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Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home: UN

The annual “Global Trends” report released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees counts the number of the world’s refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people at the end of 2018. WT24 Desk A record 71 million people have been displaced worldwide by war, persecution and other violence, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday, an increase of more than 2 million ...

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Evidence suggests Saudi Crown Prince is liable for Jamal Khashoggi murder: UN expert

There was no immediate reaction from Riyadh which was sent the 100-page report in advance – but the kingdom has regularly denied accusations that the prince was involved. WT24 Desk Evidence suggests Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials are liable for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.N. rights investigator said on Wednesday, ...

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Will breach uranium stockpile limits within 10 days, says Iran

In an indication of Western concern, a White House spokesman said the plan amounted to “nuclear blackmail” and must be met with increased international pressure. WT24 Desk Iran announced on Monday it would breach uranium enrichment limits in 10 days in a move that drew an accusation of “nuclear blackmail” from Washington, but it added that European nations still had ...

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Mohamed Morsi dies, buried in Cairo

WT24 Desk Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was buried in Cairo on Tuesday, his lawyer said, a day after he collapsed in court and died, AFP reports. Rights groups called for an independent probe into the detention conditions and death of the Islamist, who was ousted in 2013 after a year of divisive rule. State TV said the ...

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Israeli PM Netanyahu inaugurates Golan settlement named Trump Heights

The ceremony comes after the US president in late March recognised Israeli sovereignty over the part of the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War. WT24 Desk Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday inaugurated a new settlement in the Golan Heights, named after the country’s “great friend” US President Donald Trump, AFP reports. Netanyahu unveiled ...

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World population likely to reach 9.7 bn in 2050: UN report

Population growing older due to increasing life expectancy, falling fertility levels WT24 Desk The world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to a new United Nations report launched on Monday, Agencies report. The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights, which is published by ...

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‘Fighting for our freedom’: protesters flood on to Hong Kong’s streets

Tens of thousands dressed in black march for full retraction of China extradition law WT24 Desk Protesters are flooding into central Hong Kong again over the postponed extradition bill, calling for a full retraction of the legislation amid fears authorities could resume efforts to pass the proposed law if public anger dimmed. Tens of thousands – possibly hundreds of thousands – took ...

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11 killed, 25 injured as blasts rock Somalia capital

The al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the blasts. WT24 Desk A pair of explosions rocked Somalia’s capital and left 11 people dead, the country’s police chief said Saturday, as the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility, PTI reports. Another 25 people were wounded, Gen Bashir Abdi Mohamed told reporters in Mogadishu. He said the first car bomb ...

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Hong Kong government suspends extradition bill after mass protests

The city’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam has come under huge pressure to abandon the controversial legislation, including from her own political allies and advisers. WT24 Desk Hong Kong’s embattled leader on Saturday said a divisive bill that would allow Hong Kong to China would be “suspended” in a major climbdown from her government after a week of unprecedented protests, AFP ...

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UN counter-terror tsar visits Xinjiang where Uighurs held in huge numbers

Activists say official visit risks affirming China’s narrative that camps thought to hold a million people are not an abuse of human rights WT24 Desk The UN’s counter-terrorism tsar is on a visit this week to China’s Xinjiangregion, where Beijing insists the estimated 1 million Uighurs and other Muslims it is detaining constitute a potential terrorist threat, AFP reports. Vladimir Voronkov, ...

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