In a win for the world, ‘Parasite’ takes best picture Oscar

Los Angeles: Subtitle this: Parasite is the first non-English language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards. Bong Joon Ho's masterfully devious class satire took Hollywood's top prize at the Oscars on Sunday night, along with awards for best director, best international film and best screenplay. In a year dominated by period epics � 1917, Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood, The Irishman…

Trump Says U.S. Will Add ‘A Couple’ Of Countries To Travel-Ban List

U.S. President Donald Trump says his administration is planning to add "a couple" of countries to its travel-ban list and that the final decision would be announced "very shortly."Speaking on January 22 to reporters in Davos, Switzerland, where he attended the annual World Economic Forum, Trump said, "You see what's going on in the world, our country has to be safe." The comments come one day after U.S. media reported…

Surprise In Belarus, Kyrgyzstan About Reports On Expanded U.S. Travel Ban

Political observers from Belarus and Kyrgyzstan are reacting with surprise and skepticism to media reports that their former Soviet republics could be added to a U.S. travel-ban list.Officials from Washington, Minsk, and Bishkek refused to comment on the record about reports that Belarus and Kyrgyzstan will be added to the controversial list of states whose citizens face travel bans or severe restrictions on entering the United States.U.S. President Donald Trump…

Banned Sudanese Musicians Celebrate New Year & New Sudan

Sudanese musicians who were banned by the government of ousted president Omar al-Bashir have returned to Sudan to play at a series of New Year concerts � in a move seen as symbolic of the changes that have taken place in the country. The Sudanese artists, some of whom were living in the United States, also marked the one-year anniversary of the mass protests that led to Bashir's downfall last…

Sudan’s New Authorities Must Prosecute or Extradite Suspects in Darfur Atrocities, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Tells Security Council

With extraordinary political change under way in Sudan, its transitional Government must ensure justice for the victims of atrocities in Darfur by either prosecuting the five suspects wanted by the International Criminal Court, including former President Omer Hassan Ahmed al Bashir, domestically, or sending them to The Hague for trial without delay, the Chief Prosecutor told the Security Council today.Fatou Bensouda, presenting her report to the Council on developments since…

Report: South Sudan Rebels, Government Trade in Illegal Timber Sales

A United Nations report accuses South Sudanese rebel and government military commanders of illegally logging and selling teak and mahogany trees in the former Central Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria States. A rebel spokesman denies the allegation, while a spokesperson for the South Sudan Peoples Defense Forces declined to comment.A Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition spokesman denies rebels loyal to Riek Machar are doing business selling ecologically sensitive trees."If there are still…

Deputy Secretary-General Lauds Women’s Role in Bringing Change to Horn of Africa, Urges Security Council Support for Regional Growth, Peace

Following are UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohamed's remarks to the Security Council on the joint mission with the African Union to the Horn of Africa, today:I would like to congratulate the United Kingdom on assuming the Presidency of the Security Council this month and thank South Africa for their successful Presidency during the month of October. Thank you for the invitation to brief the Security Council on my recent…

Deputy Secretary-General Lauds Women’s Role in Bringing Change to Horn of Africa, Urges Security Council Support for Regional Growth, Peace

Following are UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohamed's remarks to the Security Council on the joint mission with the African Union to the Horn of Africa, today:I would like to congratulate the United Kingdom on assuming the Presidency of the Security Council this month and thank South Africa for their successful Presidency during the month of October. Thank you for the invitation to brief the Security Council on my recent…
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