Male students, professors walk out of Afghan universities to protest ban on female students

Male students, professors walk out of Afghan universities to protest ban on female students

Male students and professors in Afghanistan have joined calls to allow women to return to classrooms after the Taliban administration banned them from universities and from working for non-governmental organisations. Key points: Professors have quit from many universities over the ban Experts say increasing restrictions could lead to internal rebellion against the Taliban No female nurses or … Read more

Brazil’s haunting graveyard of ships risks environmental disaster, warns activist group

Brazil’s haunting graveyard of ships risks environmental disaster, warns activist group

GUANABARA BAY, Dec 29 (Reuters) – On a stormy evening in mid-November, a huge, abandoned cargo ship broke free of its moorings and slowly floated into the massive concrete bridge that carries cars across Brazil’s Guanabara Bay to Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s navy said the 200-meter-long (660-ft.) Sao Luiz, a rust-spattered bulk carrier built in … Read more

Ringleader in Michigan governor kidnapping plot sentenced to 16 years

Ringleader in Michigan governor kidnapping plot sentenced to 16 years

Dec 27 (Reuters) – The leader of a foiled plot by members of right-wing militia groups to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday in a U.S. District Court, prosecutors said. Adam Fox was found guilty in August by a federal court jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on … Read more

Uttarakhand books 5 for disrupting Christians’ meet | India News

Uttarakhand books 5 for disrupting Christians’ meet | India News

UTTARKASHI: Five members of a right-wing group and a few other unidentified persons were booked by police on Sunday for “disturbing public peace, promoting enmity among people on religious grounds and rioting” after some of them allegedly disrupted a “prayer meet” held by Christians in Uttarkashi district two days ago, reports Abhyudaya Kotnala.The right-wingers had … Read more

Taliban bans female NGO staff, jeopardizing aid efforts

Taliban bans female NGO staff, jeopardizing aid efforts

Taliban orders NGOs to stop female staff from working Comes after suspension of female students from universities U.N. says order would seriously impact humanitarian operations U.N. plans to meet with Taliban to seek clarity KABUL, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration on Saturday ordered all local and foreign NGOs to stop female employees from … Read more

Iran top court accepts rapper Yasin’s appeal against death sentence

Iran top court accepts rapper Yasin’s appeal against death sentence

Dec 24 (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by rapper Saman Seydi Yasin against his death sentence even as it confirmed the same sentence against another protester, the judiciary said on Saturday. Yasin, a Kurd who raps about inequality, oppression and unemployment, had been accused of attempting to kill security forces, setting … Read more

Eastern Europe holds the key to keeping Ukraine’s power on

Eastern Europe holds the key to keeping Ukraine’s power on

Eastern Europe has power grids compatible with Ukraine’s Russian attacks on infrastructure causing extensive damage Ukraine has sent list of hardware it needs from overseas VILNIUS/WARSAW, Dec 21 (Reuters) – In Lithuania, a giant, disused electrical transformer built in 1980 in present-day Ukraine has been dusted off and prepared for shipment. It will travel by … Read more

COVID border restrictions on migrants to stay after U.S. Supreme Court order

COVID border restrictions on migrants to stay after U.S. Supreme Court order

WASHINGTON/CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said COVID-era restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border that have prevented hundreds of thousands of migrants from seeking asylum should be kept in place for now, siding with Republicans who brought a legal challenge. The restrictions, known as Title 42, were implemented under … Read more

Children dying in Somalia as food catastrophe worsens

Children dying in Somalia as food catastrophe worsens

Famine averted for now but crisis worsening – IPC ‘Children are dying now’ – UNICEF U.N. funding appeal facing $1 bln shortfall MOGADISHU, Dec 13 (Reuters) – More than 200,000 Somalis are suffering catastrophic food shortages and many are dying of hunger, with that number set to rise to over 700,000 next year, according to … Read more