It’s not just Russia – China’s also contributing to higher inflation worldwide, report says

Russia is guilty of creating a food security crisis and higher energy prices through its war with Ukraine, but China has — under the radar — also taken actions in three areas that are exacerbating inflation worldwide, said the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “Russia’s war in Ukraine has taken a shocking toll on the region,” wrote PIIE...

Afghan panel chats impact of Taliban in Afghanistan during 49th Session

On the sidelines of the 49th Session of the UNHCR, an all-Afghan panel consisting of a scholar, former diplomat and young innovators discussed the human rights situation in Kabul after the Taliban takeover in mid-August. The panel expressed concern over the transformation of the educational system under Taliban rule which may turn Afghanistan into...

How Imran Khan’s removal affected civil-military ties in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan – Imran Khan is once again trying to bend the arc of Pakistani politics to his formidable will. Recently removed as prime minister, Khan has quickly returned to his political roots and is rallying his supporters against what he calls a rigged system. And his supporters are responding. At a rally...

How China’s lockdowns are taking a toll on global companies

International brands arerevealing the damage to their bottom lines from China's"zero Covid"policy, where tens of millions of people remain in lockdown and almost every major business has been disrupted. In recent weeks, dozens of mainland Chinese cities, including the financial hub of Shanghai, have been locked down as authorities work to stamp out the coronavirus. For industriesranging from Big Tech to consumer...

‘Like Wuhan all over again’: As Shanghai protests, China censors

April was, by all accounts, a cruel month for the residents of Shanghai. As an Omicron-induced outbreak of COVID-19 swept across China’s biggest city, millions of people were confined to their homes. In an eerie echo of the lockdown imposed on the central city of Wuhan in 2020 after the virus...

Xinjiang in focus as UN’s Michelle Bachelet visits China

The UN human rights chief has met China’s top diplomat as she began a six-day trip to the country that will include the remote Xinjiang region, where Uighurs and other Muslim minorities face repression. The tour by Michelle Bachelet, which started on Monday, marks the first by the UN’s top rights official to China...

UNICEF warns 13 million children in dire need of aid in Afghanistan

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has warned that nearly 13 million children in Afghanistan are in dire need of international assistance UNICEF's communications chief in Afghanistan, Sam Mort said quoted by local media, “Afghanistan is a tough place to be a child, there are huge challenges right now in being a child.

Xi Jinping sends warning to anyone who questions China’s zero-Covid policy

Hong Kong (CNN)China's top leader Xi Jinping has issued the strongest warning yet against anyone who questions the country's zero-Covid policy, as stringent, frequent lockdowns fuel public discontent and deal a devastating blow to the Chinese economy. At a meeting chaired by Xi on Thursday, the ruling Communist Party's supreme Politburo Standing Committee vowed to...

Nearly 200 media outlets shut in past 7 months in Afghanistan

Up to 180 media outlets out of 475 have been closed in Afghanistan in the past seven months following the takeover by the Taliban in August this year, local media reported. On Tuesday, Afghanistan's National House of Journalists in its latest survey said Afghan media outlets have been affected the most after the Taliban...

Uproar over closure of Afghan girls’ schools above grade 6

Activists in Afghanistan are up in arms following the closure of girls' schools for learners above grade 6. The deputy special envoy of the UN for Afghanistan, Mette Knudsen has termed the decision “discriminatory,” saying that its impact will deeply affect the future generation in “terms of literacy and numeracy and will contribute to...
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