VIVA IL PAPA. Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives at the stadium where he is scheduled to say mass in Yangon on November 29, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP Myanmar’s Catholic church earlier advised Francis not to stray into the incendiary issue of the status of the Rohingya in Myanmar, in case he worsened tensions and endangered Christians
YANGON, Myanmar (Dec. 3, 2017) — Pope Francis’s embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to publicly air their plight.
Continue reading Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word DEPARTURE. Pope Francis boards a plane to Yangon on November 26, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP Pope Francis will arrive in Myanmar hoping to encourage efforts to contain a crisis that has seen many of the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in the mostly Buddhist Myanmar, forced from their homes
ROME, Italy (Nov. 27, 2017) — Pope Francis set off Sunday, November 26, on his 21st and possibly most delicate overseas trip yet, a 6-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh against the backdrop of the unfolding Rohingya refugee crisis.
Continue reading Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis NOWHERE TO GO. A young Rohingya refugee looks on in Hakimpara refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP ‘At present, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State are not in place to enable safe and sustainable returns,’ says UNHCR
GENEVA, Switzerland (Nov. 25, 2017) — Conditions for Rohingya refugees to safely return to Myanmar from Bangladesh are not in place, the UN said Friday, November 24, a day after the two countries announced repatriation would begin in two months.
Continue reading Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN Open pit mine and power plant (Photo: Deposit Photos) The Green Party will only join a coalition promising to close at least 7GW of coal power capacity by 2020, its lawmakers say, as Germany likely faces another election
November 23, 2017 — Germany’s Green Party has made the closure of seven gigawatts (GW) of coal power a deal-breaker if it is to enter government, a key negotiator has said.
Continue reading German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government NOT BACKING DOWN. A Venezuelan opposition demonstrator waves a flag at the riot police in a clash during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP Riot cops fire tear gas at protesters in Venezuela as thousands demonstrated against President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to reform the constitution in a deadly political crisis
CARACAS, Venezuela (May 9, 2017) — Riot cops fired tear gas at protesters in Venezuela Monday, May 8, as thousands demonstrated against President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to reform the constitution in a deadly political crisis.
Continue reading Clashes at fresh Venezuela anti-government demos IN PROTEST. Venezuelan opposition activists take part in a women’s march aimed to keep pressure on President Nicolas Maduro on May 6. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP The protest is being led by Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez
CARACAS, Venezuela (May 6, 2017) — A women’s march in Venezuela’s capital on Saturday, May 6 aimed to keep pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, whose authority is being increasingly challenged by protests and deadly unrest.
Continue reading Women march to keep pressure on Venezuela’s Maduro LOOTING. View of damages in a supermarket in Valencia, Carabobo State, on May 5, 2017, the day after anti-government protesters looted stores, set fire to cars and clashed with police, leaving at least five people injured, and one dead after being hit in the head by a projectile. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP Anger boils over in the western municipality of Rosario de Perija, where young protesters burned, pulled down and then smashed a statue of former president Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s late predecessor and mentor
VALENCIA,Venezuela (May 6, 2017) — A young man died Friday, May 5, after he was injured in violence as looting broke out in impoverished Venezuelan cities, an official said, bringing the toll from unrest in more than a month of anti-government protests to at least 36.
Continue reading Looting ravages Venezuela, unrest death toll hits 36 UNREST. Students from the Central University of Venezuela run through a cloud of tear gas in clashes with the police during a protest against the government of Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on May 4, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP According to the latest toll provided by prosecutors, 35 people have been killed in just over a month of protests against President Nicolas Maduro
CARACAS, Venezuela (May 5, 2017) — A student leader was shot dead as protests raged on in the streets of Venezuela Thursday, May 4, in the latest spasm of anger aimed at removing President Nicolas Maduro from power.
Continue reading Deadly unrest grips Venezuela as students rally PROTESTS. Opposition activists march during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3, 2017.Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP Scores of students begin marching in the sunshine in Caracas in the latest rallies against President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution
CARACAS, Venezuela (May 5, 2017) — Anti-government protests raged on in Venezuela on Thursday, May 4, as students launched fresh marches after a day of flames and tear gas brought the death toll to 33.
Continue reading Venezuela protests rage, death toll hits 33