Today’s news: the WHO opens an investigation into the contaminated cough syrup produced in India and Indonesia, the probable cause of the death of over 300 children; the appeal of a principal in Kabul urging fathers to accompany their daughters to school; the president of Taiwan in a letter to the pope excludes the “option” of war with Beijing; ordained the first female pastor in the Holy Land.
MYANMAR – ISRAEL
Pro human rights groups denounce a agreement between the army in Myanmar and an Israeli company for the supply of technology which, in these two years, has fueled the military junta’s crimes against humanity. In February 2021, shortly before the coup, Cognyte Software won a tender for spyware that allows you to listen to phones, messages, emails and geolocate people.
INDIA – INDONESIA
WHO has launched an investigation into possible links between the deaths of over 300 children in three countries (Gambia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan) and one cough syrup produced in India and Indonesia. Experts speak of “unacceptable levels” of toxins in the preparations; the aim is to gather more information on the raw materials used in medicines and whether they come from the suppliers themselves.
Fathers must take their daughters’ hands and carry them to school, even if the doors are closed. IS the appeal launched by Ismail Mashal, principal of a private university in Kabul, who challenges the ban on female education. Yesterday the UN under-secretary for humanitarian affairs Martin Griffiths has encountered Taliban leaders expressing “concern” about women’s work and education.
TAIWAN – VATICAN
Tsai Ing-wen wrote to Pope Francis to say that the war between Beijing and Taipei “not an option”. Only by respecting the will of the Taiwanese people on sovereignty and freedom, healthy ties with China are possible, warns the president. The Vatican is one of 14 states with which the island has formal relations. The leader adds that the war in Ukraine reinforces the importance of peace.
JORDAN – HOLY LAND
Historic first for Christians with the ordination on January 22 of a woman pastor. It’s about Sally Azar, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land. Born in Jerusalem, 26 years old, she was ordained by the bishop – and she is the father of her – Sani Ibrahim Azar. Elected to the Lutheran World Federation (FLM) since 2017, she has a master’s degree in theology from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained that the mobilization of the last few months has ended, but Vladimir Putin has not signed the decree because “other forms of activity necessary for carrying out the tasks of the Armed Forces” are still active. In particular, there would be a “secret target” that extends the possible call to arms up to 1.2 million people.
In Turkmenistan, the upper house of the Ashgabat parliament was abolished, creating a new single chamber of the Khalk Maslakhat, the “People’s Council”. It will be presided over by ex-president Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov, with wide executive and legislative powers, which overshadow his son president Serdar, who signed the constitutional amendments.