Author: Chris Conrad

Qatar Accuses Saudi Arabia Of Blocking Access To Hajj

Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of blocking Qatari citizens from performing this year’s Hajj. Since June 2017, Qatar has been under a land, sea, and air blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and other gulf nations that accused the country of sponsoring terrorism and being too friendly with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s

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Hong Kong Activist Renews Call For Independence

Hong Kong based activist, Andy Chan, called for independence as well as verbally attacked mainland China’s government in a recent speech that has prompted swift backlash. Chan leads the Hong Kong National Party, which advocates for independence, though it only has only a few dozen members. In the speech, which

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Human Rights Watch Sounds Alarm for Refugees in Greek Centers

A new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) described “appalling”, detention-like conditions for refugees being held in Greek reception centers. The report alleges that pregnant women, new mothers, and survivors of sexual assault, among estimated thousands of others, have been subjected to “living conditions [that] do not meet international standards.”

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Israeli Army Kills Palestinian Teen in Bethlehem Raid

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 15 year old Palestinian during a night raid of a refugee camp in Bethlehem. Two other Palestinians were shot in the foot during the raid, but their conditions are stable. The funeral of Arkan Thaer Mizhar, who was shot in the chest during the

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Eritrea Reopens Embassy In Ethiopia Amid Thaw In Relations

After decades of frozen conflict, Eritrea has reopened its embassy in Ethiopia. The move marks the most recent step towards the normalization of relations between the two countries after each country’s embassy was closed during the border war from 1998-2000 which killed 80,000 people. The conflict had remained a military

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Macedonia Agrees To Change Name, Ending 27 Year-Long Dispute

Macedonia reached a diplomatic agreement with Greece to change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia, ending a 27 year-long dispute that started when Macedonia declared independence in 1991. The agreement will be put to the popular vote in a referendum later in the year within Macedonia. Previously, Greece

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Iran Prepares To Increase Nuclear Enrichment

Iran is set to inform the United Nations (UN) nuclear watchdog that it plans to increase its nuclear enrichment capacity within the limits set by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Also known as the Iran nuclear deal, the JCPOA allows Iran to continue 3.67 percent uranium enrichment.

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Rival Libyan Leaders Agree to Hold Election

The leaders of Libya’s four rival governing factions agreed to hold elections in December. The agreement was finalized at a multilateral peace conference in Paris on Tuesday, May 29th, which included 20 representatives from 20 countries. Attendees to the conference included countries neighboring Libya, various powers in the region, European

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Palestinians Ask ICC For Probe Into Israeli Crimes

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has formally submitted a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) calling for an investigation of alleged Israeli crimes in the Palestinian territories. The referral comes on the heels of violence in Gaza, in which Israeli forces killed 62 Palestinians attempting to cross the border

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Anti-India Protests Erupt In Kashmir

Protests against the Indian government have erupted across the India-controlled portion of the Kashmir region over the government’s killing of at least 12 rebels. The protests began in response to a series of raids on three villages in southern Kashmir as part of the government’s counterinsurgency campaign. The raids began

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