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In Davos, DG Azevêdo hears support for WTO reform

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:23 pm | World Trade Organisation

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed the strong support expressed at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week by ministers, heads of state, private sector and labour leaders for ongoing efforts to reform and reinforce the WTO to keep up with ... More >>

International Court of Justice: Myanma

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:19 pm | UNHCHR

We welcome the Order by the International Court of Justice that Myanmar must take “all measures within its power” to protect the members of the Rohingya group from all future acts that may amount to genocide under the provisions of Article ... More >>

World Leprosy Day

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:18 pm | UNHCHR

World Leprosy Day: UN expert calls on States to end discrimination against affected women and children More >>

PHILIPPINES: Rappler challenges president’s ‘media powers’

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:17 pm | Pacific Media Watch

By David Robie MANILA (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Rappler , the innovative online publisher that has been at the media freedom frontline in the Philippines for the past three years, has challenged President Rodrigo Duterte by taking the ... More >>

China Virus Kills 25 and Spreads Internationally

Friday, 24 January 2020, 4:08 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- In China, officials have cancelled air flights and trains out of Wuhan, a city of 11 million people which is the epicenter of a deadly coronavirus that has killed at least 25 people and sickened 830. More >>

Fashion Hong Kong arrives at New York Fashion Week

Friday, 24 January 2020, 4:01 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Jan 24, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Three leading Hong Kong fashion designer brands will take part in the Fashion Hong Kong runway show at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 in February. The runway parade, organised by the Hong Kong Trade ... More >>

Myanmar: World court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya

Friday, 24 January 2020, 10:02 am | Amnesty International

In response to today’s ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Myanmar to take "provisional measures" to prevent genocidal acts against the Rohingya community, Amnesty International’s Regional Director, Nicholas Bequelin, ... More >>

Coronavirus: ‘An emergency in China, but not yet global

Friday, 24 January 2020, 9:59 am | United Nations

The head of the UN health agency, WHO (World Health Organization), declared on Thursday that the respiratory disease Novel Coronavirus, is not yet an official Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), but warned that is an emergency in China. More >>

Myanmar: UN expert says ‘lost optimism but still hopes'

Friday, 24 January 2020, 9:05 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

DHAKA (23 January 2020) – As grave allegations of international crimes remain to be effectively addressed by the authorities in Myanmar, a UN human rights expert today said she had not given up hope as she concluded her final official visit to ... More >>

Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz

Friday, 24 January 2020, 9:03 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (23 January 2020) – States must take urgent and effective steps to monitor antisemitic incidents, ensure accountability for perpetrators of violence, and protect Jewish individuals, communities and sites as part of their effort to combat antisemitism, ... More >>

Euro-Med Monitor documents targeting of protestors in Iraq

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 9:52 am | Euro Med Monitor

GENEVA - The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor expressed its grave concern over the escalating Iraqi security forces and armed elements targeting of protests with the aim of killing and causing fatal injuries and disabilities More >>

How Michael Bloomberg’s ‘Journalists’ Propagandize

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 9:11 am | Eric Zuesse

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: How Michael Bloomberg’s ‘Journalists’ Propagandize for More U.S. Aggressions) More >>

UN chief outlines solutions to defeat ‘four horsemen’

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 8:43 am | UN News

The start of the New Year finds the world facing four looming threats to human progress: surging geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, global mistrust and the downsides of technology, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. More >>

Average Debt per UK Citizen is £37k, Among Highest Globally

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 8:23 am | Psychic Ventures Ltd

Data gathered by LearnBonds.com shows that each UK citizen owes £37,434 of the national debt. This figure places the UK citizens as the fourth most indebted globally. More >>

Experts call for investigation into Saudi allegations

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 8:16 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (22 January 2020) - UN human rights experts are gravely concerned by information they have received suggesting that, in contravention of fundamental international human rights standards, a WhatsApp account belonging to the Crown Prince of the Kingdom ... More >>

Sanders responds To Oxfam Inequality Report

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 5:26 pm | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

In Response to Oxfam Inequality Report, Sanders Calls for Global Movement to Counter 'Greed of Billionaire Class' More >>

Formation of new Government in Lebanon

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 3:26 pm | United Nations

The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement of the formation of a new Government of Lebanon today. He looks forward to working with Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the incoming Council of Ministers, including in support of Lebanon’s reform agenda ... More >>

Historic case opens door to climate change asylum

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 9:19 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (21 January 2020) – In its first ruling on a complaint by an individual seeking asylum from the effects of climate change, the UN Human Rights Committee* has stated that countries may not deport individuals who face climate change-induced ... More >>

Healthcare’s a human right, not ‘a privilege for the rich’

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 9:17 am | UN News

The UN agency devoted to ending AIDS as a public health threat is calling on top politicians and governments across the world to ensure the right to quality healthcare is upheld, and not just a privilege to be enjoyed by the wealthy. More >>

Lebanon: UN rights office calls for de-escalation

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 9:16 am | UN News

What had been largely peaceful demonstrations against Lebanon’s Government in the capital Beirut grew increasingly violent over the weekend, sparking the concern of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. More >>

UN health agency to gauge global threat of new Coronavirus

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 9:14 am | UN News

Following an announcement by China’s national health body that a new virus first identified there, can be transmitted from person to person, the World Health Organization (WHO) is to hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide if it should be declared a global ... More >>

UN ruling could boost climate change asylum claims----------

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 9:13 am | UN News

The UN Human Rights Committee has determined that countries cannot deport people who have sought asylum due to climate-related threats. More >>

JCB expands its merchant network with Nets Group in Finland

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 8:34 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

LONDON, Jan 21, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International, Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., and Nordic-based payment service provider Nets Group, today announce the wider enablement of JCB payment acceptance by Nets ... More >>

Suprema unveils its Latest Facial Recognition Solution

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 8:33 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SEOUL, KOREA, Jan 21, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Suprema Inc., a leading global provider of biometrics and security solutions, unveiled its latest facial recognition solution at INTERSEC 2020, the largest security exhibition in the Middle East, held in Dubai ... More >>

Invest Hong Kong assists record number of companies

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 8:32 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Jan 21, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) today (January 21) announced that the department had assisted 487 overseas and Mainland companies to set up or expand in Hong Kong in 2019. More >>

HKTDC Education & Careers Expo opens early February

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 8:30 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Information hub for study and job opportunities HONG KONG, Jan 21, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 30th edition of the HKTDC Education & Careers Expo runs from 6 to 9 February (Thursday to ... More >>

Bityuan 2019: Sailing from China, Chaining the World

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 8:28 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HANGZHOU, CHINA, Jan 21, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - "Interoperability is the future," says Ethereum's founder, Vitalik Buterin. When it comes to interoperability, Cosmos and Polkadot look to dominate the market. However, no further than Singapore, a project ... More >>

Azelis presents new regional video for Asia Pacific

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 4:16 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Jan 21, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - After globally launching the new Azelis tagline 'Innovation through formulation' and corporate video in July 2019, Azelis Asia Pacific now unveils its own video, which describes the forces behind the strong ... More >>

UN landmark case for people displaced by climate change

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 9:09 am | Amnesty International

In a ground-breaking asylum case, a UN human rights body has ruled that governments must take into account the human rights violations caused by the climate crisis when considering deportation of asylum seekers, said Amnesty International today. More >>

Moroccan Agriculture and Rural Development

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 8:27 am | Yossef Ben-Meir

In recent years, Morocco has put in place the right frameworks for mobilizing rural communities to advance the nation’s sustainable development goals, yet it falls woefully short when it comes to implementation. As someone who has been engaged in ... More >>

TV legends Meredith Vieira & Jerry Springer joining Awards

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 8:21 am | Parrot Analytics

Joining host Carson Kressley for the 2nd Annual Global TV Demand Awards taking place tomorrow, January 21, will be two of daytime TV’s most recognizable personalities: Meredith Vieira and Jerry Springer. Presented by Parrot Analytics , the show will ... More >>

New piracy sites filling the hole left by IndoXXI

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 8:15 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

JAKARTA, Jan 20, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - The Indonesia based IndoXXI group, which controls a large number of illegal piracy websites and applications, has "claimed" that it had officially closed its operations as of January 1st. The Minister of Communications ... More >>

“Don’t fund our eviction”: Tribe pleads with US Govt

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 8:10 am | Survival International

Two tribal communities famed for their honey-gathering skills have written to the US authorities urging them to scrap support for a conservation project that could lead to the tribe’s eviction from their ancestral forests. More >>

Australian Fire Lake Conjola - Give a little fundraiser

Monday, 20 January 2020, 9:36 pm | Tevita Waqasoakolala

"Looking back at the turn of events that have unfolded for Jesse and his family over the last couple of weeks it has given me a perspective of how things in life can quickly change. I’ve known Jesse close to 30 years and he has always been a ... More >>

Ultimate Glacier Holiday up for Grabs to Aid Samoa

Monday, 20 January 2020, 2:56 pm | Scenic Hotel Group

CHRISTCHURCH January 2020. Samoa may be a long way from New Zealand's Glacier Country, but the number of Samoan staff employed in tourism on the West Coast brings the ongoing measles epidemic in Samoa very close to home. More >>

The Roads & Traffic Expo to Gather Over 2,000 Attendees

Monday, 20 January 2020, 2:14 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

THAILAND, Jan 20, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Supporting the sustainable development of the nation's transport infrastructure is a key focus of Thailand's Ministry of Transport. In line with the Thailand 4.0 vision, the 20-year National Transport Infrastructure ... More >>

‘This terrible situation cannot be allowed to continue’

Monday, 20 January 2020, 9:59 am | UN News

Speaking at a major, high-level summit on Libya, held in the German capital Berlin on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres evoked the disastrous humanitarian situation faced by thousands of civilians, as conflict in the North African country ... More >>

Ampatuan massacre justice aftermath

Monday, 20 January 2020, 8:40 am | Pacific Media Watch

For decades, the feared Ampatuan clan held sway in the impoverished province of Maguindanao in Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Through a ruthless private army and a reported “propensity for beheadings”, the clan cultivated a culture of ... More >>

Radio storytelling and community empowerment in Vinzons

Monday, 20 January 2020, 8:37 am | Pacific Media Watch

MANILA ( Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch ): Operating out of a modest three-roomed rooftop suite overlooking the local marketplace in the rice-producing Bicol township of Vinzons, a tiny Filipino community radio startup is quietly making its mark. More >>

Shutting key TV channel would be step to ‘dictatorship’

Monday, 20 January 2020, 8:34 am | Pacific Media Centre

MANILA ( The Varsitarian/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch ): A New Zealand media academic and freedom advocate has warned that shutting down the Philippines’ largest and most popular media network would be a move toward dictatorship. More >>

Bridges must condemn human rights abuses in the Philippines

Monday, 20 January 2020, 8:18 am | FIRST Union

The current Simon Bridges led National Party delegation to the Philippines will be a failure if it does not raise the issue of Human Rights and condemn the extra-judicial killings occurring there according to two New Zealand members of an International ... More >>

Animal-Eating Causing Diseases That Could Become Pandemics

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 3:41 pm | Martha Rosenberg

Animal-Eating Behavior Causing Diseases That Could Become Pandemics Do you remember SARS? Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was so contagious; a SARS-afflicted man on an Air China flight in 2003 infected 20 passengers sitting at a distance away ... More >>

Blockpass Featured in Forrester Research Report

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 1:50 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Jan 17, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Hong Kong based digital identity verification solution Blockpass has been featured in "New Tech: Decentralized Digital Identity (DDID)", the latest research report released by Forrester. More >>

Aussie animals celebrate the arrival of rain!

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 12:47 pm | Symbio

The animals at Symbio Wildlife Park, South of Sydney, have rejoiced in the arrival of much needed rains after what has been such a harsh Australian Summer. More >>

Syria: Bachelet condemns continued killings

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 12:40 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (17 January 2020) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet today condemned the continued killing and displacement of civilians in north-western Syria despite the announcement of a ceasefire nearly a week ago. More >>

Cambodia: UN experts say Kem Sokha trial is “tainted”

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 12:38 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (17 January 2020) – UN human rights experts* expressed concerns about the treason trial that opened this week against Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha, saying the entire process from the allegation itself to the conduct of the trial ... More >>

A Matter of Quality: Air Pollution, Tennis & Officialdom

Friday, 17 January 2020, 3:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

They are disgruntled and have every right to be. Whatever one’s feelings about tennis, expecting athletes to perform in subpar conditions is a rank matter that should see officials taken to task. But administrators of a game are often distant ... More >>

EU Sanctions Against Human Rights Abusers Sorely Needed

Friday, 17 January 2020, 3:27 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva – The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor commends the EU Parliament for passing a resolution that calls to impose sanctions on human rights abusers, and calls on the EU Commission to urgently expedite duly deliberations to create ... More >>

Yemen resilient & ‘unscathed’ in face of latest Gulf crisis

Friday, 17 January 2020, 3:21 pm | UN News

Despite the threat posed by recent tensions in the Gulf, Yemen was able to weather the crisis thanks in part to restraint exercised by its political leaders, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Thursday. More >>

Syrian conflict has ‘erased’ children’s dreams

Friday, 17 January 2020, 3:20 pm | UN News

Nearly nine years of conflict in Syria have robbed boys and girls of their childhood and subjected them to “unabated violations of their rights”, including being killed, maimed, displaced, forced to fight or subjected to torture, rape and sexual ... More >>

34th Qinhuai Lantern Festival invites Global Netizens

Friday, 17 January 2020, 10:40 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

NANJING, CHINA, Jan 16, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - The Qinhuai Lantern Festival, known for its folksy, colorful lanterns, comes alive in a lighting ceremony at the Confucius Temple in Nanjing, Eastern China on January 17. The official lighting ceremony, for ... More >>

The Roads & Traffic Expo Thailand 2020 Keynote Speakers

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 4:24 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

THAILAND, Jan 16, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - With just four weeks away from The Roads & Traffic Expo Thailand 2020, which will be held on 12-13 February 2020 at BITEC, Bangkok, the keynote speakers are now announced. More >>

UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 11:16 am | UN News

Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday. More >>

Alert: Implementing peace deal only path for stabilization

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 11:14 am | UN News

Implementation of the 2015 peace agreement in Mali provides the only pathway for stabilization there, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Wednesday. More >>

#CNNIsTrash Trends As Pushback Grows

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 10:48 am | Caitlin Johnstone

The hashtag #CNNIsTrash is the number one trend on Twitter as of this writing due to the network's appalling treatment of Bernie Sanders in last night's Democratic presidential debates in Iowa. More >>

Sealed Off and Forgotten: Israel’s 'Firing Zones'

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 9:52 am | Ramzy Baroud

A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called “firing zones” in the West Bank. “Israel has impounded the only vehicle available ... More >>

Short of Time: Julian Assange at the Westminster Magistrates

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 9:50 am | Binoy Kampmark

Another slot of judicial history, another notch to be added to the woeful record of legal proceedings being undertaken against Julian Assange. The ailing WikiLeaks founder was coping as well as he could, showing the resourcefulness of the desperate ... More >>

Chinese Communist Party’s Media Influence Expands Worldwide

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 9:45 am | Freedom House

Washington - January 15, 2020 — Over the past decade, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders have overseen a dramatic expansion in the regime’s ability to shape media content and narratives about China around the world, affecting every region ... More >>

3,500+ finance, business leaders join Asian Financial Forum

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 8:39 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Jan 15, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - More than 3,500 distinguished speakers and influential global financial experts, policymakers, business leaders, economists and investors attended the 13th Asian Financial Forum (AFF), a two-day event that ... More >>

NetDragon Wins "The Best Value Education Stock" at Golden

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 8:36 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Jan 15, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that the Company wins "The Best ... More >>