Japan on Thursday strongly condemned the occupation of a United States Embassy compound in Yemen and the detention of dozens of its local employees by the Yemen-based Houthis.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “The Government of Japan strongly condemns the intrusion into the compound used by the United States Embassy in Yemen prior to 2015.

The statement added that Japan remains committed to continuing efforts, in cooperation with countries concerned both within and outside of the region, to realize a ceasefire and achieve peace in Yemen.

What happened on October 2, 2020 was not a matter to be squared away under international relations. It was a violation of the rights and the persons of individuals. As Rothna Begum of Human Rights Watch told reporter Sarah Abo, we still do not know how many women in total, from 10 flights grounded by Qatari authorities, were subjected to this assault. But, that 13 of them were Australian, and seven of those Australians are now preparing to sue for compensation.

Do not forget or to accept evasions from Qatar over what happened to these women. The very least they deserve is a thorough public explanation of what went on that night and how such decisions and actions came to be taken.

A UN Development Program document seen by Reuters said that Afghanistan’s banks desperately need help, and that the negative effects on Afghan people “would be colossal” if that help doesn’t come.

The report said, according to Reuters: “Afghanistan’s financial and bank payment systems are in disarray. The bank-run problem must be resolved quickly to improve Afghanistan’s limited production capacity and prevent the banking system from collapsing.”

The US froze nearly $9.5 billion in assets that belong to Afghanistan’s central bank after the Taliban takeover.

The United Nations previously warned that millions of people could starve in Afghanistan.

Bezos, 57, dedicated his donation to former congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, who passed away in 2020. The donation entails that the Obama Foundation’s signature project, the Barack Obama Presidential Center, is renamed after John Lewis.

Bezos, who is worth $210 billion, is under pressure amid inquiries into Amazon’s practices, which have been accused of being monopolistic and anti-competitive.

Amazon shares are trading at nearly $3,600 per share — an all-time high that brings Amazon’s market cap to $1.81 billion.

Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities on Sunday issued a new ‘’religious guideline’’ that called on the country’s television channels to stop showing dramas and soap operas featuring women actors.

The ministry asked the channels not to air films or programmes in which the Prophet Mohammed or other revered figures are shown.

It called for banning films or programmes that were against Islamic and Afghan values.

The Taliban’s guideline for TV networks comes after two decades of explosive growth for independent Afghan media under the Western-backed governments that ruled the country until August 15, when the Islamists regained power.

Lewis Hamilton has been praised for “an incredible act of allyship” after wearing a rainbow-coloured helmet in practice at the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix.

It is a demonstration of the capacity the sport has to use its platform positively to promote values of inclusion around the world.

Hamilton said on Thursday that Qatar is “one of the worst [countries] in this part of the world” when it came to human rights issues. Campaign groups have continued to highlight discriminatory laws against women and LGBTQ+ individuals in the Gulf state, which is hosting the 2022 men’s football World Cup.

Secretary-General of the Muslim Brotherhood Ibrahim Mounir has frozen the membership of six prominent leaders and referred them for investigation.

The decision was taken on the grounds that they violated the traditions of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

The six members issued a counter statement in which they announced Mounir was fired and control was being transferred to the executive bodies of the MB.

Iran might seem an unlikely hotbed of heavy metal music, especially as western pop has been officially banned there since the Islamic revolution of 1979. Yet despite the risk of floggings and long jail terms, the genre continues to thrive in secret underground venues.

Iranian metalcore band Out of Nowhere recently rocketed onto many metal listeners’ radar with the aggressive “Blind Crow,” the music video for which they have now proudly shared with the world.

Marvel’s latest big-budget adventure Eternals has been pulled from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait after Disney reportedly refused to cut a same-sex kiss.

Homosexuality is still illegal across much of the region and is punishable by death in both Saudi Arabia and Qatar. A local cinema chain confirmed to the trade that the film was “banned” but had no explanation provided.

Eternals has started opening in many global territories with a US release on 5 November where it’s expected to open to around $75m.


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