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Brazil’s Escalation of Facial Recognition Alarms Human Rights Experts - Brazzil | 31 Jan 2023

Police in Brazil are using facial recognition to identify protesters who rampaged through government buildings, escalating state surveillance in a move that has alarmed privacy and human rights experts. Thousands of protesters vandalized Brazil’s Supreme Court, Congress and presidential offices in Brasilia on January 8, full story...

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Tech and base metal sectors help S&P/TSX composite gain more than 100 points

Moosejaw Today | 31 Jan 2023

TORONTO — Strength in the technology and base metal sectors helped Canada's main stock index post a triple-digit advance in late-morning trading, while U.S....

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UN experts seek probe into possible war crimes by Mali, Russia's Wagner

Reuters | 31 Jan 2023

DAKAR, Jan 31 (Reuters) - United Nations experts on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity by government forces and Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Mali. Mali, whose government took power in a 2021 military coup, have previously said Russian forces in the West African...

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Gwangju uprising of 1980, Jeju 4.3 incident, 'comfort women' included in textbook guidelines

Korea Times | 31 Jan 2023

Lawmakers from Gwangju and South Jeolla Province hold a news conference to denounce the omission of the Gwangju pro-democracy uprising of 1980 from new textbook guidelines, Jan. 4. Yonhap The 1980 pro-democracy uprising in the southwestern city of Gwangju, the bloody 1948-1954 suppression of a civilian uprising...

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Georgia's Saakashvili Being Transferred To Intensive Care In Hospital, Associates Say

Radio Free Europe | 31 Jan 2023

TBILISI -- Jailed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is being treated in a private clinic in Tbilisi for health problems, is being transferred to an intensive-care unit, his associates say, a claim the hospital's personnel are denying. Saakashvili's lawyer, Shalva Khachapuridze, along with opposition politician Giorgi Chaladze, said...

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Turkey’s tourism gains in war-hit 2022 but trade deficit widens

FX Empire | 31 Jan 2023

By Canan Sevgili and Can Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s tourism revenue hit a record $46.3 billion in 2022 even as its trade deficit swelled to more than $109 billion, as a fallout from war in nearby Ukraine brought a surge of Russian arrivals but also drove up energy-import costs. The two milestones for the big emerging market economy came as...

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F-16s would give Ukraine an advantage, but risk escalation

Al Jazeera | 31 Jan 2023

Air defence experts say US-built F-16 fighter jets would offer Ukraine an edge over the Russian air force, but only if combined with powerful missiles and targeting information which the West would also have to provide, drawing it more actively into the war. “It’s not a panacea, not a game-changer,” said Konstantinos Zikidis, an aerospace engineer...

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Orban: ‘The current political system in Europe will collapse’

Free West Media | 31 Jan 2023

In an interview with the Austrian daily eXXpress, Viktor Orban, Hungary's Prime Minister said he was convinced that the current political system in Europe would collapse within this decade. “The gap is growing, the alienation between Hungary and the EU is progressing,” said the Hungarian leader. Viktor Orban (59) held an exclusive...

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Myanmar military increasing air attacks, say human rights groups

Irish Independent | 31 Jan 2023

Myanmar's military is increasingly turning to air strikes with deadly results to try to crush stiff armed resistance, two years after it seized power and plunged the country into a prolonged civil war, a human rights monitoring group said on Tuesday. The military is heavily reliant on fighter jets and helicopter gunships supplied by its allies,...

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Talk of fighter jets to Kyiv could strain Western unity

Albuquerque Journal | 31 Jan 2023

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) -- The possibility of providing Kyiv with fighter jets to help beat back Russia's invasion forces risks the unity of Ukraine's Western allies, amid fears of escalating the nearly year-long conflict and being drawn deeper into the war. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov was due in Paris Tuesday where the possible delivery...

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Guest Opinion: China injects new momentum into multi-polar globalization | 31 Jan 2023

by Dr. Henry Huiyao WANG A mainstream view thinks that globalization started with the Age of Exploration in the 15th century. However, American historian Prof. Valerie Hansen at Yale University said in a public dialogue that globalization originated as early as around 1000 AD and China ruled by the Song Dynasty then was the hub of globalization. At...

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Ukraine war: Joe Biden rules out sending F-16 fighter jets

Joy Online | 31 Jan 2023

US President Joe Biden has ruled out sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, despite renewed calls from Ukrainian officials for air support. Asked by a reporter on Monday if the US would be providing the planes, Mr Biden replied simply “no”. His comment comes a day after Germany’s leader also ruled out sending fighter jets. Ukraine...

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NATO chief Stoltenberg calls for stronger partnership with Japan

Al Jazeera | 31 Jan 2023

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the Western military alliance will continue to strengthen its partnership with Japan, adding that “our security is closely interconnected” as Russia’s war on Ukraine raises global dangers. Arriving in Tokyo from South Korea on Monday where he had urged Seoul to increase its military support for Ukraine,...

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Peru tourism industry in 'free fall' as Machu Picchu closed by protests

Urdu Point | 31 Jan 2023

Ollantaytambo, Peru, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jan, 2023 ) :Decked out in helmet, belt, gold-plated armor and sandals, Juan Pablo Huanacchini Mamani gazes out vacantly from the Ollantaytambo Inca ruins in Peru. His Inca warrior costume sparkles in the sunlight, but the 48-year-old feels no joy. Huanacchini has worked in the tourism...

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Peru debates advancing elections as protests boil

Urdu Point | 31 Jan 2023

Lima, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jan, 2023 ) :Peru's Congress on Monday began debating for the second time in days a bill to bring forward elections in a bid to end weeks of protests that have left dozens dead. The South American country has been embroiled in a political crisis with near-daily street protests since December 7, when...

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Why is Pope Francis visiting DRC and South Sudan?

Al Jazeera | 31 Jan 2023

Pope Francis next week will visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan to deliver a message of peace and reconciliation to two countries hit by conflict. The pontiff will start his trip on Tuesday in the Congolese capital Kinshasa, where he will stay until Friday before heading to Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The leaders of the...

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Stress tests ahead for Vietnam’s post-Covid boom

Asiatimes | 31 Jan 2023

In 2022, the geopolitical tensions caused by the war in Ukraine, slowing growth in the Chinese economy and sharp rises in energy and food prices led to a significantly higher inflationary outlook globally. These factors all added to the risks confronting Vietnam as its economy recovered from its lengthy Covid-19 lockdowns. Communist Party General...

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IMF upgrades outlook for the global economy in 2023

Caledonian Record | 31 Jan 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for the global economy is growing slightly brighter as China eases its zero-COVID policies and the world shows surprising resilience in the face of high inflation, elevated interest rates and Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine. That's the view of the International Monetary Fund, which now expects the world economy to...