Washington urged to pay its UN bills
By ZHANG YUNBI | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-10-22 07:01Leaders, diplomats and leading scholars have urged Washington to halt its political manipulations and pay overdue contributions it owes to the United Nations as a range of the organization's global missions are grinding to a halt over financial problems.Observers also said that many countries, including China, the second-largest financial contributor to UN, have paid despite the financial difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic this year to ensure the multilateral group stays afloat financially and is capable of fulfilling its mandates an...
Tutu’s Fellows condemn killing of unarmed Nigerians, tell Buhari to instruct armed forces to stand down
A group of civic, political and business leaders from 40 African countries known as Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellows (“Tutu Fellows”), have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to tell the men of the “armed forces to stand down and stop shooting at or killing unarmed Nigerians”.This is as the past 24 hours have seen rising tensions in Africa’s largest economy, after men of Nigeria’s security forces opened fire on unarmed protesters who are demanding an end to police brutality and bad governance, killing and injuring many.In an open letter, yesterday, directed at the President and Command...
G20 women’s group focuses on importance of inclusion
RIYADH: In its final communique ahead of the main G20 Summit next month, the forum’s Women 20 (W20) engagement group highlighted the importance of inclusion.The group identified four key types of inclusivity, the first three of which are in financial matters, in the labor force, and digital inclusion.“The fourth that we added was inclusion in decision making because we felt women need to be at the decision-making table, to be able to bring all the community together when (a female leader) sits at the table. We talked about the different levels of community leadership,” said Thoraya Obaid, the ...
How a future Biden White House can end the war in Yemen
No group has more to gain from an end to Yemen's five-year-old civil war, a humanitarian disaster and bloody quagmire, than the Yemeni people themselves, among whom there is a thirst for peace. That is true also of the Yemeni American community, which watches on in horror as both family members and cherished homes are lost to the seemingly unending violence and destruction, and as the United States fuels the fighting and turns its back on those displaced by war.The Yemeni American community has not just been watching, however: they have been taking action. Since Donald Trump signed the Muslim ...
Duterte vows to rebuild war-torn Marawi to its old glory
Duterte vows to rebuild war-torn Marawi to its old gloryMANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to bring back conflict-ravaged Marawi to its old glory but admitted that the rebuilding of the city is “not that easy.”The Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch, a group that monitors the rebuilding of the city, has claimed that the progress of rehabilitation projects has been slow.The group said while the government declared victory against terrorists who attacked the city three years ago, “there is no real liberation to speak of” as most of the residents cannot return to their hom...
Why isn't Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Juventus against Dynamo Kyiv?
Juventus are one of the favourites to be named winners of this year's Champions League, despite being placed in a tough group that also involves Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros.Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, however, won't be part of the squad that lines up to face Dynamo Kyiv - and Goal explains why.Why isn't Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Juventus vs Dynamo Kyiv?Ronaldo will not be available for selection to face Dynamo Kyiv in Juventus' opening Champions League group-stage fixture on October 20 because he has tested positive for Covid-19.The Portugal international had a confirmed pos...
France to dissolve pro-Hamas Muslim group: Macron
PARIS: France is to dissolve pro-Hamas Muslim group, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.The French government has intensified action against Islamist extremism in recent days after a teacher was beheaded for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in class.Macron said the Cheikh Yassine Collective was "directly implicated" in Friday's beheading attack and would be disbanded."We know what needs to be done", Macron told reporters after a meeting with a unit for the fight against Islamism in a northeastern suburb of Paris.More to follow...Copyright: Arab News © 2020 All rights reserved...
Opposition moves to have decree rescinded
Opposition moves to have decree rescinded Pheu Thai-led group labels tactic ‘illegal’Pheu Thai MPs and a group of activists will on Tuesday petition the Civil Court to revoke enforcement of the emergency decree imposed to deal with anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok.They include Narinphong Jinaphak, president of the Lawyers’ Association of Thailand, Pheu Thai MP for Nan Cholnan Srikaew, Pheu Thai MP for Bangkok Jirayu Huangsap, and Thanawat Wongchai, a key member of the group calling itself People Who Want Elections.Mr Narinphong said that the enforcement of the emergency decree was ill...
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IS attacks Gulf states and calls for strikes on 'Saudi economic interests'
The Islamic State group [IS] took aim at Gulf states for operating as "agents" of other powers in the region, in the latest speech by its spokesman.IS called on its fighters to strike the economic interests of Saudi Arabia, which it described as an "agent of Israel", the militants' spokesperson Abu Hamza Al-Quraishi said.The IS spokesman also attacked Qatar for hosting the US Al-Udeid base in the country and slammed the Muslim Brotherhood - which it described as a "bankrupt brotherhood" - as working on behalf of Iran.IS militants declared a "caliphate" after capturing large swathes of Syria an...
UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain form 'Quint' group on ME - analysis
Move aside, the Quartet; make room, the E3+3 (or P5+1, depending on your vantage point). It is now time for the Quint to start making some Mideast news.You remember the Quartet, that framework that consisted of the US, EU, Russia and the UN that dominated Mideast diplomatic efforts in the first decade of the current century.Then there was the E3+3 – France, Great Britain, and Germany, plus Russia, China and the US – that negotiated with Iran over the nuclear deal (outside of Europe this group was known as the P5+1, standing for the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus German...
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