Author: Isabella Hansen

Ethiopia To Bring State Of Emergency To An Early End

Ethiopia’s parliament is set to lift its six-month state of emergency two months early after the cabinet approved a draft law, asserting that tranquility has been restored to the country. Indeed, Fitsum Arega, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, stated in a post on Twitter on Saturday that “the Council

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North Korea Matches Its Time Zone To South Korea

At 23:30 local time on Friday, North Korean clocks moved forward thirty minutes to midnight, in order to resynchronise its time zone with its Southern counterpart. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un proposed and committed to the measure at a landmark summit last week with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that

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Japan Activates First Marine Unit Since WWII

Japan activated its first marine unit since World War II on Saturday, trained to counter invaders occupying the disputed Japanese islands along of the edge of the East China Sea, which Tokyo fears are at risk of attack by China. In a ceremony held at a military base in Sasebo

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Poland’s President Apologizes To Jews Expelled In 1968

Polish President Andrzj Duda apologized on Thursday to the victims of the country’s former communist regime, including Polish Jews, who faced persecution and were forced to leave the country in 1968. This March marks the 50th anniversary of an anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist campaign by the 1968 government. These campaigns accused

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A New Arms Race?

Speaking last Thursday at the annual state of the nation address, Vladmir Putin boasted that Russia now possesses unstoppable nuclear weapons that are capable of hitting almost any point in the world and evading traditional missile defences. In an effort to bolster his words, images and video clips of some

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Dutch MPs Vote To Recognize The Armenian Genocide

The Dutch parliament passed a motion on Thursday recognizing that the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I was a “genocide,” a move that is likely to further test ties between The Hague and Ankara. “The motion is accepted that parliament in no uncertain terms speak about

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Israel’s Prime Minister Faces Corruption Charges

Concluding a yearlong graft investigation, Israeli police recommended on Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be charged with alleged bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in two separate corruption cases. The first, known as Case 1000, relates to accusations that Netanyahu accepted almost $300,000 in gifts from two business

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Over 300 Child Soldiers Released In South Sudan

Over 300 child soldiers have been formally released by armed groups in South Sudan, according to the United Nations. The 311 children, which includes 87 girls, will now begin the process of reuniting and reintegrating with their communities. Agencies such as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in conjunction with local

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The Weak Response To Russian Interference In The 2016 U.S. Election

In January 2017, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released an assessment that concluded with “high confidence” that the Russian government, under the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, interfered in the United States’ 2016 presidential election. It stated that the goals of the influence campaign, which

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Ukraine’s Parliament Terms Russia “Aggressor” State

After three days of heated discussion in parliament, last Thursday Ukraine passed a law declaring areas seized by pro-Russian separatists in the country’s east as being under “temporary occupation” by Russia. The “Donbass reintegration law” was submitted by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and adopted with the support of 280 lawmakers

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Venezuela: A Crisis To Watch

The decline of Venezuela from an oil-rich powerhouse to economic disaster has been extensively documented. However, in 2017, the magnitude of the crisis within Venezuela began to reveal itself. The country initially plunged into recession in December 2014, after oil prices dropped dramatically and the government was unable to manage

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Japan And South Korea “Comfort Women” Deal Falls Short

A South Korean government-appointed panel has concluded that a “final and irreversible” deal made with Japan in 2015 to compensate Korean women forced into sexual slavery during World War II fails to meet the needs of victims. The investigation determined that the decades-long dispute regarding what the Japanese euphemistically termed

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South Sudan’s Warring Parties Sign Ceasefire Agreement

The factions involved in the South Sudanese conflict signed a ceasefire deal on Thursday in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, in the most recent effort to end the country’s now four-year civil war. The agreement, expected to go into effect early on December 24th, serves as an attempt to recover the

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Refugees Face Violence By Border Forces In The Balkans

According to a watchdog, refugees and migrants seeking to move from Serbia and into neighbouring European Union countries have been subjected to illegal deportations as well as systemic police brutality. A recent report by Rigardu, a German NGO and monitoring group, has detailed 857 instances of violence committed against people

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