Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday warned against “political exploitation” from the recent explosions in Beirut.
“It is unacceptable for various groups, individuals, and countries to use the Beirut tragedy as an excuse for their political objectives,’’ Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said during his weekly press conference.
Mousavi said that any judgment about the cause of the incident should be based on the results of a thorough investigation.
The Iranian spokesman referred to the western sanctions on Lebanon, saying that if those countries want to help Lebanon, they should first lift the sanctions they have imposed on the Lebanese people and government.
The explosions in Beirut’s port area on Tuesday left fewer than 158 people dead and over 6,000 injured.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Red Cross warns coronavirus is driving discrimination in Asia
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Thursday warned the novel coronavirus is driving discrimination towards vulnerable communities in Asia, including migrants and foreigners.
The humanitarian agency surveyed 5,000 people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Pakistan and found about half blamed a specific group for spreading the coronavirus, with many mentioning Chinese people, immigrants and foreigners.
“It is particularly concerning that both national migrant and foreign workers are blamed for the spread of COVID-19 as they are quite vulnerable already,” Dr Viviane Fluck, one of the lead researchers and the agency’s Asia Pacific community engagement and accountability coordinator, told Reuters.
She said there should be more focus on combating rumours that are linked to underlying power dynamics and structural issues of inequality.
Over half of the Indonesians surveyed blamed “foreigners and rule-breakers” while in Myanmar, the groups most often thought to be responsible were people from China and other foreigners.
“In Malaysia, two-thirds blamed a specific group, most frequently mentioning migrants, foreign tourists and illegal foreigners,’’ the researchers said.
Malaysian authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented migrants and refugees in May in a crackdown the United Nations said could push vulnerable groups into hiding and prevent them from seeking treatment.
Police said at the time the operation was aimed at preventing people from travelling amid movement curbs.
In Pakistan, most people surveyed blamed inadequate government controls on the Iranian border, followed by nationals including pilgrims coming back from Iran and then people from China.
In all four countries, higher education had a small impact on whether respondents blamed a specific group, with university graduates slightly less likely to hold certain people responsible, the researchers said.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Emmanuel Yashim
FIFA Ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th
In the ranking placed on the world football governing body’s website on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1493 points during the period under review without playing any match.
The movement also placed Nigeria as the third in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who garnered 1555 and 1506 points respectively.
On the global scene, with the exception of Uzbekistan’s 2-1 friendly victory over Tajikistan, the countries back in action have all been European.
The successful staging of these games was nonetheless encouraging for teams from other confederations as they seek to resume international fixtures in the weeks ahead.
The 54 UEFA Nations League games which took place across Europe at the beginning of September had an immediate impact on the oca-Cola World Ranking, which had remained unchanged since April 9.
While there had been no movement among the leading quartet —- in descending order: Belgium, France, Brazil and England —- Portugal (5th, up 2) have moved into the top five.
This was as a result of victories over Croatia (8th, down 2) and Sweden (18th, down 1).
Other countries moving in the right direction are Spain (7th, up 1), Italy (12th, up 1), the Netherlands (13th, up 1), and Germany (14th, up 1).
Each of them gained one place respectively in the global classification.
Wales (21st, up 2) climbed two rungs but remain just outside the top 20.
Russia, hosts of the last FIFA World Cup, are further back in 32nd.
But they had the biggest gain in this edition, ascending six places courtesy of wins over Serbia (31st, down 2) and Hungary (52nd, unchanged).
In spite of not playing, Iran (30th, up 3) moved into the top 30 after Serbia and Turkey (32nd, down 3) dropped points.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru and Olawale Alabi)
Iran’s Rouhani expects to further develop relations with Japan under new PM
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday congratulated Yoshihide Suga on becoming Japan’s new prime minister and expressed hope for the further development of bilateral relations.
On Wednesday, Suga, the leader of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, was officially confirmed as the new prime minister, replacing Shinzo Abe.
“I hope that under your leadership, friendly relations between Iran and Japan and mutual cooperation in various fields, especially trade and economic, will continue to develop,” Rouhani said in a message to Suga.
According to the Iranian leader, permanent contacts between the two countries, including mutual visits by their prime ministers in 2019, opened a new chapter in the development of bilateral relations.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Sudan arrests 41 terrorists, seizes large amounts of explosives
Khartoum Sudanese security forces have arrested 41 terrorism suspects and seized explosives that “could have blown up the entire capital,” the public prosecutor and police director general said on Wednesday.
The explosives included highly explosive ammonium nitrate, the public prosecutor Taj Al-Sir Al-Hibir and police director general Ezz El-Din Al-Sheikh told journalists in the capital.
The terrorism suspects were arrested during 12 ambush operations conducted by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) teams, and almost 3,600 explosive devices were seized, the attorney general said.
Some of the arrested are suspected to have been involved in an attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok in March, RSF spokesman Jamal Jumaa said.
Ammonium nitrate was the substance that caused a massive explosion in the port of Lebanon’s capital Beirut on August 4, killing 190 people and leaving at least 6,000 others injured.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashi https://nnn.ng/sudan-arrests-41-terrorists-seizes-large-amounts-of-explosives/