DEADLY RIOTS IN VENEZUELA’S PRISONS

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On 8 May, 47 inmates were killed and 75 more were injured in a prison riot at Los Llanos penitentiary in Venezuela, in what has become a “war” between security forces and prisoners. Chronic food shortages and a lack of sanitary living spaces — both further exacerbated by the coronavirus — have led to widespread…

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LEBANON REELS UNDER DOUBLE BLOW OF COVID-19 AND ECONOMIC CRISIS

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By Alex Pollock The past six months have brought hardships unseen in Lebanon even during the bitter days of its 15-year civil conflict that ended in 1990. Already ravaged livelihoods are now buckling under the economic disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic. While the anti-establishment protests that erupted last year called for freedom, secularism and unity,…

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UGANDA FACES SECOND WAVE OF DESERT LOCUSTS

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Another wave of locusts swarmed into Uganda earlier this month as the country – along with many others in East Africa – is battling the worst locust invasion in decades. The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation has labelled the threat as “extremely alarming.” Unlike former swarms, the new wave of insects is at a growth…

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WORLD CANNOT AFFORD TO CONTINUE IGNORING YEMEN

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On Monday 30 March, all fighting groups in Yemen agreed to a nationwide ceasefire due to the coronavirus outbreak, after a call last Wednesday from the UN secretary-general for an immediate end to hostilities. However, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen carried out several air strikes on Monday on the capital Sanaa,…

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INDIA’S LOCKDOWN TRIGGERS BIGGEST MIGRATION SINCE PARTITION

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On 20 March, hundreds of thousands of Indian migrant workers lost their jobs after India instated a 21-day lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus. This loss of employment has caused the workers to embark on journeys home to their villages — some as far as 650 kilometres — on foot, as all public…

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WHO DECLARES EBOLA OUTBREAK AN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

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By Alex Pollock Almost a year after the second worst Ebola outbreak in history began in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC], the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the crisis a “public health emergency of international concern,” PHEIC for short – a label it has only used four times before. The decision was made…

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WORRIES MOUNT OVER HUMAN COST OF US SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA

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8 JULY 2019 (SOURCE: FINANCIAL TIMES) – As the refugee exodus from once-wealthy Venezuela accelerates, concerns are mounting over the extent to which US economic sanctions are exacerbating the suffering of a population already beset by shortages of food, medicine and fuel. Punitive US measures have included cutting off Venezuela’s access to most of the US financial system, freezing the assets of…

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HUGE POWER OUTAGE LEAVES MUCH OF VENEZUELA IN THE DARK

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8 MARCH 2019 (SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN) – Venezuela has been hit by a vast power cut, with at least 18 of its 23 states reportedly affected by a blackout authorities blamed on anti-government saboteurs. Commuters in the country’s crumbling capital, Caracas, were forced to walk home from work after the metro service was paralyzed by the outage,…

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GUAIDO RETURNS TO VENEZUELA AND A NEW PHASE IN CAMPAIGN

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5 MARCH 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – Opposition leader Juan Guaido shrouded the route and timing of his return in secrecy amid concerns he might be detained by Venezuela’s government. Yet he breezed through airport immigration checks and brazenly called for the downfall of President Nicolas Maduro at a rally where the presence of security forces was minimal….

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PAKISTAN AND INDIA BOTH CLAIM TO DOWN EACH OTHER’S JETS

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28 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: ASIAN REVIEW) – India and Pakistan both announced that they had shot down each other’s fighter jets on Wednesday as tensions mounted between South Asia’s nuclear-armed neighbours. The Pakistan Air Force said they had shot down two Indian fighter jets over Kashmir. Pakistani officials said two Indian Air Force pilots were captured by…

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