Global / 15/08/2020 Thousands gather in Minsk in memory of dead demonstrator

Thousands of protesters gather around the metro station where Alexander Taraikovsky was killed on Monday during the first phase of protests following Belarussian election results on the 9th of August. Protesters have laid flowers on the spot where the 34-year old died. Government officials claim Taraikovsky died while handling an explosive device during the protests...

Global / 11/08/2020 Protests across Belarus following election fraud allegations

Protesters have taken to the streets across Belarus following a controversial election result on Sunday. The presidential election saw incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko receive around 80% of all votes, however this has been disputed by rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who said: “I will believe my own eyes – the majority was for us… The authorities should...

Global, Main Stories / 11/08/2020 Over 140 dead in 20 years: can Mexico save its journalists?

Various press organisations have called for justice after the total death tally of journalists in Mexico has risen to more than 140 over the last 20 years. Five have already been murdered this year, with the latest being Eduardo Ochoa, a freelance reporter shot dead outside his home in the city of Uruapan on August...

Global, Main Stories / 10/08/2020 Lebanon PM announces official resignation of cabinet

Former Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced the official resignation of Lebanon’s cabinet following the Beirut explosion last week. Mr Diab described the political elite as “the real trouble… the real catastrophe in Lebanon”, emphasising blame had been transferred to his government, who had “exerted maximum effort” in their service, for corruption and past mistakes within...

Global / 10/08/2020 Taiwan confirms Chinese jets entered airspace amid US visit

Taiwan has confirmed its air defences detected multiple Chinese jets enter its airspace amidst heightened tension with Beijing. The United States’ health secretary, Alex Azar, is currently visiting the island whilst sitting down to hold talks with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen. This has risen tensions between Washington and China, with the latter declaring it a...

Global / 07/08/2020 Anti-government protests erupt in Lebanon

Anti-government protests have broken out in Lebanon following an explosion in Beirut port that killed at least 154 people with a further 5,000 injured. Although President Michel Aoun has stated: “the cause of the explosion has not yet been determined”, it is suspected 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had ignited after being unsafely stored in...

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China’s crimes against the Uighur population

Desperate cries haunt the international community as the Uighur population plea for aid against alleged human rights abuses in China. “We just need hope”, Jevlan Shirmemmet, whose mother has been arrested for “supporting terrorism”, tells Sky News. “My mother… our family members [are] now in hell. Not in prison… [it] is hell”. China has been…

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Talks to resume over Ethiopia dam conflict

Egypt and Sudan have agreed to continue discussions with Ethiopia surrounding the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd). Ethiopia has begun to fill the dam’s reservoir, despite an agreement not yet having been reached on how water supply will be managed. Talking about the recent filling of the reservoir, Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed said: “It…

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Negotiations break down over Mali political crisis

Negotiations regarding the ongoing political crisis in the African nation of Mali between the President and opposing movements have broken down.  M5-RFP, the coalition moving against President Keïta have called for his resignation following accusations of corruption and an inability to control the fallout from recent elections. Protests over the past few weeks have also…


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