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Maldives’ ruling People’s National Congress party won an absolute majority in parliament in elections held Sunday, giving President Mohamed Muizzu’s pro-China policies a boost.

President Muizzu’s party won 71 seats seats in 93-member parliament or Majlis, reported The Edition a local news platform, Monday. The main opposition party, the Maldivian Democratic Party, won 12 seats.

Muizzu won the presidential vote last year on a campaign to reduce India’s influence in the island. The president moved soon after taking office to demand the removal of Indian troops stationed on one of the country’s islets. New Delhi has agreed to withdraw its troops, who operate radars and aircraft, from the island nation by May 10.

Beijing, in the meantime, upgraded its diplomatic ties with the Maldives to a “comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership” during Muizzu’s five-day visit to China in January. China agreed to provide free military assistance to the Maldives and President Xi Jinping said China will seek to boost direct flights to the island nation. The two countries also agreed to increase cooperation in areas of trade, investment, agriculture and others.

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No AI for Genocide: Google Fires 28 Workers for Protesting Contract with Israeli Military

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Barbados indicated on Friday its intention to recognise Palestine as an independent State says Minister of Foreign Affairs Kerrie Symmonds in talks that according to the official started in September last year. ⠀

The FM said there is an incongruity and inconsistency because "how can we say we want a two-state solution if we do not recognise Palestine as a state?” ⠀

The Palestine State recognition it is expected to be very welcomed by the local pro-Palestinian campaign group, the Caribbean Against Apartheid in Palestine (CAAP), which has been pushing for Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who has previously condemned the genocide in Gaza, to do more to stop the Israeli siege.

Declared a state by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) in November 1988, and accepted as a UN non-member observer state in 2012, the State of Palestine has so far been recognised by 140 of the UN’s 193 member states.

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A group of settlers who attacked the village of Al Sawiya, south of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank resulted in the death of a Palestinian and left at least two others wounded by gunfire this Saturday.

Dozens of settlers from the Ali settlement, also located south of Nablus, attacked citizens' homes in the western part of the village, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, which cites several witnesses at the site, The agency says once a 50-year-old was shot in the chest and a 26-year-old was shot in the face.

Mohammad Awadallah Musa, 50, driver of the ambulance carrying the wounded was later killed when other Israeli settlers and soldiers attacked the vehicle. ⠀

WAFA reports that dozens of colonists from the illegal Eli settlement, built on stolen Palestinian lands south of Nablus, ansd have attacked homes of Palestinian citizens in the eastern area of the village.

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As tensions with China rise, scientists at America’s leading universities complain of stalled research after crackdown at airports

Stopped at the border, interrogated on national security grounds, laptops and mobile phones checked, held for several hours, plans for future research shattered. ⠀

Earlier this month the Chinese embassy in Washington said more than 70 students “with legal and valid materials” had been deported from the US since July 2021, with more than 10 cases since November 2023. The embassy said it had complained to the US authorities about each case. ⠀

“The impact is huge,” says Qin Yan, a professor of pathology at Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, who says that he is aware of more than a dozen Chinese students from Yale and other universities who have been rejected by the US in recent months, despite holding valid visas. Experiments have stalled, and there is a “chilling effect” for the next generation of Chinese scientists. ⠀

The refusals appear to be linked to a 2020 US rule that barred Chinese postgraduate students with links to China’s “military-civil fusion strategy”, which aims to leverage civilian infrastructure to support military development. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute thinktank estimates that 95 civilian universities in China have links to the defence sector.

Nearly 2,000 visas applications were rejected on that basis in 2021. But now people who pass the security checks necessary to be granted a visa by the State Department are being turned away at the border by CBP, a different branch of government.

“It is very hard for a CBP officer to really evaluate the risk of espionage,” said Dan Berger, an immigration lawyer in Massachusetts, who represents a graduate student at Yale who, midway through her PhD, was sent back from Washington’s Dulles airport in December, and banned from re-entering the US for five years. ⠀

Academics say that scrutiny has widened to different fields – particularly medical sciences – with the reasons for the refusals not made clear.

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OCTOBER 7: Israeli Military Kills Israelis

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This Friday, in the capital of Yemen, Sanaa, thousands of people demonstrated in the streets to show their support for the Palestinian people in the midst of the genocide committed by the Zionist regime against them. ⠀

Yemen declared its unwavering support for the people of Gaza and condemned once again the actions of Israel, the United States and the European Union.

Sanaa also condemned the actions of the Arab countries that support the Zionist regime and protect it in a military and media way.

For its part, the Yemeni government congratulated the actions of the Houthis, against the commercial ships of Israel and the western powers.

The statement also formally congratulated the government of Iran for its stance of resistance and combativeness against Tel Aviv’s attacks against them.

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