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Bell turns its back on rural Canada, rescinding promises

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:35 am | OpenMedia

AUGUST 19, 2019 — Today Bell Canada announced that it will be reducing its investment in rural broadband Internet by 20%, leaving up to 200,000 households behind. The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s CRTC decision that found telecom ... More >>

Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:32 am | UN News

Afghanistan is at a “crucial moment” in its history as it marks 100 years of independence, the head of the UN Mission there said on Monday, following a series of terror attacks in recent days. More >>

UN refugee chief impressed with Brazil

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:31 am | UN News

While praising the “efficient, coordinated, humane and innovative response” by Brazil on behalf of fleeing Venezuelans, the UN refugee chief has said that the sheer number of those on the run is proving to be a major challenge, calling for greater ... More >>

Four HKTDC August fairs and ICMCM draw to a close

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:29 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 19, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 30th HKTDC Food Expo, the 11th HKTDC Hong Kong International Tea Fair, the fourth HKTDC Beauty & Wellness Expo, the sixth HKTDC Home Delights Expo and the International Conference of the Modernization ... More >>

Mali reconciliation efforts must be supported, says UN

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:24 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (19 August 2019) The Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, Alioune Tine, has welcomed reconciliation initiatives launched in central Mali by traditional and religious leaders, civil society members and the local authorities. More >>

Euro-Med calls on Moroccan authorities to respect protests

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:18 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva- The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor is following with concern the protests of medical students at faculties of medicine in the Kingdom of Morocco and the unjustified arbitrary measures taken by the authorities against them, the Geneva-based ... More >>

JCB partners with EVO Payments to enable JCB card acceptance

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 8:07 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

London, Aug 19, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International, Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., today announces a partnership with EVO Payments to enable JCB payment acceptance across the UK and Ireland. More >>

Thailand Proudly Produces Its First Medical Marijuana

Monday, 19 August 2019, 3:48 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Unwilling to allow the public to get zonked or profit from recreational marijuana, Thailand has instead produced its first pharmaceutical THC and CBD oils, tablets, oral sprays, chocolate wafers and traditional potions after ... More >>

Yellowhammer, Brexit and no-deal chaos

Monday, 19 August 2019, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Britain’s Boris Johnson is driving his country to the cliff face, along the way mouthing and spouting all manner of populist reassurances. Still fresh in the job, he declared that UK preparations for a no-deal Brexit on October 31, when Britain ... More >>

Strengthening the role of #WomenHumanitarns

Monday, 19 August 2019, 12:45 pm | United Nations

The work of women humanitarians makes a “huge difference” to the lives of millions of women, men and children in urgent need, the United Nations chief said in his message for World Humanitarian Day. More >>

Sei whale compliance issue at CITES Standing Committee

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 10:43 am | Humane Society International

Since 2002, Japan has killed more than 1,500 sei whales—the third largest species on the planet and an endangered species—on the high seas of the North Pacific. Their meat and blubber, amounting to more than 18,000 metric tons, is sold on Japan's ... More >>

UN Security Council discusses Kashmir

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:24 am | United Nations

The Security Council met to consider the volatile situation surrounding Indian and Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Friday, addressing the issue directly within the UN body dedicated to resolving matters of international peace and security, for the ... More >>

Displaced by DR Congo violence

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:22 am | United Nations

UNICEF/Madjiangar Interethnic violence has ravaged the Ituri Province in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since December last year, generating significant population movements within the Province, and toward neighbouring Uganda. More >>

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - Zimbabwe

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:15 am | UNHCHR

We understand that today’s planned protests in Harare have just been called off by the organisers, following a High Court decision to uphold a Government ban. The crowds that had already gathered were dispersed by police, with reports emerging ... More >>

Iran: Release women jailed for protesting

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:13 am | UNHCHR

Iran: Release women jailed for protesting against compulsory wearing of veil, say UN rights experts More >>

UNEP, UN Human Rights Office sign new agreement

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:12 am | UNHCHR

UNEP, UN Human Rights Office sign new agreement, stepping up commitment to protect the human right to a healthy environment • UN Environment Programme and UN Human Rights chiefs formalise new partnership to protect environmental and human rights ... More >>

Int’l coalition urges China: ‘Stop Golden Rice!’

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:05 am | Peoples Coalition on Food Sovereignty

An international movement of grassroots groups of small food producers and food sovereignty advocates challenged the Chinese government to reconsider its thrust to invest in agricultural biotechnology and take a more pro-active role in regulating GMO projects ... More >>

U.S., China & Russia: Rivals For Weaponry & Investment

Friday, 16 August 2019, 1:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent appearance at a Southeast Asian foreign ministers' conference occurred alongside his rival Chinese and Russian counterparts, with all three trying to woo Thailand's authoritarian government ... More >>

Coup Leader Wins Election & Pentagon Hopes to Train

Friday, 16 August 2019, 1:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha ended his five-year-long junta and took over the defense ministry when his new government was recently sworn in, nearly four months after an election to reaffirm him as prime minister. More >>

Manufacturing Normality

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:40 am | Caitlin Johnstone

If people could see the world with fresh eyes, as though they were viewing it for the very first time, they would suddenly find themselves smashed between two equally strong yet wildly different experiences. More >>

Justin Trudeau and the Ethics of Interference

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:35 am | Binoy Kampmark

Ethics can be a slippery matter and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken, rather decidedly, the option of adding more grease. His understanding over the ethics, for instance, of interfering in the decision-making process involving ... More >>

Comment on UN's Review of Palestinian Racism Record

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:31 am | UN Watch

GENEVA, August 15, 2019 — On the conclusion of the first examination of the Palestinian record on racism by the UN's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), UN Watch commended the 18-member expert body for asking the representatives ... More >>

Children’s lives in Mediterranean Sea must take priority

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:23 am | UN News

The fate of 130 children on board two rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea should not be put at risk by political point-scoring, the UN said on Thursday, amid ongoing uncertainty about whether the vessels will be allowed to dock in Italy. More >>

Honduras: UN experts visit to assess

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:17 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

GENEVA (15 August 2019) – The United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights will undertake its first official country visit to Honduras from 19 to 28 August to assess efforts to identify, prevent and address adverse human rights impacts ... More >>

HKTDC Food Expo opens featuring new Coffee Avenue zone

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:16 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the HKTDC Food Expo, HKTDC Hong Kong International Tea Fair, HKTDC Beauty & Wellness Expo, HKTDC Home Delights Expo and the International Conference ... More >>

Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest 2019 finalists

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:14 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 2019 Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest (YDC) will see 16 up-and-coming fashion talents shortlisted to compete for five grand prizes as well as prestigious internships, study trips and mentorships ... More >>

Infinito partners with Cocos BCX

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:10 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Aug 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Infinito, the company behind Infinito Wallet, has partnered with Cocos-BCX (Cocos BlockChain Expedition), the leader in the next generation digital game economy, to bring Cocos-BCX's decentralized applications ... More >>

Blockpass to list PASS on GlenBit from 16 August

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 3:21 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Blockpass has announced that it will list its native utility token, PASS on Scotland-based cryptocurrency exchange GlenBit beginning on 16 August 2019. The announcement comes off the back of the earlier news ... More >>

India: Keep Internet Open And Secure in Jammu and Kashmir

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 2:11 pm | Access Now

Global Coalition Calls for India to Keep the Internet Open And Secure in the Territory of Jammu And Kashmir More >>

Pacific Pawa Shift Builds Momentum to Climate Action Summit

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 1:47 pm | 350.org

Nadi, Fiji – 63 Pacific Climate Warriors (PCWs) from 17 teams across the Pacific gathered in Nadi, to develop strategies to further strengthen the work of climate activists less than a week after the Pacific Island States declared a climate crisis ... More >>

Manifestos of Hate: What White Terrorists Have in Common

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:31 am | Ramzy Baroud

Writing under the title of “If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim”, Moustafa Bayoumi stated the obvious. “If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim,” Bayoumi wrote in the British Guardian newspaper on August 6, US President Donald Trump “would ... More >>

The Blockpass Quiz Campaign Registration Will Close Tomorrow

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:23 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 14, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - There's only one day left to register to participate in the newly revamped Blockpass Quiz campaign for the chance to win $1000USD in PASS tokens. Following numerous successful campaigns over Telegram, Blockpass ... More >>

UN rights expert in first visit to Honduras

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:12 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / TEGUCIGALPA (14 August 2019) – UN Special Rapporteur Diego García-Sayán will carry out an official visit to Honduras from 16-22 August 2019 to assess the status of the independence of judges and prosecutors, and of the free exercise of ... More >>

Paraguay responsible for human rights violations

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:10 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (14 August 2019). Paraguay must undertake an effective and thorough investigation into fumigations with agrochemicals and the subsequent poisoning of peoples, including children, and contamination of water, soil and food, according to an expert UN body. ... More >>

Survivors: The terrorists killed many people in front of us

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:06 am | UN News

To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on 21 August, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier this year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell, ... More >>

Humanitarian assistance to be scaled-up for Venezuelans

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:02 am | UN News

The United Nations humanitarian wing launched a new Response Plan (HRP) on Wednesday, that aims to help around 2.6 million people in Venezuela through to the end of the year, almost half of whom are youth. More >>

Winnie Byanyima ‘honoured to be joining UNAIDS’

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 9:51 am | UN News

The UN programme dedicated to the elimination of AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, has warmly welcomed the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director. More >>

UN warns of spike in violations against children in Mali

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 3:10 pm | UN News

Voicing great concern over a sharp increase in the killing and maiming of children in Mali due to ongoing fighting and instability, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners on Tuesday, called on all warring parties to stop attacks and “keep ... More >>

Act with restraint UN urges Hong Kong

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 9:26 am | UN News

After two consecutive days of chaos at Hong Kong International Airport, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet expressed her concern and condemned “any form” of violence or destruction of property and urged the demonstrators ... More >>

Amidst new challenges, Geneva Conventions mark 70 years

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 9:01 am | UN News

In commemorating the 70th anniversary of the landmark Geneva Conventions, the president of the United Nations Security Council hailed the “significant body of law”, describing it as playing “a vital role in limiting brutality of armed conflicts”. More >>

Asia's top fashion event CENTRESTAGE opens in September

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 8:28 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 13, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - CENTRESTAGE, Asia's premier fashion event, returns in September for its fourth edition, running from 4 to 7 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Organised by the Hong Kong Trade ... More >>

Global Forest Wildlife Populations in Significant Decline

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 8:27 am | WWF

13 August 2019, Woking (UK) – The first-ever global assessment of forest biodiversity , Below the Canopy shows that monitored forest-dwelling wildlife populations have shrunk on average by more than half (53%) since 1970 . The new WWF report highlights ... More >>

Sri Lanka: UN Rapporteur on freedom of religion to visit

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 8:14 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / COLOMBO (13 August 2019) – The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka, from 15 to 26 August 2019. “I will look at how Sri Lanka promotes and protects the rights ... More >>

Increased repression in Hong Kong: now is the time to act!

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:13 am | International Trade Union Confederation

After another weekend of escalating police violence in Hong Kong, the ITUC has been asked to mobilise the global trade union movement in solidarity with trade union demands for freedom of assembly and free speech; the release of arrested protestors ... More >>

New Zealander appointed to Amnesty International Board

Monday, 12 August 2019, 5:36 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International (AI) members from around the world have elected new Directors to their International Board at the AI Annual Global Assembly this month. More >>

Dr. Ashrawi: Israel bears full responsibility for Al Aqsa

Monday, 12 August 2019, 8:25 am | Palestine Liberation Organisation

Dr. Ashrawi: Israel bears full responsibility for storming Al Aqsa and fueling religious tensions in Jerusalem More >>

PHILIPPINES: American environmental journalist shot

Sunday, 11 August 2019, 5:09 pm | Pacific Media Watch

MANILA (Committee To Protect Journalists/Pacific Media Watch): An American journalist working in the Philippines on indigenous environmental and human rights issues has been shot and critically wounded while fetching his daughter from school in the northern ... More >>

Hajj 2019: Some 2.5 Million Pilgrims Stand in Arafat

Sunday, 11 August 2019, 12:39 pm | Center for International Communication

Hajj 2019: Some 2.5 Million Pilgrims Stand in Arafat For Peak of Pilgrimage Before Starting Trek to Muzdalifah The total number of international and domestic pilgrims this year is 2,489,406 On the second day pilgrims left Mina from the morning for ... More >>

Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack

Sunday, 11 August 2019, 12:14 pm | United Nations

Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack, as Security Council meets in emergency session, honours their ‘ultimate sacrifice’ More >>

More than half a million Rohingya in Bangladesh get ID cards

Saturday, 10 August 2019, 11:32 am | UN News

More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal crackdown in Myanmar two years ago, have received identification cards that the UN insisted on Friday were critical to safeguarding their right to return home. More >>

UN food aid to Yemen will fully resume after two-month break

Saturday, 10 August 2019, 11:32 am | UN News

Life-saving food aid distribution is set to resume to 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, following guarantees by Houthi opposition forces that the supplies will reach those who need them most, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. More >>

UN Committee Against Torture publishes findings

Saturday, 10 August 2019, 11:25 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (9 August, 2019) – The UN Committee Against Torture has published its findings on the rights record of countries it examined during its latest session: Bangladesh, Greece, Poland, and Togo. The findings, officially termed concluding observations, ... More >>

New UN Report Shines Light on Trends in Climate Action

Saturday, 10 August 2019, 11:23 am | UNFCCC

9 August 2019 – Less than two months ahead of a key September 23 UN Climate Action Summit in New York, a report published by UN Climate Change provides insights into action taken by governments to address climate change, presenting a wealth of knowledge ... More >>

Scourge of homelessness adds to hardships for LGBT youth

Saturday, 10 August 2019, 11:21 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (9 August 2019) – On the occasion of International Youth Day, the UN’s Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, and the Special Rapporteur ... More >>

Bachelet on the recent sanctions imposed on Venezuela

Friday, 9 August 2019, 1:37 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

“I am deeply worried about the potentially severe impact on the human rights of the people of Venezuela of the new set of unilateral sanctions imposed by the US this week. The sanctions are extremely broad and fail to contain sufficient measures ... More >>

World food security increasingly at risk

Friday, 9 August 2019, 10:41 am | UN News

More than 500 million people today live in areas affected by erosion linked to climate change, the UN warned on Thursday, before urging all countries to commit to sustainable land use to help limit greenhouse gas emissions before it is too late. More >>

Meaningful action needed to stop Israeli settlement building

Friday, 9 August 2019, 10:03 am | United Nations

GENEVA (8 August 2019) – UN human rights experts said the international community has a duty to stand by their collective promise to protect the rights of the Palestinian people, and to take decisive action to prevent Israel’s planned construction of ... More >>

Guterres appeals for ‘maximum restraint’ over Jammu, Kashmir

Friday, 9 August 2019, 10:03 am | UN News

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed for ‘maximum restraint’ over the territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, which has been disputed by India and Pakistan, since the end of British rule in the late 1940s. More >>

Commonwealth Secretary-General on Pacific Climate Change

Friday, 9 August 2019, 9:57 am | Patricia Scotland

It is an undisputable fact that Pacific islanders face an existential threat from climate change. More >>

Shift Away from Damaging Land Use Imperative Report Warns

Friday, 9 August 2019, 9:12 am | WWF

8 August 2019, Geneva (Switzerland) - According to an authoritative new report presented in Geneva today, the way we currently use land is both a major contributor to climate change and places unsustainable demands on the land systems on which humans and nature ... More >>