News Round up 21/07/17

21 July 2017

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Manas was arrested in 2015 (Reuters)


Israeli blogger, Alexander Lapshin arrested following his visits to Nagorno Karabakh as well as due to critical posts in his blog against Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (PanARMENIAN)


Malala Yousazai speaking with some of the students of Yerwa Girls School in Maiduguri, Nigeria”(Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

South Sudan

Girl Guides clap along with performers at a public event in Juba, South Sudan. “South Sudan is crying. South Sudan is weeping,” they sing. (News Deeply Contributor)



Timor Leste

  • Timor-Leste prepares for parliamentary election – Timor-Leste is preparing to elect a new parliament. The country is developing rapidly and 15 years after independence it has one of the world’s highest proportions of women in parliament, but a younger generation is facing growing unemployment levels.
  • Timor-Leste parliamentary elections: hard choices, hard times – In July, Timorese voters will go to the polls for the second time this year to elect the country’s parliament. he recent presidential election, held on March 20, witnessed a clear victory by former parliament chief Francisco “Lú-Olo” Guterres, a candidate strongly backed by former resistance leader Xanana Gusmão. The result prolonged the debate that the country’s leadership is still largely personality-driven, as it continues to be dominated by high-profile resistance leaders.
  • Asia’s youngest nation offers glimmer of hope for LGBTQ rights – Timor-Leste last month celebrated its first ever LGBTQ Pride parade in the nation’s capital of Dili. 500 people gathered for the milestone gathering in Timor-Leste’s 15 year history, offering celebration and visibility of LGBTQ rights.
  • East Timor vote highlights young nation’s uneven progress – Almost two dozen parties are contesting parliamentary elections in East Timor this weekend that are likely to return independence heroes to power despite frustration in the young democracy with lack of economic progress and warning the country could be bankrupt within a decade.
Unemployment is forcing young people to leave the country to find work (ABC News)


The Presidents of Uganda and South Sudan Yoweri Museveni (left) and Salva Kiir (right) walk side by side (Getty Images)


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