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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 >>

Harry and Meghan Exit: The Royal Family Propaganda Machine

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 11:12 am | Binoy Kampmark

Royal gossip is worth its weight in gold on the British media circuit. Buckingham Palace knows that, and seeks to control, as much as it can, the way that gold is distributed. Much of this was in evidence at the bungling, cringe-worthy performance ... More >>

UN moves to tackle ‘hidden abuse’ against European Children

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 10:38 am | UN News

Each year, at least 55 million children in Europe suffer some form of physical, sexual, emotional or psychological violence, the UN health agency (WHO) said on Tuesday. More >>

Asia-Pacific has Record Year for Clinical Trials

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 10:05 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Jan 14, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Novotech, the largest biotech CRO in Asia Pacific, says the region has had a record year by number of studies, experienced world-class sites and investigators, and patient enrollment. More >>

Rights Report: Ethiopian Asylum Seekers’ Gateway to Hell

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 9:59 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva - A report published by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor and SAM for Human Rights and Liberties revealed ten patterns of grave violations practiced against African migrants in illegal detention camps in Yemen. More >>

Niti Aayog must stop plan to privatise public health

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 7:23 pm | Citizen News

In late November 2019 Khwahish Warsi, a daily wage earner who makes his living by making and selling 'dholaks', the Indian percussion instrument, who did not have one pelvic joint, met with a major accident and suffered major fracture in both his ... More >>

UBI made the economy in Kenya's villages boom

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 1:22 pm | Marco Puehringer

A charity implemented a massive economic stimulus package for rural Kenya: 10,500 households received $1,000 each. A study examined the effects. The result: the entire population benefited from the package and every dollar invested boosted the economy ... More >>

Colombia: ‘Significant strides’ towards integrated peace

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 11:12 am | UN News

Colombia has continued to make “significant strides in its peace process”, the top UN envoy in the country told the Security Council on Monday. More >>

UN agency urges China to continue search for source of virus

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 10:56 am | UN News

It is “essential” for China to continue investigating the source of a previously unknown strain of coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Monday, following confirmation that an infected patient is being treated in Thailand. More >>

Slow Food launches the worldwide campaign Meat the Change

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 10:47 am | Slow Food International

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of reducing meat consumption, the associated benefits for the environment and human health, and to support the farmers who raise animals in harmony with nature, with respect for animal ... More >>

13th Asian Financial Forum opens today

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 10:44 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Jan 13, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - The 13th Asian Financial Forum (AFF) opened this morning and runs for two days at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Under the theme "Redefining Growth: Innovation, Breakthrough, Inclusiveness", ... More >>

Ecological grief, ecocide and the Australian bush fires

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 10:36 am | Lynley Tulloch

Imagery of the fires in Australia filter through my newsfeed constantly. The blackened trees silhouetted against a raging red backdrop; burned koala paws; billowing smoke; stiff farm animal bodies on the side of the road; a charred and dead kangaroo; hazy ... More >>

Trillions in U.S. Military Spending Are Unaccounted For

Monday, 13 January 2020, 4:01 pm | Eric Zuesse

Before documenting that many trillions of dollars in U.S. Government military spending have been and are unaccounted-for, and that by far the most corrupt U.S. federal Department is the ‘Defense’ Department, it is important to document here, by ... More >>

Security Council: Syria cross-border aid under threat

Saturday, 11 January 2020, 11:22 am | United Nations

A six-year-long UN operation that delivers aid across the Syrian border will expire at midnight unless the divided UN Security Council can agree later on Friday to extend it. As Council members met to consider re-authorizing cross-border humanitarian aid ... More >>

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’

Saturday, 11 January 2020, 10:57 am | United Nations

Inaction when it comes to the fight back against damaging climate change is not an option, the President of the UN General Assembly told a major energy conference in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Tijani Muhammad-Bande was addressing the International Organization ... More >>

How to Combat Israel’s Misuse of “Antisemitism”

Saturday, 11 January 2020, 10:55 am | Ramzy Baroud

By Ramzy Baroud At a talk I delivered in Northern England in March 2018, I proposed that the best response to falsified accusations of antisemitism, which are often lobbed against pro-Palestinian communities and intellectuals everywhere, is to draw ... More >>

DRC: inter-ethnic violence in Ituri

Saturday, 11 January 2020, 10:51 am | UNHCHR

KINSHASA/GENEVA (10 January 2020) – Killings, rapes and other forms of violence targeting the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of Congo province of Ituri may amount to crimes against humanity, a UN report released on Friday said. More >>

International Submarine Cable Connection Arrives in Raro

Saturday, 11 January 2020, 10:41 am | Avaroa Cable

Cable comes ashore at second attempt in complex engineering operation following Tropical Cyclone Sarai Manatua One Polynesia fibreoptic cable will connect Rarotonga to Samoa, Tahiti and Aitutaki The 3600km cable will be Ready for Service May 2020 More >>

Australian government counts the cost of climate denial

Saturday, 11 January 2020, 10:35 am | ITUC

The extended bushfire season in Australia has wreaked havoc on communities, with 8.4 billion hectares of land burnt, and lives, homes and livelihoods lost along with up to a billion animals. The Insurance Council of Australia estimates the cost of ... More >>

The USA’s System of Checks, Balances and Reality Crumbles

Friday, 10 January 2020, 3:21 pm | John Stanton

The USA’s System of Checks, Balances and Reality Crumbles as it Seeks War with Iran: Send in Pope Francis, Not the Marines More >>

Soleimani’s Successor Is Failing

Friday, 10 January 2020, 2:27 pm | Eric Zuesse

As I have earlier indicated (January 7th) under the headline “How Iran Can Checkmate Trump” , the way that Iran could easily have checkmated Trump would have been More >>

Forty-Five Felons With Their Own Holiday: The US Presidency

Friday, 10 January 2020, 10:36 am | David Swanson

By David Swanson More >>

Close to 108,000 buyers visit first four HKTDC fairs of 2020

Friday, 10 January 2020, 10:07 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Jan 9, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - The HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair and the HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair, both organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair, organised ... More >>

NetDragon's Huayu and NCETC Collaborate

Friday, 10 January 2020, 10:05 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Jan 9, 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 Huayu, NetDragon's education subsidiary, ... More >>

Disaster relief team deployed to help animal survivors

Thursday, 9 January 2020, 5:41 pm | Humane Society International

Humane Society International (HSI) is deploying a disaster relief team to help the animal survivors of the bushfires and assist with the herculean wildlife rescue effort that must get underway. More >>

US Lawmakers Decry 'Utterly Unconvincing' Trump Briefing

Thursday, 9 January 2020, 5:08 pm | Jon Queally

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo(R) listens as US President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, DC, January 8, 2020. (Photo: Eric Baradat / AFP via Getty Images) More >>

Major Boost for Disaster Risk Management in Vanuatu

Thursday, 9 January 2020, 1:03 pm | World Bank

US$10 million World Bank support to help Vanuatu improve resilience, and respond in the event of a major emergency More >>

‘Unprecedented terrorist violence’ in West Africa

Thursday, 9 January 2020, 12:04 pm | United Nations

The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel updated the Security Council on Wednesday, describing an “unprecedented" rise in terrorist violence across the region. “The region has experienced a devastating surge in terrorist attacks ... More >>

Guterres pledges ‘active engagement’ in de-escalation effort

Thursday, 9 January 2020, 11:47 am | United Nations

In the wake of an Iranian ballistic missile attack on air bases which house US forces in Iraq, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday that he would “continue his active engagement” to de-escalate tensions and avert full-scale war. More >>