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Palestine Fears Israel Interruption in May Elections

Fingers are crossed on the possibility of interference from Israel for the slated elections later in the year in East Jerusalem, the Palestine acclaimed capital.

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After a 15-year hiatus, Palestine would hold elections on May 22 and July 31 according to announcements by Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas.

The elections are set to hold in East Jerusalem, Palestine’s acclaimed capital where 340,000 Palestinians currently reside.

There are fears that Israel might obstruct the elections since the city has been recognized as Israel’s by the United States in 2017.

Previous Palestinian elections have received votes from Palestinians in East Jerusalem through mail/postal service.

Israel had stated clearly that it did not recognize any soverignty of Palestine in East Jerusalem but has so far been mum on the incoming elections.

Israel, on the other hand, prepares for its elections on March 22.

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US Sides With SE Asian Countries Against China

The Biden Administration, like Trump’s, has rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea on Wednesday.

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The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken on Wednesday reiterated the United States’ support for SE Asian Countries against China’s claims.

He said the United States did not recognize China’s claims beyond what is permitted under the international law in the South China waters. 

The assertion was made during a call with Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin, according to a statement by the U.S. State Department.

Blinken pledged the United States support with SE Asian Countries in the face of pressure from PRC during the diplomatic call.

The remarks were made after China passed a law that allowed its coastguard open fire on foreign vessels according to Philippines reports last week.

The legislation was signed in China last week saying coastguards could use “all necessary means” to stop or prevent threats from foreign vessels.

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President Biden Signs Anti-Discriminatory Orders

The administration of President Biden has taken further executive steps to eradicate discrimination in America on Tuesday.

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Reports on Tuesday say President Biden signed an executive order to end the allowance of the use of private prisons by the Department of Justice.

He also reviewed the fair housing laws through a memo sent to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

An order was also signed for the immediate implementation and enforcement of the Fair Housing Act by the Department.

The laws are some steps towards eradicating racial inequality in the United States and end xenophobia against Asian Americans.

The departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Justice were ordered to ensure the stop of xenophobia and violence towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Lastly, the president ordered that federal agencies were to engage regularly with Tribal governments and build the relationship between the Washington and American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes.

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Ethnic Violence Fatalities Climb 200

Gunmen attacked the Benishangul-Gumuz region a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited the region. 

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Armed persons from the Gumuz ethnic group attacked the masses in Bulen County. The attack was stationed after the Prime Minister visited the region.

 The rise of 207 victims of gunmen attack in Ethiopia including men, women and children has raised alarm in Ethiopia. They are currently trying to find the identities of the victims.

A committee was set up in the identification, registration and burial of the victims. It is comprised of members of the police, regional authorities and the General Attorney’s Office.

Numerous people from Chilanko, Bekuji, Dishbako, Bar and Bekuji Kelebe are sheltered in bus stations, schools and meeting halls.

The committee also stressed the need for more benevolent assistance. Scores of local officials that are alleged of participation in the attack have been detained.

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