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United Nations experts call on Iran to release activist with COVID-19

United Nations experts call on Iran to release activist with COVID-19

World
July 22 (UPI) -- A group of 16 United Nations human rights experts called on Iran Wednesday to release activist Narges Mohammadi who they believe has contracted the coronavirus while in a Tehran prison. Mohammadi, who has been in Iranian custody since 2015, is serving a 16-year term in Tehran's Zanjan Prison after she was sentenced in 2016. They said she was convicted on charges connected with her human rights work. Advertisement "We are extremely concerned for Ms. Mohammadi's well-being," the experts said in a statement. "We previously raised concerns that she and other individuals in Iranian prisons are at great risk if they contract COVID-19 and we called for their immediate release." Mohammadi showed symptoms of the coronavirus on June 29 and was hospitalized on July 5. She has contin...
Mali protests in 2nd day despite president’s call for talks

Mali protests in 2nd day despite president’s call for talks

World
Police have fired tear gas in Mali’s capital as scattered groups came out for a second straight day of anti-government protests, defying the president’s latest call for dialogueBy BABA AHMED Associated PressJuly 11, 2020, 8:54 PM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBAMAKO, Mali -- Police fired tear gas Saturday in Mali’s capital as scattered groups came out for a second straight day of anti-government protests, defying the president's latest call for dialogue. The turnout was far smaller than the thousands who surged through the streets Friday, briefly occupying the state television station and setting fires. At least three people had been killed and more than 70 wounded in the two days of demonstrations, according to a report from the Gabriel Toure Hospital in Bam
Farmers call for green trade policy to help tackle climate change

Farmers call for green trade policy to help tackle climate change

Technology
The government should be pursuing a green trade policy in the wake of COVID-19 and Brexit, if it is serious about tackling climate change, according to the National Farmers' Union.The union's deputy president Stuart Roberts told Sky News that the green recovery being called for must include trade deals with countries pursuing similar net zero goals. Farmers have pledged to be net zero by 2040 and the UK has said it wants the country as a whole to reach the same target by 2050. Image: Mr Roberts, deputy president of the NFU, at his Hertfordshire farm "The biggest thing for me is what trade deals we end up doing... we still don't know," said Mr Roberts, who is a cattle, sheep and cereal farmer."We have some of the highest standards and ...
Senators call for investigation of KC-46 problems

Senators call for investigation of KC-46 problems

Business
May 22 (UPI) -- Three U.S. senators called on the Government Accountability Office on Friday to investigate delays keeping the KC-46 military aircraft from use in missions. In a letter, Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., demanded "periodic assessments" of the progress made by builder Boeing to fix longstanding problems of the cargo and refueling plane, notably its refueling boom and its rearward-facing remote vision system. In addition, the plane has been prone to cargo locks becoming unlocked in mid-flight, and inspections have found tools, rubbish, leftover parts and loose fittings in planes delivered by Boeing since January 2019. "The KC-46 aerial refueling tanker modernization program, currently assessed at a cost of about $ 43 billion, ...
Coronavirus: Call for public inquiry into BAME death risk

Coronavirus: Call for public inquiry into BAME death risk

Health
More than 70 public figures are calling for a full independent public inquiry into deaths from Covid-19 among people from ethnic minority backgrounds.They have signed a letter to the prime minister calling for more transparency.Signatories include author Malorie Blackman, playwright, Kwame Kwei-Armah, and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.Black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics."Only an independent public inquiry will provide the answers we need. Such an inquiry is essential for all, especially for those who have lost loved ones as a result of the pandemic," the open letter to Boris Johnson says.A scientific review by Publi...