North Macedonia: Gov't announces new curfew
North Macedonian Health Minister Venko Filipce announced that the government had accepted a proposal from the Infectious Diseases Commission to reinstate strict curfew measures in some cities and regions across the country. The Commission’s proposal was to introduce a traffic ban in Skopje, Stip, Kumanovo with Lipkovo and Tetovo starting Thursday at 9 p.m. until Monday morning at 5 a.m. (local time). In all other cities, the curfew will be put in force from Thursday at 9 p.m. until 5 June at 5 a.m., while on the other days the ban will start at 4 p.m. and will last until the next day at 5 a.m.
200 million people undernourished in Africa! - 22 May 2020
Global Nutrition Report 2020 highlighted malnutrition problem for 37 countries worldwide and 27 of them are in Africa. According to report progress regarding nutrition is still too slow in some African countries and there are over 200 million people undernourished in the continent. There are also some good examples such as Ethopia showing progress better than expected. The report highlights inequalities in tackling malnutrition problem. 
Covid-19 cases reaches 100.000 level in Africa! - 22 May 2020
Total Covid-19 cases in the African continent has reached 100.000 limit while deaths has reached 3.000 level. So far, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon are being the most-affected countries from the pandemic. After strickly implemented lockdowns across the continent, now, some countries show signs of easing the restrictions.
President calls Croatian parliamentary election for July 5! - 20 May 2020
Croatian President Zoran Milanovic announced in a written statement that after the parliament's dissolution on Monday, the general election date has been set, and the election will be held on July 5th. Voters will elect 151 MPs, of whom 140 in ten constituencies in Croatia, three will be elected by expatriates and eight by ethnic minorities.
Citizens gather in National Theatre protest! - 20 May 2020
A second protest against the demolition of the National Theatre concluded peacefully on Wednesday evening, which brought together again hundreds of civil society members, citizens and artists. The wife of Albania's president was detained along with more than 30 others during a first protest against the demolition of the National Theatre in Tirana.
Montenegro: Coronavirus ban feeds clash between state and Serbian Orthodox Church! - 17 May 2020
A row between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the state of Montenegro has escalated and triggered protests. At one stage, a bishop and eight priests were arrested. They have been released, but tensions remain.
Courts have fined two more participants of a protest action in Vladikavkaz! - 01 May 2020
In North Ossetia, courts have fined two more participants of a protest action in Vladikavkaz, and the total number of court's decisions on fines and arrests of activists reached 64, the joint press service of the courts reports. On April 21 and 22, the courts pronounced decisions on administrative arrests of 41 rally participants, and three other activists were fined. On 1 May, the court has found Arsen Besolov, an administrator of a chat on Telegram, to be an organizer of the protest action and sentenced him to 15 days of arrest.
Residents of Dagestan district centre claim threat of mass deaths! - 02 May 2020
In the Gergebil District of Dagestan, hospitals are overcrowded. In a few days, 12 people died, local residents complaining about the absence of drugs and ALV (artificial lung ventilation) devices in hospitals. Dagestan ranks fifth in Russia in the number of coronavirus infection cases, ahead of other regions of Southern Russia.
Political uncertainty continues in Kosovo as Thaçi offers mandate to LDK! - 23 April 2020
President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci on Thursday asked the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), the former junior partner in the ruling Vetvendosje-LDK coalition, to form a government. The LDK chose Avdullah Hoti for the post of Prime Minister. When asked about potenital protests, acting PM Albin Kurti said, “Citizens have never been angrier; I can’t stop them from protesting, but I can’t say that this protest was organized by us.
Egypt extends state of emergency for twelfth time since 2017! - 28 April 2020
It was the 12th extension of the state of emergency since it came into effect on April 10, 2017, a day after attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday that killed at least 44 people. The extension of the state of emergency has been cited as citing health and safety measures. In Egypt, where there have been 5042 cases of coronavirus, 359 people have died from the disease. Sisi administration has been accused of hiding the case numbers.
40 civilians killed in terror attack in Syria's Afrin city! - 28 April 2020
According to the Turkish Ministry of National Defense, a bomb attack was carried out on Racu Street in the centre of Afrin by the terrorist group PKK/YPG. 40 civilians, including 11 children, were killed in the attack and 47 were wounded.
Anti-Netanyahu demonstration in Tel Aviv! - 26 April 2020
Thousands gathered Saturday in Tel Aviv to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu move to center power on the management of COVID-19. Protesters in Rabin Square rallied to reject Netanyahu’s attempt to place more power on the management of the virus in his hand. Demonstrators obeyed social distance rules during the protest, the newspaper said.
In Africa Corona Epidemic Arrives Critical Level! 29 April 2020
Although the number of confirmed Corona cases still low in the African continent, the economic side effects of the epidemic already were felt badly across the continent. Lockdowns and restrictions on mobility lowered production capacity of the Africa at the first hand. While the confirmed cases in the continent already surpassed 30 thousand level, death toll arrived to 1,500. South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Cameroon and Nigeria are the epicenters of the epidemic in the continent.
Mysterious Deaths in Nigeria's Kano State! - 28 April 2020
There were mysterious deaths in Nigeria's Kano state, one of the commercial centers in the north. According to officials deaths were unrelated to Corona epidemic. While the reason behind the deaths remained unclear so far, there is an invastigation made by Nigerian health authorities. Nigeran President Muhammed Buhari has recently expressed his deep concern over the deaths and explained that lockdown on Kano would be expanded if it is seen necessary.    
Ukraine’s Job Offer To Saakashvili Angers Georgia! - 24 April 2020
The government of Georgia, led by former President Mikheil Saakashvili's longtime foes, has voiced objection to his possible appointment to the post of deputy prime minister of Ukraine, saying such a move would negatively affect relations between the two countries. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said in Tbilisi on April 24 that it was "absolutely unacceptable" for Ukraine to appoint to a top post a person who has been convicted in his native Georgia and is wanted on charges of abuse of power. Saakashvili was sentenced in 2018 to a total of nine years in prison in absentia after being convicted of abuse of power in two separate cases.
Azerbaijan Puts Four Top Banks Under Temporary Administration! -
Azerbaijan's central bank has put four of the energy-rich South Caucasus country's top banks under temporary administration, amid economic difficulties caused by a plunge in oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic. The central bank on April 27 appointed temporary administrators for Atabank, AGBank, NBCBank, and Amrah Bank, which are among the country's 15 largest financial institutions.
Southern Transitional Council Declared self-governance in souther Yemen! - 27 April 2020
Separatist Southern Transitional Council has declared self-governance, state of emergency in Aden and southern provinces of Yemen. Following the move, five provinces in southern Yemen -- Hadhramaut, Shabwa, al-Mahra, Abyan and the administration of Socotra -- announced that they do not recognize the self-governance of the STC.
Kazakhistan Tenge Rate Collapse! - 06 April 2020
The collapse of the ruble and oil prices triggered a fall in Central Asian currencies. Bureaux de change in Kazakhstan on March 9 was selling dollars at 398 tenges and then stopped selling altogether. Against the backdrop of the collapse, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Kazakh president, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev. The Rapid Response Working Group, led by the country’s prime minister, was created to develop an anti-crisis action plan. While efforts have been made, on March 16, by the end of bidding on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange, the dollar rate amounted to 434.59 tenges. The United States dollar has risen in price by 28.97 tenges since March 13, and by 57.81 tenges in a month. Certain exchange offices even rated one USD for up to 450 tenges. Kazakhstan’s Central Bank has declared its intention to contribute to an equilibrium rate in conformity with the policy of a free-floating exchange rate and inflation targeting. At the same time, the National Bank reserved the right to cushion exchange rate fluctuations, if necessary. The depreciation of the Kazakh currency is taking place against the low oil prices, which fell below $32 per the Brent barrel, and the emergency in response to the coronavirus’ spread.
Moscow Extends Partial Coronavirus Lockdown Until May 1! - 06 April 2020
Moscow, Russia's worst affected city during the current Covid-19 pandemic, has extended its strict home isolation regime until the end of April following President Vladimir Putin‘s decision to extend nationwide paid leave. All restrictions imposed in the Russian capital will stay in force until May 1, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced on his official blog, as the city struggles to contain the spread of coronavirus. Moscow has already lived under a strict social distancing regime since last weekend. All residents are requested to stay at home and to go out only when absolutely necessary. Public venues, including museums, theaters and parks are closed. Only food stores and shops selling essential goods are still allowed to open.
Orthodox Church Tells Worshipers to Stay at Home as Russian Covid-19 Infections Rising! - 31 March 2020
After weeks of uncertainty and mixed messaging while the coronavirus crisis escalates, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia has told his followers to pray to God from the safety of their own homes. Kirill, the Orthodox Church’s Primate, instructed believers to avoid chapels. Speaking in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on Sunday, the patriarch called for strict compliance with the orders of Russian authorities. Acknowledging that there is “a big risk of an epidemic,” he noted how many citizens do not quite realize the full seriousness of the disease and its impact in other countries, especially Italy. Although Russia’s numbers are climbing quickly, its confirmed cases are still way behind Italy’s 97,689. In recent weeks the Church has come under some criticism for its handling of the outbreak, but has proceeded undeterred. On the 14th March, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told TV channel Russia-24 that they would “neither close churches nor cancel services.” Furthermore, in the last few days, as containment measures have been ramped up across the country, Orthodox leaders continued to insist the institution would “fulfil its pastoral duty.”
UN-recognized government downs UAE drone in Libya! - 01 April 2020
Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) announced on Wednesday that it had downed a United Arab Emirates unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the west of the country. Abu Dhabi has yet to comment on the incident.
44th anniversary of Palestinian Land Day! - 30 March 2020
People wave Palestinians flag to mark the 44th anniversary of Palestinian Land Day in the shadow of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Ramallah, West Bank on March 30, 2020. Members of the Committee to fight against the Agreement of the Century gather to mark the 44th anniversary of Palestinian Land Day in Gaza City, also.
Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan! - 24 March 2020
From the beginning of the year, Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijan many times. The Armenian armed forces were using large-caliber machine guns and sniper rifles. The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasfire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
Israel's Blue and White party splits after Gantz elected as Knesset speaker! - 27 March 2020
Israel's Blue and White party dissolved on Thursday after party chairman Benny Gantz nominated himself to become the new speaker of the Knesset and join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in government. Soon after Gantz announced his nomination, the three parties that comprised the Blue and White alliance - Hosen L'Israel, Yesh Atid and Telem - decided to go their own ways. The dissolution of the blue and white party was a major shock.