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Floyd Green, back new ministry created; Tufton, Chang hold firm.

Andrew Holness on Monday recalled Floyd Green to the Cabinet in a shuffle of the Executive that largely surprised political watchers who had expected more significant changes.

However, the prime minister said the shuffle is designed to give “greater focus and attention” to constitutional and legal reform with the creation of a Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs headed by his former Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte.

Read more at — Jamaica observer.com

China Defends Its Sanctions On U.S. Officials Over Xinjiang

Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday defended Beijing’s decision to impose sanctions on American individuals working for the U.S. government body monitoring religious freedom as it slammed Washington’s false statement on China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

China announced sanctions against four commissioners of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on December 21, 2021, in response to Washington’s latest unilateral sanctions targeting Chinese officials and government bodies.

Read more at — News.cgtn.com

UN Extends Syria Cross-Border Aid Without Security Council Vote

Bab al-Hawa crossing serves three million people in Idlib region, allowing passage of aid without going through government channels in Damascus.

Cross-border humanitarian aid to northwest Syria has been extended de facto for six months without a new vote at the United Nations Security Council.

The 15-member body had previously issued an authorization for six months, allowing aid into rebel-held areas through the use of the Bab al-Hawa crossing at the Turkey-Syria border until January 10, 2022.

Read more at — Aljazeera.com

Biden To Push For Voting Rights Measures

U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are headed Tuesday to the southern state of Georgia to promote voting rights legislation that would greatly expand federal purview over elections but has stalled in the Senate.

A White House official said Biden would use an address to advocate for the right to vote in free, fair, and secure elections untainted by partisan manipulation, and say that the way to guarantee those rights is by enacting two pieces of voting legislation introduced by Democrats.

Read more at — Voanews.com

Rome Swastika Controversy: Catholic Church Slams Nazi Flag On Coffin At Funeral

The Catholic Church in Rome on Tuesday strongly condemned as “offensive and unacceptable” a funeral procession outside a church in the Italian capital in which the casket was draped in a Nazi flag.

Photos and videos of the scene outside St. Lucia church following the Monday funeral service were published by the Italian online news portal Open. They showed around two dozen people gathered outside the church as the swastika-draped casket emerged, shouting “Presente!” with their right arm extended in the fascist salute.

Read more at — Euronews.com

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