Can justice be served 12 years after Sri Lanka’s civil war ended?

25:00 From: Inside Story UN’s human rights chief said Sri Lankan government is failing to pursue those responsible for war crimes. Read more 25 Feb 2021 facebooktwitterwhatsapp More episodes from Inside Story play 25:00 play 25:00 play 25:15 play 25:10 Show more . Source link

UAE government outlines 50 years of growth

Details According to Dubai, the government of the United Arab Emirates held the grand retreats at the direction of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and chaired by the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Abu Dhabi’s Crown […]

MBS: Saudi sovereign fund doubling assets in five years to $1.07T

The five-year plan would see the fund creating 1.8 million direct and indirect jobs, said Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) plans to double its assets to 4 trillion riyals ($1.07 trillion) by 2025, Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday, a move that would make it one of the world’s […]

10 Years After Christchurch Quake, a Hush Where 8,000 Homes Once Stood

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — First the houses and cars vanished. Fences, driveways and the other remaining markers of suburban life followed. Now, only stretches of green remain — an eerie memorial to two earthquakes that leveled Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city, 10 years ago. The undulating expanse, which begins two miles from downtown Christchurch, was […]

Merrick Garland Faces Resurgent Peril After Years Fighting Extremism

Judge Garland and his wife of 33 years, Lynn Garland, live in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Md. His financial disclosure forms from 2020 list assets of $8.6 million to $32.9 million, including trust funds established by Ms. Garland’s parents. He maintains a wide collection of friends, is a familiar presence at Washington dinners and […]

Condemnation after Iraqi-Kurd journalists given 6 years in jail

Baghdad, Iraq – Iraqi Kurdish journalists Sherwan Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari were sentenced to six years in jail in a move that has been labelled “unfair and disproportionate” by press freedom group the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The men were arrested in the Kurdish region of Iraq in October last year following their coverage […]

In Pictures: Russia and France bury their dead 200 years later

The remains of French and Russian soldiers who died during Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in 1812 were laid to rest with military honours in a rare moment of unity between the two countries. Officials gathered with descendants of 19th-century Russian and French military leaders at a windswept ceremony on Saturday in the western Russian town […]

UAE jails Jordanian for 10 years for criticising Jordan’s gov’t

The decision by a United Arab Emirates court to sentence a Jordanian resident to 10 years in prison in October for criticising Jordan’s government was based entirely on a series of peaceful Facebook posts, a rights group has said. Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged authorities in the UAE to immediately release 46-year-old Ahmed Etoum, saying […]

Amiriyah bombing 30 years on: ‘No one remembers’ the victims

Baghdad, Iraq – Thirty years have passed since Walid William Esho had to identify the charred remains of his mother in the back of a pick-up truck. The image is still seared in his mind. On February 12, 1991, Esho – then 18 years old – drove his 45-year-old mother, Shonee Shamoan Eshaq, to public […]

Will the first Palestinian elections in 15 years go ahead?

25:55 From: Inside Story Rival Palestinian factions agree on terms for holding long-delayed presidential and legislative votes. Read more By  Inside Story 11 Feb 2021 facebooktwitterwhatsapp More episodes from Inside Story play 24:55 play 25:10 play 24:53 play 24:55 Show more . Source link

UNRWA limps forward after years of Trump administration pressure

Seham al-Laham is expecting her first child. But what should be a happy occasion has been overshadowed by an anxious wait for the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) to cover her expenses to give birth at a government-run hospital in Amman, Jordan. The 20-year-old Palestinian refugee has been diligent about making it to […]

UK quarantine violators face heavy fines, up to 10 years in jail

Travellers to the United Kingdom caught violating newly imposed quarantine restrictions could face a heavy fine of up to 10,000 British pounds ($13,800), and 10 years in prison, as the British government tightens measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its new variants. The UK’s Department of Health and Social Care said that the […]

Years After a Massacre, Yazidis Finally Bury Their Loved Ones

The bodies of 103 men and boys killed in 2014 were recovered from a mass grave and returned to a shattered community that still fears for its future. By Jane Arraf Photographs by Ivor Prickett KOJO, Iraq — They had waited years to bury the remains of their husbands, sons and brothers. Cradling fresh earth […]

After Years in Government, Biden Has a New Perk: Air Force One.

WASHINGTON — President Biden has served in elected office for almost four decades. He has interacted with nine presidents. He is accustomed to staff waiting on him, traveling by motorcade, and knew his way around the Oval Office and the mazelike layout of the West Wing from eight years as vice president. “It feels like […]

Biden set to accept more refugees after years of Trump cuts

Biden has pledged to restore the US’s historic role as a country that welcomes refugees from around the world. US President Joe Biden will issue an executive order to build up the country’s capacity to accept refugees, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said during a White House briefing on Thursday, but the timing of the […]

Jeff Zucker, CNN’s Longtime Leader, Says He Will Leave at Year’s End

Jeffrey A. Zucker, the president of CNN who reshaped the cable network and America’s news media over the last decade, said during a morning call with CNN staff members on Thursday that he planned to step down at the end of the year, when his contract is up. “I cannot imagine not being here right […]

Belgium court jails Iranian diplomat for 20 years over bomb plot

The Iranian diplomat was accused of plotting a thwarted 2018 bombing of an opposition rally outside French capital, Paris. A Belgian court on Thursday convicted an Iranian diplomat for plotting a thwarted 2018 bombing of an opposition rally outside French capital, Paris, and ordered him jailed for 20 years. Assadollah Assadi, now 49, was attached […]

Myanmar’s military junta plans probe of last year’s election

MOSCOW: More than 1,400 protesters were detained by Russian authorities during rallies supporting Alexei Navalny, a civil monitoring group said Wednesday, after the Kremlin’s most prominent critic was jailed for nearly three years amid international condemnation.The court’s decision Tuesday to turn a 2014 suspended sentence into real jail time will see the 44-year-old anti-corruption campaigner […]

Russian Activist Navalny Sentenced to More Than 2 Years in Prison

The prosecution called for three and a half years in prison for Mr. Navalny, minus the amount of time he spent under house arrest related to the case, which was about a year. The prosecutor, Yekaterina Frolova, said Mr. Navalny was guilty of “systematic violations of obligations placed on him by the court.” Mr. Navalny […]

Four years after Quebec mosque attack, a promise ‘not to forget’

Montreal, Canada – Four years have gone by since a gunman stormed a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, killing six people and injuring several others. But Boufeldja Benabdallah says the passage of time has not made the pain go away. “It still feels like it was yesterday,” said Benabdallah, co-founder and spokesman of the Quebec […]

Russia: Population shrinks for first time in 15 years

Experts attribute decline to pandemic, which has seen many die, while migration and low birth rates have also played a factor. Russia’s population shrank by about half a million last year, its first contraction in 15 years, the country’s statistics agency said on Friday. Russia has a population of 146.2 million, according to newspaper Nezavisimaya […]

Space Shuttle Challenger remembered 35 years after its explosion

NASA uses its Day of Remembrance to mark the 35th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy that shocked the world. US space agency NASA is commemorating the 35-year anniversary of the Challenger space shuttle explosion on Thursday, its Day of Remembrance, recalling the landmark moment of “grief”. “Thirty-five years ago today, NASA and the nation lost […]

Queens Prosecutors Ignored Misconduct for Years. Can a New D.A. Change That?

The crimes were heinous, the punishments severe: A Latino man was sentenced to 40 years to life for murdering two people at a nightclub in 1993. A Black man was given 25 years to life for shooting a police officer two years later. But in both men’s trials, officials now acknowledge, a prosecutor from the […]

Egypt’s military dominates 10 years after revolution

The Egyptian military and its top brass reigned supreme over Egypt in the months after their historic decision to force longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down on February 11, 2011. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), a body of 25 senior members of Egypt’s military, decided to step in and ostensibly […]