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Syria demands immediate withdrawal of US forces

Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations and its deputy foreign minister, Bashar al-Jaafari, alleged that occupation forces and terrorist groups act together to loot Syria’s economic resources

North Waziristan targeted killing protest In Pakistan’s North Waziristan, residents take to the streets against murder of doctor

Dr. Waliullah Dawar was killed last week by unknown assailants. On Wednesday, led by Pashtun Tahafuz Movement leader Mohsin Dawar, protesters demanded legal action against the perpetrators and immediate release of all political prisoners

China sanctions US officials China sanctions Trump administration officials including Pompeo, Bolton and Bannon

28 officials of the Donald Trump administration were sanctioned for having “seriously violated China’s sovereignty” and being “mainly responsible for such US moves on China-related issues.”

China urges US to rejoin JCPOA China urges US to rejoin Iran nuclear deal

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying urged the incoming Biden administration to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “as early as possible” and without any preconditions

“Women will continue to lead the struggle against farm laws”

January 18 is celebrated each year as Mahila Kisan Diwas, or Women Farmers’ Day, in India. This year, women farmers in the thick of struggles against the farm laws expressed their determination to continue the fight

Fake encounter Kashmir Families of youth killed in fake encounter hold protest in Kashmir 

Ather Mushtaq, Ajaz Maqbool Ganai and Zubair Lone were killed in an encounter on December 30. Their bodies have not been handed over to the families yet

Israel B’Tselem B’Tselem head defies ban, addresses students

Education minister had announced a ban on members of organizations that called “Israel false and derogatory names.” The ban came shortly after human rights group B’Tselem termed Israel an apartheid state

US' war against Yemen The war on the Yemeni people has entered a new stage

The designation of Ansar Allah, referred to as the Houthis, as a foreign terrorist organization takes effect today. Unless Biden administration reverses its predecessor’s step, the people of Yemen may have to endure even more suffering

Palestinian elections Elections to be held in Palestine for the first time since 2006

The legislative elections encompassing all the occupied Palestinian territories, including West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, are scheduled to take place on May 22 while the presidential elections are to be held on July 31

India faces grim jobs crisis: 17 million jobs lost in past year

In the three months from September 2020 alone, 9 million people lost their jobs. A breakdown of job losses shows that younger people and women have borne the brunt

The ugly truth of WhatsApp’s user data privacy

Facebook’s meteoric rise as one of the biggest global monopolies has been accompanied by continuous weakening of its user privacy. With WhatsApp users voting with their feet, has Facebook’s past finally caught up with it?

Citing famine, UN urges reversal of terrorist designation for Yemen’s Houthis; US refuses

Mark Lowcock of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned that recent labeling of Houthis as a terrorist organization by the US would likely trigger a “famine on a scale we have not seen in 40 years

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