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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad wins fourth consecutive term in office

The speaker of the Syrian parliament, Hammouda Sabbagh, announced that Bashar al-Assad had won the elections held on Wednesday with an overwhelming 95.1% of the votes

Oman protest Protests over struggling economy and unemployment in Oman enter fourth day

The police crackdown on protesters using British-manufactured tear gas has led a UK-based campaign group to demand the review of sale of arms and riot/crowd control equipment to the Gulf state by the British government

Activists slam UK government commission’s denial of systemic racism in the country 

The commission was formed after the Black Lives Matter protests rocked the country last year. It said that while there was racial discrimination in the country, it was not systemic or deliberate

Opposition grows against Canada’s decision to buy drones from Israel

Citing manufacturer Elbit System’s human rights record, pro-Palestine groups say that purchase of drones from Israeli companies strengthens the occupation of Palestine. Elbit has faced numerous protests by the Palestinian BDS movement

China urges the West to stop baseless propaganda, offers greater cooperation on various issues 

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi criticized rumors about genocide of Uyghurs minorities spread by the media and claimed that the population of Uyghurs minorities has more than doubled in the last 40 years

Bukele-led alliance set to secure majority in El Salvador elections and other stories

In today’s episode we take a look at the preliminary results of El Salvador’s elections, the sentencing of Palestinian politician Khalida Jarrar by an Israeli military court, protests in Bangladesh following the custodial death of Mushtaq Ahmed, and cuts to aid for Yemen by the UK government.

Arms sales Renewed global pressure to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

More than 90 human rights and anti-war organizations wrote a letter to the US president demanding cancellation of billions of dollars of arms sales to the two countries on the day that the European Parliament adopted a resolution asking member countries to do the same

COVID threat in prison Incarcerated people among the most vulnerable to Coronavirus infection

There is a growing demand for releasing prisoners worldwide as prison facilities in most countries are overcrowded and lack basic hygienic conditions, jeopardizing the implementation of preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19

Pro-assange protest Assange’s extradition hearing begins amid massive protests outside court

The formal hearings for the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange began on February 24, Monday, within the premises of the high-security Belmarsh prison where he is being held. Large crowds of his supporters gathered outside

Tax havens US and UK are among the safest tax havens in the world

According to the Financial Secrecy Index 2020 published by the Tax Justice Network, the US has emerged as the second safest tax haven. The British overseas territory of the Cayman Islands is the “safest tax haven” in the world

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