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  •  Tunisian President Kais Saied is the subject of serious threats the Interior Ministry said on Friday 11 months after the head of state staged a dramatic seizure of power According to reliable information and ongoing investigations the president of the republic and the presidency as an institution are under serious threat spokeswoman Fadhila Khelifi told hellip
    Tunisian president faces ‘serious threats
     Tunisian President Kais Saied is the subject of serious threats the Interior Ministry said on Friday 11 months after the head of state staged a dramatic seizure of power According to reliable information and ongoing investigations the president of the republic and the presidency as an institution are under serious threat spokeswoman Fadhila Khelifi told hellip
    Tunisian president faces ‘serious threats
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    Tunisian president faces ‘serious threats

    Tunisian President Kais Saied is the subject of "serious threats", the Interior Ministry said on Friday, 11 months after the head of state staged a dramatic seizure of power.

    "According to reliable information and ongoing investigations, the president of the republic and the presidency as an institution are under serious threat," spokeswoman Fadhila Khelifi told reporters.

    "There is a plan by groups both at home and abroad to attack the president's security" and "damage state security and create chaos" in the North African country, he said.

    He did not provide further details about the threats or their origin.

    Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, a prominent leftist politician and a key opponent of Saied, disputed the claims.

    "This is just to justify new arrests and take revenge on his rivals," Chebbi told AFP.

    "The president is politically isolated and is trying to garner public sympathy."

    Saied sacked the government and suspended parliament 11 months ago, then extended his powers over the judiciary and moved to change the constitution in a decisive blow to the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings.

    Some Tunisians have welcomed his moves against a system seen as corrupt and incapable of addressing the country's deep social and economic problems.

    But opponents, particularly the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party, have condemned his moves as a coup.

  •  Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech
     Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech
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    Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech

    Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech

    Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech

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  •  UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency Refugees United Nations June 23 2022 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for sustainable funding for the UN agency for Palestine refugees The agency officially known as the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine hellip
    UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency
     UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency Refugees United Nations June 23 2022 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for sustainable funding for the UN agency for Palestine refugees The agency officially known as the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine hellip
    UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency
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    UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency

    UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency

    UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency

    Refugees

    United Nations, June 23, 2022 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for sustainable funding for the UN agency for Palestine refugees.

    “The agency, officially known as the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), suffers from chronic underfunding.

    “ In the last 10 years, the needs of Palestine refugees have increased, while funds have stagnated,’’ Guterres said.

    He said UNRWA has worked hard to absorb the annual funding shortage through program efficiencies.

    “But that alone will never solve the problem,’’ he said.

    Guterres made a twofold appeal to UN member states: to make pledges that will bring UNRWA’s funding shortfall down to zero for this year and put the agency on a durable financial footing.

    He added that the second appeal requires a long-term plan to stabilise the financing of UNRWA and together, reach sufficient, predictable, and sustainable funding.

    “Millions of Palestine refugees are counting on us to relieve their suffering and to help them build a better future. We cannot let them down.”

    He said the Ukraine crisis is catching global attention but the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the plight of Palestine refugees must not be sidelined.

    “I reiterate the importance of pursuing peace efforts to realise the vision of two states, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states.

    “But until then, UNRWA remains vital in supporting those in need,” he said.

    To help Palestine refugees is a matter of justice but it is also a barrier to the progression of extremism, terrorism, and other threats, said Guterres.

    UNRWA, which currently helps some 5.6 million Palestine refugees and their descendants in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria as well as in West Bank and Gaza, is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states.

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  •  Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe calls for more investment in research and new innovations to better tackle current and emerging health problems Addressing the summit on malaria and neglected tropical diseases in Kigali the Health CS argued for the need to develop appropriate tools and technologies to efficiently address prevailing health challenges Innovation is hellip
    Kenya: Health CS roots for research and innovation at Kigali Summit on Malaria and NTDs
     Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe calls for more investment in research and new innovations to better tackle current and emerging health problems Addressing the summit on malaria and neglected tropical diseases in Kigali the Health CS argued for the need to develop appropriate tools and technologies to efficiently address prevailing health challenges Innovation is hellip
    Kenya: Health CS roots for research and innovation at Kigali Summit on Malaria and NTDs
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    Kenya: Health CS roots for research and innovation at Kigali Summit on Malaria and NTDs

    Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe calls for more investment in research and new innovations to better tackle current and emerging health problems.

    Addressing the summit on malaria and neglected tropical diseases in Kigali, the Health CS argued for the need to develop appropriate tools and technologies to efficiently address prevailing health challenges. 'Innovation is needed both to develop new tools and technologies and to ensure that these vital tools reach the communities that need them, where and when they are needed most,' said Kagwe.

    In addition to committing more resources to the health sector, Kagwe said Kenya has adopted innovative strategies to help improve access, including a focus on better data and surveillance, the use of drone technology for mosquito larvae control, the Youth Malaria Army, an innovative platform bringing together young people from all 47 counties in Kenya to fight malaria, as well as the planned launch of the use of pediatric praziquantel to prevent and treat children vulnerable to schistosomiasis.

    He said it was imperative that regional and international players focus on local research and development partnerships and the manufacturing of public health tools and commodities, adding that quality local manufacturing will also help ensure the stability and affordability of the commodity supply.

    “Now more than ever, we must work together to eradicate malaria and NTDs, unleash the capacity of our health workers to address unavoidable health conditions, and strengthen the resilience of our health system. We have an opportunity to put an end to the many deaths caused, allow our people to be more productive and ensure the growth of the economies of our countries.” Said the CS of health.

    Speaking at the same forum, Dr. Lutz Hegemann, President of Global Health and Sustainability at Novartis, said it was important for the private sector to focus on access to ensure innovations are available to as many patients as possible.

    According to the executive director of Medicines Development for Global Health, Dr. Mark Sullivan, it was necessary to ensure that all initiatives were in line with global regulatory frameworks to safeguard quality.

    Hosted by the Government of Rwanda and taking place in conjunction with the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is a key opportunity for world leaders demonstrate their commitment to ending malaria and NTDs.

  •  Top EU diplomat expected in Tehran for nuclear negotiations Negotiations Berlin June 24 2022 The European Union EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell is expected to arrive in Tehran on Friday night the news agency ISNA reported citing a spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry The visit would aim at resuscitating the hellip
    Top EU diplomat expected in Tehran for nuclear negotiations
     Top EU diplomat expected in Tehran for nuclear negotiations Negotiations Berlin June 24 2022 The European Union EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell is expected to arrive in Tehran on Friday night the news agency ISNA reported citing a spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry The visit would aim at resuscitating the hellip
    Top EU diplomat expected in Tehran for nuclear negotiations
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    Top EU diplomat expected in Tehran for nuclear negotiations

    Top EU diplomat expected in Tehran for nuclear negotiations

     

    Negotiations

    Berlin, June 24, 2022 The European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs,  Josep Borrell is expected to arrive in Tehran on Friday night, the news agency ISNA reported, citing a spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

    The visit would aim at resuscitating the 2015 Iran nuclear deal negotiations between Iran and the other signatories to the deal China, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and the U.S. which had stalled since March.

    The status of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was a key point of difference between the Iranian government and the U.S., which had designated the IRGC as a terrorist organisation.

    A spokesperson for the top EU diplomat confirmed his visit to Tehran and his meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in a bid to break the gridlocked talks.

    Borrell wrote on Twitter that “diplomacy was the only way to go back to full implementation of the deal and to reverse current tensions,’’ confirming his visit.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently warned that Iran was only a few weeks away from producing the prerequisite materials for a nuclear bomb.

    Tehran had repeatedly emphasised that it intended to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes only.

    The deal would curtail the Iranian nuclear programme severely, in exchange for the lifting of sanctions on the Iranian economy.

    Former U.S. President Donald Trump had exited the deal unilaterally in 2018 and instituted new sanctions on Iran. (

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