Global Issues

Somaliland: The Strains of Success

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ICG – Nairobi/Brussels, Africa Briefing N°113: OVERVIEW Somaliland’s hybrid system of tri-party democracy and traditional clan-based governance has enabled the consolidation of state-like authority, social and economic recovery and, above all, relative peace and security but now needs reform. Success has brought greater resources, including a special funding status with donors – especially the UK, Denmark and the European Union ... Read More »

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang charged with misconduct in public office

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Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s former leader, Donald Tsang, was charged on Monday with two counts of misconduct in public office, the latest in a string of scandals that have ensnared senior business and former political figures in the Asian financial hub. Brisbane Times - Mr Tsang, 70, retired in 2012 after a high-flying career as a civil servant, serving as a ... Read More »

EU must speak out on media repression in Turkey

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Brussels this week with a big agenda to discuss, from the torrent of refugees leaving his country for Europe to Russia’s entry into the Syrian war. Europe and Turkey need each other on these issues but, as awkward as it will be, Erdogan must also be urged to end his suppression of free ... Read More »

Extreme poverty to fall below 10 per cent for the first time: World Bank

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Extreme poverty will this year fall to less than 10 per cent of the global population for the first time, although there is still “great concern” for millions in Africa, a World Bank report says. “This is the best story in the world today — these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can ... Read More »

Ai Weiwei finds ‘listening devices’ hidden in Beijing studio

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Dissident artist posts images of suspected bugs on Instagram after returning to China following first overseas trip in four years The Guardian – Fergus Ryan in Beijing Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has returned to China after his first overseas trip in four years and discovered what appear to be listening devices hidden in his studio. In a series of Instagram ... Read More »

Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A crowded hospital in the embattled city of Kunduz that treats war wounded came under attack on Saturday and the American military acknowledged that it may have killed 19 patients, staff members and others at the facility while firing on insurgents nearby. The New York Times – By ALISSA J. RUBIN The attack, which the military said ... Read More »

Mental health shake-up imminent, Health Minister Sussan Ley says

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Health Minister Sussan Ley says Australia’s mental health system will soon be overhauled after a review found the current regime was disjointed and must get better at “catching people before they fall”. Brisbane Times - Nicole Hasham, Environment and immigration correspondent Ms Ley is on Monday expected to foreshadow the root and branch reform, which would refocus the system on ... Read More »

Cameron refuses to rule out Brexit, says recasting EU ties hard work

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Prime Minister David Cameron said his renegotiation of Britain’s ties with the EUropean Union was “bloody hard work” and refused to rule out campaigning for a British exit in a referendum if other EU leaders failed to grant him the concessions he wants. Today’s Zaman – REUTERS / MANCHESTER As his ruling Conservative Party gathered for an annual meeting, Cameron ... Read More »

UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet

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Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says The Guardian - Felicity Carus A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today. As the global population surges ... Read More »

The Arthur Sinodinos-Malcolm Turnbull plan for the Coalition

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It was not just his popularity that won Malcolm Turnbull the leadership. There was also a long-running plan to reboot policy. The Saturday Paper – Sophie Morris Months before Malcolm Turnbull ousted Tony Abbott, his chief backers had already plotted out the change in direction they believed was needed to resuscitate the Coalition’s fortunes. It could be called the Sinodinos ... Read More »

Anne Harris: History will judge O’Reilly as a man of principle

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While the former newspaper proprietor will always have his critics, his dedication to press freedom is unassailable The Irish Times – Anne Harris Tony O’Reilly had such a good press for so long that clawback was inevitable. Matt Cooper’s book The Maximalist has sparked many begrudging reviews. However, the book itself is fair to a man who was defined by ... Read More »

Ukraine rebels have powerful new Russian-made rockets – OSCE


International monitors say they have found a new type of Russian-made rocket system in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. BBC – The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) spotted the powerful TOS-1 Buratino multiple rocket launcher in Luhansk. Meanwhile, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France discussed peace efforts in Ukraine, with Paris saying the pullout of light weapons ... Read More »