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US-China trade war will jeopardize 2019 global growth, IMF warns

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned Thursday that the escalating US-China trade war will “jeopardize” 2019 global growth, undermining confidence and raising prices for consumers. “Consumers in the US and China are unequivocally the losers from trade tensions,” Gita Gopinath, the International Monetary Fund’s chief economist, said in a blog post. She

Theresa May expected to quit Friday

Theresa May is expected to announce her resignation as British Prime Minister on Friday, most British newspapers reported on Thursday. May’s resignation will trigger a race among senior ministers to replace her as leader of the Conservative Party, and herald a new approach to the deadlocked Brexit negotiations that have besieged

Conflict: Nearly 72m people face acute food insecurity in Nigeria, seven others–Report

•Says hunger used as weapon of war •Its 'a matter of life and death' in Nigeria •Calls for implementation of UNSCR 2417. Senator Iroegbu  The Action Against Hunger, the world's nonprofit hunger specialist has warned that nearly 72 million people in Nigeria and seven other seven other conflict-ridden countries face acute food insecurity. To this end,

UN’s mandate to protect human rights takes another hit

Thalif Deen The UN’s longstanding mandate to promote and protect human rights worldwide –- undermined recently by right-wing nationalist governments and authoritarian regimes – has taken another hit. The Geneva-based Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says six of the UN’s 10 treaty bodies are being forced to

Briefing Papers: 20 years of protection of civilians at the UN Security Council

Sarah Adamczyk A century ago, civilians represented approximately 10%–15% of total casualties in armed conflict. By the Second World War, this had risen to nearly 50%, and by the 1990s civilians accounted for between 80% and 85% of casualties in armed conflict, a trend that has continued, if not intensified, into

Be afraid of the world, be very afraid

•Five global problems that are getting worse—and may never get better.   Stephen M. Walt   A man on a rooftop looks at approaching flames on May 3, 2013, near Camarillo, California. DAVID MCNEW/GETTY IMAGES Who’s right: Cassandra or Dr. Pangloss? Are we on the brink of serious trouble, as Cassandra of Greek myth prophesied,

In Africa, all Jihad is local

Hilary Matfess  Last month, after an attack on members of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s military was claimed by the Islamic State, observers quickly voiced concerns that the militant group was making inroads into Africa. A U.S. Africa Command spokesperson said that there are “meaningful ties” between the Islamic State

New Canadian law could change how world deals with frozen assets of corrupt foreign officials

Mark Leon Goldberg   Several countries have laws on the books that enables governments to freeze the assets of corrupt foreign officials.Canada is one of those countries, and now one Canadian Senator is trying to take that law one step further by redistributing the frozen assets to those harmed by the actions

Herders-Farmers conflict claims 31 lives in eastern Chad

Jude Johnson At least 31 people have died since Thursday in eastern Chad, during three separate clashes between indigenous Udderian farmers and Arab tribal herders, according to official sources. In the province of Sila, at least 19 people died and several were wounded between Sunday and Monday morning in the villages of

Islamic State: Britain proposes travel ban to parts of Nigeria, W/Africa, Syria 

•Violators risk 10-year jail term Jude Johnson  The British government could ban travel to parts of Syria and West Africa including Nigeria in a bid to combat the problem of foreign fighters who join extremist organizations such as the Islamic State. This was disclosed by the Home Secretary, Mr. Sajid Javid, on Monday