Author: Breanna McCann

Seoul Demands Release Of Tanker Seized By Iran

At the beginning of January, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps seized a South Korean tanker in Gulf waters and detained its crew. The incident comes amid rising tensions between Iran and South Korea concerning Iranian oil assets that were frozen in South Korean banks as a result of U.S. sanctions against

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Thai Activists Vow To Continue Protests Following Release From Prison

Four Thai activists, including human rights lawyer and protest leader Arnon Nampa, were freed from a Bangkok prison early on November 3. Upon their freeing, the activists vowed to continue their fight to oust Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and reform the monarchy. The four were arrested with dozens of others

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Myanmar Trishaw Drivers Become Campaigners As COVID-19 Stops Canvassing

Myanmar holds nationwide elections on November 8, but with a rapidly increasing COVID-19 infection and death rate, traditional campaign activities cannot occur. Instead, the parties turned their attention to social media and the unique aid of trishaw drivers. In Myanmar, trishaw—three-wheeled passenger bikes—are a common and popular form of public

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Serbian-Chinese Ties Deepen As Serbia Purchases New Missile Defense System

Serbia purchased a new generation of medium-range, radar-guided surface-to-air missiles from China within the last year, showing a deepening partnership between the two countries. The purchase came to light due to the release of a state-run arms company Jugoimport SDPR’s annual report, which was submitted to the state Business Registers

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Bolsonaro Heads Rally Against Brazil’s Top Court

Earlier this week, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro led a rally of his supporters in a protest against the country’s Supreme Court. Currently, the Court is in the midst of investigating the right-wing Bolsonaro for his interference in police affairs, as well as beginning an inquiry into alleged libel and intimidation

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International Leaders Pledge Billions In Search For COVID-19 Vaccine

The European Union recently held an online summit where over eight billion dollars was pledged to aid in developing a vaccine to battle COVID-19, and to fund research studying the diagnosis and treatment of the virus. The final donors included more than thirty countries and several UN and philanthropic organizations

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25 Malian Soldiers Killed In Bamba Military Base Attack

At least twenty-five Malian soldiers are dead after an attack on a military base in Bamba, a small town located in the north of Mali. According to Al Jazeera, twelve of the assailants were “‘neutralized’ during the ‘terrorist’ attack early on Monday morning, the government said in a statement, without

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Voting Machine Glitch Leads To Vote Suspension In Dominican Republic

Earlier this week, the Dominican Republic suspended municipal elections four hours after the commencement of voting. Officials enacted this suspension after discovering a problem with the electronic voting system. At this time, election officials are still investigating what caused the glitch with the system. The country opted to hold a

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Armed Police And Soldiers Storm El Salvador Parliament

On the afternoon of Sunday 9 February, armed soldiers and police officers aided President Nayib Bukele in a storming of the El Salvador parliament building. According to CNN, he took this action as a means of demanding that “opposition lawmakers vote to approve his plan to secure a $109 million

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Pope Francis Turns Vatican Palace Into Homeless Shelter

Pope Francis converted a nineteenth-century palace in St. Peter’s Square, neighboring the Vatican, into a homeless shelter in the heart of Rome. For the past seven decades, the Palazzo Migliori was the home of the Calasanziane order of religious women. They vacated the building last year, and those in charge

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Polish Judges Come Under Increased Attack, With Little EU Interference

Last Thursday, the Polish legislature passed measures that would allow judges to face disciplinary action if they rule on cases in a way with which the government disagrees. This legislation will significantly reduce the autonomy of judges, giving that authority to the Minister of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro. Poland’s ruling party,

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United Nations Claims Attack On Yemen Camp Could Derail Peace Efforts

On Saturday evening, a missile struck a mosque in a military training camp in Marib, Yemen. The al-Estiqbal military training camp is within Marib, which, according to Reuters, is “held by the internationally-recognized government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.” The attack killed 79 people as well as wounding 81

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Pakistani Court Reverses Musharraf’s Death Sentence, Guilty Verdict

On Monday, a high court in Pakistan reversed a guilty verdict and death sentence for former leader Pervez Musharraf on charges of treason, ruling the court’s formation unconstitutional. This special court sentenced Musharraf, who is currently seeking medical treatment in Dubai, to death in December on charges of treason resulting

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaidó Blocked From Key National Assembly Vote

On Sunday, pro-government lawmakers in Venezuela announced the swearing-in of a new president of the National Assembly after barring several opposition congressmen, including leader Juan Guaidó, from entering the legislative building. Guaidó is the incumbent National Assembly President and was presumed to win reelection to the position. Instead, he and

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