUTERS, National Iranian Oil Company, Trump, Thomson Locations: Vienna, Austria, Iran, Tehran, U.S, Islamic Republic, Trump . Iran
U.S. President Joe Biden waves as he and First Lady Jill Biden walk on the ellipse to board Marine One on June 09, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Joe Biden and the First Lady are traveling to the United Kingdom for the G7 Summit and will later travel to Belgium and Switzerland, as part of an eight day trip through Europe. LONDON — The U.S. and U.K. have pledged to agree on a new "Atlantic Charter" to cement trade, travel and tech ties between the two nations. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Joe Biden will meet Thursday ahead of the Group of Seven (G-7) summit that begins Friday in Cornwall, in southwest England. The original Atlantic Charter included agreements to promote democracy and free trade.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Boris Johnson, Winston Churchill, Franklin D, Roosevelt, cyberattacks, Johnson, Biden Organizations: LONDON, Atlantic Charter, UN, NATO, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, The U.S, Reuters, EU, White, country's Transport Department Locations: Washington , DC, United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, Europe, U.S, Cornwall, England, American, India, The, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, country's
Former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic arrives for his appeal hearing at the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, Netherlands August 25, 2020. UN-IRMCT/Leslie Hondebrink-Hermer/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoAppeals judges will hand down a verdict against former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic on Tuesday, ending the last Bosnian genocide trial before the U.N. court for the former Yugoslavia. Mladic, 78, led Bosnian Serb forces during the 1992-95 Bosnian War. The verdict comes after 25 years of trials at the ad hoc United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia which convicted 90 people. It is widely considered to be one of the predecessors of the International Criminal Court, the world's first permanent war crimes court, also seated in The Hague.
Persons: Ratko Mladic, Leslie Hondebrink, Mladic, U.N, Serge Brammertz Organizations: Bosnian Serb, UN, REUTERS, United Nations, Criminal Court, Thomson Locations: The Hague, Netherlands, Handout, Bosnian, Yugoslavia, Sarajevo, Srebrenica, Bosnia
Navalny's daughter says Kremlin can't silence its critics
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( Emma Farge | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his daughter Daria meet with journalists outside a polling station during the Moscow city parliament election in Moscow, Russia September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/File PhotoThe daughter of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Tuesday that the Russian authorities' efforts to silence critics like her father would not work, though she also expressed concern about "the fast downfall of democracy in my country". Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's leading critics, says the charges against him were trumped up to thwart his opposition to the Kremlin, something it denies. read more"Most of them (the political prisoners) are in a much worse situation compared to me because they're not as well-known or famous. But they should know that they are not alone or forgotten about," said Navalnaya, quoting her father.
Persons: Alexei Navalny, Daria, Tatyana Makeyeva, Daria Navalnaya, Vladimir Putin's, Navalnaya, Navalny, Putin, Alexander Lukashenko, they're Organizations: REUTERS, Netflix, Kremlin, UN Watch, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, United States, Russian, Germany, Geneva, Belarus
UN judges on Tuesday upheld the convictions of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic. Mladic was previously convicted of crimes that include genocide for his actions in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. UN appeals judges on Tuesday upheld the convictions of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic for genocide and other offenses during Bosnia's 1992-95 war and confirmed his life sentence. The ruling means the 79-year-old former general who terrorized Bosnia throughout the war will spend the rest of his life in prison. "I cannot accept any verdict," Serb war veteran Milije Radovic from the eastern Bosnian town of Foca told The Associated Press.
Persons: Ratko Mladic, Mladic, Prisca Matimba, Radovan Karadzic, Milije Radovic, Karadzic, Anders Breivik, Dusan Stojanovic, Aleksandar Furtula Organizations: Bosnian Serb, Bosnian, Associated Press, UN, ___ Associated Locations: Bosnian, Bosnia, Zambia, Sarajevo, Srebrenica, Balkans, Foca, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Christchurch , New Zealand, Norwegian, Norway, Belgrade, The Hague
L’enseignant est passé à la télévision, lançant l’alerte depuis l’intérieur de ce qu’il qualifiait de “ville perdue” de la République française. “Ils ont gagné.”Le maire, fervent défenseur de la République, n’a pas reconnu sa ville dans la description qu’en faisait l’enseignant à la télévision. Cet hiver, le conflit opposant le maire Ali Rabeh, 36 ans, et le professeur Didier Lemaire, 55 ans, s’est transformé en tempête médiatique de plusieurs semaines. Une question simple et explosive, au cœur des guerres culturelles qui secouent la France d’aujourd’hui, sous-tendait le tumulte et les accusations: l’islam est-il compatible avec les principes de la République française ? Mais avec 70 de ses jeunes partis pour la Syrie et l’Irak, c’est aussi la ville de France avec le taux le plus élevé de départs pour le jihad.
Iran says nuclear talks policy won't change after presidential vote
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerIran's policy in talks with world powers to revive the 2015 nuclear accord will remain unchanged after a June 18 presidential election because the issue is decided by its highest leadership, a government spokesman said on Tuesday. Rabiei said Iran's nuclear policy, set by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is not linked to internal developments and that the new government would maintain the same policies as those followed in the Vienna talks which began in April. "As long as all parties to the nuclear accord abide by their commitments, they can be sure that Iran will not abandon its obligations," Rabiei said. Former U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, prompting Iran to steadily overstep the accord's limits on its nuclear programme. He accused instead the government of outgoing pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani of wasting time by "constantly waiting on a few other countries, one time Trump was the excuse, another time the nuclear deal".
Persons: Lisi Niesner, Ali Rabiei, Rabiei, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Donald Trump, Abdolnaser Hemmati, Saeed Jalili, Hassan Rouhani, Trump, Ebrahim Raisi Organizations: UN, REUTERS, Former U.S, Thomson Locations: Vienna, Austria, Iran
North Korea's Kim Jong Un appears to have lost weight, according to an NK News analysis and experts. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have lost some weight after years of rather substantial weight gain, according to North Korea watchers and an NK News analysis of state media. "You have to use all available resources," Su Mi Terry, a North Korea expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Insider. "Succession is very unclear if something were to happen to Kim Jong Un," Terry told Insider. For North Korea, she said, "Kim Jong Un's health is the biggest wild card."
Persons: Kim Jong, Kim, Colin Zwirko, Su Mi Terry, Michael Brodka, Terry Organizations: NK, Korea's National Intelligence Service, North Korean, REUTERS, North, Twitter, NK News, IWC Schaffhausen, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Workers ' Party Locations: South, Korea, Pyongyang, North Korea, South Korea
CNN has repeatedly reached out to Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia for comment on the extraditions and has not received a response. In Saudi Arabia between 2018 and 2020, at least one Uyghur Muslim was allegedly detained and deported after performing the Umrah pilgrimage in Islam's holiest cities. In a 2019 open letter, more than a dozen Muslim-majority countries — including the UAE, Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia — publicly endorsed China's policies in Xinjiang. The pandemic prompted Saudi Arabia to close its airports just as Hamdullah was performing his pilgrimage, leaving him stranded in Saudi Arabia. But in recent years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- who once championed Uyghur rights — has toned down his criticism of China's Xinjiang policy, in an apparent bid to boost relations with Beijing.
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North Korea has been cracking down on foreign influence and anti-socialist behavior. North Korean laws are strict and violations come with harsh punishments, but enforcement can be unpredictable. North Korea is clamping down on foreign influence in a big way, and the question is why now. As North Korea isolated itself from the world, the country has seen tougher enforcement of laws against illicit activities, attire, and materials. She explained that Kim Jong Un is "trying to regain control over the people" and "where they're getting their information."
Persons: Kim Jong, Peter Ward, Kim Jong Un, Jenny Town, Choi Jong, Donald Trump, Moon Jae, Kim, Jean Lee, we're, Lee, Lee Sang Yong Organizations: Daily NK, South Korean, North Korean, Youth League, North, NK News, Worker's Party, Getty, US, Stimson Center, BBC, South, Trump, Wilson Center Locations: Korea, North Korea, North, fixate, South Korea, China, North Korean, U.S, Panmunjom, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korean, Pyongyang, South
North Korea's Kim meets senior officials to address economy - KCNA
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un addresses the first short course for chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released March 7, 2021 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERSNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened a meeting of senior officials of the Workers' Party to evaluate and improve the economy in the second half of the year, state media KCNA reported on Tuesday. read moreIn April Kim had urged ruling party officials to wage another "Arduous March" of work and sacrifice, linking the current economic crises to a period in the 1990s of famine and disaster. read moreThe meeting on Monday with senior officials was a precursor to the plenary meeting of the ruling party's Central Committee later in June, according to KCNA. Kim released a plan to bring about "a tangible change in stabilizing the state economic work and people's living," KCNA said.
Persons: Kim Jong, KCNA, Kim Jong Un, Kim Organizations: Korean Central News Agency, REUTERS North Korean, Workers ' Party, Central, Thomson Locations: Pyongyang, North Korea, North, Seoul, China
At least 11 people killed by a landmine in northern Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-06-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.94   time to read: +1 min
At least 11 civilians, including children, were killed when their vehicle set off a landmine in northern Afghanistan, local government officials said on Sunday, accusing Taliban insurgents for planting the landmine bombs. A Taliban spokesperson said in statement on Twitter that Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the deputy head of the Taliban's political office "reiterated strong commitment to the Afghan peace process in the meeting" with UN officials. Husamudim Shams, the governor of the northern province of Badgis, said 11 passengers, including three children, travelling to the city of Qala-e-Naw were killed in the blast on Saturday. Roadside bombs, small magnetic bombs attached under vehicles and other attacks have targeted members of security forces, judges, government officials, civil society activists and journalists in recent months in Afghanistan. Nearly 1,800 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first three months of 2021 during fighting between government forces and Taliban insurgents despite efforts to find peace, the United Nations said in April this year.
Persons: Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, Husamudim Shams Organizations: Taliban, UN, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Qatar, Husamudim, Badgis, Qala
Pending a Knesset vote, Naftali Bennett will become Israel's next prime minister. Israel's longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, could soon be out of office after an unlikely coalition of eight opposition parties successfully reached a deal to form a new government. Bennett, an ultra-nationalist multimillionaire, would serve as prime minister for two years before handing over to the Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. He was appointed Minister of the Economy, Minister of Religious Services, and, later, the Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, serving under prime minister Netanyahu. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Naftali Bennett, left, in August 2016.
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