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Hong Kong

Amnesty to close two Hong Kong offices, cites security law (Al Jazeera)

Amnesty International will close its two offices in Hong Kong by the end of the year, the human rights group has announced, with its local chapter ceasing operations on Sunday.

Amnesty, which has its head office in London, said it would continue its research, advocacy and campaigning work from its other offices in the Asia Pacific.

Amnesty to close two Hong Kong offices, cites security law | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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Cyber Security

Russian agency behind Solarwinds still targeting US: Microsoft (Al Jazeera)

The Russian-based agency behind the enormous SolarWinds cyberattack that targeted an array of United States federal agencies last year has continued to target hundreds more US companies and organisations in its latest wave of attacks, the Microsoft company has said.

In a blog post, Microsoft, said the Russian agency Nobelium’s latest wave targeted “resellers and other technology service providers” of cloud services. Those attacks were part of a broader campaign this year, Microsoft said, adding it had notified 609 customers between July 1 and October 19 that they had been attacked. The customers were targeted a total of 22,868 times, it added.

Russian agency behind Solarwinds still targeting US: Microsoft | Cybersecurity News | Al Jazeera

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Afghanistan

‘Children going to die’: UN warns of ‘acute’ Afghan food crisis (Al Jazeera)

Millions of Afghans, including children, could die of starvation unless urgent action is taken to pull Afghanistan back from the brink of collapse, a senior United Nations official has warned, calling for frozen funds to be freed for humanitarian efforts.

The World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley told Reuters news agency that 22.8 million people – more than half of Afghanistan’s 39 million population – were facing acute food insecurity and “marching to starvation” compared with 14 million just two months ago.

‘Children going to die’: UN warns of ‘acute’ Afghan food crisis | Humanitarian Crises News | Al Jazeera

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Sudan

Sudan’s military dissolves cabinet, announces state of emergency (Al Jazeera)

Sudan’s military leader has declared a state of emergency across the country while dissolving its transitional cabinet and the sovereign council in a huge blow to the country’s already fragile transition towards democracy.

Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan made a televised announcement on Monday as thousands of pro-democracy protesters flooded the streets of the capital Khartoum, and its twin city of Omdurman, after soldiers arrested several government officials.

Sudan’s military dissolves cabinet, announces state of emergency | Military News | Al Jazeera

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Sudan

Timeline: Sudan’s political situation since al-Bashir’s removal (Al Jazeera)

After weeks of tensions between military and civilian figures, who have shared power in Sudan since the overthrow of its longtime leader Omar al-Bashir two years ago, armed forces detained the prime minister before the military leader dissolved the ruling council and declared a state of emergency.

Civilian members of the ruling council and government ministers were also detained along with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, with a statement from the information ministry saying the PM refused to support the “coup”.

Timeline: Sudan’s political situation since al-Bashir’s removal | Protests News | Al Jazeera

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Sudan

‘Utterly unacceptable’: World reacts to Sudan ‘coup’ (Al Jazeera)

World leaders and human rights groups have condemned the detention of several high-ranking Sudanese officials in what appears to be a coup attempt, as a senior military official dissolved the government.

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, a general who headed the Sovereign Council, a power-sharing ruling body, announced a state of emergency across the country and dissolved the council and the transitional government on Monday.

‘Utterly unacceptable’: World reacts to Sudan ‘coup’ | Protests News | Al Jazeera

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Taiwan UN

Taiwan taps on United Nations’ door, 50 years after departure (Erin Hale, Al Jazeera)

Fifty years ago on October 25, the Republic of China (ROC) – the official name for Taiwan –  was formally expelled from the United Nations by a vote of the General Assembly and replaced by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which had taken power in Beijing at the end of the country’s civil war in 1949.

The ROC government had fled to the island of Taiwan with millions of refugees as the communists took power but continued to hold the seat of “China” at the UN and was a permanent member of the Security Council with veto power. Despite being exiled, officials in Taipei had the support of the US thanks to fears in the West that communism might sweep through Asia.

Taiwan taps on United Nations’ door, 50 years after departure | News | Al Jazeera

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Colombia USA

Colombia to extradite Otoniel to the US as soon as possible (Al Jazeera)

Colombia plans to extradite the man it calls the world’s most dangerous drug trafficker to the United States where he is wanted on a number of charges.

Dairo Antonio Usuga, known as Otoniel, was captured by Colombia’s armed forces during an operation in a rural area of Colombia’s Uraba region on Saturday. The raid involved more than 500 members of Colombia’s special forces and 22 helicopters.

Colombia to extradite Otoniel to the US as soon as possible | Crime News | Al Jazeera

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Iran Israel

Iran’s Khamenei urges reversal of Arab-Israeli normalisations (Al Jazeera)

Arab nations that normalised ties with Israel last year have “sinned” and should reverse such moves, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco agreed to normalise ties with Israel in 2020, as Washington under the administration of then-US President Donald Trump made Arab-Israeli rapprochement a foreign policy priority.

Iran’s Khamenei urges reversal of Arab-Israeli normalisations | News | Al Jazeera

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