Zimbabwe: Securities force arrested activist Patson Dzamara

Patson Dzamara, the activist's brother, was assaulted and arrested by state security agents after protesting the kidnapping by raising a placard in front of Mugabe when he was still president.

New Amnesty International leader's 1st move targets Zimbabwe

Johannesburg, ago. 14 (AP)— Amnesty International's new leader said Wednesday his first act is writing to Zimbabwe's next president about the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara: "Whoever leads the new government must move to undo the injustices of the past."

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Turkey: Erdogan menace to boycott Us electronics

The White House did not respond directly to questions about Erdogan's threat, or possible retaliatory measures.

Erdogan says Turkey to boycott US electronic goods

Istanbul, ago. 15 (AFP)- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods like the iPhone in retaliation for punitive sanctions from Washington, as the Turkish lira finally clawed back some of the ground lost in its stand-off with Washington.

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Caspian Sea dispute: everything to know about the landmark deal

Caspian Sea deal 2018 Aktau, Aug.12.– Russia, Iran, and a handful of other countries made a diplomatic breakthrough on Sunday to solve a dispute that has dragged on for decades.

Leaders from five countries—Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan—officially signed an agreement to determine the fate of the Caspian Sea, the world’s largest body of inland water that’s been in dispute since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Until 1991, the maritime area was shared between the Soviet Union and Iran. But when the superpower split into 15 separate countries, questions emerged over who should control the Caspian Sea’s resources, and whether it is actually a sea or a lake.

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World Best Countries Ranking

The overall ranking of Best Countries measures global performance on a variety of metrics

Among 80 countries studied, the first five are: Switzerland, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom and Japan. United States is 8th, Spain is 19th and the first ranked in Latin America is Brazil as 28th. "

Behind a country's wealth and success are the policies that create possibilities, the people that drive the effort and the history that shapes the environment and perspective.

Globalization has expanded a country's presence beyond its physical borders, and the 2018 Best Countries rankings seek to understand a nation's worth beyond hard metrics.

The 2018 Best Countries report and rankings are based on how global perceptions define countries in terms of a number of qualitative characteristics, impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel and investment and directly affect national economies. The report covers perceptions of 80 nations.

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Nicaragua has turned brutal. Canada needs to isolate the Ortega government — now

Imagen: Ciudadano nicaragüense denuncia asesinato del estudiante Álvaro Conrado, de quince años de edad,  a manos de las fuerzas represivas de Ortega-Murillo. Ottawa, Canadá. Foto Crédito: DP.netOpinion: Ortega’s terror is increasing. His legislators have expedited a new law that brands any peaceful government opponent as a 'terrorist'

Last week marked the 100th day of massive civic protests in the small Central American country of Nicaragua. Canadians should be alarmed by the rapid erosion of human rights in that country.

Since mid-April, human rights organizations reported that nearly 300 opponents of the government of Daniel Ortega have been killed by police and paramilitary gangs. The police and the gangs have been working jointly, co-ordinated by the party in power, the Sandinista Front for National Liberation. Several thousand citizens have been wounded or brutally beaten, and more than 2,000 people (800 of them in a single day) have been kidnapped, arbitrarily detained or unlawfully imprisoned (close to 200 remain disappeared). A crude network of torturers has sprung up around the country.

Canada has no strategic interests in Nicaragua, but it did provide some diplomatic support to the Cuban-trained and financed 1979 Sandinista Revolution and its president Daniel Ortega. An internationally supervised election forced Ortega out of power in 1990, bringing an end to 11 years of war and the economic chaos driven by failed predictably socialist market reforms.

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