Three million people in the country without coronavirus vaccines, including mainly unregistered refugees, jeopardising Pakistan’s fight against the pandemic.

Currently, only Pakistani nationals or immigrants who have either computerised national identification cards (CNIC) or official refugee status can receive the jabs.

Pakistan has so far vaccinated nearly 3 million people.

The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has demanded that the registration process be halted because it “may deprive millions of people” of Covid-19 vaccines.

National football teams are pledging support for the rights of migrant workers in Qatar. Germany lined up before kickoff in their opening World Cup qualifier against Iceland in Duisburg on Thursday wearing shirts displaying the message “HUMAN RIGHTS”. Norway followed and staged a similar protest on Wednesday ahead of their match in Gibraltar when their players wore T-shirts with the message: “Human rights, on and off the pitch”.

Denmark’s national squad decided to mark the need for change in Qatar and they would stage a protest in support of the rights of migrant workers in Qatar.

At least 6,500 migrant workers had died in Qatar since the country won the right to stage the 2022 World Cup 10 years ago.

Thousands who fled Taliban are living in hotels with inadequate healthcare in Operation Warm Welcome.

Operation Warm Welcome, the government’s Afghan resettlement programme, was launched by Boris Johnson on 29 August to help Afghan refugees arriving in the UK by providing support so they could “rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education and integrate into their local communities”.

Afghans arrivals were placed in hotels there with “inadequate” medical provision. There are also concerns over healthcare for those held in hotels following the evacuation from Kabul airport, with one charity describing confusion over access to local GPs.

Bahrain, Russia and other members of the UN human rights council have pushed through a vote to shut down the body’s war crimes investigations in Yemen, in a stinging defeat for western states who sought to keep the mission going.

It marked the first time in the council’s 15-year history that a resolution was defeated.

With this vote, the council has effectively ended its reporting mandate; it has cut this lifeline of the Yemeni people to the international community

Iraqis voted in a parliamentary election that could shape the future for U.S. forces still based there and indicate how Baghdad will navigate a broader geopolitical power struggle between Washington and Tehran.

For much of this year the country was caught in a spiral of violence between Iranian-backed paramilitary groups and the U.S. military, which has launched airstrikes in response to rocket and drone attacks on its bases. President Biden agreed to pull U.S. combat troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, but most of the 2,500 soldiers will remain in the country in training and support roles.

Health care in Afghanistan has literally collapsed in a matter of months, disrupted by conflict and starved of foreign assistance, according to UN agencies and NGOs working in the country. Thousands of medical staff have not been paid in six months and clinics have no medicine or equipment.

There are chronic food shortages. More than 12 million Afghans face hunger and depend on food aid, according to the UN; malnutrition is rising sharply. There is an acute shortage of cash, making it difficult for NGOs still working in Afghanistan to pay salaries and buy supplies.

Among the most vulnerable to Afghanistan’s health crisis are women and children. Every two hours an Afghan woman dies in childbirth — a statistic horrifying enough even before the impact of the current health care crisis is felt.

Iran is escalating tensions with Azerbaijan over Baku’s longstanding close ties with Iran’s nemesis, Israel. Iran has staged troop exercises near the Azerbaijan border in response to joint Azeri exercises with Turkish forces, at which Azeri President Ilham Aliyev showed up in military attire.

Iran is concerned by Azerbaijan’s close ties to both Israel and Turkey. Israel buys Azerbaijan’s oil, and Azerbaijan buys Israeli weapons, including drone technology. Both Turkey and Israel backed Azerbaijan’s successful military campaign against Armenia last year in Nagorno-Karabakh, while Iran tilts toward Armenia as a counterweight to Turkish-Israeli-Azeri influence in the region.

Interpol has allowed Syria to rejoin its communications network, a widely criticised decision that gives Damascus new powers to pursue refugees and dissidents living outside the country.

Legal experts and activists fear the lifting of the measures could expose people who fled the war to detention and extradition, as well as complicating asylum applications and international legal cases against Syrian officials.

The Syrian government is already relentless in its pursuit of dissidents at home and abroad. During the decade-old war, tens of thousands of people have disappeared into a prison system notorious for torture and mass executions.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s family wealth comes from a communications business that has been audited in the past and is legal, a statement from his office said on Tuesday in response to a giant leak of financial documents.

It is worth highlighting that not all people mentioned in the “Pandora Papers” are necessarily accused of wrongdoings. Also, not all fortunes amassed ought to have necessarily happened at the expense of the common good and needy people.

Israel has accused Iran of orchestrating an attempted attack against Israelis in Cyprus after police on the Mediterranean island said an armed individual had been arrested.

Israel appeared to hint that its intelligence services had contributed to Cyprus’s foiling of the suspected attack plot.

Iran denied the accusation.


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