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UN Deputy Chief Says Taliban’s Desire For Recognition Is Bargaining Chip On Rights

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said recently that the international community’s best leverage to persuade the Taliban to reverse restrictions on Afghan women’s rights is the group’s desire for international recognition. She told reporters that the U.N. and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation are discussing holding a conference in March in the region on women in the Muslim world. Mohammed […]

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Nuclear Watchdog Warns Iran Has Enough Material For Several Nuclear Bombs

International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Rafael Grossi warned recently that Iran has accumulated “enough nuclear material for several nuclear weapons.” Grossi told the European Parliament’s security and defense subcommittee in Brussels that his agency is no longer monitoring Iran’s nuclear program because the regime has disconnected 27 of the agency’s cameras installed at its declared nuclear sites. Grossi said he […]

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2023 Global Economic Forecast Looks Gloomy

U.N. economists forecast a gloomy and uncertain outlook this year, with the global economy projected to grow at a very sluggish rate. The 2023 World Economic Situation and Prospects report, issued recently, says a series of severe shocks have reduced global economic output to its lowest level in years, leaving many economies at risk of falling into recession. In good […]

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No Progress On International Force For Haiti

The U.N. and the government of Haiti reiterated their appeal recently for an international force to quickly deploy to the island nation to help subdue an unprecedented level of gang violence that has terrorized the population. In early October, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres backed a request from the Haitian government to send a force to address escalating insecurity and a deepening […]

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Turkey postpones NATO meeting with Sweden, Finland: State TV

The meeting, which was scheduled for February, is canceled on Ankara’s request, sources tell state-owned TRT. Turkey has indefinitely postponed a new round of talks with Sweden and Finland on the Nordic neighbors’ NATO membership bids in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February, according to Turkish state TV. The meeting scheduled to take place in Brussels was […]

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Senior Ukrainian Officials Resign Amid Shakeup

Several senior Ukrainian officials announced their resignations Tuesday amid what President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said would be some personnel changes in his government. Deputy Defense Minister Viacheslav Shapovalov, who was in charge of logistical support for Ukraine’s forces, stepped down from his post, citing allegations about a food procurement scandal that he denies. Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Symonenko and the deputy […]

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Sister André — World’s Oldest Person Dead At 118

World’s oldest person, French nun Sister André, reportedly died at age 118. She is said to have been the oldest person in the world. She died just weeks before her 119th birthday, a spokesman for the nursing home where she spent her final years told the Associated Press. “There’s a great sadness but … it was her desire to join […]

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FBI Called In To Assist With SSL Fraud Probe

Finance minister says development a body blow to Jamaica The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and other international agencies have been contacted by local authorities to assist in investigating the deepening multibillion-dollar fraud gripping investment firm Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL). Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke made the disclosure during a Monday afternoon press conference in which he […]

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Poland Considering Sending Tanks To Ukraine Even Without Express German Approval

Poland’s prime minister said Monday that his country is building a coalition of nations ready to send German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine even if Germany does not give formal permission for such transfers. Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters that Poland will seek Germany’s permission but that asking for Berlin’s approval is of secondary importance. “We are constantly exerting pressure on […]

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Global Unemployment Grows Amid Economic Slowdown

GENEVA — The outlook for the year ahead and beyond is not very promising. The International Labor Organization warns that the current global economic slowdown will force millions of workers to accept lower quality, poorly paid jobs. In its “World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2023” report, the ILO predicts global unemployment will rise by 3 million for a total of […]