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Israel to build 1,300 new West Bank settler homes

Israel to build 1,300 new West Bank settler homes

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Israel has announced plans to build more residences for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, drawing immediate condemnation from Palestinians, peace activists and neighbouring Jordan.The announcement on Sunday from the Ministry of Construction and Housing in right-wing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government said tenders had been published for 1,355 homes in the West Bank, which was seized by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. Those new homes add to the more than 2,000 residences that defence sources said in August would be authorised for West Bank settlers. Housing Minister Zeev Elkin, a member of the right-wing New Hope party, said in a statement “strengthening Jewish presence [in the West Bank] was essential to the Zionist vision”. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh...
Otoniel: Colombia’s most wanted drug lord captured

Otoniel: Colombia’s most wanted drug lord captured

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Security forces in Colombia have captured Dairo Antonio Usuga, the country’s most wanted drug trafficker.Better known as Otoniel, the 50-year-old was arrested on Saturday during an operation in a rural area of Colombia’s Uraba region, located in Antioquia province. Images circulating on social media show Otoniel handcuffed with his face planted to the ground. President Ivan Duque likened his arrest to the capture three decades ago of Pablo Escobar, the famed Colombian narco-trafficking kingpin. Duque said Otoniel is accused of sending dozens of shipments of cocaine to the United States, as well as of killing police officers, recruiting minors, and sexually abusing children among other crimes. Colombia had offered a reward of up to 3 billion pesos (about $800,000) for information concerning...
Hungary’s Orban accuses EU, US of meddling in 2022 election

Hungary’s Orban accuses EU, US of meddling in 2022 election

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Viktor Orban has accused foreign powers of backing the left-wing bloc that will seek to replace him after a decade in power.Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused Brussels and Washington of trying to meddle in Hungarian politics in advance of a parliamentary election in April next year. Orban told tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in central Budapest on Saturday that Washington and billionaire George Soros were trying to get the left-wing opposition elected using their money, media and networks. “What matters is not what they in Brussels, in Washington and in the media, which is directed from abroad, want. It will be Hungarians deciding about their own fate,” Orban said. “Our strength is in our unity … we believe in the same values: family, nation, and a strong and independent Hu...
India’s Amit Shah visits Kashmir amid rising violence

India’s Amit Shah visits Kashmir amid rising violence

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Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – In an apparent attempt to address the disgruntlement of Kashmiri’s youth with New Delhi, India’s Home Minister Amit Shah on his visit to the region said he came to extend a hand of “friendship” to the young people.Shah is on his first visit to the disputed region after architecting the nullification of Indian-administered Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status under the Indian Constitution on August 5, 2019, which was followed by a crippling communication and military lockdown for months. The three-day visit of Shah comes in the backdrop of a deteriorating security situation in the region, which has seen an uptick in the violence resulting in 38 killings in 20 days of this month – including 11 civilians, 17 rebels and 10 security personnel. While addressin...
Muqtada al-Sadr: Iraq’s kingmaker in uncertain times

Muqtada al-Sadr: Iraq’s kingmaker in uncertain times

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Muqtada al-Sadr remains one of Iraq’s most influential political figures and plays a pivotal role when it comes to the country’s future. He is currently considered the kingmaker, but it remains unclear if he can form a government with stability.In the latest elections, al-Sadr’s party obtained 70 of a total of 329 parliamentary seats – a significant increase compared with the result of 2018, when his movement won 54 seats. Despite this election result, al-Sadr did not run as a candidate for Iraq’s prime ministership. The reason is relatively simple and founded in al-Sadr’s political strategy, Ruba Ali Al-Hassani, postdoctoral researcher at Lancaster University & Project SEPAD, told Al Jazeera. “Sadr’s strategy to maintain followership is his claim to be a reformer. Using this claim, he...

More clashes as banned TLP continues protest in Pakistan

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The group said five supporters died in the clashes while at least two police officials were also killed.Thousands of supporters of the banned far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) have departed the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore, clashing for a second straight day with police who lobbed tear gas shells into the crowd, a party spokesman and witnesses said. The group said on Saturday that five of its supporters have died in the clashes while at least two police officials were also killed. “Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan lost two people Friday night and three more today to police firing,” the party tweeted on Saturday. TLP members began their journey on Friday with the goal of reaching the capital, Islamabad, to pressure the government to release Saad Rizvi, the party’s head. Rizvi was arre...
UN fears ‘mass atrocity crimes’ in northern Myanmar

UN fears ‘mass atrocity crimes’ in northern Myanmar

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UN special rapporteur on Myanmar says he received information that tens of thousands of troops and heavy weapons were being moved into restive regions in the north and northwest.The United Nations has said it fears a greater human rights catastrophe in Myanmar amid reports of thousands of troops massing in the north of the Southeast Asian country which has been in chaos since a February coup. UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tom Andrews, who was presenting the findings of an annual human rights report on Myanmar to the UN General Assembly on Friday, said he had received information that tens of thousands of troops and heavy weapons were being moved into restive regions in the north and northwest. The findings, he said, also indicated that the military government had engaged in probable cri...
Cambodia’s democratic dream in shreds 30 years after Paris accord

Cambodia’s democratic dream in shreds 30 years after Paris accord

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia – As a teenager, Prum Chantha was optimistic about Cambodia’s democratic future.It was 1991 and the Paris Peace Agreement, bringing years of conflict following the brutal rule of the Maoist-inspired Khmer Rouge to an end, had just been signed. Cambodians were looking forward to choosing their own leaders and picking up the pieces of their broken country. “After the 1993 election, I [thought] our country is prosperous; our country is no longer a communist country,” she said. Now, 30 years after the historic accord was signed, Chantha, a trader and a housewife, finds herself fighting for the release of her husband – a supporter of what was once the main opposition party – and her 16-year-old son. Her husband was arrested in 2020 and her son earlier this year. She says th...
Climate activists go on hunger strike near WH urging Biden to act

Climate activists go on hunger strike near WH urging Biden to act

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Sitting in the sun across the street from the White House, 18-year-old Ema Govea holds a black and yellow sign saying she is on a hunger strike to demand action against climate change.Govea says she would rather be at school in her hometown of Santa Rosa, California, but the urgency of the moment has compelled her to act. She and four other activists from Sunrise Movement, an environmental advocacy group, began their protest on Wednesday. They say they will not eat until President Joe Biden follows through on his campaign promises to enact meaningful measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions and transition the US to a green economy. “We are putting everything that we have on the line; we’re risking everything to fight for this world that is absolutely worth fighting for,” Govea told Al Jaze...
Dying for debt relief: Why are NYC taxi drivers on hunger strike?

Dying for debt relief: Why are NYC taxi drivers on hunger strike?

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New York City, the United States — When Richard and Kenny Chow moved with their family to the United States from Taiwan in 1987, the iconic yellow taxi cabs that ferry New Yorkers from place to place were a symbol of the city, and of the opportunity for a better life in their new home.That promise was also perpetuated by city officials. They promoted medallions – the certification necessary to operate yellow cabs – as a reliable investment that, paired with hard work, could open the doors of prosperity. It was a pitch that resonated with many immigrant workers. According to New York City data, 40 percent of medallion owners are from South Asia. For years, drivers say the deal held up. After buying a medallion for $410,000 in 2006, Richard said he was “making the American dream, bringing in...