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US seizes websites US ‘seizes’ Iranian and other regional news sites, cites ‘disinformation’ and ‘national security threats’

The move has been criticized by activists as an attempt by the US government to censor unfavorable content, an attack on the freedom of the press, and a deliberate act of hostility 

COVID-19: Top scientists explain how India can tackle a possible third wave

India has to scale up testing, isolating and sequencing along with vaccination and decentralized critical care to face large-scale future outbreaks, say experts

Sheikh Jarrah violence Israeli settlers, security forces invade Sheikh Jarrah, leave several Palestinians injured

At least 20 people suffered injuries after the Israeli security forces targeted unarmed Palestinian residents with skunk water, pepper spray, tear gas, and rubber-coated metal bullets

Letter to Biden Open letter calls on Biden administration to exert pressure on Israel, protect Palestinians’ human rights

The letter emphasizes that the Biden “administration must apply concerted diplomatic pressure to help end the ever-expanding discrimination and systemic oppression and ensure accountability for Israeli authorities that violate Palestinian rights”

Palestinian prisoners hunger strike 3 Palestinians on hunger strike against illegal administrative detention in Israel

Jamal al-Taweel, Khader Adnan and Ghadanfar Abu Atwan are on hunger strike in various prisons. Around 500 Palestinians are currently being held without charge or trial under the illegal Israeli administrative detention policy 

After over a year behind bars, three student activists are released on bail in Delhi

After being booked under the stringent anti-terror law for allegedly hatching a conspiracy that caused riots last year, the three activists, Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha were granted bail by the Delhi High Court

ASHAs, India’s frontline health workers, go on indefinite strike in two states

A.R. Sindhu, National Secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions explains why ASHAs are important to India’s health system and why they are on strike.

Conservative Ebrahim Raisi is the next president of Iran

Ebrahim Raisi won 61.95% of the votes cast in the elections held on Friday. The voter turnout was around 49%

South African court orders judicial review of permits for arms export to Saudi Arabia and UAE

The court also ordered the government body responsible for implementing the country’s  National Conventional Arms Control Act to publicly disclose the names of all South African companies that have obtained permits to export weapons to the two Arab countries

Israeli police officer indicted for killing autistic Palestinian man 

32-year-old Iyad al-Halak was shot multiple times by Israeli officers near a checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalem on May 30, 2020 while he was walking towards his school

Lebanon strike Lebanese trade unions observe day-long strike against worsening conditions for workers

The strike was called by the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers (CGTL), an umbrella body of trade unions in the country, and supported by some major political parties including the Free Patriotic Movement, Future Movement, and Amal

Philippines killings Outrage in Philippines over killing of 2 indigenous farmers and a child by army

In southern Philippines, three indigenous people including a 12-year-old girl were killed in indiscriminate firing by the army at a group of farmers claimed to be communist insurgents

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