Author: Harjyot Banwait

Abortion Bill Passes In Argentina

The Senate in Argentina voted 38-29 on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 to approve a bill to legalize abortion. The law legalizes abortion for all cases of pregnancy for up to 14 weeks, which represents a significant shift from the status quo, which only allowed abortion in cases of rape or

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US Industry Lobbying Against Kenyan Plastic Laws

It has been found that the oil and chemical industries, in the midst of negotiations between the US and Kenya over a bilateral trade deal between the two countries, have been asking the US to put pressure on Kenya to change its plastic waste policies. The request was in an

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The Continuing Exploitation of Venezuelan Refugee Women

In the midst of the humanitarian crisis that has followed the economic collapse of Venezuela, in which approximately 5.2 million Venezuelans have escaped the country, female refugees have faced a significant cost with their vulnerability to exploitation, including sexual and labour trafficking. There has been a mass movement of Venezuelans,

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The Unequal Pandemic In Singapore

While Singapore was praised early on for its response to COVID-19, with less than 600 cases by the beginning of April, that number has since increased to over 17,000. As of May 6 2020, 17,758 migrant workers living in dormitories tested positive for the Coronavirus. This figure represents 88 per

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A Measles Outbreak In The D.R.C. During The Coronavirus Pandemic

While the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.) grapple with its latest Ebola outbreak and  COVID-19, other conditions remain a major issue. Resources have been diverted towards fighting a 19-month long outbreak of Ebola that has killed over 2,000 people. In turn, this has weakened the fight against containing measles. Since

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Argentinian President Backs Abortion Bill

Argentinian President Alberto Fernández announced in the National Congress on Sunday, March 1 2020, that he will be backing a bill that seeks to legalize abortion in Argentina. The Argentine government has estimated that about 350,000 illegal abortions take place annually, with human rights groups estimating an even higher, 500,000.

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The Locust Crisis In East Africa

As Uganda and Tanzania hurry to respond to the largest locust outbreak in parts of East Africa in decades, the United Nations (UN) has warned that immediate action is needed in this vulnerable region, before more rainfall weeks from now allows for vegetation growth that would feed generations of locusts.

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UN Calls For Increased Aid To Zimbabwe

According to the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP), nearly 8 million people in Zimbabwe face food insecurity in the midst of an extensive drought and an ongoing economic crisis in the country. The WFP now plans to increase the number of Zimbabweans it provides aid to, to 4.1

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Mexican State Of Oaxaca Passes Abortion Bill

In Mexico, the southern state of Oaxaca decriminalized abortion in a 24-10 vote in the state legislature, on September 25 2019. Abortion restrictions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy were lifted. This decision makes this state only the second part of Mexico to decriminalize abortion. Mexico City, capital of

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Amazon Wildfires Threaten Indigenous Peoples

Ongoing wildfires in the Amazon rainforest have been such in magnitude that they have raised significant environmental concerns, including threatening the Indigenous tribes residing in it. The fires have been raging across the Amazon, which spans many South American countries, although the focus has remained largely on the rainforest that

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More Civilian Deaths In Afghanistan Linked To Pro-Government Forces Than Insurgents

According to the latest United Nations (UN) figures, during the first half of 2019, in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, pro-government forces including the Afghan military and their international U.S.-led allies were responsible for more civilian deaths than insurgent forces. This marks the first time pro-government forces were found responsible

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Heatwave in Western Europe

On Sunday, it appeared that an ongoing four-day heatwave in western Europe, which had killed seven people, began to ease up. Temperatures are set to gradually decline while wildfires are being slowly controlled. In the Gard region of France, a national record temperature of 45.9 degrees Celsius was recorded during

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Life Expectancy Stalls In Canada Amid Opioid Crisis

Opioid-related overdoses and deaths have been a significant public health crisis in Canada for some time, with the province of British Columbia (B.C.) having declared a public health emergency in 2016. In B.C. life expectancy fell in 2017, for the second year in a row. Nationally, it is now apparent

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Civilian And Military Talks In Sudan Deadlocked

Tensions have increased in Sudan during disagreements between the Sudanese military and protesters. The main protest group has stated that the military is not serious about a transfer of power to civilian rule, following the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir. Ongoing negotiations between the protesters and the Transitional Military Council

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Aid Shortfall In Mozambique In The Aftermath Of Cyclone Idai

In Mozambique, in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, cholera cases among survivors have increased to 271 in Beira alone. Despite aid efforts already underway, including Can$3.5 million pledged by Canada’s government, the amount of aid that has been either delivered or promised is widely viewed as falling far short of

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Algerian President Not Seeking Another Term

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika promised to not seek a fifth term in office after being in power for 20 years. In a message that was carried by the official Algeria Press Agency (APS) news agency, it was stated that there would not be a presidential election on April 18, and

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Bitter Cold Leaves Children Dead In Syrian Camp

In the Al-Hol refugee camp in northeastern Syria, it has been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) that at least 29 children, including newborns, have died over the past two months, primarily due to hypothermia. Approximately 23,000 people have arrived in this camp, located in the Al-Hasakeh province in

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