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China: Protests erupt over COVID curbs after deadly fire

Urumqi residents angered after blaze killed 10 in a residential building under lockdown due to China’s zero-COVID policy. A fire that killed 10 people in China’s Xinjiang region has sparked anger at the zero-COVID policy as Beijing faces increasing public disapproval over its hardline approach to stopping the spread of the coronavirus. On Thursday night, […]

Which EU politicians refused to label Russia a sponsor of terror?

Many on the far right and some on the left rejected the symbolic move to declare Moscow as a terrorist regime. The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted a resolution declaring Russia a state “sponsor of terrorism” over its war in Ukraine. “The deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian forces and their proxies against civilians […]

Malawi vice president arrested by anti-corruption bureau

VP Saulos Chilima is accused of accepting money and other items in exchange for awarding government contracts. Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau has arrested the country’s Vice President Saulos Chilima over corruption allegations, it said on Friday. Chilima is accused of accepting money and other items in exchange for awarding government contracts, the ACB said in a […]

Will rich nations pay for the climate ‘loss and damage’ fund?

From: Counting the Cost A historic fund to help vulnerable countries worst affected by climate change was adopted at the COP27 summit. Wealthy nations have long refused to compensate poor countries struggling to cope with the effects of climate change, fearing legal liability. But after more than three decades, diplomats from approximately 200 nations made […]

Food aid into Ethiopia’s Tigray ‘not matching needs’: UN

Access to some parts of Tigray remains constrained even as all four road corridors are now open, the World Food Programme says. Aid deliveries into Tigray are “not matching the needs” of the stricken region, the United Nations food agency has said, even as a ceasefire takes hold in war-torn northern Ethiopia. The World Food […]