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NAMIBIA: Katjavivi seeks EU’s assistance in setting up Parliament budget committee

Windhoek, Mar. 3.– Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi has appealed for assistance from the European Union (EU) to set up a parliament budget committee that would play a critical role in ensuring adequate funding of the legislature.

Katjavivi made the appeal during his meeting with European Union (EU) Ambassador to Namibia, Sinikka Antila on Wednesday.

According to a media statement Wednesday, Katjavivi, during his meeting said there is a need to set up a budget committee to review the budget of Parliament in consultation with the Minister of Finance as currently the budget comes straight from the Ministry of Finance with the Speaker only presenting it.

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Thousands have been Protesting Across Cuba since last August demanding The Right To Have Rights

Thousands Protest Across Cuba Demanding The Right To Have Rights - Protesters have been raising their voices in opposition to systemic political, civil, economic and social issues affecting our daily lives and in favor of a change in the system. These protests are evidence that the opposition movement and the Cuban people’s desire for change have continued to expand to a point where it cannot be ignored any longer.

 

The following is a statement from Rosa María Payá, founder and promoter of Cuba Decide. The citizen initiative for democracy in Cuba, Cuba Decide, released a video summarizing how Cubans on and off the island are mobilizing to protest the repression they have been subject to for over six decades.

 Miami, Mar.4 (Cuba Decide).– Public protests saw exponential growth near the end of 2020 with 42 protests in the month of September, 88 in October, 110 in November and 122 in December. in addtion to many others in January and February. Protestors have been demanding: 1) the right to define the course of the country; 2) the release of political prisoners; 3) freedom of speech and artistic expression; and, 4) economic liberty and access to basic resources in the midst of a deep humanitarian crisis caused by communist policies and aggravated by COVID-19.

 Protestors have been raising their voices in opposition to systemic political, civil, economic and social issues affecting our daily lives and in favor of a change of the system. These protests are evidence that the opposition movement and the Cuban people's desire for change have continued to expand to a point where it cannot be ignored any longer.

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UN: 38 killed in ‘bloodiest day’ since coup hit Myanmar

More than 50 people have died since the military seized power on February 1 and many have been wounded.

At least 38 people were killed in anti-coup protests in Myanmar on Wednesday, the United Nations said, in the bloodiest crackdown yet on peaceful demonstrations against a military coup.

Photo: Myanmar. Protest in Yangon (Rangoon). Credit: VOA

 

Security forces opened fire on people protesting against military rule across Myanmar, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered to help resolve the crisis.

Police and soldiers opened fire with live rounds with little warning, witnesses said.

Describing Wednesday’s death toll as “shocking”, Christine Schraner Burgener, the UN’s envoy on Myanmar, said in New York there were “now more than 50 people [dead] since the coup started and many are wounded”.

She cited weapons experts who examined video footage that appeared to show police using 9mm sub-machine guns to fire live ammunition at people.

“I saw today very disturbing video clips. One was [showing] police beating a volunteer medical crew; they were not armed,” Burgener told a virtual briefing.

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Russian troops withdraw from suburbs of Syria's Idlib

 March 2 (DP.net).– Russia has withdrawn its forces from the city of Saraqib in the suburbs of Idlib, northern Syria, without previously announcing any plan to do so, local media outlets reported.

The Orient Net website quoted "unnamed" sources as saying that the Russian forces "suddenly" withdrew from the city of Saraqib towards the city of Maarat. Other sources added that a number of Russian military tanks and vehicles, in addition to artillery and missile firing systems have also withdrawn from Saraqib.

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IAEA: 'Signs of activities detected at North Korea’s nuclear site'

Vienna, Mar.2.– Signs of activity have recently been detected at some North Korean nuclear facilities, the UN nuclear watchdog chief said Monday, expressing “serious concern” at the reclusive regime’s continued activities.

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the board of governors that there was evidence that the regime has continued construction at an experimental light-water reactor at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, including testing of the infrastructure for cooling water in late 2020.

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