FRANCE NEWS: France and Russia look to strengthen ties with Indonesia, ASEAN countries
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FRANCE NEWS: France and Russia look to strengthen ties with Indonesia, ASEAN countries

Russia is courting Southeast Asian countries after the AUKUS defense agreement and the Quad strategic dialog group were closed to both global powers. These are two U.S-led multilateral security arrangements at the heart of Indo-Pacific. The Russian embassy and Indonesia’s navy announced Tuesday that Moscow and other ASEAN members would host their first ever joint…

FRONT PAGES: Scientists Discover SARS-CoV-2-Related Coronaviruses In Cambodian Bats From 2010
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FRONT PAGES: Scientists Discover SARS-CoV-2-Related Coronaviruses In Cambodian Bats From 2010

Newswise — A team of scientists have identified coronaviruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2 from two bats sampled in Cambodia more than a decade ago. The discovery described in the journal Nature Communications, along with the recent detection of the closest ancestors of SARS-CoV-2 known to date in cave-dwelling bats in Laos, indicates that SARS-CoV-2-related viruses…

ECONOMY: U.S. Listed As A 'backsliding' Democracy For First Time In Report By European Think Tank – The Washington Post
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ECONOMY: U.S. Listed As A 'backsliding' Democracy For First Time In Report By European Think Tank – The Washington Post

The United States for the first time was added to a list of “backsliding democracies” in a report released Monday by the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.The study, which analyzed trends from 2020 to 2021, found that more than a quarter of the world’s population now lives in democratically backsliding countries, which…

FRONT PAGE: Democracy Slipping Away At Record Rate, Intergovernmental Body Warns – Reuters
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FRONT PAGE: Democracy Slipping Away At Record Rate, Intergovernmental Body Warns – Reuters

People line up outside a polling station to vote in Canada’s federal election, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mark BlinchRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comBRUSSELS, Nov 22 (Reuters) – A greater number of countries are sliding towards authoritarianism, while the number of established democracies under threat has never been so high,…

ECONOMY: Xi Tells Southeast Asian Leaders China Does Not Seek ‘hegemony’ – Reuters
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ECONOMY: Xi Tells Southeast Asian Leaders China Does Not Seek ‘hegemony’ – Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a meeting commemorating the 110th anniversary of Xinhai Revolution at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 9, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File PhotoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comChina will not ‘bully’ smaller countries – XiDuterte slams Chinese behaviour in South China SeaMyanmar not represented…

ECONOMY – India: A Border State Ambush Killed Five Soldiers And Two Civilians – Al Jazeera English
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ECONOMY – India: A Border State Ambush Killed Five Soldiers And Two Civilians – Al Jazeera English

Suspected rebels have ambushed a convoy of India’s paramilitary soldiers in northeastern state of Manipur, officials say.At least five Indian soldiers and two civilians have been killed in an attack carried out by an armed group in India’s northeastern state of Manipur, officials said. The suspected rebels ambushed a convoy of India’s paramilitary soldiers on…

INDIA NEWS: India is on a march, will be one of the leading nations when it turns 100: Doval
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INDIA NEWS: India is on a march, will be one of the leading nations when it turns 100: Doval

INDIA NEWS: India will usher in a new era as it paces towards the 100th year of Independence and will be known for its “many achievements and many accomplishments” as one of the leading nations across the world, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said on Friday. “It will be a different India at that time….

MEXICO NEWS: Narcos Best Possible Spinoff Location After Mexico’s End – Screen Rant
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MEXICO NEWS: Narcos Best Possible Spinoff Location After Mexico’s End – Screen Rant

Warning: the following contains SPOILERS for Narcos: Mexico. Narcos: Mexico resolves many of the loose ends of the drug war and narcotics trade across Central and South America in the ‘90s, which leaves little room for the next spinoff to be set in the same area. The original Narcos series covered the rise and fall…

BUSINESS: Farhad R. Alavi will be the Managing Partner of Akrivis Law Group PLLC at The Knowledge Group’s Webcast
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BUSINESS: Farhad R. Alavi will be the Managing Partner of Akrivis Law Group PLLC at The Knowledge Group’s Webcast

The Knowledge Group is a leading producer of webcasts that focus on regulatory issues. Today, Farhad R. Alavi has been announced as the Managing Partner at Akrivis Law Group PLLC. Export Controls and Sanctions: Demystifying Recent Trends, Developments, and Critical Issues. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 12: 00 pm to…

AFRICA NEWS: Ethiopia: Tigray conflict Report calls for accountability for violations and abuses by all parties
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AFRICA NEWS: Ethiopia: Tigray conflict Report calls for accountability for violations and abuses by all parties

Geneva/Addis Ababa — An investigation by the UN Human Rights Office and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission found that all sides to the conflict in Tigray committed, at different levels, violations of international humanitarian, refugee, and human rights law. Some of these violations may be war crimes or crimes against humanity. A report published today…

ARAB NEWS: Two Houthi drones were intercepted by Saudi defenses and directed towards Jazan
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ARAB NEWS: Two Houthi drones were intercepted by Saudi defenses and directed towards Jazan

. RIYADH: The Riyadh Season’s Jewelry Salon Exhibition has been opened to the public. It features some of the most unique and luxurious designs in the region. Hosted in the Riyadh Front Exhibition Center, the salon covers 30,000 square meters and will be welcoming visitors until Nov. 6. The event, that has been taking place…

GOOGLE: TAG Bulletin: Q3 2021
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GOOGLE: TAG Bulletin: Q3 2021

S Shane Huntley Threat Analysis Group This bulletin includes coordinated influence operation campaigns terminated on our platforms in Q3 2021. It was last updated on October 29, 2021.July We terminated 7 YouTube channels as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Ukraine. This campaign uploaded content in Ukrainian and Russian that was supportive…

CHINA NEWS: Stranded Tourists Begin Leaving Locked Down Chinese City – BBC News
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CHINA NEWS: Stranded Tourists Begin Leaving Locked Down Chinese City – BBC News

By Kerry AllenBBC MonitoringImage source, VCG/Getty ImagesImage caption, A stranded tourist leaves the Ejin Banner on a charter trainTourists are beginning to leave China’s Inner Mongolia after a swift lockdown this week left more than 10,000 people stranded in the Ejin Banner region. China’s Xinhua news agency said on Friday that transport had been arranged…

OPINION: New Reports Of Torture In Myanmar
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OPINION: New Reports Of Torture In Myanmar

“They placed a plastic bag over my head to suffocate me. They did this three times…. They held mock executions.… They pointed a rifle at me and pulled the trigger repeatedly.” This is how a detainee in Myanmar, recently released after arrest for anti-junta protests earlier this year, described to Human Rights Watch some of…

INDIA NEWS: Q&A: ‘Religious freedom conditions in India greatly concerning’
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INDIA NEWS: Q&A: ‘Religious freedom conditions in India greatly concerning’

INDIA NEWS: Boston, United States – In April this year, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan federal government commission, recommended India be placed on a religious freedom blacklist for the second year in a row. In its annual report for 2021 (PDF), the commission, which makes religious freedom and…

RELIGION: In Myanmar, pastors arrested for organizing prayer for peace are released
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RELIGION: In Myanmar, pastors arrested for organizing prayer for peace are released

Last week, Myanmar’s government released 5,600 prisoners. Among them are three pastors from the Kachin ethnic group who awaited the trial accused of having participated in democratic protests against the military coup in the country. Koshan Singsar, Z Kaw Htinah and M Hawng Di are members of the Kachin Baptist Convention and were released on…

ARAB NEWS: British police tried to expel Nazanin Zaghari Rahcliffe's husband
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ARAB NEWS: British police tried to expel Nazanin Zaghari Rahcliffe's husband

DHAKA: The UN and Bangladeshi authorities are working together to provide formal education in Myanmar for thousands of Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar camps. More than 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims live in the fishing port of southeastern Bangladesh. They are members of an ethnic and religion minority who fled northern persecution in Myanmar after…

ARAB NEWS: Video plea by 30 Brits for help in fleeing Afghanistan
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ARAB NEWS: Video plea by 30 Brits for help in fleeing Afghanistan

DHAKA: The UN and Bangladeshi authorities are working together to provide formal education in Myanmar for thousands of Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar camps. More than 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims live in the fishing port of southeastern Bangladesh. They are members of an ethnic and religion minority who fled northern persecution in Myanmar after…

INDIA NEWS: The Facebook Crisis in India Could Be the Worst Facebook Crisis
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INDIA NEWS: The Facebook Crisis in India Could Be the Worst Facebook Crisis

INDIA NEWS: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hug after a town hall meeting, at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Sept. 27, 2015. Susana Bates/AFP via Getty Images Thanks to whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony and the news articles based on documents she leaked, the public has gained an alarming…

BUSINESS: Siam Canadian Opens Newest Office In Ecuador
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BUSINESS: Siam Canadian Opens Newest Office In Ecuador

Bangkok, Thailand, October 25, 2021 –(PR.com)– Siam Canadian has been established in South America since 2019 and has now expanded its footprint in South America with its new operations in Ecuador.Ecuador is the natural next step for our South American business, said Mathieu Bourdeaux, General Manager for Siam Canadian South America operations, based in Buenos Aires,…

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