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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon smiles as she visits Genpact, an Indian multinational company, where she announced new jobs for Scotland Wednesday March 29, 2017. Scottish lawmakers have voted to seek a new referendum on independence, to be held within the next two years. The Scottish parliament on Tuesday voted 69-59 to authorize First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to ask the British government for an independence vote. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon formally requests referendum

Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon formally requests referendum LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s first minister formally requested a second referendum on independence on Friday, declaring that Scots have the right to exercise their right of self-determination. Nicola Sturgeon sent U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May a letter formally requesting the transfer of powers to allow a second vote. Sturgeon […]

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US Ambassador: UN Aiding ‘Corrupt’ Government in Congo

US Ambassador: UN Aiding ‘Corrupt’ Government in Congo (VOA News) — U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday accused the world body of aiding a “corrupt” government in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Haley, speaking at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York, said the U.N. peacekeeping mission is “mandated to […]

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More than 250 migrants feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea

More than 250 migrants are believed to have drowned after two partially submerged dinghies were found by a rescue boat in the Mediterranean Sea. (Aljazeera) — About 250 people are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after two partially submerged rubber dinghies were found off the coast of Libya. EU countries to crackdown […]

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The World’s Most Powerful People 2016, of 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth

The World’s Most Powerful People 2016, of 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth By David M. Ewalt (Forbes) — There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 20 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million […]

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Scottish Parliament debate second independence referendum (DAY 2), before voting later today

Scottish Parliament debate second independence referendum (DAY 2), before voting later today Scottish parliament expected to back 2nd independence referendum (rt) — Scottish MPs are expected to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s bid for a second independence referendum when they vote later on Wednesday. The ballot for a section 30 order, the mechanism authorizing a […]

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Land Grabbing: Ugandan Farmers Call on UN to Sever Ties with Bidco Africa

Land Grabbing: Ugandan Farmers Call on UN to Sever Ties with Bidco Africa (Addis Standard) — Lake Victoria farmers cite Bidco land-grabbing, environmental destruction and human rights violations The Bugala Farmers Association has called on the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to sever its ties with Bidco Africa, a Kenya-based edible oil producer accused of […]

The US customs and border protection office at Los Angeles International Airport in California. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Reuters

No African citizens granted visas for African trade summit in California

No African citizens granted visas for African trade summit in California Every single African citizen who requested a visa was rejected, according to the organizer of the African Global Economic and Development Summit (The Guardian) — An annual African trade summit in California had no African attendees this year after at least 60 people were […]

More than 6,000 People Rescued from the Mediterranean Sea

More than 6,000 People Rescued from the Mediterranean Sea

More than 6,000 People Rescued from the Mediterranean Sea The refugees and migrants were rescued on the Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy in the last few days, IOM says. More than 6,000 people have been rescued on the central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy in the last few days, as greater numbers take […]

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In an Unprecedented No-Show, the U.S. Pulls Out of Planned Human Rights Hearings

In an Unprecedented No-Show, the U.S. Pulls Out of Planned Human Rights Hearings (ACLU) — The United States has pulled its participation from hearings planned for today by a regional human rights body that has enjoyed the support of every U.S. administration since its founding. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is meeting in Washington, […]

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World Bank pledges 57 bln USD for projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank pledges 57 bln USD for projects in Sub-Saharan Africa NAIROBI, March 21 (Xinhua) — The World Bank has committed 57 billion U.S dollars to development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa in the next three fiscal years, said a press release from the Bretton Woods Institution on Monday. Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President […]

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Laptops, tablets to be banned on Middle East-US flights

Laptops, tablets to be banned on Middle East-US flights Devices larger than cell phones to be banned from carry-on luggage on flights from eight Muslim-majority countries (Aljazeera) –The US is barring passengers on flights originating in eight Muslim-majority countries from carrying any electronic device bigger than a mobile phone, the Department of Homeland Security said. […]

UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945

UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945

UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945 (BBC News) — The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nations says, issuing a plea for help to avoid “a catastrophe”. UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, […]

Without a ‘world government’ technology will destroy us, says Stephen Hawking

Without a ‘world government’ technology will destroy us, says Stephen Hawking

Without a ‘world government’ technology will destroy us, says Stephen Hawking ‘This aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason’ (The Independent) — Stephen Hawking has warned that technology needs to be controlled in order to prevent it from destroying the […]

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Fighting between smugglers in Libya kills 22 migrants: IOM

Fighting between smugglers in Libya kills 22 migrants: IOM By Reuters For Citizen Digital Fighting between rival people-smuggling gangs on Libya Mediterranean coast has killed 22 people, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday. The dead were thought to be migrants rather than smugglers because they were sub-Saharan Africans, IOM spokesman Joel Millman said. […]

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Confession: I Created AIDS to Deliberately Depopulate Humanity

Confession: I Created AIDS to Deliberately Depopulate Humanity (Whatzp) — The scientist credited with ‘discovering’ the HIV virus, has admitted that he created AIDS in order to reduce the world’s population. Director of the Institute of Human Virology, Dr. Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the AIDS virus, poses in the Medical Biotechnology Center in Baltimore, on […]

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Exclusive: Egypt sneaky strategy against Ethiopia

Exclusive: Egypt sneaky strategy against Ethiopia Kampala, March 5, 2017 (South Sudan News Agency) – In an exclusive interview on Sunday, a former Ugandan intelligence agent told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that Egyptian government is actively pursuing a sneaky military strategy against Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and that Egypt is also […]

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Women and child migrants raped, beaten and starved in Libyan ‘hellholes’ says UNICEF report

Women and child migrants raped, beaten and starved in Libyan ‘hellholes’ says UNICEF report (The Telegraph) — Women and children making the dangerous journey to Europe to flee poverty and conflicts in Africa are being beaten, raped and starved in “living hellholes” in Libya, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. The Mediterranean Sea […]

 The report pointed to a 57% rise in reported hate crimes in the UK in the week after the Brexit vote. Photograph: Tom Nicholson/Rex/Shutterstock

Toxic political agenda is dehumanising entire groups, Amnesty warns

Toxic political agenda is dehumanising entire groups, Amnesty warns NGO’s annual report warns that aggressive political rhetoric is creating a ‘hostile climate for refugees and migrants’ (The Guardian) — Toxic political rhetoric with echoes of 1930s hate speech is stirring up violence worldwide – including in the UK and US, Amnesty International has warned. Kerry […]

Losing Hope in United States, Migrants Make Icy Crossing to Canada

Losing Hope in United States, Migrants Make Icy Crossing to Canada

Losing Hope in United States, Migrants Make Icy Crossing to Canada Losing Hope in U.S., Migrants Make Icy Crossing to Canada By CATHERINE PORTER, DAN LEVIN and IAN AUSTEN WINNIPEG, Manitoba (The New York Times) — Almost three months after Bashir Yussuf watched Donald J. Trump win the presidential election, he made his way to Noyes, […]

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