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Myanmar – UN calls for restoration of democracy in Myanmar, end to violence (Al Jazeera)

Security Council statement follows warning from special envoy that coup has united people against military and situation is deteriorating.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/1/myanmar-risks-standstill-three-months-after-coup-un-envoy

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Myanmar – Almost half of Myanmar risks falling into poverty by 2022: UNDP (Al Jazeera)

COVID and the crisis following a military coup this year could reverse economic gains made since 2005, UN body says.

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/4/30/almost-half-of-myanmar-risks-falling-into-poverty-by-2022-undp

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Russia – What’s next for Russia’s opposition movement? (Al Jazeera)

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

Guests:

Alexander Soloviev – Board member of Open Russia, an opposition group

Michael Bociurkiw – Global affairs analyst and former spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Maria Lipman – Senior associate at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian studies at George Washington University

Russia moves to label Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny’s organisations ‘extremist’.

https://www.aljazeera.com/program/inside-story/2021/4/30/whats-next-for-russias-opposition-movement

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Chile – Unions in Chile lead demands for emergency aid as pandemic bites (Al Jazeera)

Unions demand emergency assistance, higher wages as.prolonged pandemic leaves people with nothing to eat.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/1/unions-in-chile-lead-demands-for-emergency-aid-as-pandemic-bites
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USA/Mexico – Military funds for Trump border wall to be cancelled (Al Jazeera)

The Biden administration said it will also fix flooding and soil erosion caused by unfinished sections of the wall.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/30/pentagon-to-cancel-trump-border-wall-projects-using-military-fund

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Afghanistan – Suicide bombing kills over 20 in Afghanistan’s Logar province (Al Jazeera)

The truck bomb in the provincial capital of Pul-e Alam also wounded more than 90 people, interior ministry says.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/30/car-bomb-kills-dozens-in-afghanistans-logar-province

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Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan – Kyrgyzstan says 31 killed in clashes at Tajikistan border (Al Jazeera)

Meanwhile, Tajikistan has yet to officially acknowledge any deaths from the clashes, which have raised fears of a larger conflict.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/30/kyrgyzstan-says-31-killed-in-clashes-at-tajikistan-border

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USA/Iran – Amid uncertainty, Iran and US showing ‘willingness’ in deal talks (Al Jazeera)

Jake Sullivan, the US national security adviser, says ‘all sides’ are willing to talk ‘seriously’ about a pathway back into the nuclear deal.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/30/iran-and-us-bring-willingness-to-indirect-talks-biden-adviser

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UN/Bahrain – UN ‘disturbed’ by Bahrain forces’ violent breakup of jail sit-in (Al Jazeera)

Human rights office calls for thorough investigation into ‘violent repression’ of peaceful sit-in at Jau prison by police special forces.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/30/un-bahrain-police-used-disproportionate-force-at-prison-sit-in

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Mozambique – Starving Malagasy forced to eat leaves, locusts for survival (Al Jazeera)

Near-total disappearance of food sources has created a ‘full-blown nutrition emergency’ in southern Madagascar, World Food Programme warns.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/30/famine-looms-in-southern-madagascar-uns-food-agency-says