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Myanmar President Sends Report on Massacres of Rohingya by Security Forces to Military Chief for More Prosecutions

ICOE report details mass killings of nearly 1,000 people, other atrocities; the President concurs with its recommendations of prosecutions in civilian, military courts.
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Myanmar President Sends Report on Massacres of Rohingya by Security Forces to Military Chief for More Prosecutions

ICOE report details mass killings of nearly 1,000 people, other atrocities; the President concurs with its recommendations of prosecutions in civilian, military courts.

Hundreds of Snakes Released in Myanmar’s Shan State to Fight Rampaging Rodents

The government of Shan State is providing villages with nonvenomous snakes to fight an infestation of rats that has wiped out rice crops.
The Irrawaddy

Hundreds of Snakes Released in Myanmar’s Shan State to Fight Rampaging Rodents

The government of Shan State is providing villages with nonvenomous snakes to fight an infestation of rats that has wiped out rice crops.

Seychelles sending 20 athletes to first-ever Special Olympics Africa competition

Seychelles is participating in the first-ever Special Olympics Pan African Games scheduled for January 23-31 in Cairo, Egypt. The national director of Special Olympics Seychelles, Helene Ernesta, who will also head the delegation, told SNA on Saturday that a
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Seychelles sending 20 athletes to first-ever Special Olympics Africa competition

Seychelles is participating in the first-ever Special Olympics Pan African Games scheduled for January 23-31 in Cairo, Egypt. The national director of Special Olympics Seychelles, Helene Ernesta, who will also head the delegation, told SNA on Saturday that although the invitation came late, a team of 20 athletes are ready for the Games. «Our athletes practice every Sunday so it was not a problem to put a team together. We have 20 athletes and this includes eight players for the five-a-side football competition, eight athletes for the track and field athletics competition and four for the bocce competition,» said Ernesta. Practice session for the players taking part in the bocce competition. (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY The first-ever Special Olympics Pan African Games will be a joint event hosted by the Special Olympics Middle East, North Africa and Africa regions, marking the first time that two Special Olympics regions have joined forces to create a combined Games. The mission of the Pan African Games is to provide a high-quality sports experience and engage key influencers and communities to help create positive attitudes and bring about permanent change towards the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities throughout the continent of Africa. The Games will include a series of sports and non-sports events in which around 800 athletes from 42 countries will compete. The sports events are athletics, football, basketball and bocce – a ball game related to British bowling or French petanque.  The games will have other range of activities such as healthy athletes medical screenings and a regional youth leadership summit. Although team Seychelles is ready, Ernesta is appealing to anyone who can assist in any way to get in touch with the Special Olympics Seychelles. Team Seychelles for the first Pan African Games. (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY «We would have liked to bring more athletes but we don't have the financial means to do so especially as the invitation to the games came late. We were asked to bring a large group of athletes but we don't have enough money to cover airfares and other logistical arrangements,» she said. The team leaves on Thursday via Dubai onwards to Cairo. Three out of the 20 athletes have previously taken part in international events but Seychellois participants in international special Olympics events have always brought good results. «Like I always say, our athletes have always performed well and we expect them to give their very best but even if they don't win any medals Special Olympics is all about participation,» said Ernesta. 

IMF trims global growth estimates 2020-21 but sees improving outlook

Easing US-China trade tensions have lessened uncertainty and the world economy may have hit bottom but a sharp slowdown in India is creating a drag worldwide, the International Monetary Fund said Monday. However, while the risks to the global economy have gr
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IMF trims global growth estimates 2020-21 but sees improving outlook

Easing US-China trade tensions have lessened uncertainty and the world economy may have hit bottom but a sharp slowdown in India is creating a drag worldwide, the International Monetary Fund said Monday. However, while the risks to the global economy have grown smaller, the Washington-based global lending institution cautioned that outcomes «depend to an important extent on avoiding further escalation» between Washington and Beijing. In the latest update to its World Economic Outlook, the IMF cut the global growth estimate for 2020 to 3.3 percent, 0.1 percentage point lower than in the prior report released in October. It lowered the 2021 forecast by 0.2 percentage points, to 3.4 percent. The sharp drop for India «accounts for the lion's share of the downward revisions,» the IMF said. IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva pointed to India's struggles with declining consumption and investments, budget deficits and delays in making structural reforms. «After a synchronized slowdown in 2019, we expect a moderate pick-up in global growth this year and next,» Georgieva told a news conference on the eve of the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos, the annual gathering of business and political elites. «We are already seeing some tentative signs of stabilization but we have not reached a turning point yet,» she cautioned. The IMF said the relationship between China and the United States, the world's dominant economic powers, is still troubled by «unresolved disputes». «The risk of protracted subpar global growth remains tangible despite tentative signs of stabilizing momentum,» the fund warned in its quarterly report. «Policy missteps at this stage would further enfeeble an already weak global economy.» The charity Oxfam, in an annual report released Monday, warned of growing social inequality and the pressures that is generating. It said the world's 2,153 billionaires now have more money than the planet's 4.6 billion poorest people. «The gap between rich and poor can't be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies,» Oxfam's India head Amitabh Behar said. - US-China trade deal - US President Donald Trump signed a deal with China last week that eases the escalating trade tensions but leaves in place tariffs on two-thirds of the goods imported from the Asian economic power. The trade truce led to an upgrade of China's growth forecast to 6.0 percent in 2020, with a slight slowdown to 5.8 percent projected for next year. But the giant Asian economy has been on a steadily slowing path for some time. Meanwhile, the IMF trimmed US growth just a tenth to 2.0 percent this year, and to 1.7 percent in 2021. Since 2018, Washington and Beijing have exchanged tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in two-way trade. «Trade truce is not the same as trade peace,» Georgieva said on Friday. In its previous analysis, the IMF estimated that trade conflicts and tariffs cut 0.8 percentage points off of global growth. But two-thirds of that damage was due not to the tariffs but to trade uncertainty created by the conflict, which causes companies to put the brakes on investment. If tensions flare again, or if Trump's trade dispute with the European Union or confrontation with Iran should worsen, that too could undermine the «nascent bottoming out of global manufacturing and trade, leading global growth to fall short» of forecasts, the report said. - Slowing growth in India - Receding risks of a hard Brexit have helped stabilize the outlook for Britain and the European Union. And healthy private consumption has helped the still-slow but upgraded growth prospects in Japan. However, the IMF once again slashed expected GDP growth in India, by 1.2 percentage points this year and 0.9 points in 2021 compared to the October forecasts. While growth remains relatively robust at 5.8 percent and 6.5 percent for the two years, respectively, it is not enough to continue to reduce poverty in the growing South Asian economy. India has for years been a major engine of global expansion along with China, while advanced economies have bumped along at far slower rates. But it had already been downgraded in October due to a bigger-than-expected decline in domestic demand amid growing stress in the financial sector. Meanwhile, Latin America continues to slow, even as Brazil has stabilized and growth there was upgraded. Mexico was downgraded, while Chile suffered «a sizable markdown» amid widespread social unrest. © Agence France-Presse

Women, youth participation in politics is key to progress, parliamentary president tells Seychelles' National Assembly

Human rights, democracy, woman and youth participation in politics are key factors needed for a healthy society, the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) told the Seychelles' National Assembly.   Gabriela Cuevas Barron spoke at a special sessio
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Women, youth participation in politics is key to progress, parliamentary president tells Seychelles' National Assembly

Human rights, democracy, woman and youth participation in politics are key factors needed for a healthy society, the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) told the Seychelles' National Assembly.   Gabriela Cuevas Barron spoke at a special session of the Assembly on Tuesday. «IPU as one of the oldest and largest parliamentary organisations in the world believes in the values of democracy and human rights as it is the best way that we can take decisions for our country and grow as a society,» said Barron. She said that the Union has been there in the most complicated moments of the planet and has been involved in resolving disputes. «Today the planet is not the same as before. Today we are seeing inequality, poverty, hunger and a lot of conflicts around the planet. As parliamentarians we can also say that politics are changing and the change is good in order to ensure delivery to the people that we represent,» said Barron. Barron, who is Mexican, is the second woman and the youngest person to be President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union since its foundation in 1889. Her visit is the first time a President of the IPU has made an official visit to Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean. Barron, who was elected in 2017, is on an African tour in the last of her three-year mandate. In her address, Barron also talked about the challenge to give women a more participatory role in politics and in parliaments. «If we look at the statistics worldwide there are only 24 percent of seats for women. This is not an inclusive approach. We need more woman in politics,» said Barron.   She said the same applies to the youth. Only 2.2 percent of parliament seats are served by someone under 30, she said. «Having the youth assembly in Seychelles is a great step and opportunity to include and groom the youth to take politics as a career,» added Barron.   Barron concluded in saying that IPU has a responsibility to give politics a new meaning. «We need to preach our values, preach our commitment, decide if we are the generation that will kill or protect the planet. I believe in the power of youth, women and in the force of Africa,» she said. During her visit, Barron also paid a courtesy call on President Danny Faure and the two Leaders in the National Assembly on Tuesday. Barron paid a courtesy call on President Faure on Tuesday morning. (State House) Photo License: CC-BY The representative of the opposition, Jean-Francois Ferrari, said Seychelles is proud to be a part of the IPU, which has helped the island nation's parliament «to become more representative, gender-balanced, younger, transparent, accessible, accountable and effective.» Leader of Government Business, Charles De Comarmond, supported the idea that woman should play a greater role in the political development of their country. «A great example where Seychelles is doing well with regards to integrating woman in decision-making is seen within the judiciary. We have a woman at the helm of the judiciary. We should also see that happening in our assembly and in the executive as well,» said De Commarmond. The IPU is a global organisation of national parliaments that began in 1889. There are 179 member parliaments and 12 associate members. IPU's mission is to promote democratic governance, institutions and values.

SPLM-IO calls on IGAD to evaluate 100-day extension period

January 21, 2020 (JUBA) - The SPLM-IO officially endorsed the formation of the transitional government by the end of the 100-day extension and called on the IGAD to assess what has been implemented during the elapsed period. The endorsement was made in a mee
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SPLM-IO calls on IGAD to evaluate 100-day extension period

January 21, 2020 (JUBA) - The SPLM-IO officially endorsed the formation of the transitional government by the end of the 100-day extension and called on the IGAD to assess what has been implemented during the elapsed period. The endorsement was made in a meeting held in Juba on 20 January by the SPLM-IO leadership council chaired by the Movement's Riek Machar. “The meeting endorsed the SPLM/SPLA (IO) position to enable the formation of the Revitalized Government of National Unity (R-TGONU) (...) - News / South Sudan, FRONT_PAGE_SECONDARY

Nantes to wear Argentine colours in tribute to Emiliano Sala

Nantes will drop their usual green and yellow colours for Argentina's blue and white-striped "Albiceleste" strip to pay tribute to their former player Emiliano Sala when they host Girondins de Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
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Nantes to wear Argentine colours in tribute to Emiliano Sala

Nantes will drop their usual green and yellow colours for Argentina's blue and white-striped "Albiceleste" strip to pay tribute to their former player Emiliano Sala when they host Girondins de Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Citibank to pay US$18 million penalty for failing to insure flood-prone properties

A U.S. banking regulator fined Citibank N.A. US$18 million for delays in purchasing mandatory flood insurance for properties where borrowers were located in flood-prone areas.
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Citibank to pay US$18 million penalty for failing to insure flood-prone properties

A U.S. banking regulator fined Citibank N.A. US$18 million for delays in purchasing mandatory flood insurance for properties where borrowers were located in flood-prone areas.

ВОЗ предупредила о распространении «новой пневмонии» за пределами Китая, умерли уже шесть человек

Государственный комитет по вопросам гигиены и здравоохранения КНР сообщил, что число лиц, зараженных коронавирусом нового типа, возросло до
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ВОЗ предупредила о распространении «новой пневмонии» за пределами Китая, умерли уже шесть человек

Государственный комитет по вопросам гигиены и здравоохранения КНР сообщил, что число лиц, зараженных коронавирусом нового типа, возросло до 291. По его данным, за последние сутки было зарегистрировано 77 новых случаев - в городе Ухане и прилегающей к нему провинции Хубэй, в Пекине и Шанхае.

СМИ: Россия и Израиль «почти согласовали» детали помилования Наамы Иссахар. РФ претендует на подворье в Иерусалиме

По одной из версий, президент России Владимир Путин в ближайшее время помилует Иссахар и позволит ей вернуться в Израиль. По другим данным, Ис
В мире - NEWSru.com

СМИ: Россия и Израиль «почти согласовали» детали помилования Наамы Иссахар. РФ претендует на подворье в Иерусалиме

По одной из версий, президент России Владимир Путин в ближайшее время помилует Иссахар и позволит ей вернуться в Израиль. По другим данным, Иссахар будет отправлена в Израиль, чтобы отбыть там оставшуюся часть тюремного заключения, однако вскоре будет помилована. Этот вопрос планируется обсудить в ходе предстоящего визита Путина в Израиль.

Тунберг назвала недостаточным решение Трампа подключиться к программе по высадке деревьев

"Мы по-прежнему говорим вам, что следует паниковать и действовать, если вы любите своих детей больше всего на свете", - обратилась несоверш
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Тунберг назвала недостаточным решение Трампа подключиться к программе по высадке деревьев

"Мы по-прежнему говорим вам, что следует паниковать и действовать, если вы любите своих детей больше всего на свете", - обратилась несовершеннолетняя экоактивистка Грета Тунберг к мировым лидерам. Ранее Трамп призвал не слушать "радикальных социалистов", предрекающих апокалипсис.

Police nab teacher over learner pregnancy

Malawi Police in Zomba Police have arrested a teacher for allegedly impregnating a student.   The teacher, Blessings Tanganyika 34,  has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a female student under his care. It is alleged that, between the months
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Police nab teacher over learner pregnancy

Malawi Police in Zomba Police have arrested a teacher for allegedly impregnating a student.   The teacher, Blessings Tanganyika 34,  has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a female student under his care. It is alleged that, between the months of April and May, 2019, the suspect who is a teacher at St. Bridget […] The post Police nab teacher over learner pregnancy appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

Putin says Chaika has what it takes to tackle troubles plaguing Russia’s North Caucasus

On Monday, President Putin suggested releasing Yuri Chaika from the post of Prosecutor General and nominated Deputy Head of the Investigative Committee Igor Krasnov as the candidate for the post
TASS

Putin says Chaika has what it takes to tackle troubles plaguing Russia’s North Caucasus

On Monday, President Putin suggested releasing Yuri Chaika from the post of Prosecutor General and nominated Deputy Head of the Investigative Committee Igor Krasnov as the candidate for the post

Opposition politician suggests forming national salvation government in Ukraine

Recently a scandal broke out in the Ukrainian government with the Ukrainian prime minister tendering resignation, as rejected by the president
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Opposition politician suggests forming national salvation government in Ukraine

Recently a scandal broke out in the Ukrainian government with the Ukrainian prime minister tendering resignation, as rejected by the president

Russian Luge Federation notifies CAS of its participation in WADA-RUSADA dispute

On December 9, 2019, the WADA Executive Committee (ExCo) ruled to strip Russia of the right to compete in major international sports tournaments, including the Olympics, Paralympics and world championships, for four years
TASS

Russian Luge Federation notifies CAS of its participation in WADA-RUSADA dispute

On December 9, 2019, the WADA Executive Committee (ExCo) ruled to strip Russia of the right to compete in major international sports tournaments, including the Olympics, Paralympics and world championships, for four years

Court in St. Petersburg rules to place suspected recruiter of terrorists into custody

As the investigators say, during his stay in St. Petersburg, suspect Isfandier Akramov approved and encouraged the activity of an illegal armed formation of the Islamic State terrorist organization outlawed in Russia
TASS

Court in St. Petersburg rules to place suspected recruiter of terrorists into custody

As the investigators say, during his stay in St. Petersburg, suspect Isfandier Akramov approved and encouraged the activity of an illegal armed formation of the Islamic State terrorist organization outlawed in Russia

Bentaleb joins Newcastle on loan from Schalke 04

Injury-hit Newcastle United have signed Algeria international midfielder Nabil Bentaleb on loan to the end of the season from Bundesliga side Schalke 04 with an option to make the move permanent.
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Bentaleb joins Newcastle on loan from Schalke 04

Injury-hit Newcastle United have signed Algeria international midfielder Nabil Bentaleb on loan to the end of the season from Bundesliga side Schalke 04 with an option to make the move permanent.

De Kock named new captain of South Africa ODI squad

Quinton de Kock has been named as the new captain of the South Africa One-Day International side, taking over from Faf du Plessis, who is dropped altogether for the three-match series against England next month.
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De Kock named new captain of South Africa ODI squad

Quinton de Kock has been named as the new captain of the South Africa One-Day International side, taking over from Faf du Plessis, who is dropped altogether for the three-match series against England next month.

Puerto Ricans baffled by strange lights appearing overhead in dawn skies (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Residents of Puerto Rico were stunned to witness a bizarre phenomenon in the skies just off the island, as an unusual array of lights inexplicably appeared in the distance for some time before completely disappearing. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Puerto Ricans baffled by strange lights appearing overhead in dawn skies (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Residents of Puerto Rico were stunned to witness a bizarre phenomenon in the skies just off the island, as an unusual array of lights inexplicably appeared in the distance for some time before completely disappearing. Read Full Article at RT.com

North Korea won’t be bound by old commitments if US continues ‘most brutal and inhuman sanctions’ – senior diplomat

A North Korean envoy in Geneva has warned that denuclearization is impossible if the US maintains its “hostile policies,” pushing Pyongyang to seek a “new path” from the stalled bilateral talks. Read Full Article at RT.com
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North Korea won’t be bound by old commitments if US continues ‘most brutal and inhuman sanctions’ – senior diplomat

A North Korean envoy in Geneva has warned that denuclearization is impossible if the US maintains its “hostile policies,” pushing Pyongyang to seek a “new path” from the stalled bilateral talks. Read Full Article at RT.com

US dollar collapse will happen this year, gold fund manager tells RT’s Keiser Report

Central banks have been buying massive amounts of gold over the last 50 years, purchasing a historic high of 374.1 tons in 2019. The unprecedented shift has been seen by many as a move away from the US dollar. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US dollar collapse will happen this year, gold fund manager tells RT’s Keiser Report

Central banks have been buying massive amounts of gold over the last 50 years, purchasing a historic high of 374.1 tons in 2019. The unprecedented shift has been seen by many as a move away from the US dollar. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Ridiculous’: US disarmament envoy slams Iranian MP for proposing $3mn bounty on Trump’s head

A senior US diplomat said an offer of money for the killing of US President Donald Trump, made by an Iranian lawmaker, serves as clear proof of Tehran’s “terrorist underpinnings.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Ridiculous’: US disarmament envoy slams Iranian MP for proposing $3mn bounty on Trump’s head

A senior US diplomat said an offer of money for the killing of US President Donald Trump, made by an Iranian lawmaker, serves as clear proof of Tehran’s “terrorist underpinnings.” Read Full Article at RT.com

China no longer the world's garbage dump as it plans to cut waste imports to zero this year

Since China banned the import of certain types of waste in 2017, those shipments have declined by 71 percent, the country's environmental authorities have announced. Read Full Article at RT.com
RT - Daily news

China no longer the world's garbage dump as it plans to cut waste imports to zero this year

Since China banned the import of certain types of waste in 2017, those shipments have declined by 71 percent, the country's environmental authorities have announced. Read Full Article at RT.com

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