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...

Global, Main Stories / 05/08/2020 Beirut sees explosions further worsening the Lebanon situation

On Tuesday evening, Beirut witnessed two horrifying explosions in its port area, which the Lebanese government has blamed on a warehouse containing almost 3000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. Videos of the second explosion went viral on social media. Footage showed columns of fire and smoke -the result from the first explosion- moments before the second,...

Global, Main Stories / 04/08/2020 Huge explosions rocks Beirut

A huge explosion has occurred in Beirut. The capital city of Lebanon was rocked at roughly 5PM by a huge blast in the port area. The explosion is believed by some to be at a warehouse in the port, with some local news channels reporting it was a nitrate storage facility. This may have contributed...

Global / 04/08/2020 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...

Global / 04/08/2020 US Supreme Court ruling: Half of Oklahoma is Native American land

A ruling by the Supreme Court of the US has declared that half the state of Oklahoma is Native American land. The case was brought by Jimcy McGirt, who in 1997 was convicted for raping a girl, and was ruled 5-4 by the justices. The decision affects Cherokee Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Seminole Nation, Chickasaw...

Global / 04/08/2020 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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Portland protests see intensification

Protests in Portland, Oregon have intensified following Trump’s deployment of federal forces to end the demonstrations.  Federal agents have been seen using batons, tear gas and riot gear to break apart the peaceful protests. Going beyond their original intention of ensuring the protection of federal areas and buildings, officials have been captured on video and…

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Update on Yemen’s current situation

Yemen is yet again in danger of a severe hunger and food security crisis. Despite 80% of the population already relying on humanitarian aid before the coronavirus outbreak, the United Nations’ Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis predicts a huge increase of acute food insecurity by the end of the year – therefore, potentially…

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court removes opposition party leaders

The Supreme Court of Venezuela, which is loyal to Nicolás Maduro, the current President, has ousted the leaders of two of the country’s main opposition parties. The decision comes ahead of this year’s anticipated parliamentary elections. The vote has not yet been scheduled, but this ruling is already fuelling suspicions of election fraud by Mr…


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