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Tensions are escalating between Azerbaijan and Iran over border issue and Armenia

For weeks, Iran and Azerbaijan have exchanged accusations, and played war games, in what can be best described as chest-thumping.

Between two borders: you can’t get through

By offering its territory as a transit zone, Belarus created a problem for the EU and a financial opportunity for itself, charging refugees for Belarusian visas.

Thousands rally in Tbilisi demanding freedom for imprisoned former president

Thousands of people gathered in Tbilisi on October 14, in support of former president Mikheil Saakashvili, who is on his 14th day of a hunger strike in prison.

In Belarus, subscribing to Telegram channels branded as ‘extremist’ may now get users in trouble

While it's not clear whether the Belarusian police will actually be able to dispense prison terms, "nobody can be sure" they won't be criminally charged for subscribing to Telegram channels.

Turkey and Armenia ready to ‘normalize relations’ after nearly 30 years

Almost three decades later, Turkey is now considering reopening its border with Armenia. The border has been closed since 1993.

COVID-19, vaccination and the progress of the global healthcare system

“ … obesity might soon be recognised as a vitally strategic global element in explaining varying COVID-19 levels between rich and poor.”

Prince Charles calls on Australia's Prime Minister to attend Glasgow global climate change conference

After jibes from Britain, reports indicate that Prime Minister Morrison will likely attend COP26. However, government sources have apparently denied that the prince’s remarks may have influenced him.

Ukraine’s trans-border transplant quandary

Going abroad for organ transplants is common in Ukraine, but the logistics are tricky. But a new law and enthusiastic regional doctors could make a national transplant system a reality.

Jamaica forced to dump 55,000 doses as COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy persists

"Before [social media] those who were uninformed knew they were uninformed ... now [the] same uninformed listen to two fake news video clips [and] pronounce themselves experts."

Why are Czech elites being captured by Beijing narratives? 

The ties between outgoing president Zeman as well as economic relationships over the past few years, especially in the media, raise concerns about the public narrative around Sino-Czech relations.

Philippines will allow casinos on world-famous Boracay Island, despite local opposition

“I appeal to our leaders in the province not to allow gambling casino that will destroy our cherished land.”

Hope amid scarcity and fear: Cuba after July’s historic protests

"Cuba understood that it had the right to have rights."

Georgia holds local election, with ruling Georgia Dream Party securing the majority of votes

Amid political tensions and polarization, Georgia held a local election on October 2, in what was widely seen as a crucial test for the ruling Georgian Dream party.

Global internet freedom trends in Turkey and South Caucasus, new report

While Georgia and Armenia were ranked "free" in this year's report, Turkey and Azerbaijan ranked "not free" as a result of the challenging atmosphere around digital rights and freedoms.

An interview with Myanmar's UN Ambassador who defied the junta

"We need international support to increase that momentum. We can end the suffering if the military faces domestic and international pressure."

Chinese citizen journalist held incommunicado after COVID reporting reappears

Chinese citizen journalist Chen Qiushi has returned. But other citizen journalists covering the COVID-19 outbreak in China are still missing. Among them Zhang Zhan has been sentenced to four years...

Campaign to brand Russian journalists and media ‘foreign agents’ picks up pace after elections

The effects of Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ legislation against media and civil society have been direct and deeply troubling. They are now, in effect, deemed ‘enemies of the people’.

Relations between Turkey and Russia: “It's complicated”

On September 29, the leaders of two countries met in Russian Black Sea city of Sochi to discuss economic and strategic deals and their presence in conflict zones.

Myanmar actress Mya Hnin Ye Lwin on her decision to join the anti-junta resistance

"The hardships we face each day are nothing compared to the lives of those who gave up life and limb and those who have been imprisoned."

Qatar urged to release 21 detainees held for protesting ‘discriminatory’ election laws

The laws, ratified by the Qatari ruler to regulate the upcoming vote, bars citizens who are classified as "naturalized" rather than "native" from running in elections, voting, or both.

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