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UAE says evaluation key to improve HRC's working methods - Dotemirates
12/09/2018

UAE says evaluation key to improve HRC's working methods

GENEVA, 12th September, 2018 (WAM) -- An evaluation of the Universal Periodic Review to improve working methods would be of great global interest, said Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. Addressing a general debate on the oral update of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Tuesday, Al Zaabi thanked the High Commissioner for her wish to pursue efforts to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, which would require technical assistance and capacity building, but with a priority on technical assistance. The debate was held as part of the 39th...


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17/07/2019

Taliban close Afghan health facilities run by Swedish group

The Taliban forced a Swedish non-profit group to close 42 health facilities it runs in eastern Afghanistan, the organization said Wednesday, the latest attempt by the insurgents to show strength amid negotiations to end the country's nearly 18-year war. The Taliban currently control nearly half of Afghanistan and are more powerful than at any time since the October 2001 U.S.-led invasion. According to Parwiz Ahmad Faizi, communications manager at the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, the facilities were closed after Afghan forces last week raided a clinic run by the NGO in Daimirdad district in Maidan Wardan province. The Afghan troops,...
17/07/2019

The Latest: Portugal halts Iran visas over construction work

The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Portugal's foreign ministry is clarifying that its decision to temporarily stop granting visas to Iranians is due to work on improving security at its Tehran consular building. The foreign ministry says the decision is not linked to any assessment of security conditions in Iran or any political consideration. The ministry issued the clarification in a statement late on Tuesday, hours after Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told a Portuguese parliament committee the halt on issuing visas to Iranians...
17/07/2019

Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document

Sudan's pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document early Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers. The signing ceremony held in the capital, Khartoum, after marathon overnight talks, marks an important step in the transition to civilian rule following the military overthrow of long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir amid mass protests in April. But the military appears to have the upper hand, following weeks of negotiations and a deadly crackdown last month in which security forces violently dispersed...

17/07/2019

"You Must Be Stupid": Rodrigo Duterte Says Won't Be Tried By International Court

Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared he will never be tried by an international court for mass killings in his war on drugs, and vowed no let-up in a crackdown that he said he was winning and would see through "to the very end".In a television interview with a celebrity pastor, the firebrand leader said the Philippine justice system was working fine, so it would be "stupid" to imagine he would let an international court put him on trial."I will only face, be tried or face a trial, in a Philippine court. Presided by a Filipino judge. Prosecuted by...
17/07/2019

India building collapse: Rescuers search for survivors in Mumbai

Rescuers are still searching for survivors a day after a four-storey building collapsed in the Indian city of Mumbai, trapping dozens of people.At least 12 people died in the collapse, including thee children. Nine others are injured and in hospital. Officials say rescue efforts have been hampered by narrow lanes which do not allow heavy vehicles to pass through. Such disasters are not uncommon in Mumbai, which is home to thousands of old, dilapidated buildings.Rescuers are facing a huge challenge because Dongri - in the south of the city, where the building was located - is a web of cramped,...

US proposes increasing merit-based immigration to 57%

Washington: The Trump administration is proposing a nearly five-fold increase in merit-based legal immigration and half those based on family and humanitarian system, in an effort to overhaul the outdated system. Senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner, who is also the son-in-law of United States President Donald Trump, said having an immigration policy that would attract talented and meritorious people from across the world would create over USD 500 billion in tax revenues over 10 years. “It brings in a lot of people that are paying into the social safety nets. Not people who are coming in and then immediately taking...