2017 4 16

Sign the petition for West Papua to receive a fair, internationally supervised vote!

Tell U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to push for Russia to free Oleg Sentsov

Stop IMF loan to the brutal dictator of Belarus!

Urgent Action: Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, the largest Tibetan Buddhist institution in the world, is under threat


April 7, 1994 – July 1994: Surviving Rwandan genocide

April 17, 1946: Independence Day in Syria

April 18, 1980: Independence Day of Zimbabwe


Clean-up, power outages continue over Easter weekend after Cyclone Cook

Belarus Crackdown Throws US Sanctions Relief in Doubt

Belarus says Russia promises new loans of over $1 billion

“Belarus is a place that badly needs shaking up”

Journalists face trial for covering protests in Belarus

Republic of Moldova: Council agrees to €100 million financial assistance

Moldova says ready to start recovering stolen billion

Moldova Steers A Path To Democracy And Reform

Mystery Surrounds Moldova Assassination Plot

Lukashenko: Belarus and Moldova will be able to advance relations despite difficulties

Moldova – What’s next?

Belarus president off to Kyrgyzstan on working visit

Austria ready to challenge Germany’s autobahn “foreigner tolls” in court

Slovakia is more digitally competitive

Slovakia is vulnerable to Russian influence

‘Britain’ banned in Slovakia; call it UK or face fine

U.N. chief calls for Western Sahara talks, parties wary

UN concerned about human rights violations in occupied Western Sahara

US Western Sahara  Foundation urges Trump to take action against occupation

European Conference calls on UN to set Western Sahara self-determination referendum date

Moroccan authorities carry out massive campaign of arrests of Sahrawi civilians in occupied Dakhla

Biafra Issue: There is no going back on May 30 sit-in

IPOB faults British envoy’s position on Biafra

Biafra: Intimidation can’t stop us from separating from Nigeria – BIM

Amnesty Demands End to Rights’ Violation Against Pro-Biafra Activists

Five Tuareg dead in jihadist attack in central Mali

Namibia to make white-owned businesses sell 25% stakes to blacks

Namibia under pressure to seize land for redistribution

In Somaliland, water is a life-or-death resource

Diarrhoea kills 28 in Somaliland in 10 days: Red Cross

Somaliland: Human Rights Centre calls on the government to release detained opposition politicians

Somaliland journalist detained over critical coverage of police

Al Shabaab bomber disguised in military attire kills 5 Somali soldiers

At least 10 dead after overloaded boat sinks in Guinea-Bissau

Guinean baby girl delivered by cabin crew 42,000 feet mid-air

Congo: Louzolo Amour church members drink beer to ‘cast demons’

Fresh South Sudan violence forces more than 6,000 refugees into Uganda

Gambian parliament picks a female lawyer as new speaker

Risk of Mass Starvation in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

Libyan traffickers running ‘slave markets’ and kidnapping rings – report

Trump aide drew plan on napkin to partition Libya into three

Libyan rivals clash in neglected south

After NATO’s failure, Russia eyes oil-rich Libya

‘Libya’s Haftar met with senior US official in UAE’

Gabon hosts conference to promote human-wildlife coexistence

S. Sudanese court orders retrial of fraud case against presidential staffers

Mali: Boubakar Keita reshuffles cabinet

Days after war declaration: Somali president wants talks with Al-Shabaab

South Sudan President Kiir orders arrest of perpetrators of recent violence

UN officials visit Somalia’s worst hit drought regions

What is the role of social media in the Oromo social movement?

Ethiopia-Eritrea borderline tensions puts regional stability at risk – EU

Eritreans in the Netherlands complain of pressure to support youth congress

US imposes sanctions on two militia commanders in the CAR

Gambian minister and ‘Vice-President’ wins top ‘African Woman’ award

Democratic Gambia ‘is at a historical turning point’ – IMF Mission

Rights groups decry ‘human rights violations’ in Congo’s Pool region

Benin declares end of Lassa fever epidemic

Gambians mark the beginning of the end of Jammeh’s 22-year rule

“Development of Africa will be done only by Africans,” Guinea’s president

Congo’s Sassou is an ‘excellent advisor’ – Gambia’s Barrow on first Central Africa trip

US to deploy troops to Somalia, first time in over 20 years

Burundi suspends activities of MSD opposition party

Zimbabwe law to compel banks to accept livestock as collateral

Croatia struggling to contain Agrokor fallout

Slovenia adopts law to shield economy from Agrokor crisis

Ecommerce in Slovenia and Croatia compared

Former head of Russia’s Mari El Republic Markelov denies guilt in corruption case

Serbia protests: Anger, eggs and chanting at ‘anti-dictatorship’ rallies

Germany’s Gabriel supports Serbia’s EU bid, says protests ‘part of democracy’

NATO official hopes Serbia-Kosovo tensions will ease after vote

Serbia, United States Step Up Efforts to Bolster Region’s Security

Kosovo Feels Russia’s Heavy Hand, via Serbia

Kosovo officials say they found plans to attack senior officials

Malta’s battle of the bulge

Super-scaled lightsabers are coming to Singapore

Singapore Developed a Travel Guide Based on Brainwaves

Bulgaria tops list of bargain European beach holidays

Bulgaria Edges Closer to Coalition Deal

Ergodan referendum splits Bulgaria’s Turks

Bulgaria, “quasi-media” on the rise

Greek gloom as economy stalls amid latest bout of EU wrangling

Greece, inspectors to resume bailout talks in late April

Greece Will Rise Again

Cyprus reunification talks restart, tough challenges ahead

House’s Inquiry Into Russia Points a Congressman to Cyprus

U.S. says “credible reports” Russia tried to interfere with Montenegro elections

14 charged with Montenegro coup, including 2 Russians

Alleged Plot, Coming Trial In Montenegro Reads Like a Thriller

Trump approves Montenegro’s accession to NATO

Senator McCain: Montenegro in NATO Important for Keeping Russia at Bay

The milestone that charted Jamaica’s nationalism

Who is dying violently in Jamaica?

Where’s the safest place to live in Jamaica?

Invest in Jamaica, Consul General to NY urges diaspora

Albania Parliament to elect new president April 19

EU warns that blocking judicial reform ‘harms present and future of #Albania’

Albania opposition’s rally threatens to disrupt local polls

EU calls on Albania opposition to end parliament boycott

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan resume regular flights after 25 years

Tajikistan Orders Police To Attend The Theater

UBS CEO: Switzerland is more important to America than China

How a couple of sausages triggered the Swiss Reformation

Easter in Switzerland: more than just eggs

Six months after Hurricane Matthew, food, shelter still scarce in Haiti

UN votes to end Haiti peacekeeping mission in October

Haiti doesn’t need our pity — it needs us to listen

President Aims for Tobacco-Free Turkmenistan by 2025

Turkmenistan president ‘wins’ contest to pen anthem for major Asian sporting event

End of Transition: Armenia 25 Years On, Now What?

Cher criticises UK refusal to recognise 1915 Armenian killings as genocide

Nine Bolivian customs agents ‘kidnapped’ by Chilean police in border dispute

Aboriginal football players call for end to racial abuse

Throughcare ‘failing’ to lower recidivism for Aboriginal inmates

An Aboriginal Man Has Been Awarded $38,000 After Being Assaulted By Police

Australian governments have failed Indigenous peoples, says Oxfam

‘Black teens’ not allowed: Racist sign left on Melton, Melbourne, milk bar window

Australian Census: ‘typical’ Indigenous 15 years younger than ‘typical’ white Australian

Kindred skies: ancient Greeks and Aboriginal Australians saw constellations in common

Hundreds protest stray dog poisonings in Macedonia

Macedonia Protesters Wield Cardboard Shields Against New Coalition

As Macedonia’s Political Deadlock Drags On, Economy Slows And Social Costs Mount

Lebanon’s Aoun suspends parliament

Death toll climbs in clashes at Palestinian camp in Lebanon

Lebanon urged to do more to trace thousands missing from civil war

Luxembourg City in full bloom

Luxembourg just 9th in liveability ranking

Luxembourg refuses to be labelled ‘tax haven’ by Illinois

Sweden stands together for a minute’s silence as the shocked country remembers the victims of jihadist terror attack that claimed four lives

Sweden will ‘never go back’ to the days of mass immigration, PM

Sweden attack: Uzbekistan ‘warned West of IS link’

Amnesty International honours Canada’s Indigenous-rights movement

Mexico Urged to Prioritize Bilingual Education for Indigenous Communities

More names added to CBC missing and murdered Indigenous women database

US: Survey Shows High Levels of Financial Distress Among Natives

American Indian Museum Showcases Kiowa Photographer Horace Poolaw

Suspected Islamic State cell was planning attacks on U.S. forces in Kuwait – report

In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, an Indie Music Scene on the Rise

Mongolia was epicenter for early horse culture, study suggests

Koruna Unchained Empowers Czechs on Path to Western Riches

Mazanec: A Czech Easter Tradition Fighting To Survive In The U.S.

Czech lawmakers approve faster pension growth

Election cycle could yet prove taxing for Czech banks

Pressure Grows as Hungary Adopts Law Targeting George Soros’s University

Hungary’s liberals find a hero in their battle against Viktor Orbán

UNHCR urges suspension of transfers of asylum-seekers to Hungary under Dublin

Germany suspends migrant returns to Hungary

Iran, Hungary agree to collaborate on small nuclear reactors

Slovenia says tougher EU border checks ‘unacceptable’

A Historic Graveyard in Slovenia Is Now Home to a Digital Tombstone

Communist-era spy rooms found near giant cave in Slovenia

Norway raises security level after explosive device found in Oslo

Discovering Portugal’s wild side

Portugal, Santander agree to end litigation over swaps

Azerbaijan: How Russia Is Using Terrorist Attacks to Its Advantage

Azerbaijan president: gas pipeline to EU is an inevitability

Azerbaijan wants pan-Arab summit with Israel, envoy says

Azerbaijan GP promoter clears the air with Formula one boss

US is interested in strong and independent Azerbaijan

US provided over $1.3B as assistance to Azerbaijan in 25 years

Finnish LGBT activists launch fundraiser to help gay Chechens flee torture

Newspaper Staff that Investigated Chechnya’s Vicious Anti-Gay Crackdown Threatened by Russian Republic’s Political Elite, Targeted With Cyber Attack

Russia found in violation of the right to life over Beslan School attack

Finland’s baby slump continues

Helsinki hybrid threat centre one step closer to reality

Finland is named the world’s safest country

Refugee Crisis Hurts Europe’s Romani

Wanted: Fixed jobs and a postal address

Nike to Investigate Misuse of Logo in Racist Knock Off Merchandise

Exclusion and Structural Discrimination of Roma in Europe

Czech civil society prize goes to Romani musician Radek Banga for protesting music award to neo-Nazi band

Yes, Rex Tillerson, U.S. taxpayers should care about Ukraine. Here’s why.

Manafort’s firm received $1.2M payout on Ukraine ledger at center of corruption probe

Experts say the Kremlin may have been behind the St. Petersburg terrorist acts

Russsian FSB radically changes the plot in its ‘Crimean saboteur’ trial

For 11 days Kremlin’s Crimea hostage Ruslan Zeytullaev is keeping hunger strike in Russian prison

Making Ukraine mono-ethnic – Putin’s greatest achievement and most fateful failure

Russian language use in post-Soviet space declining precipitously

Suspected Maidan Killer & Three Other Ex-Berkut Officers Flee to Russia

Imaginary “terrorists” with no terror acts: Russia’s collective punishment of Crimean Muslims

Batons & gunshots in new arrests of Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea

Russia says struggling to source gas turbines for Crimea power plant

Crimean wine confiscated from Italian drinks fair as it ‘violates sanctions against Russia’

Russia: Government Preparing To Move 2018 Election Date To Mark Crimea Takeover

CIA chief calls WikiLeaks a ‘hostile intelligence service’

Johannes Remy. Brothers or Enemies: The Ukrainian National Movement and Russia from the 1840s to the 1870s

Transnistria frozen conflict zone recognizes Russian tricolor as second “national” flag

Comparison of Hitler’s Germany with Putin’s Russia: How Russians Became Fascists

Timeline: Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine

Syria chemical attack: why Russia blocks the UN Security Council resolution?

27,000 forced to attend “mobilization assembly” in occupied Donetsk Oblast

Stadium for Cornwall: The new ground to transform sport in the county?

Is Europe softening its stance on Scottish independence?

Nicola Sturgeon during UN visit: Scotland’s independence campaign ‘an example for the world’

Courtesy, empathy and respect will be at the heart of ScotRef campaign, says Nicola Sturgeon

Group of 50 European politicians announce independent Scotland would be welcomed into European Union

Experts ‘bust Unionist myth’ that indyref upset the financial markets

Clear majority of Scots say the UK is going in wrong direction

SNP to set out policy on EU membership before next indyref

George Kerevan: Forget Brexit — the true European faultline today is in Barcelona

Trump won’t help Catalonia get independence: ‘This is a matter for Spain’

Government suspects Spanish pressure behind US Embassy statement on Catalan independence

Puigdemont vows to push ahead with referendum despite new warning from court

Catalan leaders in ‘Le Soir’: Why can’t Madrid be like London?

Meet the Iraqi Kurdish men inspiring social change through fashion

Kurdistan discussed independence referendum with all permanent members of UN Security Council

For Iraqi Kurds, Trump Brings Hope for Independence

US coalition kills 18 members of Kurdish forces fighting IS

International mediation needed on Kurdish issue

Lithuania to push military spending above NATO target

Lithuania rushes to keep citizens as Brexit looms

Surmounting Lithuania’s Holocaust past

Dalai Lama says Tibetan people should decide on his succession

Monk carries out self-immolation protest in Tibet

Concerns Raised Over Hiring Han Chinese Only at Luxury Hotel in Tibet

Pilgrims’ Tents Destroyed at Sichuan’s Yachen Gar Buddhist Center

China is ‘hysterical’ over monk’s trip to India

China ‘abruptly cancels’ Australian delegation’s planned visit after human rights criticism

Tibet Museum Inaugurates Exhibition on Capturing Tibet: Colonialism and the Camera during the Mission to Lhasa

Tib. medicine nomination in UNESCO’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage List’ unacceptable: Senior TMAI official

First original Tibetan cartoon to hit TV screens in May

Using Welsh language makes business sense…and CASH for North Wales firms

Several Short Sentences About the Welsh Language

Could independent Wales survive in a post-Brexit world?

Denmark proposes law change to block Gazprom pipeline

China warns against intrusions over detained Taiwan activist

Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell

Taiwan marks Freedom of Speech Day with exhibition

Why is Israel afraid of the Nakba’s March of Return?

Palestinian stabs UK woman in Jerusalem amid Easter fetes

British-Palestinian barred from Israel under anti-BDS law

China: World Must fix ‘Historical Injustice’ Against Palestine

Facebook vs Palestine: Implicit support for oppression

Latvia spends more on education than EU average

Historian calls for revealing Latvia’s KGB legacy

NATO’s Build-Up in East Cuts Fear of Conflict, Estonia Says

Estonia Snags First Spy Linked to Russian Military Intelligence

A new report says Russia is intensifying its spy game in Eastern Europe

Estonia: The Little Spycatcher Who Could

EU: Synchronization of Baltic power grid via Poland best option

Rail Baltica: a new corridor for the Baltic states

Estonia’s founding would have been inconceivable without unity

Security agency: Russia sent own right-wing extremists to Estonia for ‘Nazi’ labeling

Lithuania seeks to become Fintech leader in Baltic, Nordic region

A DNA test showed I’m 100% Maori. Many thought there were none of us left

Adivasi with a difference

Armed With a Toothless Law, the Plight of the Adivasi Worsens

All India Adivasi Conference to be held in Visakhapatnam

Tatarstan’s Pursuit of Power-Sharing Accord With Moscow Energizes National Movements Across Russia

Tatarstan to work with Pakistan for promoting halal food

Azerbaijan, Dagestan plan to create joint tourist routes

Hong Kong’s new China-backed leader says there is no room for moves toward independence

Pro-independence Hong Kong National Party appeals against Companies Registry’s denial of registration

A new protest movement may be astir in HK. A less placid one

Hong Kong lawmaker charged for upending Chinese flag

South Ossetia: Voters Opt Against the Kremlin Favorite

Authorities Urge Kyrgyz Herdsmen to Spy on Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang

Official demoted in Xinjiang province for not smoking in front of religious leaders

Fellow Uighurs should beware of ‘two-faced’ people in separatism fight, official says

Han Chinese Offered Triple Salary of Uyghurs in Xinjiang Police Recruitment Drive

Is China Really Facing a Terrorist Threat From Uighurs in Xinjiang?

Bosnia risks delay to IMF funds after missing reform deadline

Yezidi mass graves discovered so far contain 1,646 people, official

Bodies of 1,500 Yazidis found in northern Iraq since 2015, says official

For this Syrian Yazidi family and their Jewish hosts, Passover is a refugee story

Priest Exposes Parallels in Jewish, Yazidi Genocides

Yazidi Activist: ISIS ‘Opened Up’ Pregnant Friend, Raped Her and Baby

Freeport brings ‘no benefits’ to Papuan people, say Jakarta protesters

327 Georgians illegally detained along Russian occupation lines in 2016

What country would Georgians pick if they could choose where to be born?

Lezghin: One of Azerbaijan’ Major Ethnic Groups Remains Largely Unknown Internationally

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Indigenous Communities Come Together For Boisabi Celebrations

Balochistan: Abductions and Extrajudicial Killings Used as Tools to Impose State Census and Pave Way for CPEC

Ogaden: Youth & Student Union Issue Update on Humanitarian Crisis

Ogoni: MOSOP Condemns Ogu Militant Attack on Farmland

Brazil: Indigenous Peoples Occupy Offices of National Indian Foundation to Protest Its Dismantling