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United Nations moves to help combat sexual abuse in its ranks


The United Nations on Tuesday took steps to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse within its ranks, naming an array of experts to a panel aimed at ending incidents of harassment that have plagued the global agency for years.

The panel will advise the U.N. secretary-general on ways to address gender-based harassment and abuse by U.N. staff and U.N.-related forces, according to a statement issued by the Office of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Shamima Begum: IS teenager to lose UK citizenship


Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria aged 15, is to lose her UK citizenship.

Whitehall sources said it was possible to strip the 19-year-old of British nationality as she was eligible for citizenship of another country.

Seven MPs leave Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership


Seven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism.

They are: Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.

IS teenage bride Shamima Begum gives birth to boy


Shamima Begum, one of three teenage girls to flee east London for a new life with the Islamic State group, says she has given birth to a baby boy.

Ms Begum left four years ago aged 15. Found in a Syrian refugee camp last week, she now hopes to return home.

Timeline: The rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria


Islamic State faces the total defeat of its self-proclaimed caliphate. This timeline chronicles its lightning rise, cruel reign and stubborn fall.

UN weapons moved to Kampala


United Nations weapons and other cargo stuck at the Uganda border with DR Congo has been moved to Kampala in an effort to end a deadlock that has lasted nearly two months now.
The move follows a visit by a team of officials at Vurra on the Uganda-DR Congo border. The cargo brought to Kampala has been placed at a warehouse pending negotiations to pay the drivers.

The arrival of the UN officials saw the consignment that includes weapons and other accessories, containers of medical equipment, wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and Land Rovers bearing UN labels first moved from the no-man’s land to the Uganda side before five of the now nine trucks were escorted to Kampala by the military.


A new truck, we understand, arrived at the Vurra border loaded with cargo from the MONSUCO base in Dungu, DRC making them nine from the original eight.

Exclusive: McCarrick defrocking shows ‘bishops not above the law’

The defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick is a “very important signal” to the Catholic Church hierarchy that no one is above the law, the Vatican’s top sexual crimes investigator said on Saturday.

McCarrick was expelled from the priesthood after being found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults.

MTN case pits Uganda against four nations


The dramatic falling out between Uganda’s largest telecom giant MTN and the authorities, which culminated in Thursday’s arrest and deportation of the company’s chief executive, Belgian national Wim Vanhelleputte, may have left President Museveni at a crossroads.
The president has to juggle between believing intelligence from his security agents or the pleadings of a multinational backed by the diplomatic power of three countries.

The Law of Return Is Suicidal

Severe overcrowding, coupled with a horrifically high birthrate, is already set to turn Israel into a living hell that will only get worse with an influx of Jewish immigrants

After the Holocaust, Israel’s Law of Return could be seen as a vital, legitimate tool for saving Jewish lives. In 2019, that law has become suicidal. It has become clear that Israel is charting two parallel courses of self-destruction.

South African’s ex-ambassador to Iran arrested in MTN investigation

Pretoria’s former ambassador to Iran has been arrested in South Africa on charges he took a bribe to help telecoms company MTN win a $31.6 billion license to operate in Iran.

Yusuf Saloojee, now retired, was arrested on Thursday, police said on Friday, in the latest legal blow for MTN, which has faced a host of such problems in recent years. It denies the latest allegations.

British investigators identify third man in Russian spy poisoning: sources

British investigators have identified a Russian military intelligence officer as a third suspect in the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, two European security sources told whisper eye media

The sources confirmed a report by the investigative website Bellingcat which on Thursday identified Denis Sergeev, a high-ranking GRU officer and a graduate of Russia’s Military Diplomatic Academy, as the suspect.

Yemen FM faces backlash for smiling, to Netanyahu


Houthis accuse the Yemeni government of attempting to normalise ties with Israel at an anti-Iran summit in Poland.

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani has been widely criticised after he was pictured sitting next to, and smiling at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a conference aimed at isolating Iran

Vatican envoy to France investigated over sex assault allegations


French authorities are investigating allegations that the Vatican’s ambassador to France molested a junior official in Paris’ City Hall, a City Hall official said on Friday.

The official told Reuters that Archbishop Luigi Ventura, 74, who has held the post in Paris for the past decade, was suspected of having touched the buttocks of the male junior staffer during Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s New Year address.

Ex-wife of Russian killed in Syria tells Kremlin – come clean


Olga Markelova’s ex-husband was killed two years ago on a clandestine mission in Syria for the Russian state.

Now she wants the Kremlin to take responsibility for him and scores of other fighters who died in its service.

Netanyahu Leaks Video of Arab Leaders Blasting ‘Toxic’ Iran in Discreet Discussion

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bureau uploaded to the premier’s official YouTube page a video in which Arab leaders can be heard endorsing Netanyahu’s message that Iran poses the biggest threat to the region during a discussion at the Warsaw Middle East summit that was held behind closed doors.

The video was added in a discreet way to an announcement by the prime minister on a different topic, but while briefing reporters in Poland he hinted several times that he expected journalists to find out what was said in the discreet discussion. Netanyahu hinted as well that his team was in possession of the recording of the discussion, but that he could not leak it.

Suicide attack kills 20 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards


Twenty members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards were killed a suicide attack the southeast of the country, Fars news reported on Wednesday.

The attack happened on the road between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, a volatile area near the Pakistan border where militant groups and drug smugglers frequently operate.