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Rising Hunger in Drought-Stricken Southern Madagascar Forcing Families to Eat Insects: WFP
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2020

27 Nov 2020 – Hunger is on the rise in southern Madagascar due to consecutive years of drought, affecting half the region’s population, or 1.5 million people, and forcing most families to eat insects, the World Food Programme reported today.

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Gates’ Ag One: The Recolonisation of Agriculture
Navdanya International | Independent Science News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

16 Nov 2020 – IICA announced partnerships with Microsoft, Bayer, Corteva ( subsidiary of DuPont), and Syngenta, all along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We can start to see a repeating pattern with all these alliances in the launching of Ag One. Through the Gates Foundation’s promotion of chemical and genetically modified inputs, they open up isolated or hard to reach markets in Africa, South Asia and Latin America for private corporations to derive profits.

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Conflict Resolution and the Gita
Joshua M. Greene (Yogeshvara Dasa) | Integral Yoga Magazine/ISKCON News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

Mediation is a process of conflict resolution in which a trained intermediary assists disputants to arrive at a mutually agreeable settlement. In this intriguing interview by Integral Yoga Magazine, Joshua Greene (Yogeshvara Dasa), a seasoned mediator and instructor of the Gita, evaluates the Bhagavad Gita through the lens of mediation.

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UN and Partners Express Regret over US Departure from Paris Climate Accord
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2020

4 Nov 2020 – Today the US formally withdrew from the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, a decision originally announced three years ago. The UN climate change secretariat has underlined its commitment to work with stakeholders in the US and beyond, to accelerate climate action, in line with an historic treaty on limiting global warming and curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Circular Economy: What Is It, Why Is It Important and How Can We Embrace It?
Gavin Haines | Positive News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2020

3 Nov 2020 – The principle of circular economics twists the planet trashing linear model into a loop by eliminating rubbish entirely or treating it as a resource. The virtues of going round in circles: Nature is a circular economy in action. Nothing goes to waste. Plants flourish, fade and die, and become compost and food for other creatures.

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‘High Time for Accountability’, UN Expert Says as Israel Approves Highest Rate of Illegal Settlements
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

30 Oct 2020 – The international community must answer a “grave” breach of international law with “more than mere criticism”, an independent UN expert said on Friday after the Israeli Government announced its approval of nearly 5,000 new settlement homes in occupied Palestinian territory.

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Medical Ignorance and the Mass Murder of Coronavirus Patients
W. Gifford-Jones, MD | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

20 Oct 2020 – I would not have the knowledge to write this article if one event in my life had not happened. At 74 years of age I nearly died of a serious heart attack. Doctors said I’d be dead in a few years without the help of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Now, 22 years later, the doctors who told me I’d be dead in a few years without cholesterol-lowering drugs are dead, and I’m in my 97th year, still alive.

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2045: A New Rallying Call for Nuclear Abolition
Alyn Ware, Vanda Proskova and Saber Chowdhury | InDepthNews - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

On 2 Oct 2020, 77 Heads of State addressed a UN meeting on nuclear weapons. One of the proposals was for the elimination of nuclear weapons by 2045, the 100th anniversary of the United Nations and also the 100th anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons.

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Why Gratitude Is Good for Us – And Five Ways to Practise It This Winter
Lucy Purdy | Positive News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

27 Oct 2020 – For many, this coming winter is tinged with sadness or anxiety. Science shows that, while it’s no fix-all, nurturing gratitude can help by shifting our attention to what’s positive.

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Two Massive New Leaks Show Dirty Underbelly of Empire
Lee Camp | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

12 Oct 2020 – Most Americans don’t know reality. They know their personal reality, which is detached from the real one. Shhhh, don’t tell them about the Blue Leaks and the Syria PR Leaks. The mainstream media’s virtual blackout must mean they aren’t supposed to know.

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Vitamin C Cuts COVID Deaths by Two-Thirds
Patrick Holford | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

13 Oct 2020 – Twice Nobel Prize winner Dr Linus Pauling proved the power of high dose vitamin C in the 1970’s. It is thanks to him we know about the benefits of high dose vitamin C. The cover of his landmark book “Vitamin C and the Common Cold” has a statement that reads, “It is especially important that everyone know that he can protect himself to a considerable extent against the disease, and its consequences, with this important nutrient, vitamin C.” It’s been 50 years since Pauling proved the anti-viral power of vitamin C. Isn’t it time we took this seriously?

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Why Children, As Well As Adults, Need Stories about Solutions
Jodie Jackson | Positive News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

Jodie Jackson, author and expert on the psychological impact of the news, has now released a children’s book. She explains how, and why, it is grounded in the principles of positive psychology.

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Is the Cuba Blockade a Myth?
Maité Rizo | Reader Supported News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020 – The Cuban people have lived for almost sixty years with restrictions imposed by the United States government. Many times we do not even notice how much this policy affects us, because in a certain way we get used to so many decades of economic war along with the problems of our country, and because no, it is not all the fault of the blockade. But it exists, and its impact is real.

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Myanmar: ‘Shocking’ Killing of Children Allegedly Used as Human Shields
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

14 Oct 2020 – UN agencies in Myanmar have expressed ‘sadness’ and ‘shock’ over the killing of two boys, allegedly used as human shields by security forces in Rakhine . They were killed in a crossfire between Myanmar’s military and the separatist Arakan Army.

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70 Per Cent of COVID Cases Located in Just 10 Countries, WHO Reports
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

5 Oct 2020 – While COVID-19 has affected all countries, the pandemic is “uneven”, and it is estimated that 10 per cent of the global population may have been infected with the virus, senior officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

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How We Can Fix This Pandemic in a Month
Damien Downing, MBBS, MRSB | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

6 Oct 2020 – The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service has been publicizing the importance of vitamins D and C, and the minerals zinc and magnesium, in this pandemic since January. I have been writing about vitamin D and sunlight for over 30 years, and it has never been more relevant.

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Proud Boys Hashtag Gets Hijacked by LGBT+ Community
Emma Powys Maurice | Pink News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

4 Oct 2020 – The Proud Boys hashtag has been reclaimed by the LGBT+ community to drown out the racism and flood the internet with images of beautiful, queer love.

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Civil Rights 2020
Carlos Latuff | MintPress News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

What change?

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What’s the Difference between ‘Villain’ Assange and ‘Intrepid’ Woodward?
Lee Camp | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

23 Sep 2020 – The completely fair super awesome trial of Julian Assange is a beautiful blend of the works of Kafka, Stalin and Joseph Heller. The next time you see a mainstream-media talking-head fawn over Woodward, just remember that if they had any backbone, any moral core, they would be fawning over Assange instead.

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US Journalist Andre Vltchek Dies Suspiciously in İstanbul
BIA News Desk - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

22 Sep 2020 – Andre Vltchek (57), a journalist and author from the US, was found dead in a car this morning in İstanbul. He and his wife had traveled from the Black Sea in a rented and chauffeured car. Vltchek’s body has been taken to the Forensic Medicine Institution for autopsy as a “suspicious death.”

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UN Assembly Approves Pandemic Resolution; US, Israel Object
Edith M. Lederer | AP News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Sep 2020

The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a wide-ranging resolution on tackling the coronavirus pandemic on 11 Sep 2020 over objections from the United States and Israel, which protested a successful last-minute Cuban amendment. The world body adopted the resolution by a vote of 169-2.

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Julian Assange, Prometheus Bound
Pepe Escobar | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

8 Sep 2020 – This is the tale of an Ancient Greek tragedy reenacted in AngloAmerica. Amid thundering silence and nearly universal indifference, chained, immobile, invisible, a squalid Prometheus was transferred from the gallows for a show trial in a faux Gothic court built on the site of a medieval prison.

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Premiere: The War on Journalism — The Case of Julian Assange
Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2020

28 Aug 2020 – Imprisoned WikiLeaks founder and editor Assange’s extradition is being sought in a hearing to begin 7 Sep for publishing documents that exposed U.S. government war crimes and human rights abuses. There is a war on journalism and Julian Assange is at the centre of it. If this precedent is set then what happens to Assange can happen to any journalist. MUST WATCH!

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Noam Chomsky on COVID-19 and His New Book: Internationalism or Extinction
The Real News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2020

Noam Chomsky analyzes the coronavirus pandemic in the context of neoliberal capitalism’s failures, climate change, potential nuclear disaster, and Donald Trump’s authoritarianism.

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COVID-19: Efficient Protection of Contacts Is Simpler Than Imagined
Prof. Felix I. D. Konotey-Ahulu, et al. | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2020

2 Sep 2020 – The Oxford Vaccine for COVID-19 raises the question: “How does this prospective treatment provide efficient protection right now for front line health workers, many of whom are dying despite the stringent protective measures?” Answer: It doesn’t. We need something immediately to stop deaths.

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Curing Viruses with Hydrogen Peroxide
Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2020

21 Aug 2020 – Can a simple therapy stop the pandemic? This article seeks only to describe a therapy that is highly effective, potentially accessible to any person on the planet, exceptionally inexpensive, and easily available without requiring a prescription. I am not trying to convince the reader to just nebulize HP and do nothing else. It is vital to your general health as well as to overcome COVID-19 to take all of the quality supplements available and affordable to you.

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Preliminary Report of Chinese High Dose Vitamin C for Covid-19 Treatment Studies
Richard Z. Cheng, M.D., Ph.D. | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Aug 2020

16 Aug 2020 – Covid-19 has caused more than 700,000 deaths and USD$86 trillion economic losses worldwide in just over half a year! And yet, there are still no specific drugs or treatments that the top medical advisors (medical agencies) in US are willing to recommend. Really? No specific treatments for Covid-19?

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US Seizes Iranian Oil from Four Tankers En Route to Venezuela
Joshua Goodman | AP, Global News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Aug 2020

14 Aug 2020 – The Trump administration has seized the cargo of four tankers it was targeting for transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela, U.S. officials said today, as it steps up its campaign of maximum pressure against the two heavily sanctioned allies.

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C Is for Children–And Plenty of It, Too
Theo Farmer | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2020

31 Jul 2020 – The power of achieving the right vitamin C level in your body daily is old news. It’s like 50-plus years old. What is “news” at the moment is the COVID “crisis.” But it is an overblown crisis to people who understand the human need for vitamin C. Orthomolecular practitioners can “C through it.”

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Presumptuous Pompeo Pushes Preposterous ‘Peking’ Policy
Ray McGovern | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2020

28 Jul 2020 – Quick. Somebody tell Mike Pompeo. The secretary of state is not supposed to play the role of court jester — the laughing stock to the world. There was no sign that any of those listening to his “major China policy statement” last Thursday at the Nixon Library turned to their neighbor and said, “He’s kidding, right? Richard Nixon meant well but failed miserably to change China’s behavior? And now Pompeo is going to put them in their place?”

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Formerly Incarcerated Women Launch Chicago Worker Cooperative
Karen Kahn | Employee Ownership News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2020

6 Jul 2020 – It’s not often that a business launches weeks before its planned opening. But in the case of ChiFresh Kitchen, a worker cooperative owned and operated by four formerly incarcerated women and one man, the COVID-19 pandemic turned out to be a blessing. ChiFresh Kitchen prepares meals to help address food insecurity during the pandemic.

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How to Search Using PubMed and Other Life Science Databases
Robert G. Smith, PhD | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jul 2020

25 Jul 2020 – The PubMed database is widely used to find health-related articles about a wide variety of topics. It references articles from hundreds of journals, both domestic USA and international. PubMed contains citations and information from life science journals and online books originally compiled into the MEDLINE database by the US National Library of Medicine, some originally published as far back as the nineteenth century.

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Russell-Einstein Manifesto
Garry Jacobs and Donato Kiniger-Passigli | Other News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

13 Jul 2020 – Sixty-five years ago this week, Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell and nine other Nobel Laureates released a historical document which became known as the Russell-Einstein Manifesto. The Manifesto called for the governments of the world to abolish nuclear weapons in order to eliminate the imminent danger of nuclear warfare and an existential threat to the human race.

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COVID-19: How Can I Cure Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

18 Jul 2020 – With the treatment options available, there is no good reason for most people to even contract COVID-19, and there is certainly no good reason for anyone to die from this virus, much less have a prolonged clinical course of infection with a great deal of needless suffering.

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Coronavirus Warning from Italy: Effects of COVID-19 Could Be Worse Than First Thought
Stuart Ramsay | Sky News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

13 Jul 2020 – The long-term effects of COVID-19, even on people who suffered a mild infection, could be far worse than was anticipated, according to doctors in Italy. Psychosis, insomnia, kidney disease, spinal infections, strokes, chronic tiredness and mobility issues are being identified in former coronavirus patients in Lombardy.

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UNESCO Expresses Deep Regret over Turkey Decision to Change Status of Historic Hagia Sophia
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

10 Jul 2020 – The Turkish President signed a decree today converting the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque. The majestic building was founded around 1,500 years ago as a cathedral and is widely regarded as the foremost example of Byzantine Christian architecture in the world. Following the rise of the Ottoman Empire, it became a mosque, but in 1934, was designated a secular museum, shared by Christians, Muslims and those of all faiths or none, alike.

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Western Martyrdom
Carlos Latuff | MintPress News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

Fiction of Biblical Proportion: ‘The truth shall set you free.’ Right!!

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Vitamin C for the Prevention and Treatment of Coronavirus
Patrick Holford | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

7 Jul 2020 – COVID-19, or SARS-CoV-2, is a coronavirus disease, classified as influenza, although coronaviruses can also induce colds, both of which are upper respiratory tract infections. The consequences of infection can be pneumonia, hospitalization in Intensive Care Units and mechanical ventilation. Studies on vitamin C and any of the conditions mentioned above are relevant to decisions as to the suitability of using vitamin C for prevention of COVID-19, as a potential therapy, and for further research.

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BOUNTYGATE: Scapegoating Systemic Military Failure in Afghanistan
Scott Ritter | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2020

5 Jul 2020 – The story of the alleged “bounty scheme” grew up in the context of top U.S. brass blaming Russia for America’s defeat in Afghanistan. Research shows that 99% of Americans never have seen the material in this article. Understandable – it can be highly contagious and carries a high morbidity rate for those with pre-existing biases.

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How We Can Fix This Pandemic in a Month
Damien Downing, MBBS, MRSB | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2020

22 Jun 2020 – If we act on the data showing that it is highly probable that vitamin D can save lives, we could fix this pandemic in a month, for perhaps $2 per person. There would be no significant adverse effects.

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This Coronavirus Mutation Has Taken Over the World. Scientists Are Trying to Understand Why.
Sarah Kaplan and Joel Achenbach | The Washington Post - Reader Supported News, 6 Jul 2020

29 Jun 2020 – The mutation doesn’t appear to make people sicker, but a growing number of scientists worry that it has made the virus more contagious.

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UN Marks 75-Year Milestone Anniversary of Founding Charter
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

26 Jun 2020 – The UN Charter “brought rules and hope to a world in ruins”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a virtual ceremony today, commemorating 75 years since the Organization’s foundational text was signed on 26 Jun 1945.

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To Fight Coronavirus, You Have to Understand How Weird It Is
David Axe | The Daily Beast - Reader Supported News, 29 Jun 2020

24 Jun 2020 – The novel coronavirus is unusual, it was obvious early in the pandemic, as the pathogen seemed to spread much faster than other coronaviruses, and kill at a higher rate than influenza viruses. It seems the disease behaves like a covert enemy that slips behind normally stout defenses—a Trojan Horse that deceives the body into submission.

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US Sanctions against International Court Staff a ‘Direct Attack’ on Judicial Independence
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

25 Jun 2020 – The decision by the United States to authorize sanctions targeting staff at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is “a direct attack to the institution’s judicial independence”, UN human rights experts said today.

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World Refugee Day, 20 Jun: End Conflict That Drives ‘Appalling’ Displacement Numbers
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

In his message to mark World Refugee Day, the UN chief praised those nations and communities hosting refugees and internally displaced people, often amid their own economic and security challenges. “We owe these countries our thanks, our support and our investment,” he said.

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UN Refugee Chief Laments Nearly 80 Million People Forcibly Displaced
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

18 June 2020 – Global displacement reached a staggering 79.5 million people last year – almost double the number of people in crisis registered a decade ago – owing to war, violence, persecution and other emergencies, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said today.

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Politicians Call on UK to Release Assange
Consortium News | Popular Resistance - TRANSCEND Media Servivce, 22 Jun 2020

16 Jun 2020 – A group of members of the European Parliament, and former members of Congress and local legislatures have written to Britain’s secretary of state for justice urging that Julian Assange be released from Belmarsh prison on compassionate grounds. The text of the letter signed by former British MP Chris Williamson, former U.S. Mike Gravel and former Congressman Ron Paul among other political leaders:

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A Community Seeks Answers After a Young Black Man Is Found Hanging from a Tree in California Park
Sarah Moon | The Mercury News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2020

13 Jun 2020 – Dozens of people gathered at Palmdale city council chambers Friday [12 Jun] as officials held a press conference on the death of a 24-year-old black man who was found hanging from a tree in northern Los Angeles County.

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International Criminal Court Oversight Chief ‘Deeply Regrets’ US Decision to Target Officials Investigating Afghanistan War Crimes
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2020

13 Jun 2020 – Responding to the decision of the US government to sanction ICC officials and their families, O-Gon Kwon, president of the body that oversees the ICC, denounced the measures which, he said, undermine the “endeavour to fight impunity and to ensure accountability for mass atrocities”.

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Minnesota Cops Trained by Israeli Police, Who Often Use Knee-on-Neck Restraint
Alison Weir | Israel-Palestine News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2020

* Over 100 Minnesota law enforcement officers attended a 2012 conference organized by the Israeli consulate in which Israeli police trained them. Israeli forces often use the knee-on-neck restraint on Palestinians.
* Israel has been training law enforcement officers around the US for many years, despite the fact that Israeli forces have a long record of human rights violations.

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Despite the Danger of COVID-19, the US Military Continues War Practice in Europe and Pacific and Plans for More in 2021
Ann Wright | OpEd News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2020

19 May 2020 – During the COVID-19 pandemic, not only will the U.S. military have the largest maritime military maneuvers in the world, with Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) coming to the waters off Hawaii August 17-31, 2020 bringing 26 nations, 25,000 military personnel, up to 50 ships and submarines and hundreds of aircraft in midst of a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, but the U.S. Army is having a 6,000-person war game in June 2020 in Poland.

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UN Officials Call for Release of Detained Palestinian Children amid Pandemic
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

11 May 2020 – Three senior United Nations officials in the Middle East are calling for the release of Palestinian children from Israeli-run prisons and detentions centres, saying they are at particular risk of COVID-19 infection.

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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Thousands Stranded in Bay of Bengal ‘Unable to Come Ashore’
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

6 May 2020 – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN agencies called today for South-East Asian governments to show compassion to boats full of vulnerable people adrift in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Thousands of lives may be at stake if the stranded people are unable to disembark.

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‘No Evidence’ That Recovered COVID-19 Patients Cannot Be Reinfected, Says WHO
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Apr 2020

25 Apr 2020 – The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.

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Coronavirus: Trump’s WHO De-funding ‘as Dangerous as It Sounds’
BBC News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

15 Apr 2020 – US President Donald Trump has been heavily criticised for halting funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

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As Washington DC Faces Coronavirus Spike, Secret Military Task Force Prepares to Secure the Capital
William M. Arkin | Newsweek - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

16 Apr 2020 – A little-known military task force charged with evacuating Washington has already been activated, charged with “securing” Washington in the face of attackers, foreign and domestic. Activated on March 16, Joint Task Force National Capital Region is chartered to “defend” Washington on land, in the air, and even on its waterfronts. The only one of its kind in the country, it demonstrates how there are two sides of government preparedness.

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UN Chief Calls on Religious Leaders to Unite in the Fight against COVID-19
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

11 April 2020 – António Guterres made the call in a special appeal issued today, and at a time when Christians are celebrating Easter, Jews are marking Passover, and Muslims will soon begin the holy month of Ramadan.

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COVID-19: How Much Is It Worth to Save the Elderly?
Sarah Edmonds | News Decoder - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

9 Apr 2020 – COVID-19 is squeezing the economy as nations impose lockdowns. Some are asking: Is the financial pain worth saving the elderly?

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On Anniversary of MLK’s Death, His Words Are ‘More Relevant’ than Ever, His Son Says
Erik Ortiz | NBC News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Five decades later, his family says in a new video, he can help “guide humanity in the right direction.”

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Siddhartha Gautama–the Buddha’s —Birthday: 8 April (563 – 483 BC)
Good News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

8 Apr 2019 – Today is the anniversary of the Buddha’s birth—born Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, the fourth largest religion in the world.

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One Year of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Spending Would Provide 300,000 ICU Beds, 35,000 Ventilators and Salaries of 75,000 Doctors
Matthew Impelli | Newsweek - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

26 Mar 2020 – The amount of money spent in one year by the U.S. on nuclear weapons could instead provide 300,000 ICU (intensive care unit) beds, 35,000 ventilators and 75,000 doctors’ salaries, according to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

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Africa Eye: Torture ‘Rampant’ among Nigeria’s Security Forces
BBC News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

10 Feb 2020 – BBC Africa Eye has uncovered shocking video evidence that torture is being used by multiple branches of the Nigerian police and armed forces. WARNING: This Film Contains Disturbing Scenes Including Images of Torture

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COVID-19: UN Health Agency Advice Informs Decision to Delay Olympic Games for First Time Since 1944
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

24 Mar 2020 -The International Olympic Committee declared today that it is postponing the 2020 Summer Olympics which were due to take place in Japan, based on information provided by the UN health agency, WHO, on the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Tech Rivals Facebook, Google and Microsoft Release Unprecedented Joint Statement on ‘Fake News’
Rob Waugh | Yahoo News UK - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2020

Google, Facebook and Microsoft have joined forces to release an unprecedented statement on coronavirus – in the battle against online misinformation. The statement promises that the tech giants are working together, “jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus”.

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Five Things You Should Know Now about the COVID-19 Pandemic
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Servivce, 16 Mar 2020

On 11 March the World Health Organization upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. Here are five important pieces of information on what this means for you and your community. 

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NATO’s Arctic War Exercise Unites Climate Change and WWIII
The Real News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

NATO will hold war games in Norway’s Arctic Circle in March, where it will be supporting climate change-induced resource extraction and increasing the military tension with Russia.

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The Boss Who Put Everyone on 70K
Stephanie Hegarty – BBC News, 9 Mar 2020

28 Feb 2020 -In 2015, the boss of a card payments company in Seattle introduced a $70,000 minimum salary for all of his 120 staff – and personally took a pay cut of $1m. Five years later he’s still on the minimum salary, and says the gamble has paid off.

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Coronavirus Update: WHO Chief Calls for Private Sector to Step Up, and, Should You Take That Flight?
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

6 March 2020 – In his daily briefing to the press today, World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that supplies of medicine are at risk of disruption due to the epidemic, given that China – the worst hit nation so far – is a major producer of pharmaceutical ingredients.

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COVID-19: More New Virus Cases outside Than inside China–‘No Time for Complacency’, Says UN Health Agency
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

26 Feb 2020 – The number of new COVID-19, or coronavirus, infections outside China has outpaced those inside the country for the first time, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Myanmar: ‘Multidimensional and Long-Standing’ Root Causes behind Rights Minority Abuses, Says Bachelet
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

27 Feb 2020 – The Human Rights Council today held an interactive dialogue with UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on the root causes of violations and abuses suffered by the Rohingya mainly-Muslim minority and other minorities in Myanmar. She said the Government now has a historic opportunity to counteract systematic violations, “by bringing its people together, as one”.

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Trump’s Pardons of Rod Blagojevich and Others Meant to Convince America Corruption Is OK
Barbara McQuade – NBC News, 2 Mar 2020

20 Feb 2020 – The list of 11 lucky Americans granted clemency read like a who’s who of the rich and the famous — former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Wall Street financier Michael Milken and former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik among them. Many of the offenders who received pardons or commutations of their sentences were convicted of crimes relating to fraud and corruption.

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Pompeo: US Rejects UN Database of Israeli Settlement Companies
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

13 Feb 2020 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today said the US government would not furnish any information for a database of companies operating in the occupied West Bank that the United Nations’ human rights office released. “The United States has long opposed the creation or release of this database,” he said in a statement.

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Outside China, Coronavirus Transmission ‘Iceberg’ May Not Be as Big as Feared
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

13 Feb 2020 – As infections from COVID-19 coronavirus continue to rise, a senior UN health expert today said that there were some indications that disease transmission outside China might not be the tip of the “iceberg” that had been feared.

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Journalist Abby Martin Sues State of Georgia over Law Requiring Pledge of Allegiance to Israel
Alan Macleod – MintPress News, 17 Feb 2020

10 Feb 2020 – After refusing to sign a pledge of allegiance to the state of Israel, the state of Georgia shut down a media literacy conference featuring journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin at Georgia Southern University. “This censorship of my talk based on forced compliance to anti-BDS laws in Georgia is just one level of a nationwide campaign to protect Israel from grassroots pressure.” — Abby Martin

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Coronavirus Emergency: Here’s What We Know So Far
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

A new strain of coronavirus (officially named 2019-nCoV), which has caused respiratory diseases in China, and spread to at least 23 other countries, has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. Here are the basic facts you need to know about the virus (figures correct as of Feb 3 2020).

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Coronavirus: UN Health Agency Moves Fast to Tackle ‘Infodemic’; Guterres Warns against Stigmatization
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Servie, 10 Feb 2020

4 Feb 2020 – The World Health Organization has taken steps to ensure that the coronavirus epidemic that has claimed hundreds of lives in central China does not spark a dangerous social media “infodemic” fuelled by false information.

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Trump Lifts Restrictions on US Landmine Use
BBC News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

31 Jan 2020 – US President Donald Trump has lifted restrictions on the deployment of anti-personnel landmines by American military forces. The decision reverses a 2014 Obama administration ban on the use of such weapons. The Trump administration said Mr Obama’s policy could put US troops “at a severe disadvantage”.

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Trump Plan Will ‘Finish Off Palestinian Cause’, PM Warns
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

Trump on Monday [27 Jan] held separate meetings with right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his election rival, Benny Gantz, in Washington, DC over his long-delayed proposal that has been kept secret. “We reject it and we demand the international community not be a partner to it because it contradicts the basics of international law and inalienable Palestinian rights,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said.

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Trump Extends Travel Ban to Six Countries — But Is OK with Selling Arms to Them
A. Trevor Thrall and Jordan Cohen – NBC News, 3 Feb 2020

31 Jan 2020 – The Trump administration announced today that it is adding six new countries to the existing travel ban, joining the seven already on the list. If these places are so threatening, the U.S. shouldn’t continue to give their governments the very weapons that can make them even more unsafe.

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Top UN Court Orders Myanmar to Protect Rohingya from Genocide
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

23 Jan 2020 – Myanmar must take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population, the top UN court unanimously ruled on today. “The Secretary-General recalls that, pursuant to the UN Charter and to the Statute of the Court, decisions of the Court are binding and trusts that Myanmar will duly comply with the Order from the Court,” it said.

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Jeff Bezos Donates Three Minutes’ Income to Help Australia Fight Wildfires
Alan Macleod – MintPress News, 27 Jan 2020

13 Jan 2020 – Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the newly crowned richest person in the world, announced yesterday that his company was donating one million Australian Dollars (around 690,000 U.S. Dollars) to help the country deal with the continent-wide fires. The donation would be equivalent to someone who earned $500 per week announcing that they had just donated five cents to help tackle the blazes.

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Single-Use Plastic: China to Ban Bags and Other Items
BBC News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

20 Jan 2020 – Non-degradable bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns by 2022. The restaurant industry will also be banned from using single-use straws by the end of 2020. China has for years been struggling to deal with the rubbish its 1.4 billion citizens generate.

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Scientists Find Australian Wildfire Smoke Has Circled the Globe
Natasha Roy – NBC News, 20 Jan 2020

A NOAA/NASA satellite traced the movement of the smoke from the wildfires and produced an image Monday [13 Jan] showing it circumnavigated the globe and areas in Australia where it had reached its place of origin.

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After the Inferno
Text: Nick Sas, Photos: Brendan Esposito - ABC News Australia, 20 Jan 2020

19 Jan 2020 – As the smoke begins to clear, we’re seeing for the first time the unimaginable scale of Australia’s worst bushfire season.

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Kahlil Gibran (6 Jan 1883 – 10 Apr 1931): Ask What You Can Do for Your Country
Stan Shabaz | Zinda Magazine – Assyrian International News Agency, 6 Jan 2020

His most famous work, The Prophet, was first published in 1923. He has been described in many ways: “melancholic romantic”, “existentialist of the right wing”, Nietzschean rebel, revolutionary, renegade, poet-philosopher, “the William Blake of the twentieth century”, the “Lebanese prophet of New York”, a “burning genius”, etc. But who was he really?

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Myanmar: UN Expert Calls for Tolerance and Safety from Reprisals after Online Threats to Activists
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

10 Dec 2019 – The UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, has condemned online threats against activists campaigning for justice and accountability, urging the Government and social media firms to do more to protect campaigners. “The online threats, including those targeting prominent activists Dr. Maung Zarni and Mr. Nay Say Lwin of the Free Rohingya Coalition are deeply concerning,” Lee said.

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New Russian Nuclear Weapon Can Travel 27 Times the Speed of Sound
Vladimir Isachenkov | AP News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

27 Dec 2019 – A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational today, Russia’s defense minister reported, bolstering the country’s nuclear strike capability. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he believes “it’s probably a matter of a couple of years” before the U.S. has one.

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EU: China Must Close Its “Re-Education Camps” for Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Meps Say
News | European Parliament – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

19 Dec 2018 – MEPs express serious concern about China’s repression of the Uyghurs and call on the Chinese government to close the “re-education camps” in Xinjiang immediately.
• Torture, digital surveillance and arbitrary detentions without any charge
• Harassment of Uyghurs abroad
• Call on Council to adopt targeted sanctions and freeze assets

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Greenland Is Nearing a Climate Tipping Point–How Long Warming Lasts Will Decide Its Fate, Study Says
Bob Berwyn | InsideClimate News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

23 Dec 2019 – Past meltdowns occurred with temperatures only slightly higher than today’s, suggesting the world is overestimating the ice sheet’s stability, scientists say.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Appears at ICJ as UN Rights Expert Urges Greater Protection for Myanmar Activists
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

10 Dec 2019 – “I call on each and every organ of the Myanmar State to ensure that absolutely no reprisals are taken against any group or individual that is advocating for justice and accountability in Myanmar,” said the independent expert in a statement issued today, adding that those targeted include members of the Free Rohingya Coalition.

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Top Criminal Court to Conduct Official Probe into Alleged War Crimes in Palestine
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

20 Dec 2019 – “The preliminary examination into the Situation in Palestine has concluded with the determination that all the statutory criteria under the Rome Statute for the opening of an investigation have been met”, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said, “I am satisfied that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation into the situation in Palestine”.

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One Third of Poorer Countries Face both Undernutrition and Obesity: WHO Report
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

16 Dec 2019 – With one in three low and middle-income countries facing the two extremes of malnutrition – undernutrition and obesity – the World Health Organization is calling for a new approach to deal with rapidly changing food systems.

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Congress Adopts Defense Bill That Creates Space Force
Joe Gould | Defense News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

18 Dec 2019 ― Congress has approved a compromise defense policy bill that creates a new Space Force in exchange for establishing paid parental leave for federal workers, as part of $738 billion for the Pentagon for 2020. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill Tuesday, 82-8, just days after the House passed it, 377-48. The bill now goes to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature, and he has signaled he will sign the defense policy measure.

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Arctic Report Card 2019: Extreme Ice Loss, Dying Species as Global Warming Worsens
Sabrina Shankman | Inside Climate News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

10 Dec 2019 – For indigenous communities on the Bering Sea, a way of life is at risk as climate change hits fish populations and ricochets through ecosystems. When dead salmon wash ashore along the coast, the problem is much bigger than dead fish. It’s a sign of deeper trouble cascading through the Arctic’s ecosystems.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Myanmar from Accusations of Genocide, at Top UN Court
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

11 Dec 2019 – Myanmar will have “no tolerance” for human rights abuses committed in Rakhine state and will prosecute the military, if war crimes have been committed there, Aung San Suu Kyi told the International Court of Justice, the UN’s main judicial body, today.

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New Citizenship Law in India ‘Fundamentally Discriminatory’: UN Human Rights Office
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

13 Dec 2019 – A new law in India which expedites citizenship for certain religious minorities has been criticized by the UN human rights office for being “fundamentally discriminatory in nature.” It gives priority to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians resident in India before 2014, but excludes Muslims.

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67 Pictures of Protest That Defined the Decade
Gabriel H. Sanchez | BuzzFeed News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

7 Dec 2019 – From #MeToo and Black Lives Matter to the Arab Spring and Hong Kong protests, here are the tremendous moments in activism that have defined this past decade.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Stays Alive after Talks, Avoids Sanctions Blow
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

6 Dec 2019 – Today’s three-hour meeting in Vienna came as tensions continue to rise with Tehran rolling back its commitments under the deal following Washington’s withdrawal last year and imposition of “maximum pressure” sanctions. “They try to keep Iran in the deal but then take no action against America’s bullying and pressure,” a senior Iranian official said, according to Reuters.

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UN Commemorates International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

27 Nov 2019 – The UN has underlined its unwavering commitment to the Palestinian people in their ongoing struggle to achieve self-determination, independence and sovereignty. Senior officials joined ambassadors and other representatives today to commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, officially observed each year on 29 November.

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Smartphone ‘Addiction’: Young People ‘Panicky’ when Denied Mobiles
Sean Coughlan - BBC News, 2 Dec 2019

29 Nov 2019 – Almost a quarter of young people are so dependent on their smartphones that it becomes like an addiction, suggests research by psychiatrists. The youngsters also cannot control the amount of time they spend on the phone. Such addictions have “serious consequences” for mental health.

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