Author: Harry Geikie

Delhi police detain students watching BBC documentary on Modi; protests against censorship. In recent days, students in India have faced disruption and even violence while gathering to watch a BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The documentary, titled “India: The Modi Question”, questions Modi’s leadership during deadly riots two decades ago and has been blocked from streaming and sharing on social media by the Indian government, who have called it propaganda. Protests and disruptions have been reported from campuses across India, including at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia university, where 13 students were detained, and at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where…

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Pope Francis criticizes laws criminalizing homosexuality, calls for bishops to welcome LGBTQ people. Pope Francis has recently commented on the criminalization of homosexuality in many countries around the world, saying that it is an “unjust” law. He believes that all of God’s children should be accepted and welcomed, regardless of sexual orientation. While some Catholic bishops have supported laws that criminalize homosexuality, the Pope believes that they must undergo a process of conversion to recognize the dignity of everyone. Currently, there are 67 countries or jurisdictions worldwide that criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity, 11 of which can or do impose…

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Kyoto Station’s cool design not suited for snowstorms, commuters happy for upcoming week’s light snow. Kyoto Station is a modern and stylish building with many restaurants and souvenir shops, and its unique design allows for fresh air and natural sunlight to enter the station. Recently, a cold snap has caused snow to fall in Kyoto, and the station has been affected by the weather. The snow was so intense that it was not just falling, but being blasted sideways by the wind. Despite this, the station still looked picturesque at times when the storm let up. However, the snowstorm was…

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US vowed to closely monitor Ukraine’s use of billions of dollars of aid after corruption scandal. In his Tuesday address, Zelenskyy said the corruption scandal was a “test” for the government, but he was determined to continue the fight. The United States has vowed to closely monitor the spending of billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, following a corruption scandal that led to a series of resignations in Kyiv. US State Department Spokesman Ned Price promised “rigorous monitoring” to ensure American assistance was not diverted. Five regional governors, four deputy ministers and two heads of government agencies resigned, alongside…

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Ukraine dismisses top officials in corruption shakeup. Ukraine has been fighting endemic corruption for years, but the Russian invasion has made the situation worse. To combat this, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced a major political shakeup, dismissing a dozen top officials in the country. This includes governors of regions that have seen heavy fighting and deputy cabinet ministers. The move was prompted by the arrest of Deputy Minister of Development of Communities and Territories, Vasyl Lozynskiy, on suspicion of embezzlement. The shakeup includes the resignation of Presidential aide Kyrylo Tymoshenko and Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Symonenko. Tymoshenko thanked the…

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Russia faces shortages of medicines; Putin suggests stockpiling popular drugs. President Vladimir Putin has acknowledged that there is a shortage of some medicines in Russia, despite the country producing more of its own drugs. This is due to Western sanctions imposed over the war in Ukraine, which have caused transport, insurance and customs hurdles. Putin has suggested building up stocks of popular medicines to help meet demand, as well as ensuring supplies of the most popular drugs within a certain period of time. Russia has seen a 22% growth in the production of pharmaceutical products in the first three quarters…

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Netanyahu visits Jordan for talks on Al-Aqsa status quo; King Abdullah urges Israel to respect historic agreement; U.S. urges preservation of status quo. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise visit to Jordan on Tuesday for talks with King Abdullah regarding the status quo of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The visit came after far-right Israeli national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir toured the compound, which Jews revere as the Temple Mount, under heavy security. Abdullah told Netanyahu that Israel should respect the “historic and legal status quo in the Holy Aqsa mosque and not violate it”. The Al-Aqsa Mosque…

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Jacinda Ardern surrounded by adoring crowd, marking end of her term as New Zealand’s Prime Minister. Jacinda Ardern’s final official engagement as the Prime Minister of New Zealand was at the North Island village of Rātana. Hundreds of people gathered to take selfies, record video messages and watch her pass by. Ardern was met with electric fandom, and her star power was firmly on display. People asked for the chance to thank her for her leadership and shook her hand vigorously. The scenes at Rātana recalled the energy that surrounded her when she first took the leadership in 2017. Ardern’s…

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Russia has shortages of some medicines, Putin suggests stockpiling for flu season. President Vladimir Putin has recently highlighted a shortage of certain medicines in Russia, despite the country having increased its production of drugs. This shortage has been attributed to the transport, insurance, and customs hurdles caused by Western sanctions imposed over the war in Ukraine. Putin has stated that the country does not restrict imports of drugs and continues to work with foreign manufacturers, and suggested that Russia could stockpile drugs for the flu season in the same way it builds up gas reserves in preparation for winter. The…

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Ukraine government shakes up top officials amid corruption scandal, Western aid at risk. The recent high-profile shake-up of the Ukrainian government is likely connected to a few different corruption scandals. It appears to be an effort to assure Western partners of Ukraine’s responsible stewardship of billions in military and economic aid. Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head in the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and a deputy in the ministry of defense, Vyacheslav Shapovalov, were among the high-profile exits. A deputy prosecutor general, regional governors, and a few other government ministers were also sacked. The most high-profile scandal involves allegations that…

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