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Mass Firing At UAE Newspaper Raises Censorship Concerns

The closure of Al Roeya reflects the limits set on freedom of speech and local media in the UAE.  An Emirati newspaper ran a story about how citizens were struggling with higher fuel prices this summer. Within weeks the paper’s print edition had been shut down, and dozens of employees were sacked. Even under the strict press laws of the […]

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Senate Republican Graham Unveils Abortion Bill Ahead Of Midterms

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham proposed new national restrictions on abortion on Tuesday, two months before the Nov. 8 midterm elections in which the abortion issue has emerged as potential albatross for Republican candidates. With control of the Senate up for grabs and some jittery Republican candidates softening their positions on abortion, Graham announced legislation that would ban the […]

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UN Says 50 Million People Worldwide Stuck In ‘Modern Slavery’

The pandemic, armed conflicts, and climate change have exacerbated conditions, trapping people in forced labor or marriage. The number of people trapped in forced labor or forced marriage and other crises has swelled by a fifth in recent years to about 50 million on any given day, the United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) said on Monday. The study by […]

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Xi To Meet Putin In First Trip Outside China Since COVID Began 

LONDON/BEIJING — Xi Jinping will leave China for the first time in more than two years for a trip this week to Central Asia, where he will meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin, just a month before he is set to cement his place as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. The trip, Xi’s first abroad since the start of the […]

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Britain’s New PM: Foreign Policy Hawk Facing Challenges At Home

LONDON — Liz Truss officially became Britain’s prime minister Tuesday, replacing Boris Johnson, who resigned in July. In a private meeting Tuesday in Balmoral, Scotland, with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Truss was asked to form a new government. The meeting, a formality, took place in Scotland as the 96-year-old monarch is not able to travel to London due to health problems. Truss […]

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UN Sees Food Prices Fall

According to press reports, the UN’s Food Prices Index has fallen for the fifth straight month, a sign that one of the main pressures pushing up the cost of living around the world could ease. The index fell to 138 in August and is now lower than it was before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  The countries were both major exporters […]

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Germany Set To Spend $64.7 Billion As Inflation Shield

According to press reports, Germany is set to spend an additional 65 billion euros ($64.7 billion) to help customers and businesses offset the vagaries of soaring inflation. Chancellor Olaf Scholz made the announcement two days after Russia said it was suspending some gas deliveries indefinitely. The measures include a tax on energy companies, help to pay electricity bills, and a […]

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U.N. Seeks $160m Help For Victims Of Pakistan’s Monsoon

The United Nations has made an appeal for $160 million to assist 5.2 million people impacted by monsoon rains in Pakistan. In recent days, U.N. agencies had provided food aid to 300,000 people and clean water to 55,000 people. Pakistani officials say the climate-driven storms have badly impacted more than 33 million people and killed more than a thousand others […]

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Hunger Plagues Millions Of Afghans

According to press reports, U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said that 6 million Afghans are on the brink of famine, with winter around the corner and humanitarian appeals dramatically underfunded. In all, 24 million people need some kind of humanitarian assistance, and almost 19 million of them face acute hunger. An estimated 3 million children are acutely malnourished. Funds are […]

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Erdogan Challenges Greece Over Alleged Airspace Violations

Turkish president warns Greece it will pay a ‘heavy price’ if it harasses Turkish fighter jets over the Aegean. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Greece it would pay a “heavy price” if it continues to harass Turkish fighter jets over the Aegean and hinted at military action. The two uneasy NATO neighbors have longstanding sea and air boundary disputes which lead […]