Macao delegate to the NPC on Macao’s pandemic response

This is a special year for Macao delegates attending the Two Sessions, as the city marks its 20th anniversary of returning to the mainland. The Chinese government recently announced several new financial measures to support cross-border transactions in the Greater Bay Area. For Macao delegates, visitors and investment are key to a speedy recovery from … Read more Macao delegate to the NPC on Macao’s pandemic response

Should Khalifa Haftar’s foreign backers rethink their support? I Inside Story

Russia is one of the main players in the war in Libya. It supports warlord Khalifa Haftar, who wants to take the capital Tripoli from the UN-recognised government. The campaign has suffered a series of setbacks. Russia is now calling for an immediate ceasefire and a return to talks to stop the conflict. But, Moscow … Read more Should Khalifa Haftar’s foreign backers rethink their support? I Inside Story

Leaders call for solidarity to confront COVID-19

At the 73rd World Health Assembly in May 2020 global health and political leaders called for unity and solidarity to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the World Health Organization and the World Health Assembly: https://www.who.int/about/governance/world-health-assembly/seventy-third-world-health-assembly/the-who-and-the-wha-an-explainer

Costa Rica Becomes First Central American Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Costa Rica became the latest country to legalize same-sex marriage early Tuesday when a ruling from its supreme court went into effect ending the country’s ban. Couples held ceremonies – mostly private due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some that were broadcast – to celebrate their unions before judges and notaries right after the ban … Read more Costa Rica Becomes First Central American Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Coronavirus: How Northern Ireland is easing lockdown restrictions – BBC Newsnight

Weeks after the Northern Ireland Assembly resumed sitting in January following a three-year political deadlock, coronavirus arrived in Northern Ireland. Subscribe to our channel here: https://goo.gl/31Q53F Despite the fraught deadlock, power-sharing Stormont has been able to steer a clear path towards the resuming of contact tracing, ahead of the rest of the UK. The move … Read more Coronavirus: How Northern Ireland is easing lockdown restrictions – BBC Newsnight

Pro-Beijing H.K. Lawmaker Welcomes China’s New Security Legislation

May.24 — Holden Chow, a member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and vice chairman of the largest pro-Beijing party, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, talks about China’s push to introduce new national security laws that residents of the city fear will erode freedoms of speech, assembly and the press. … Read more Pro-Beijing H.K. Lawmaker Welcomes China’s New Security Legislation

Hong Kong: Police fire tear gas as thousands protest over proposed security laws

Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters on Sunday, as thousands thronged the streets to protest against Beijing’s plan to directly impose national security laws on the city.  The rally came as the city’s government sought to reassure the public and foreign investors over the tough security laws proposed by Beijing that sent a chill … Read more Hong Kong: Police fire tear gas as thousands protest over proposed security laws

President of the General Assembly Message on the International Day for Biological Diversity

The President of the UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said that the threat posed by biodiversity loss and climate change has not receded, as we contend with the COVID-19 pandemic. In his message on the International Day for Biological Diversity, the President of the General Assembly added that this year marks the beginning of the … Read more President of the General Assembly Message on the International Day for Biological Diversity