Thursday, 23, May, 2019

World

At today’s swearing-in ceremony, Volodymyr Zelenskiy read out the text of the oath and received a presidential card, badge, official seal and mace (bulava).

The Uzbekistan Foreign Ministry condemned the provocation attack on May 12 which damaged 4 commercial and civilian ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf, the ministry said in a statement.

Today is the World Press Freedom Day, which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

Vladimir Posner during Late Posner Show in response to a question whether the post-Soviet countries needed democracy, replied: “Some former Soviet republics: the Baltic countries, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia need some sort of democracy ito a certain extent.”

It is estimated that about half of the world’s obsolete pesticides can be found in the former Soviet Union, with many of them stored throughout Central Asia. As an important centre for agriculture, particularly cotton production, the subregion was a heavy user of pesticides. What remain are inappropriate burial sites, regulatory and management deficits, and other issues.

A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday, exit polls and a partial vote count showed, dealing a stunning rebuke to the country's political establishment.

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, today called on the authorities in Uzbekistan to end the blocking of media outlets, in order to ensure that important news and current affairs resources be made accessible to the public.

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, who released reams of secret documents that embarrassed the United States government, was arrested by the British police on Thursday at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012, after Ecuador withdrew the asylum it had granted him.

Unhealthy diets are responsible for 11m preventable deaths globally per year, more even than smoking tobacco, according to a major study.

A report presented today jointly by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) finds that around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017.