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Myanmar security forces seize arms cache near Mandalay -state media
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June 25 (Reuters) - Myanmar security forces seized a large cache of weapons on a truck bound for Mandalay this week, after arresting insurgents following a firefight in the country's second-biggest city, state media reported on Friday. The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper carried a photograph of four arrested people in front of a weapons cache. It reported security forces had seized more than 100 firearms, 10,000 bullets, 499 grenades, along with bombs and detonators. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Thursday estimated 230,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Myanmar and need assistance. read moreReporting by Reuters Staff; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Simon Cameron-MooreOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Aung, Suu Kyi, Tun Tauk Naing, Ed Davies, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: Myanmar, People's Defence Force, National Unity Government, Kachin Independence Army, Mandalay, United Nations Office, Humanitarian Affairs, Reuters Staff, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, Mandalay, Suu, Karen, Thailand, Chin State, India
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. "In the meantime, the office continues to deepen its analysis and assessment of the alleged patterns of human rights violations in Xinjiang," she said on Tuesday. "There is no formal U.N. assessment of what is happening in Xinjiang and we need that given Beijing's denial," Kenneth Roth, head of Human Rights Watch, told reporters last week. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International this year documented what they said could constitute crimes against humanity being committed in Xinjiang. Sarah Brooks, China expert at the International Service for Human Rights, said: "All that remains is for High Commissioner Bachelet to step up - China's cooperation must not be misinterpreted as a precondition to doing her job."
Persons: Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Denis Balibouse, Bachelet, Ken Roth, Michelle Bachelet, U.N, Kenneth Roth, Sarah Brooks, Stephanie Nebehay, Alex Richardson Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, REUTERS, Human Rights Watch GENEVA, Human Rights Council, Rights Watch, Amnesty International, International Service for Human Rights, High, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Xinjiang, China, Beijing, Canada, United States, Venezuela, Kashmir, Turkey
Palestinian mourners call for change at funeral of Abbas critic
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Yosri Al Jamal | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Ammar AwadHEBRON, West Bank, June 25 (Reuters) - Palestinian mourners called on Friday for a change of government as they marched through Hebron for the funeral of one of President Mahmoud Abbas's most prominent critics, who died after he was arrested by security forces. Thousands of people accompanied Nizar Banat's coffin through the streets of the occupied West Bank city, many of them chanting "the people want the fall of the regime" and "leave, leave Abbas". Banat, 43, was a social activist who had accused Abbas's PA of corruption, including over a short-lived COVID-19 vaccine exchange with Israel this month and Abbas's postponement of a long-delayed election in May. The United States, United Nations and European Union called on the PA to conduct a "transparent" inquiry into Banat's death. Abbas and the PA, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, reject accusations they are corrupt and that they arrest people for their political views.
Persons: Ammar Awad HEBRON, Mahmoud Abbas's, Nizar, Abbas, Jibrin Al, Bakri, Abbas's, Rami Ayyub, Ali Sawafta, Andrew Heavens Organizations: REUTERS, West Bank, West, Protesters, Palestinian Authority, Human Rights, Rights Watch, United Nations, European Union, Thomson Locations: Nizar Banat, Al, Aqsa, Jerusalem's Old City, West, Hebron, West Bank, Gaza, Ramallah, East Jerusalem's Al, Banat, Israel, United States, European
JERUSALEM — An outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority who was a candidate in parliamentary elections called off earlier this year died after Palestinian security forces arrested him and beat him with batons on Thursday, his family said. Earlier this week, another prominent activist was detained by the PA and held overnight after criticizing it on Facebook. Mohammed Banat, a cousin who witnessed the arrest, said a group of men, some wearing masks, burst into the house where Nizar was staying and sprayed everyone with pepper spray. In a brief statement, the Hebron governorate said Nizar's "health deteriorated" when Palestinian forces went to arrest him early Thursday. He blamed the attack on Abbas' Fatah party, which dominates the security forces.
Persons: Mahmoud Abbas, Nizar, Mohammad Shtayyeh, Abbas, Fatah, Antony Blinken, Biden, Donald Trump Organizations: Palestinian Authority, West Bank, Facebook, Hamas, Associated Press, Palestinian, European Union, United Nations, NBC Locations: JERUSALEM, Nizar Banat, Israel, Jerusalem, Gaza, Mohammed Banat, Hebron
President Joe Biden is nominating Cindy McCain to be the U.S. representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, one of 17 nominations announced Wednesday that included major diplomatic and arts assignments. McCain, the widow of Arizona Sen. John McCain, broke with Republicans and endorsed Biden for president, making her a key surrogate for the Democrat after Donald Trump spent years criticizing her husband. McCain is the chair and director of the Hensley Beverage Company, a Phoenix-based distributor of beer, wine, spirits and nonalcoholic drinks. The president is also nominating Massachusetts state Rep. Claire Cronin to be ambassador to Ireland. Jack Markell, a former Delaware governor, is being nominated to represent the U.S. to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Persons: Joe Biden, Cindy McCain, McCain, Arizona Sen, John McCain, Biden, Donald Trump, Claire Cronin, Michael Carpenter, Jack Markell, Fiona Whelan Prine, John Prine Organizations: United Nations Agencies, Food, Agriculture, Republicans, Democrat, Hensley Beverage Company, Massachusetts, Ireland, European Union, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy, University of Pennsylvania, Organization for Security, Cooperation, Organization for Economic Co, Development, National Council, Arts, Oh Boy Records Locations: U.S, Arizona, Phoenix, Northern Ireland, Europe, Delaware
DES MOINES, Iowa—Nikki Haley is trying to emphasize her own political identity while still appealing to former President Donald Trump’s deeply loyal supporters as she lays the groundwork for a possible 2024 presidential bid. A critic of Mr. Trump before becoming his United Nations ambassador for two years, Ms. Haley will on Thursday evening headline the Republican Party of Iowa’s biggest gathering of the year. Her Lincoln Dinner appearance, a high-profile stop in the state that is expected to host the first GOP presidential nomination balloting in 2024, will give the former South Carolina governor a chance to both introduce herself to activists and offer contrition to supporters of Mr. Trump that she may have offended in the past. Earlier this year, Ms. Haley told Republican National Committee members that Mr. Trump would be “judged harshly by history” for his behavior after November’s election. Her back and forth regarding the former president has left some questioning Ms. Haley’s political compass.
Persons: Nikki Haley, Donald Trump’s, Mr, Trump, Haley, contrition, , , Ms, won’t Organizations: DES, United Nations, Republican Party of Iowa’s, South, Mr, Republican National Committee, Politico Locations: DES MOINES, Iowa, South Carolina
Reliance's plan mirrors strategies of global oil majors such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) and BP Plc (BP.L) that have set a goal to become net zero carbon by 2050 amid pressure from investors and climate activists. "With this capex plan spread over three years Reliance will reap benefit from its green energy push over the next many more years. The oil-to-telecoms conglomerate will invest 600 billion rupees to build four 'giga factories' at Jamnagar to produce solar cells and modules, energy storage batteries, fuel cells and green hydrogen, Ambani said. Reliance's entry into the renewable energy business in India will put it in competition with companies such as Adani Green Energy Ltd (ADNA.NS) and Goldman Sachs-backed ReNew Power. The company plans to use green hydrogen and carbon dioxide as raw materials to produce green chemicals, green fertilizers and e-fuels, he said.
Persons: Mukesh Ambani, Mayuresh Joshi, William O'Neil, Joshi, Ambani, Goldman Sachs, Yasir Al, Sudarshan Organizations: Reliance Industries, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc, United Nations Sustainable, Initiative, Reliance, Green Energy Ltd, Power, Saudi Aramco, Thomson Locations: CHENNAI, Jamnagar, India, China
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa—Nikki Haley criticized Democratic-controlled Washington on Thursday evening as she outlined her vision for the Republican Party and banked political favors in a key state ahead of a possible 2024 presidential bid. A critic of former President Donald Trump before becoming his United Nations ambassador for two years, Ms. Haley headlined the Republican Party of Iowa’s biggest gathering of the year. Her speech to about 500 people, which received a standing ovation at its conclusion, focused more on the current president than his predecessor. “Joe Biden has been a gift to every country that hates America and wants to hurt us. He’s the polar opposite of Donald Trump,” she said.
Persons: Nikki Haley, Donald Trump, Haley, “ Joe Biden, , , it’s Organizations: DES, Democratic, Republican Party, United Nations, Republican Party of Iowa’s, America, South, Republicans Locations: DES MOINES, Iowa, Washington, United, South Carolina
A shortage of doctors and nurses in Japan's aging population contributed to the country's sluggish Covid vaccine rollout, says Keio University professor Sayuri Shirai. As of June 21, only 18.3% of Japan's population has received at least one Covid vaccine dose, according to Our World in Data. "In an aging society it's very difficult to find doctors and nurses. Countries with aging populations and declining birth rates also risk a critical shortage of workers in the future. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, a 2017 World Health Organization report noted Japan was facing a "critical shortage of doctors."
Persons: Sayuri Shirai, Shirai, CNBC's Organizations: Keio University, United Nations, Organization Locations: U.S, Japan
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks during a joint news conference at the end of the Summit on the Financing of African Economies in Paris, France May 18, 2021. IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva this month proposed the new trust to allow rich countries to channel some of their new IMF reserves to poor and middle-income counterparts ravaged by COVID or climate change. The Group of Seven (G7) wealthy nations alone will receive $283 billion of the overall $650 billion SDR allocation. The COVID crisis is expected to leave 47 of the 82 vulnerable countries with gross debt already above levels deemed sustainable. Additionally, nine of the 10 most climate-change vulnerable countries are also highly debt-vulnerable developing economies.
Persons: Kristalina Georgieva, Ludovic Marin, Kristalina, Lars Jensen, Jensen, Georgieva, Scott Morris, underscoring, SDRs, Marc Jones, Gerry Doyle Organizations: Monetary Fund, Resilience, IMF, United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, Growth, Center for Global Development, U.S . Treasury, Treasury, Reuters, Sustainability Trust, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, WASHINGTON, China, Venice, U.S
Can Massive Cargo Ships Use Wind to Go Green?
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Higher fuel prices would encourage the use of technologies like wind propulsion as companies look for ways to save on fuel. And if fuel costs don’t rise significantly, companies may not see a compelling reason to spend on wind propulsion. If, in this context, inventors can build a successful economic case for wind propulsion — a scenario that depends on a lot going right for them — more companies could soon place orders. According to a 2016 study for the European Commission that analyzed cargo vessels’ routes, the savings from wind propulsion could, by 2030, make it economically viable for 3,700 to 10,700 existing ships. Around that time, according to the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moeller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, ships running on zero-carbon fuels should be hitting the market in significant numbers.
Persons: organization’s, Faïg, Natasha Brown, John Kerry Organizations: International Maritime Organization, United Nations, New York Times, European Union, Marshall, Maersk, International Chamber of Shipping, European, European Commission, Maersk Mc, Kinney Moeller Center, Zero Carbon Shipping Locations: China, Brazil, Japan, India, Paris, Brussels, United States
Critic of Abbas dies in Palestinian custody, U.N. demands investigation
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Relatives of Palestinian critic Nizar Banat, who, according to officials, died while being arrested by members of Palestinian security forces, react in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 24, 2021. REUTERS/Mussa QawasmaHEBRON, West Bank, June 24 (Reuters) - A Palestinian parliamentary candidate who criticised the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority died on Thursday after being arrested by PA security forces, drawing international demands for an investigation. According to relatives, Nizar Banat was severely beaten during his arrest by Palestinian security forces in Hebron overnight. Reuters contacted a spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority asking for more details of the arrest but there was no immediate reply. The Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights said it viewed Banat's death with "great severity" and had launched an investigation.
Persons: Nizar, Mahmoud Abbas's, Jibrin Al, Bakri, Tor Wennesland, Wennesland, Lynn Hastings, Abbas, Ali Sawafta, Nidal al, Peter Graff Organizations: West Bank, REUTERS, Palestinian, Abaas, Reuters, Banat, Palestinian Authority, United Nations, Twitter, European Union, Palestinian Independent Commission, Human Rights Locations: Hebron, HEBRON, West, Nizar Banat, Banat, Israel, Hussein Banat, , East, U.N, East Jerusalem
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a visit at Holocaust Memorial as a part of Holocaust Dialogue signing event in Berlin, Germany June 24, 2021. When Antony Blinken meets the pope and top Vatican officials on Monday, the new secretary of state's visit will put relations between Washington and Holy See on a new footing. It will also set the scene for a visit to the pope by Joe Biden, only the second Catholic U.S. president, expected for October. Trump said it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith but later called him "a wonderful guy". Blinken and Vatican officials are also expected to discuss ways to combat human trafficking and encouraging debt relief for poor countries.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Michele Tantussi, Pompeo, Pope Francis, Mike Pompeo, state's, Joe Biden, Biden, Massimo Franco, Sera, Franco, Alberto Melloni, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump's, Biden's, Francis, John Kerry, Philip Reeker, Humeyra Pamuk, Timothy Organizations: REUTERS, Trump, Biden, CITY, Catholic U.S, Roman, Twitter, U.S, Reuters, NATO, European Commission, White, Vatican, United Nations, Change, U.S ., Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Berlin, Germany, U.S, China, Washington, Hong Kong, Italian, United States, Paris, Britain, Blinken
Fighting between separatist brigades kills two in Yemen's Aden -sources
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ADEN, June 24 (Reuters) - Clashes between brigades of the main southern separatist movement in Yemen killed two fighters and wounded 15 people, including civilians, in the port city of Aden, security sources said on Thursday. Aden is the interim seat of Yemen's Saudi-backed government and has seen rising tensions between the government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) over control of the city and wider south. The fighting, which raged for two hours, erupted when one of the brigades manning a checkpoint attempted to disarm another convoy, the sources said. The two sides have yet to redeploy troops out of Aden and other regions in the south which the pact had stipulated. read moreThe coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the government from the capital Sanaa.
Persons: Sheikh Othman, Aidarous, Reyam Mukhashaf, Aziz El Yaakoubi, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Southern Transitional Council, Reuters, AK, STC, United Arab, United Nations, Thomson Locations: ADEN, Yemen, Aden, Yemen's Saudi, Sheikh, Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, United
Northeast Nigeria insurgency has killed almost 350,000 - UN
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Women mourn the death of one of the aid workers who were executed by Islamist militants, in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, Nigeria July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kolawole AdewaleABUJA, June 24 (Reuters) - Northeast Nigeria's conflict with Islamist insurgencies had killed nearly 350,000 people as of the end of 2020, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Thursday. Nigeria's war with Islamist insurgencies Boko Haram and Islamic State's West Africa Province has spawned one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, with millions of people dependent on aid. Children younger than five account for more than nine out of 10 of those killed, with 170 dying every day, the UNDP said. "Destruction and displacement have set back development in the region by decades, and continued conflict will only further scar the region," the UNDP said.
Persons: insurgencies, Paul Carsten, Felix Onuah Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, Nigeria's Ministry of Finance, Thomson Locations: Nigerian, Maiduguri, Nigeria, Kolawole, ABUJA, Haram, Islamic State's West Africa Province, Abuja
U.N. humanitarian agency says 230,000 displaced in Myanmar this year
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June 24 (Reuters) - The United Nations humanitarian agency said on Thursday an estimated 230,000 people have been displaced by fighting and violence in Myanmar this year and are in need of assistance. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in an update on the situation in Myanmar, said operations were ongoing but were being hindered by the insecurity in the country. Reporting by Reuters Staff; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Alex RichardsonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Martin Petty, Alex Richardson Organizations: United Nations, United Nations Office, Humanitarian Affairs, Reuters Staff, Thomson Locations: Myanmar
Live Live Updates: Senators to Brief Biden on Infrastructure ‘Breakthrough’ A bipartisan group of senators and White House negotiators have agreed on a framework for an infrastructure agreement. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, and other senators met with White House officials on Tuesday to discuss infrastructure proposals. Allegations of forced labor in the solar panel supply chain have created a dilemma for President Biden and his aides. The Biden administration had faced pressure to take action regarding products containing polysilicon produced in the region. Rodney S. Scott, the chief of the United States Border Patrol, near a border wall construction site outside McAllen, Texas, in October.
Persons: Biden’s, Biden, Jeanne Shaheen, Erin Schaff, Donald J, Trump, Kamala Harris, , Susan Collins, “ There’s, , we’ve, Jen Psaki, Emily Cochrane, Polat, Zhao Lijian, Zhao, ” Thomas Kaplan, David Guttenfelder, Ashraf Ghani, Helene Cooper, Eric Adams, James Estrin, Harris, Southern Border Jen Psaki, Kamala Harris’s, She’ll, Alejandro Mayorkas, I’ve, Mayorkas, Carlos Barria, Harris’s, Lester Holt, ” Jen Psaki, Greg Abbott of Texas, Zolan Kanno, Ramon Espinosa, exhorting, Biden administration’s “, Fidel Castro, Obama, , Rodney S, Scott, Sergio Flores, ” Mr Organizations: Biden, Infrastructure, White House, Democrat, White, The New York Times White House, Mr, Internal Revenue Service, Republican, Workers, Associated Press, . Customs, Protection, Hoshine Silicon Industry Company, Commerce Department, Industry, New Energy Company, Xinjiang East Hope Nonferrous Metals Company, Xinjiang GCL, Energy Material Technology Company, Construction Corps, Labor Department, Customs, House Democrats, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Politico, Associated, American, Officials, U.S ., Democratic, ., New York Times, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Senior Democrats, Plan, Southern Border, Wednesday, Department of Homeland, Border Patrol, , Credit, Reuters, NBC, House Republicans, Gov, United Nations General Assembly, United Nations, United, Congress, United States Border, The New York Times, Department of Homeland Security, Central America, Republicans, Patrol, Homeland Security Locations: New Hampshire, Maine, U.S, Hami, China's Xinjiang, China, Xinjiang, United States, Xinjiang East Hope, Beijing, Washington, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, New York City, Brooklyn, Southern, El Paso , Texas, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Border, H.H.S, Mexico City, Europe, Central America, Cuba, Havana, Florida, McAllen , Texas, Central, Canada, Portland
Child soldiers carried out Burkina Faso massacre, say UN and government
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A view shows damaged buildings and huts at the site of an attack in the village of Solhan, in Yagha province bordering Niger, Burkina Faso June 7, 2021. Burkina Faso Prime Minister's Press Service/Handout via REUTERSOUAGADOUGOU, June 24 (Reuters) - A massacre in northeast Burkina Faso in which more than 130 people were killed this month was carried out mostly by children between the ages of 12 and 14, the United Nations and the government said. Armed assailants raided the village of Solhan on the evening of June 4, opened fire on residents and burned homes. It was the worst attack in years in an area plagued by jihadists linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda. Local officials in Burkina Faso's north, where jihadists control large areas, said child soldiers have been used by Islamist groups over the past year, but this month's attack was by far the highest profile case.
Persons: jihadists, Ousseni Tamboura, Thiam Ndiaga, Edward McAllister, Giles Elgood Organizations: Burkina Faso Prime Minister's Press, REUTERS, United Nations, Islamic, UNICEF, Local, Thomson Locations: Solhan, Yagha, Niger, Burkina Faso, REUTERS OUAGADOUGOU, Islamic State, al Qaeda, West Africa's, Mali, Burkina Faso's
President Biden has tapped Cindy McCain for a post at the United Nations. Cindy McCain will represent the US at the UN's food agency if she's confirmed by the Senate. She endorsed Biden during the 2020 campaign and is the widow of the late Sen. John McCain. Cindy McCain, an Arizona businesswoman and the widow of the late Republican Sen. John McCain, has picked to take over as the US representative for the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. Although the McCains were pitted against Biden and former President Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign, both she and President Biden have described themselves as friends.
Persons: Biden, Cindy McCain, she's, Sen, John McCain, Republican Sen, Joe Biden, McCain, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Democratic Sen, Krysten Organizations: United Nations, Senate, Republican, United Nations Agencies, Food, Agriculture, White House, Arizona GOP, University of Southern, US, Democratic Locations: Arizona, University of Southern California, Vietnam, UN
U.N. rights chief says HK security law prompts media self-censorship
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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 Balibouse/File PhotoHONG KONG, June 24 (Reuters) - United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday that Hong Kong's new national security law was leading journalists to "self-censor" to avoid clashing with "vaguely formulated offences". Bachelet was speaking via video link at the 2021 Society of Publishers in Asia press awards ceremony held in Hong Kong. Her remarks were pre-recorded. Reporting by Meg Shen and Marius Zaharia; Editing by Alex RichardsonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Denis Balibouse, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, Meg Shen, Marius Zaharia, Alex Richardson Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, REUTERS, of Publishers, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, HONG KONG, Asia, Hong Kong
Twenty-eight civilians killed in northern Afghan province as fighting intensifies
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KABUl, June 24 (Reuters) - Intense fighting in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed at least 28 civilians and injured 290 this week, according to hospital officials, as conflict surges in the war-torn nation while foreign forces withdraw. Fighting has worsened around Afghanistan but especially in the north where Taliban insurgents have conducted a wave of offensives in recent days, moving beyond their southern strongholds. Peace talks in Doha have largely stalled, officials say, though there have been meetings in recent days and the Taliban say they are committed to negotiations. On Thursday, 130 Taliban fighters surrendered with the help of tribal elders in the western province of Herat. "They realised that the Taliban's war with the Afghan government was illegitimate," Herat Governor Abdul Sabur Qani said at a ceremony to mark the event.
Persons: Ehsanullah Fazli, Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, Joe Biden, Abdul Sabur Qani, Zabihullah Mujahid, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: United States, U.S, United Nations, Thomson Locations: KABUl, Afghan, Kunduz, Afghanistan, Doha, Washington, Kabul, Herat
300 migrants may have died in recent capsizing of ship off Yemen coast -U.N.
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DUBAI, June 24 (Reuters) - A U.N. official said on Thursday that as many as 300 migrants may have died after a ship capsized recently off Yemen's coast, highlighting the risks of a longstanding migration route from the Horn of Africa to the rich Gulf states in search of work. United Nations resident and humanitarian coordinator David Gressly said the migrants crisis is adding more pressure on an already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen. A number of bodies washed up at Ras al-Arah on Yemen’s Red Sea coast earlier this month after a migrant boat sank offshore. read moreReporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi Editing by Mark HeinrichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: David Gressly, Aziz El, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: United Nations, Thomson Locations: DUBAI, Horn, Africa, Yemen, Ras
Israel to ease more Gaza restrictions as truce holds
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TEL AVIV, June 24 (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday it would ease restrictions on trade and fisheries in the Gaza Strip that had been tightened during 11 days of fighting with the Palestinian enclave's Hamas rulers last month. The Israeli restrictions were intensified during the May fighting - halting Gaza exports, restricting imports of raw materials and limiting the area that Palestinians are permitted to fish. With an Egyptian-mediated truce largely holding, Israel on Monday allowed a limited resumption of commercial exports from Gaza. At least one factory in the Strip, Pepsi Gaza, had shut down due to Israeli restrictions on raw materials imports, including carbon dioxide gas. At least 250 Palestinians and 13 in Israel were killed in the May fighting, which saw Gaza militants fire rockets towards Israeli cities and Israel carry out air strikes across the coastal enclave.
Persons: Israel, COGAT, Rami Ayyub, Giles Elgood Organizations: Palestinian, Israel, Pepsi, United Nations, Thomson Locations: TEL AVIV, Gaza, Israel, Egypt, Pepsi Gaza
People gather as victims arrive at Ayder Referral Hospital, in Mekelle, after an airstrike in Togoga, Ethiopia's Tigray region June 22, 2021. Tigray Guardians 24 via REUTERSADDIS ABABA, June 24 (Reuters) - The number of civilians killed in an air strike in Ethiopia's Tigray region has risen to 51 with 33 people still unaccounted for, a health official involved in the response said, disputing the army's account that the victims were combatants. He said at least 68 patients had reached hospitals in Mekelle but the total number injured was likely more than 100. The military has been battling forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the region's former ruling party, since November. No voting was held in Tigray, and security concerns and problems with ballot papers also delayed voting in two other regions.
Persons: Nathalia Estevam Fraga, Cross, Getnet Adane, Getnet, Ethiopia's, Maggie Fick, Duncan Miriri, Peter Graff Organizations: Referral, REUTERS, International Committee, Residents, Reuters, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Mekelle, Togoga, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, REUTERS ADDIS ABABA, Hawzen
Haiti gang leader launches 'revolution' as violence escalates
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Jimmy Cherizier, alias Barbecue, a former police officer, heads the so-called G9 federation of nine gangs formed last year. Surrounded by gang members wielding machetes and guns, he gave a statement to local media outlets in the slum of La Saline on Wednesday, saying the G9 had become a revolutionary force to deliver Haiti from the opposition, the government and the Haitian bourgeoisie. Human rights activists say Cherizier is actually not targeting the government but the opposition. Cherizier said his gang members sparked the looting at multiple stores in Port-au-Prince last week, and the broader population followed suit because they were hungry. Haiti's police is not equipped to deal with gang members who have acquired ever more sophisticated weapons, partly financed with kidnappings for ransom.
Persons: Jimmy Cherizier, Cherizier, Robenson Sanon, Andre Paultre, Richard Chang, Sarah Marsh Organizations: PORT, United Nations, Prince, Center for Human, UN, Humanitarian Affairs, Thomson Locations: Caribbean, La Saline, Haiti, Haitian, United States, Port, COVID
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