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Palestinian elections Palestinian elections scheduled to take place next month might be postponed

The first Palestinian general elections in 15 years are at risk of being postponed as Israel is unlikely to permit residents of occupied East Jerusalem to cast their ballots

Fighting in Marib, Yemen 65 fighters killed in ongoing battle for Marib

Marib and its surrounding oil fields constitute the last significant area still under the control of the Saudi-backed government of Abdu Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in northern Yemen

Syrian refugees Denmark Opposition grows to revocation of Syrian refugees’ residency permits by Denmark

Activists and human rights groups claim that the Danish government’s move to declare parts of Syria safe for the refugees and asking them to return is based on a wrong assessment of the ground realities

COVID-19 vaccine patents Majority of US population supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccine production 

Citing the interests of “innovators”, the US has led other rich countries in opposing the proposal for a patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines raised by over 100 poor and developing countries in the WTO

Syria airstrike Syria asks UNSC to prevent Israel’s repeated attacks on its territory

Syria raised the demand to the UNSC following an Israeli airstrike on Thursday using Lebanese airspace. Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes inside Syria since the beginning of the Syrian war in 2011

Amazon workers lead ‘White Monday’ strike across Italy and other stories

We take a look at the nationwide strike by Amazon workers across Italy, a massive fire at a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, recent developments in Yemen, and the presence of armed rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the pretext of foreign military interventions

Houthis demand lifting of air and sea blockade before agreeing to ceasefire

The chief negotiator for Ansar Allah said the Saudis should end their devastating air and sea blockade of the country if they are serious about implementing the ceasefire

Rate of demolition of Palestinian homes has increased in 2021, says new report

The report, prepared by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories, says the monthly average of demolition of Palestinian houses by Israeli authorities has increased by 65% in 2021 as compared to the previous year

Libyan interim govt approved Libyan parliament approves interim unity government  

The interim government is led by prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and consists of 33 ministers, including two deputy prime ministers. It will administer the country till the December 2021 elections

Demand for waving patent rights to produce COVID-19 vaccines gains momentum

WTO’s TRIPS agreements have limited the production of COVID-19 vaccines leading to unequal access globally where some rich countries have amassed more than required doses and majority of poor countries have received none or inadequate number of doses

Protests against increasing police violence continue in Greece and other stories

In today’s episode we take a look at the protests against police violence in Greece, a report by the WHO on violence against women, the custodial deaths of National League for Democracy officials in Myanmar, the assassinations of leaders in Colombia, and the protests in solidarity with women farmers on International Women’s Day in India

WHO report violence against women One in every three women in the world endures violence, says WHO report 

The report, prepared by the World Health Organization on behalf of a UN special working group, is based on data from the largest ever study conducted on violence against women between 2000 and 2018

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