Despite UN estimates that 80% of Yemeni people are in need of humanitarian assistance, Yemen’s civil war did not even get a mention by the candidates in the last U.S. presidential debate prior to the November 9th election.
State of Emergency
The government in Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on October 8th in response to growing protests stemming from plans to annex parts of the Oromia region around Addis Ababa. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and UN human rights experts have expressed concern over the total media blackout and arrests.
Iraqi forces began a fight to retake Mosul from ISIL. Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to ISIL in 2014.
Citing concerns over tampering with the U.S. elections, the Ecuadorian embassy in London currently housing Julian Assange has cut of his access to the internet temporarily.
UN Human Right Chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein described Aleppo as a slaughterhouse. Nearly 500 people have been killed and many more injured since air strikes by Russia and government forces launched their assault a month ago.
France began its forced evacuation of refugees and migrants in the notorious camp in Calais. Almost 2,000 were bused out in the first day.
It’s a new technology that could simplify secure financial transactions, but also is posed to open up legal and regulatory issues. A deal between an Australian bank and China is the world’s first global transaction using blockchain.
South Africa’s Justice Minister announced that the country will leave the International Criminal Court, following Burundi’s announcement to leave a few days earlier. The announcement comes after South Africa was pressured to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he was in the country last year on his outstanding arrest warrant with the ICC. The ICC has faced criticism that it has disproportionately targeted African leaders.