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Latin America Russia

Moscow refuses to rule out Latin America military deployments (Al Jazeera)

Moscow has again refused to rule out deploying military units to Cuba and Venezuela as tensions with the West over Ukraine simmer, saying it is “exploring options” to ensure Russia’s security.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said last week that he could “neither confirm nor exclude” the possibility of Russia sending missiles or other assets to Latin America.

Moscow refuses to rule out Latin America military deployments | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

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USA

Voting rights: Is US democracy really in danger? (William Roberts, Al Jazeera)

As the US commemorates the death of slain Black civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, 54 years after his assassination, the battle over voting rights will take centre stage in Washington DC this week as Democrats in the US Congress push a set of sweeping election reforms over Republican objections.

The rhetoric has gotten heated with President Joe Biden accusing Republicans of attacking the foundation of democracy – the right to vote – and with former President Donald Trump continuing to claim – without evidence – there was widespread election fraud in the 2020 election.

Voting rights: Is US democracy really in danger? | Donald Trump News | Al Jazeera

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USA

The prospects of another American (un)civil war (Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera)

There are probably nicer ways to say it, but when I read that in a 2021 national poll, 46 percent of Americans believed that “another civil war is likely” compared with 43 percent who did not, the only words that came to mind were mutually assured destruction – “MAD”.

The prospects of another American (un)civil war | Opinions | Al Jazeera

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Afghanistan

Taliban says all Afghan girls will be back in school by March (Al Jazeera)

Girls’ schools across Afghanistan will hopefully reopen by late March, a senior Taliban leader has told the Associated Press, offering the first timeline for the resumption of high schools for girls since the group retook power in mid-August.

Speaking to journalists on Saturday, Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for Afghanistan’s government and deputy minister of culture and information, said the group’s education department would open classrooms for all girls and women in the Afghan New Year, which starts on March 21.

Taliban says all Afghan girls will be back in school by March | Women’s Rights News | Al Jazeera

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Global Employment Global Topics

Global employment won’t recover before 2023: UN labour body (Al Jazeera)

Global employment will not recover to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023, with a projected shortfall in hours worked this year equivalent to 52 million full-time jobs, according to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

While an improvement compared with 2021, hours worked globally are expected to remain 2 percent below levels seen before the arrival of COVID-19, according to the ILO’s outlook for 2022 released on Monday.

Global employment won’t recover before 2023: UN labour body | Labour Rights | Al Jazeera

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Turkey

Crypto investing is alive and well in Turkey, thanks to lira woes (Umar Farooq, Al Jazeera)

Just off of Istiklal street, Istanbul’s busiest pedestrian walkway, the occasional passerby stops to glance at a screen displaying the prices of cryptocurrencies in the window at NakitCoins.

Only a handful of people enter the shop, but the brick-and-mortar exchange, which lets them buy or sell Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, is a physical example of how the ailing Turkish lira is propelling the popularity of virtual cryptocurrencies in Turkey, despite a recent history of scandalised exchanges.

Crypto investing is alive and well in Turkey, thanks to lira woes | Crypto News | Al Jazeera

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Abu Dhabi

Suspected drone attack in Abu Dhabi causes fire, kills three (Al Jazeera)

At least three people have been killed and six others wounded when three oil tankers exploded in Abu Dhabi in a suspected drone attack, according to Emirati authorities, as Yemen’s Houthi rebels announced an operation “deep” in the United Arab Emirates.

Abu Dhabi police said on Monday three fuel tanker trucks had exploded in the industrial Musaffah area, near storage facilities of oil firm ADNOC, and that a fire had also broken out at a construction site at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Suspected drone attack in Abu Dhabi causes fire, kills three | Houthis News | Al Jazeera

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Iran OIC Saudi Arabia

Iran to reopen OIC representative office in Saudi Arabia (Al Jazeera)

Three Iranian diplomats have arrived in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah to reopen Iran’s representative office to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Semi-official Iranian media reported on Monday that the diplomats – who were not named – had landed in the city where the 57-member organisation is based to restart operations six years after the office was closed following a diplomatic rift.

Iran to reopen OIC representative office in Saudi Arabia | News | Al Jazeera

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Kazakhstan

Kazakh ex-leader’s in-laws leave key energy sector jobs (Reuters)

Two members of former Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev’s extended family have resigned from the leadership of state oil and gas shipping companies, the Central Asian nation’s sovereign fund said on Saturday.

Kazakh ex-leader’s in-laws leave key energy sector jobs | Reuters

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