Six In The Morning Sunday 24 September 2023

Nagorno-Karabakh: Ethnic Armenians leave amid cleansing fear

The first groups of ethnic Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh have arrived in Armenia, days after the enclave was seized by Azerbaijan.

They entered shortly after local officials announced plans to move those made homeless by the fighting.

Azerbaijan captured the area inhabited by some 120,000 ethnic Armenians early this week and says it wants to re-integrate them as “equal citizens”.

But Armenia has warned they may face ethnic cleansing.

Around 400 people were part of the first groups to leave. Armenia says it will help anyone who does so but has repeatedly said a mass exodus would be the fault of the Azerbaijani authorities.

Chinese authorities reportedly sentence Uyghur professor to life in prison

Human rights group says Rahile Dawut lost appeal after being convicted in 2018 on charges of promoting ‘splittism’

A leading Uyghur professor who disappeared six years ago is reported to have sentenced to life in prison by Chinese authorities for “endangering state security”.

Rahile Dawut, 57, who specialises in the study of Uyghur folklore and traditions and is considered an expert in her field, lost an appeal over her sentence after being convicted in 2018 on charges of promoting “splittism”, according to the US-based Dui Hua Foundation human rights group.

The group has spent years trying to locate Dawut. In a statement, it said it had received the information from a Chinese official and that it was seeking more information about Dawut from the government, including where she was, the state of her health and her right to have contact with family members.

The Iran Protests One Year LaterRoya Piraei’s Photo Made Her an Icon

Hundreds of protesters have likely been killed since the most recent wave of demonstrations began one year ago. The daughter of one victim cut off her hair, and the image went viral. She immediately had to leave Iran and now lives in exile in Britain.

By Susanne Koelbl in London

The seventh night after her mother was killed by Iranian security forces, university student Roya Piraei posted a photo. In it, she is standing at her mother’s grave dressed in black with no headscarf, her hair closely cropped. Staring directly into the camera, she is holding a bushel of hair in her left hand. She looks like a punk.

The photo was taken in fall 2022 and it immediately went viral. Women around the world, inspired by Piraei, then 24, cut off their hair to show solidarity with the protests in Iran – with the country’s Generation Z as it fought desperately for its future only to be continually beat down. It is a photo that continues to inspire artists and authors today. In 2022, the BBC included Piraei on its 100 list of inspiring and influential women.

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Almost one year later, Roya Piraei is sitting in the yard of a London suburban home at a table covered with an Oriental-patterned tablecloth, a whitewashed wall behind her. She is a delicate woman with light-colored, freckled skin, her dark hair – now grown back – falling gently to her chin.

Masked gunmen attack Kosovo police and kill one officer, raising tensions with Serbia

Kosovo’s prime minister on Sunday said one police officer was killed and another wounded in an attack he blamed on support from neighboring Serbia, increasing tensions between the two former war foes at a delicate moment in their European Union-facilitated dialogue to normalize ties.

Prime Minister Albin Kurti said “masked professionals armed with heavy weapons” opened fire on a police patrol in the village of Banjska, in Leposavic municipality, 55 kilometers (35 miles) north of the capital Pristina at 3 a.m. (01:00 GMT).

Kosovo police said two trucks without license plates blocked a bridge at the entrance to the village. Three police units were sent to unblock it but came under fire from different positions with various weapons, including hand grenades and bombs.

Police managed to push back the attack and take two injured police officers to the hospital in southern Mitrovica.

One of them was dead on arrival, doctors said. The condition of the other is not life-threatening.

Mali won’t ‘stand idly by’ if ECOWAS intervenes in Niger

The foreign minister of Mali told the UN General Assembly that any military intervention in Niger would threaten Mali’s security. The juntas in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso signed a mutual defense pact last week.

Mali’s top diplomat has warned that his country “will not stand idly by” if foreign powers intervene in neighboring Niger.

“Mali remains strongly opposed to any military intervention by ECOWAS,” Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop said on Saturday while representing Mali’s military junta at the UN General Assembly.

“Any invasion of this country constitutes a direct threat to the peace and security of Mali, but also to the peace and security of the region, and will necessarily have serious consequences.”

What’s the situation in Niger?

The West African regional bloc ECOWAS has threatened to stage a military intervention in Niger after democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum was overthrown in a coup in July.

Philippines condemns ‘floating barrier’ in South China Sea

Images posted on social media show buoys placed by China that block Philippine fishing boats from entering an area within Manila’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

The Philippines has accused China’s coastguard of installing a “floating barrier” in a disputed area of the South China Sea, which it said prevents Filipinos from fishing within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The coastguard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources “strongly condemn” China’s installation of the barrier in part of the Scarborough Shoal, “which prevents Filipino fishing boats from entering the shoal and depriving them of their fishing and livelihood activities”, spokesperson Jay Tarriela posted on Sunday on X, formerly Twitter.

Photos showed multiple buoys lined up and guarded by Chinese boats in the area, known in the Philippines as Bajo de Masinloc. The barrier is about 300 metres (985 feet) long and was discovered during a “routine maritime patrol” on Friday, said Tarriela.

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Six In The Morning Saturday 23 September 2023


 Kyiv claims Russian officers killed in Crimea attack

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  • Ukraine has launched another missile attack on the port city of Sevastopol, a day after the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet on the occupied Crimean peninsula was hit by missiles.
  • Ukraine claims dozens – including “senior Russian navy commanders” – died or were wounded in the strikes on naval headquarters in Sevastopol a day earlier.

Fate of Russian Black Sea navy head remains unknown: AJ correspondent

Zein Basravi, reporting from Kyiv, says Ukraine’s military intelligence confirmed at least nine dead and 16 wounded following Friday’s attack in Sevastopol.

At least two senior generals were wounded, while the fate of the head of the Russian Black Sea navy, Viktor Sokolov, remained unknown, Basravi said.

The reporter added that residents in Crimea were clamouring for the last spots in air-raid shelters as Ukrainian attacks breached Russia’s defences.

Firms pull ads from Rumble platform over Russell Brand videos

Burger King, Asos and HelloFresh remove ads from site in wake of allegations about comedian

A number of large companies have pulled their advertisements from the video platform Rumble, where Russell Brand broadcasts his weekly show, in the week since allegations of rape and sexual assault against the comedian came to light.

The News Movement reported on Friday that Burger King, Asos, the Barbican and HelloFresh, the recipe box delivery service, had removed their ads. Brand has 1.4m followers on the platform. YouTube suspended Brand’s ability to earn money on its platform on Tuesday but Rumble has rejected calls to do the same. On Friday, Brand said the moves to block him from receiving advertising revenue for his videos on social media platforms have occurred “in the context of the online safety bill”.

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian fighters give up arms after truce

Armenian fighters in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh were forced to surrender earlier this week after a lightning 24-hour military operation by the much larger Azerbaijani military.

Ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh have begun handing over weapons after they were forced to surrender this week, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Saturday.

The ministry said the fighters had so far handed over six armored vehicles, more than 800 guns and about 5,000 units of munitions to Russian peacekeepers.

This follows a cease-fire agreement on September 20 after the Azerbaijani military launched a major military operation against ethnic Armenian forces to take control of the enclave. The fighting has killed at least 200 people, according to local authorities.

In Zaporizhzhia, volunteer therapists help Ukraine’s war widows process their loss


Ukraine’s military does not publish casualty figures, but tens of thousands of soldiers are believed to have died, often leaving behind bereaved wives and children. While the government gives them some financial assistance, volunteers in Zaporizhzhia who felt there was a lack of high-quality psychological support have created an association to help the wives of fallen soldiers come to terms with their loss.

‘Shelving’ U.S. responsibility for atomic bombing stirs anger


September 23, 2023 at 15:33 JST

A sister park agreement between what many people might regard as two of the world’s least likely locations–Pearl Harbor and the city of Hiroshima–is again under the spotlight due to a remark by a city government official here.

In June, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park signed the partnership with the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii.

At the time of the June 29 signing in Tokyo, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said the agreement, a U.S. initiative, is about reconciliation.

The Philippines accuses China’s shadowy maritime militia of destroying coral reefs in South China Sea


Vibrant reefs filled with colorful fish and seaweed just two years ago have been turned into a wasteland of crushed corals in the South China Sea and the Philippines says it has identified a culprit – China’s shadowy maritime militia.

China has rejected the accusation, setting up another public disagreement with its neighbor over the flashpoint waterway.

Videos released Monday by the Philippine Coast Guard showed a vast patch of bleached corals along the Rozul (Iroquios) Reef and Sabina (Escoda) Shoal in the South China Sea, which are underwater features within the country’s internationally recognized exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Six In The Morning Friday 22 September 2023

Ukraine says it was behind missile strike on Crimea navy base


  1. Ukraine’s military says it carried out the “successful” strike on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea navy in Crimea
  2. Videos on social media show thick smoke billowing from the building
  3. A source at the Ukrainian Air Force tells the BBC that it used a type of cruise missile – Storm Shadow – supplied by Britain and France
  4. Ukraine has carried out several attacks on Crimea this month, destroying a Russian air defence system and damaging a ship and a submarine in a dry dock
  5. Russia illegally annexed the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in 2014
  6. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Zelensky is in Canada, where he will later address parliament to plea for continued support for his country

Armenian PM hopes ethnic Armenians can remain in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijani official meanwhile says civilians will be allowed to travel safely to Armenia and fighters will get amnesty

Armenia’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, has expressed hopes that ethnic Armenians can stay in Nagorno-Karabakh amid fears that Azerbaijan, which says it controls the region after a military offensive this week, is seeking to push out tens of thousands of people.

Speaking during a government meeting in Yerevan, Pashinyan said Armenia would welcome ethnic Armenians who lived in the breakaway region but mass resettlement would only happen if it became impossible for Karabakh Armenians to remain there.

About 120,000 ethnic Armenians live in the South Caucasus enclave, which is recognised internationally as part of Azerbaijan but had largely been under ethnic Armenian control since 1994.

China, Syria announce ‘partnership’ after Assad-Xi talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Syria and China would pursue a “strategic partnership” after meeting with Bashar Assad. China has been a stalwart defender of Assad’s regime, despite Western human rights criticism.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday, and announced the establishment of a “strategic partnership,” according to a readout of the meeting by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

Xi said the partnership “will become an important milestone in the history of bilateral relations,” without providing any further details.

“Faced with an international situation full of instability and uncertainty, China is willing to continue to work together with Syria, firmly support each other, promote friendly cooperation, and jointly defend international fairness and justice,” he added.

Okamoto’s A-bomb mural in Tokyo to be restored

A giant mural by late artist Taro Okamoto installed near Tokyo’s Shibuya Station, which depicts the moment an atomic bomb explodes, will undergo extensive restoration work spanning several years, his memorial foundation said Thursday.

The “Myth of Tomorrow,” a 5.5-meter by 30-meter mural installed on the wall of a walk-through at the station in 2008, has been experiencing issues such as cracks, peeling, and discoloration, according to the Taro Okamoto Memorial Foundation for the Promotion of Contemporary Art.

The first phase of the restoration work, beginning from the right side of the piece, will commence on Oct. 10 and span approximately 40 days, according to the foundation. Tasks will encompass cleaning, repairing cracks, applying protective materials, and enhancing ventilation behind the mural.

Analysis: Libya and Morocco’s twin tragedies highlight differences

Libya and Morocco experienced tragedies in the same week, but there are clear differences in how they played out

The count of the dead and missing from the twin catastrophes that struck Libya and Morocco almost two weeks ago already stands at more than 14,000. The final figure, when it comes, will likely be far higher.

However, in the minds of many around the world, the lines that separate the two tragedies have blurred.

Their natural causes and geographic proximity may go some way to lending them a veneer of similarity, but the stark differences that separate the two should be enough to separate them.

Opinion: It doesn’t take an Agatha Christie detective to work out something’s up in Xi’s China

Updated 4:43 AM EDT, Fri September 22, 2023

What on Earth is happening in China? The country that has been trying to present itself to the world as an appealing alternative to Western-style democracy looks like the stage of a sinister mystery play, with major characters disappearing from view, and government officials acting like nothing unusual is going on. But this is not normal. Or perhaps it is: Unexplained disappearances are a feature of repressive autocracies.

The latest to vanish from view is China’s Defense Minister Li Shangfu. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) general became defense minister barely six months ago. Now, nobody seems to know where he is. His last public appearance was in August. Asked about the enigma, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson replied, “I’m not aware of the situation.”

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Six In The Morning Thursday 21 September 2023

Mohammed bin Salman: ‘I don’t care’ about ‘sportswashing’ accusations

Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman says he does not care about accusations of ‘sportswashing’.

The Gulf kingdom has been accused of investing in sport and using high-profile events to improve its international reputation.

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) led the takeover of Newcastle United last year and launched LIV Golf.

“If sportswashing is going to increase my GDP by 1%, then we’ll continue doing sportswashing,” Bin Salman said.

He told Fox News: “I don’t care [about the term]. I have 1% growth in GDP from sport and I am aiming for another 1.5%.

India suspends visa services for Canadians in further decline in relations

Announcement of ‘security threats’ follows Justin Trudeau’s claims India was involved in Sikh activist’s killing

Relations between India and Canada have further deteriorated after Delhi announced it was suspending visa services for Canadians due to “security threats” faced by its embassy and consulates in Canada.

BLS International, which runs the Indian visa offices in Canada, put a notice on its website stating that all visa services for Canadians were suspended until further notice, citing “operational reasons”.

Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for India’s foreign ministry, confirmed the suspension at a media briefing, mentioning “the incitement to violence, the inaction by the Canadian authorities and the creation of an environment that disrupts the functioning of our high commission and consulates” as the reason.

Poland says it will no longer supply Ukraine with weapons

Warsaw says it is ending its supply of weapons to Ukraine, but that future deliveries could still be on the table. The move comes amid a growing dispute over a grain import ban with Kyiv.

The Polish government said on Thursday it will only carry out previously agreed weapons deliveries to Ukraine but has not ruled out deliveries in the future.

The latest comments come on the heels of an announcement by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who said on Wednesday that Poland would no longer send weapons to Kyiv and instead focus on its own defense.

Warsaw has also summoned Kyiv’s ambassador amid a growing row over grain exports.

What did the Polish prime minister say?

“We are no longer transferring weapons to Ukraine, because we are now arming Poland with more modern weapons,” Morawiecki said.

“Ukraine is defending itself against Russia’s brutal attack, and I understand this situation, but we will defend our country,” he said.

Checkmate in Nagorno-Karabakh? How Azerbaijan got Armenia to back down

The Armenian separatist forces in Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday agreed to lay down their weapons following Azerbaijan’s lightning offensive in the Armenian-majority enclave. Between Moscow’s weakening position in the Caucasus and the West’s dependence on hydrocarbons, Azerbaijan has taken advantage of a favourable international context to complete a decades-long mission to control the disputed region.

After more than 30 years of conflict, the battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh may soon conclude. Under the guise of an “anti-terrorist operation” following the death of four soldiers and two civilians, Baku continued its efforts to reassert control over Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday.

Armenian separatists – who have mostly governed the disputed territory since 1994 – promptly agreed on Wednesday to surrender their weapons following Baku’s lightning offensive, indicating they are open to talks on reintegrating the secessionist territory into Azerbaijan.

“An agreement has been reached on the withdrawal of the remaining units and servicemen of the Armenian armed forces … and on the dissolution and complete disarmament of the armed formations of the Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Army,” the Armenian separatist authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh said in a statement.

Fukushima firms look to Europe after import ban finally lifted


September 21, 2023 at 07:00 JST

Now that the European Union has lifted import restrictions on Fukushima Prefecture’s food products, local companies finally see light at the end of the tunnel overseas after more than a decade.

The firms are now racing to explore sales channels and develop new products for overseas customers.

The EU had imposed the food import ban after the 2011 triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The ban was lifted on Aug. 3.

The companies aim to enhance their brand power in international markets, hoping to create a virtuous cycle in which their profile is also raised in the domestic market.

China just stopped exporting two minerals the world’s chipmakers need

Updated 6:42 AM EDT, Thu September 21, 2023

China’s exports of two rare minerals essential for manufacturing semiconductors fell to zero in August, a month after Beijing imposed curbs on sales overseas, citing national security.

China produces about 80% of the world’s gallium and about 60% of germanium, according to the Critical Raw Materials Alliance, but it didn’t sell any of the elements on international markets last month, Chinese customs data released on Wednesday showed.
In July, the country exported 5.15 metric tons of forged gallium products and 8.1 metric tons of forged germanium products.

When asked about the lack of exports last month, He Yadong, a spokesperson from China’s commerce ministry told a press briefing Thursday that the department had received applications from companies to export the two materials. Some applications had been approved, he said, without elaborating.

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Six In The Morning Wednesday 20 September 2023


Nagorno-Karabakh: ceasefire agreed after dozens killed in military offensive

Deal includes provisions for local Armenian government to disband its local military in apparent capitulation

A ceasefire agreement has been reached a day after Azerbaijan launched a new military offensive against the local Armenian government in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh,potentially averting a wider war but threatening the long-term existence of the ethnic Armenian enclave there.

The agreement was due to take effect at 1pm local time and includes provisions for the local Armenian government to disband its local military, in what appears to be a capitulation to Azerbaijan.

The numbers of people killed and wounded in Nagorno-Karabakh jumped overnight. A former head of the local government said close to 100 people had been killed and hundreds more injured after Azerbaijan launched what it described as an “anti-terrorist operation” in the disputed South Caucasus region on Tuesday.

Libya flood: Protester anger could lead to crackdown

Despite public calls for accountability after the deadly flood in Derna, observers have little hope that the military-backed government will do anything more than secure its power.

Libyans in the devastated city of Derna have started taking to the streets. On Monday afternoon, thousands started calling for accountability and expressed their fury over what they deem poor handling by regional authorities after a flood killed thousands on September 11.

For hours, the demonstrators chanted “Aguila we don’t want you! All Libyans are brothers!” at the central Sahaba Square in Derna, singling out Aguila Saleh, the speaker of Libya’s eastern-based parliament.

The protesters demanded compensation and that international groups oversee the reconstruction of the devastated city.

“There is a lot of anger toward the [eastern] parliament as it took them four days to meet and then, the speaker actually harangued Libyans for daring to blame politicians and to dare question why this happened,” Tarek Megerisi, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, told DW.

Venezuela civic space crackdown ‘intensifying’: UN probe

Venezuela’s government has been intensifying efforts to reduce civic and democratic space, UN experts said Wednesday, voicing alarm at the situation in the run-up to elections next year.

A team tasked with probing alleged violations in Venezuela said that while it had received fewer allegations of gross human rights violations than previously, it saw indications of more “targeted” and increasingly intense attacks by authorities.

“Serious human rights violations are being committed to this day in Venezuela,” Marta Valinas, chair of the UN’s Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela, told reporters in Geneva.

“These violations are not isolated acts, but continue to reflect a policy to suppress dissent and opposition to the government,” she said.

Sex abuse-tainted Johnny’s discussing talent agency name change

Scandal-hit male talent agency Johnny & Associates Inc has discussed changing its name to distance itself from its late namesake founder, the company said Tuesday, as it attempts to repair the reputational damage caused by decades of sexual abuse of aspiring teen pop singers by Johnny Kitagawa.

After acknowledging Kitagawa’s sexual abuse, his niece Julie Keiko Fujishima stepped down as president on Sept 5, but the agency’s initial decision to keep its name has brought criticism from not just victims but also companies using the agency’s performers in advertising campaigns.

An increasing number of major Japanese companies have already moved to review contracts with Johnny’s after the abuse came to light, including ending or suspending the use of the agency’s performers.

Nationalist, populist, far-right parties eye rising support across Europe

A backlash against immigration, LGBTQ rights, abortion and support for Ukraine is unfolding across the continent.

Riding waves of fear and anger emanating from Russia’s war in Ukraine, the cost-of-living crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, nationalist, populist and far-right parties are eyeing rising support across Europe.

Polls have suggested that a backlash against immigration, LGBTQ rights, abortion and support for Ukraine is unfolding across the continent.

That has political forces branding themselves “conservative” and “patriotic” eyeing next year’s EU elections as a prime test.

But before that, upcoming votes in Poland and Slovakia could elevate fringe groups into government alongside nationalist populist partners, threatening to refresh strain on fragile democratic standards and erode EU unity on Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

I am not the President’s lawyer, says US attorney general

‘What-aboutism’ is now a favourite strategy

Anthony Zurcher

At the House Judiciary Committee hearing

Democrats frequently condemned “what-aboutism” – pointing to alleged incidents and infractions by individuals of the opposite party as evidence of political hypocrisy – when Republicans used it to defend Donald Trump from his critics.

More than an hour into this Judiciary Committee hearing, it is a Democrat that employs the strategy in defence of his party’s president.

Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia points out that Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner, made billions of dollars from business dealings with Saudi Arabia – and suggests that h


  1. Merrick Garland, the US attorney general, is appearing before the House Judiciary Committee in what is already a fiery hearing
  2. You can watch live by pressing on the play button above
  3. Opening the hearing, Republican chairman Jim Jordan launched on a wide-ranging attack on the Biden administration and the Justice Department
  4. Countering, Democrat Jerry Nadler said Republicans were desperate to distract from Trump’s legal challenges
  5. He said Republicans were wasting “countless taxpayer dollars” investigating President Biden and urged voters “to see through this sham”
  6. Garland says he is “not the President’s lawyer” and that he is “just doing his job”
  7. He will “not back down from defending our democracy”, he says, adding he “will not be intimidated”

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Six In The Morning Tuesday 19 September 2023


Canada’s Trudeau denies trying to provoke India over Sikh murder

We need more facts – Canadian opposition leader

At a news conference a few minutes ago, Canada’s Conservative opposition leader Pierre Poilievre called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to release more information on what he knows about India’s alleged involvement with Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s death.

“The prime minister needs to come clean with all the facts,” Poilievre says. “We need to know all the evidence possible so that Canadians can make judgements on that.”

Asked whether Canada needed to change its relationship with India, Poilievre reiterated he needed to know more before making a judgement.

“He [Trudeau] didn’t tell me any more in private than he told Canadians in public.”


  1. Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau says he is not trying to provoke India by linking it to the murder of a Sikh separatist leader
  2. The escalating row centres on the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen shot dead outside a Sikh temple on 18 June in British Columbia
  3. Trudeau says Canadian intelligence are pursuing “credible allegations” of a link between his death and the Indian state
  4. India expelled a senior Canadian diplomat after Canada’s foreign minister announced an Indian diplomat was being kicked out
  5. Trudeau’s allegations have been rejected by India, which described them as “absurd” and politically motivated
  6. It added that Canada had long provided shelter to “Khalistani terrorists and extremists” who threaten India’s security
  7. The US says it is “concerned” about the allegations and urged India to co-operate with an investigation

Azerbaijan launches ‘anti-terrorist’ campaign in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

Bombardment of blockaded region could reopen 2020 war in which land was taken from Armenian population

Azerbaijan has said it has launched an “anti-terrorist” campaign in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, as bombing raids were reported in the regional capital of Stepanakert and at other Armenian positions.

The bombardment of the blockaded region, which local Armenians call Artsakh, could reopen a bloody 2020 war in which Azerbaijan retook land from a local Armenian population amid widespread accusations of war crimes.

Sudan: UN sounds alarm over thousands of child deaths

Malnutrition and disease in the midst of a violent conflict have claimed thousands of young lives. UNICEF has warned that many thousands more are likely to die.

More than 1,200 children have died from malnutrition and diseases such as measles in refugee camps housing people displaced by the ongoing conflict in Sudan, the UN said on Tuesday.

The figure refers to children under the age of five who had been living in camps in the White Nile state, just south of Khartoum, who had died since May. It was announced by Allen Maina, chief of public health at the UN refugee agency UNHCR at a briefing in Geneva.

“Unfortunately, we fear numbers will continue rising,” Maina said.

Thousands more children expected to die

The conflict that broke out almost six months ago between Sudanese government forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has brought the country’s healthcare system to its knees.

Operation ‘carte blanche’ : Ukraine’s new defence minister cleans house

Six Ukrainian deputy defence ministers were dismissed on Monday, September 18, a clean sweep that comes just two weeks after a new minister has taken the reins. The fight against corruption is not the only cause of this upheaval in one of Ukraine’s most strategic ministries. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at the factors behind the overhaul.

All six of Ukraine’s deputy defence ministers were dismissed on Monday, September 18, by new Defence Minister Rustem Umerov, according to a message posted on Telegram by the Ukrainian government’s secretary general, Oleh Nemchinov. Even Hanna Maliar, the high-profile deputy minister who had held her position since 2021, did not escape the purge.

No official reason was given for this decision, but “a complete overhaul is underway”, reported media outlet Oukraïnska Pravda, citing an anonymous government source.

Cleaning out the stables 

The reports suggest that the dismissals are part of Roustem Umerov’s effort to clean out the stables following the departure of Oleksiy Reznikov, his predecessor who is now mired in a series of corruption scandals.

Another country has called Xi a ‘dictator’ and China is not happy with that description

Updated 4:32 AM EDT, Tue September 19, 2023

China has lashed out at Germany after its foreign minister called Xi Jinping a “dictator” and summoned Berlin’s ambassador for a dressing down, in the latest flaring of tensions with a western democratic power over how the Chinese leader is described overseas.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock made the remarks in an interview with Fox News during a visit to the United States last week.

When asked about Russia’s war on Ukraine, she said: “If Putin were to win this war, what sign would that be for other dictators in the world, like Xi, like the Chinese president?”

Newcastle United ‘deeply concerned’ after fan stabbed in Milan

  • Eddie McKay in hospital in a stable condition
  • 58-year-old attacked by a group of men in Milan city centre

Newcastle United have said they are “deeply concerned” after one of their fans was stabbed in Milan on Monday night. A 58-year-old was attacked by a group of men in the city centre before Newcastle’s Champions League match against Milan on Tuesday and is in hospital in a stable condition.

Pictures posted online showed a man with a bloodied torso lying on the ground. A Newcastle spokesperson said: “We are deeply concerned by reports that a supporter was seriously assaulted in Milan on Monday evening and we are liaising with local authorities to understand the circumstances.

“Our thoughts are with the supporter and their family and we hope for a full and speedy recovery.”

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