Author: Jocelyn Brooks

Cyprus To Strip Passports From Turkish Cypriot Officials

On Monday, Cyprus announced it would void all passports from officials leading the adjacent Turkish Cypriot state. The act would effectively target 14 officials, including incumbent Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, in an effort to condemn the leadership of the decades-long takeover that ultimately split the island. Referring to Cyprus’

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Mexican President Says Biden Must “Make Decision” On Cuba Embargo

On July 26th, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called upon American president Joe Biden to come to a decision regarding the continuation of the economic embargo the latter country has imposed upon Cuba since the Cold War. With Cuba’s political and social tensions rising, the sanctions have escalated both

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Cuba, Gripped By Unrest, Battles Highest Covid Caseload In The Americas

As of Monday, 19 July, Cuba reported approximately 4,000 new coronavirus cases per million residents from the prior week, making them the country with the highest infection rate per capita in North and South America. Both contributing to and exacerbating existing political tensions, the spread of the virus has intensified

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Taliban Surround Central Afghan City Of Ghazni

The central Afghanistan city of Ghazni was surrounded by Taliban forces on Monday, 12 July. Following United States President Joe Biden’s announcement to remove American troops from the country, the Taliban have increased authority in the area and intensified their mission to gain access to the territory. In addition, violence

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Malaysia To Review Recruitment Fees, Agreements After U.S. Trafficking Report

On July 5, Malaysia announced it would increase supervision of its labor operations in response to international condemnation of its forced labor practices. Such supervision will likely include contract review with workers and evaluation of the recruitment fees currently being charged to employees. In its annual Trafficking in Persons Report,

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Iran Says No Decision Has Been Made Yet On IAEA Monitoring Deal

As of Monday, 28 June, Iran has not reached a final decision regarding interstate conversations surrounding the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitoring deal. The 2015 nuclear surveillance program, which lapsed earlier in June, aimed to limit nuclear weapons production in participating countries. In exchange for Iran’s cooperation,

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Russia Vows To Defend Belarus If EU Sanctions Minsk

In response to threats from the European Union (EU) to impose economic sanctions upon Minsk, Russia has committed itself to supporting Belarus. The announcement from the EU accompanies a series of similar statements from other countries, such as the United States and Ukraine, following the forced landing of Ryanair Flight

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Pakistani Cleric Who Led Anti-Blasphemy Rallies Held For Sexual Abuse

In Mianwali, Pakistan, on Saturday, 19 June, cleric Aziz-ur-Rehman was arrested by Punjab provincial police forces. The authorities released a statement detailing his “charges of sexually abusing a student at a religious school,” in the nearby city of Lahore. The police reported that Rehman “had promised the student passing grades

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Bolivian Police Find And Destroy Three Crack Cocaine ‘Mega-Factories’

In a recent announcement to the public, Bolivian law enforcement authorities have reported the discovery of three crack cocaine “mega-factories” found in the regions of central Cochabamba, south-central Santa Cruz, and eastern Beni. All three sites, which were concealed in national parks and forestry reserves in the regions, have since

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Sixteen Soldiers Killed During Ambush in Western Niger

On Saturday, May 1st, 16 Niger soldiers were killed by a group of “bandits” near the Mali border in the Tahoua region. Additionally, six other soldiers were left injured and one went missing. The attack came as part of an ambush on the military patrols occupying the region, and the

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