Democracy took a few steps back in Hong Kong this week after Beijing’s preferred candidate, Carrie Lam, won the seat of chief executive of the semiautonomous region on Sunday.
The U.S. admitted over the weekend that the military coalition it leads in Iraq was responsible for recent airstrikes in Mosul that killed more than 100 civilians.
Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.
The Trump administration’s federal budget released on Thursday deals a 36 percent cut to the State Department – most coming from foreign aid and humanitarian programs. Faith leaders, politicians and aid groups immediately condemned the budget, saying it harms U.S. national security and endangers the lives of millions of vulnerable people around the world.
The one-year-old deal between the European Union and Turkey to prevent migrants and refugees from reaching Greece is having a “devastating human consequence,” according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
The Trump administration wants to cut U.S. contributions to the U.N. by more than 50 percent, according to a report from Foreign Policy. The reduction is significantly more than what was set out in a draft executive order leaked in late January. And the proposal would come on top of a proposed 37 percent cut to the U.S. Agency for International Development expected to be in the administration’s 2018 budget proposal, to be released on Thursday.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has revived his bloody war on drugs, and it’s bigger than ever. Last week, the strongman president signed an executive order published Friday that pulls 21 state agencies into the drug war under the joint command of a new “super agency.”
U.K. initiatives that aim to stem migration across the Mediterranean need more careful consideration, according to an independent watchdog group. The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) analyzed existing and proposed programs that are funded by U.K. foreign aid money and identified the potential for success, as well as unintended consequences.
More humanitarian assistance is needed in Mozambique nearly a month after a cyclone struck the south African country. A joint call by four aid groups urges donors to meet the U.N.’s $10.2 million funding request to support more than 150,000 people in Mozambique affected by Cyclone Dineo.
The top court in the European Union ruled that countries do not have to allow people in on humanitarian grounds. It allows countries to determine who is allowed in at a time when governments are under public pressure to address the increased flow of migrants and refugees into Europe.