For South Koreans, Trump is a headache

  7/11/17; Se-Woong Koo   US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for travel to Hawaii, on his way to an extended trip to five countries in Asia on November 3, 2017 [Reuters/Jonathan Ernst] Donald Trump is set to arrive in South Korea on November 7. The country is naturally abuzz with anticipation, in […] read more…

UN tells Australia to change migration laws

Tom Miles; AAP Share   Australia needs to stop rejecting refugees and change its migration laws to come into line with international standards, the UN Human Rights Committee said in a report on Thursday. The committee, which comprises 18 independent experts and monitors countries’ compliance with a global human rights treaty, says Australia should come […] read more…

Book details alleged sexual abuse in the Vatican

AFP/11/17 Share  Rome   An Italian journalist acquitted in last year’s so-called Vatileaks trial published Thursday a book detailing the attempts of a young whistleblower to report alleged sexual abuse. Gianluigi Nuzzi reveals new confidential documents in his latest book “Original Sin”, which documents the inner workings of the Vatican and touches on some of […] read more…

UN watchdog urges Australia to end offshore immigrant detentions

          10-11-17; AFP Geneva   A UN rights watchdog urged Australia Thursday to stop sending refugees to offshore detention centres, expressing serious concern about conditions and abuses at the facilities. The UN Human Rights Committee also called on Australia to “take all measures necessary” to protect the rights of those impacted by the closure of […] read more…

Five myths about gun deaths in the United States

8/1/17; by Sébastien BLANC AFP – 4 hours ago Washington (AFP) – On an average day in America, more than two dozen people are shot dead, but the heavy toll goes largely unnoticed except for mass shootings like Sunday’s church massacre in Texas – perpetuating a string of myths about gun violence. Five myths about […] read more…

Al-Azhar’s imam meets pope, vows to fight terrorism

Rome (AFP), AFP, 8/11/17   – The grand imam of Egypt’s famed Al-Azhar institution Ahmed al-Tayeb, one of the Muslim world’s leading religious authorities, on Tuesday met Pope Francis and pledged greater cooperation to fight terrorism. The spiritual leader of the world’s almost 1.3 billion Catholics in April became the first pope to visit the […] read more…

Chaos at Melbourne Cup as Manus Island protesters arrested

Yahoo and Agencies   Protesters (have) blocked a passenger train line and scaled a crane near Flemington Racecourse, calling for Manus Island refugees to be brought to Australia. Manus Island protesters scale crane at Melbourne Cup; Protesters use a car to block rail lines heading to Flemington, and scale a crane to unfurl a banner […] read more…

Manus Island refugee crisis and the Australian media

Bill Code; 4/11/17; Port Macquarie, Australia   Refugees say supplies of food and water are running desperately low inside the former Australian-run refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. Almost 600 men refusing to leave because of a perceived lack of security are now drinking water extracted from a well they dug in […] read more…

Gaza vows to respond to Israeli air raids

            31/10/17; Mohammed Salem/Reuters   –Seven Palestinians killed as Israel strikes Gaza tunnel yesterday –Three issues that could derail the Fatah-Hamas deal last week –Expansion of Gaza fishing zone ‘pointless PR stunt’ last week –Israel’s expansion of Gaza fishing zone fails to ease concerns last week Palestinian armed groups have vowed to respond to […] read more…

Yemenis denounce Saudi siege as ‘collective punishment’

by Faisal Edroos 9 hours ago   Saudi accuses Iran of potential ‘act of war’today Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman widens purgetoday ‘This is the worst day since the start of the war’ yesterday Generations-old craft disappearing from fabric of Yemen’s society yesterday Yemenis have denounced Saudi Arabia’s decision to close the country’s land, air and […] read more…

Families, babies victims of mass shooting

Angela Moon AAP / an hour ago Some of the victims of gunman who opened fire on a church in a rural Texas community on Sunday, killing at least 26 people: HOLCOMBE FAMILY Joe and Claryce Holcombe, told the Washington Post they lost eight extended family members. Bryan Holcombe, an associate pastor of the First […] read more…

Manus Island refugee crisis and the Australian media

Bill Code; 4/11/17; Port Macquarie, Australia   Refugees say supplies of food and water are running desperately low inside the former Australian-run refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. Almost 600 men refusing to leave because of a perceived lack of security are now drinking water extracted from a well they dug in […] read more…

Gaza vows to respond to Israeli air raids

            31/10/17; Mohammed Salem/Reuters   –Seven Palestinians killed as Israel strikes Gaza tunnel yesterday –Three issues that could derail the Fatah-Hamas deal last week –Expansion of Gaza fishing zone ‘pointless PR stunt’ last week –Israel’s expansion of Gaza fishing zone fails to ease concerns last week Palestinian armed groups have vowed to respond to […] read more…

Manus Island refugees dig for water as Australia closes camp

3-11/17; Andrew Thomas; 8 hours ago   Manus Island refugees dig for water as Australia closes camp today = Hundreds of refugees have been forced to dig wells in search of water in a tense standoff on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. About 600 refugees, mostly from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, have barricaded themselves […] read more…

UN official slammed for urging sanctions on Israel

              27/10/17 Published in: Asia & Americas, International Organisations, Israel, Middle East, News, Palestine, UN, US Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied; Michael Lynk [Alhadath24/Facebook]   Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories Michael Lynk has been slammed by Israeli ambassador to the UN after he […] read more…

Humanitarian emergency at ‘Australia’s Guantanamo’

  6/11/7; by Royce Kurmelovs             Perth, Australia – “Australia’s Guantanamo” detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) officially closed a week ago, but nearly 600 desperate refugees are refusing to leave. The facility once formed the cornerstone of Australia’s controversial refugee resettlement policy, but had been ruled illegal by PNG’s Supreme […] read more…
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