Author: Amina Abouelfettouh

Mali Could Delay Post-Coup Elections, Interim PM Says

On September 27th, 2021, the Prime Minister of Mali, Kokalla Maïga, said that the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, set for February 27th, 2022, could be delayed in order to ensure that results are not contested. Prime Minister Maïga stated last week before the UN General Assembly that “the main

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Expelled From Texas, Returned Haitians Lament Lost American Dream

On September 19th 2021, more than three hundred Haitians, who migrated to the U.S. with hopes for a better future, were expelled from Texas and sent back home by U.S. authorities. Since then, CNN has reported that around 4,600 Haitians have been removed from Texas as of September 29th. The

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Donors Pledge $1.1 Billion For “Collapsing” Afghanistan

Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, more than half the population is suffering from starvation and poverty. With a healthcare system on the brink of collapse, food shortages, and malnourishment rising, Afghans need urgent aid. The World Food Programme stated that over half of Afghanistan’s population currently lives under

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Qatar Plans To Resume Gaza Funding With New Method Involving UN

On the 6th of September 2021, Qatar announced the official resumption of funding aid, through the UN and the Palestinian Authority, to families in need and civil servants living in the Gaza Strip. Qatar plans to transfer the funds to 100,000 poor families and around 27,700 civil servants, through Palestinian

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Agrees To Long-Term Russian Gas Deal

Last Tuesday, Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, met with the CEO of Gazprom, a Russian majority-owned energy corporation, in Saint Petersburg to discuss a long-term gas deal. Szijjártó stated that the deal aimed to “guarantee the energy security” of Hungary following the long-term gas contract signed

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Russian-led Security Bloc To Hold Drills In Kyrgyzstan In September

As the situation in Afghanistan worsens, the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), has stated that it plans to hold military drills involving the deployment of thousands of troops in Kyrgyzstan, from the 1st to the 9th of September. The collapse of the Afghan government, and the Taliban’s rapid dominance

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India Says Doors Open to Afghan’s Sikh and Hindu Minorities

Last week, during a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), Indian officials discussed ensuring a rapid return of Indian citizens residing in Afghanistan, accepting Afghan refugees, and giving evacuation priority to Afghan Sikhs and Hindus. According to The Hindu, Prime Minister Modi stated that “India must not only

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Britain To Relax Some COVID-19 Travel Restrictions For COP26

Last week, Britain announced the relaxation of COVID-19 travel restrictions for hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, in November. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pushed for the event to take place in person, believing that urgent change will prove most effective face-to-face. The summit is set to

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E.U. Border Agency To Police Lithuania-Belarus Frontier From Next Week

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, announced that they would increase police intervention in the Lithuania-Belarus frontier, on the 29th of July, in response to a substantial increase in migrants crossing the border illegally. The rise in E.U. intervention includes extended surveillance, the deployment of more guards, and

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Pro-Western Party Wins Moldova Election

Moldovan President Maia Sandu’s governing party won the parliamentary elections of July 11, receiving a clear majority in Sunday’s elections. Sandu leads the Pro-Western Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS). Its main rival, the Party of Socialists, is led by former Moldovan president Igor Dodon. Second in the elections was

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Activist Nizar Banat’s Death “Unnatural” Says Palestinian Authority

Forty-two-year-old human rights activist Nizar Banat was announced dead in the occupied West Bank on 24 June, after being arrested by Palestinian Authority (PA). They are controlled by the Fatah party, led by President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, who govern the unoccupied sections of the Gaza Strip

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