Cameroon Courts Paralyzed as Lawyers Strike Over Human Rights Violations

Cameroon Courts Paralyzed as Lawyers Strike Over Human Rights Violations

Sep/18 By

Cameroon’s law courts are at a standstill as lawyers for a third day Wednesday defy government threats and continue to protest what they say are widespread unbearable rights violations that include torture, illegal and prolonged detention of accused persons. Observers say the strike may compromise the national dialogue ordered by …

Pakistan Rules Out Talks With India Over Kashmir

Pakistan Rules Out Talks With India Over Kashmir

Sep/18 By

Pakistan has ruled out talks with India until India reverses recent controversial actions in the disputed Kashmir territory. Pakistan also turned down India’s overflight request for its prime minister’s upcoming visit to the United States. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan alleged while speaking to reporters Wednesday that “extremist nationalist Hindu …

How Will No-Deal Brexit Chaos Affect Developing Economies?

How Will No-Deal Brexit Chaos Affect Developing Economies?

Sep/18 By

Developing economies could face disruption from the shock waves of Britain crashing out of the European Union with no deal, according to analysts. Brexit will affect not only Britain’s relations with the European Union, but also with hundreds of other countries with which Britain currently trades on EU terms, as …

Police Suspect Arson in Attack on Kyiv Home of Ex-National Bank Chief

Police Suspect Arson in Attack on Kyiv Home of Ex-National Bank Chief

Sep/18 By

This story originated in VOA’s Ukrainian Service. Police have opened a criminal investigation in the apparent arson of a home belonging to the family of former National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) chief Valeria Gontareva, which was razed early Tuesday in Kyiv. Gontarevа, who recently spoke with VOA’s Ukrainian Service from …

Tunisian Outsiders Set for Runoff Elections Amid Voter Discontent

Tunisian Outsiders Set for Runoff Elections Amid Voter Discontent

Sep/18 By

Tunisia’s independent electoral commission Tuesday confirmed the stunning victories of two political outsiders in the first round of presidential voting — results seen as a major rebuff of the post-revolution political establishment. Final results place law professor Kais Saied and business tycoon Nabil Karoui in first and second place respectively, …

Gates Foundation Says Billions ‘Mired in Inequality’

Gates Foundation Says Billions ‘Mired in Inequality’

Sep/17 By

Living conditions have improved greatly since 2000 even for the world’s poorest people, but billions remain mired in “layers of inequality.” That is the assessment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s third annual report on progress toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals – 17 measures that most countries have pledged …

Netanyahu Faces Tough Re-Election Fight Against Rival Gantz

Netanyahu Faces Tough Re-Election Fight Against Rival Gantz

Sep/17 By

Israelis are voting Tuesday in general elections as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a challenge from former military chief Benny Gantz. Polls show Tuesday’s contest too close to call, with Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party tied with Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party, with neither predicted to win a majority of …

China and US Clash Over ‘Belt and Road’ in Afghan Resolution

China and US Clash Over ‘Belt and Road’ in Afghan Resolution

Sep/17 By

China and Russia clashed with the U.S. and other Security Council members Monday over China’s insistence on including a reference to Beijing’s $1 trillion “belt and road” global infrastructure program in a resolution on the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan. The mission’s six-month mandate expires Tuesday and council members met …

Outsiders Surge in Tunisia Presidential Polls

Outsiders Surge in Tunisia Presidential Polls

Sep/16 By

Two candidates who claim they will win through to Tunisia’s presidential runoff — a conservative law expert and an imprisoned media mogul — could hardly be more different, but both bill themselves as political outsiders. Nabil Karoui, behind bars since August 23 on charges of money laundering, is a populist …

Johnson, Juncker Hold Brexit Talks; No Visible Breakthrough

Johnson, Juncker Hold Brexit Talks; No Visible Breakthrough

Sep/16 By

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker held their first face-to-face talks Monday, without any visible signs of a breakthrough on an elusive Brexit deal. The two men talked over a two-hour lunch of snails and salmon in Juncker’s native Luxembourg, amid claims from the U.K. — …

Hong Kong-Born Australian Lawmaker Faces Probe into Links to Chinese Communist-Backed Groups

Hong Kong-Born Australian Lawmaker Faces Probe into Links to Chinese Communist-Backed Groups

Sep/16 By

The first Chinese-born woman to sit in the lower house of Australia’s federal parliament is under a sustained attack for failing to disclose her membership in organizations linked to China’s Communist Party.  There are claims Gladys Liu had connections with senior figures in Beijing’s covert political propaganda apparatus, which have …