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HRW calls on Biden to stop arms sales to Saudi, UAE

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the administration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in order to have a positive impact on the situation in Yemen.

The organisation stated in a report published on its website: "The parties to the armed conflict in Yemen have continued to violate the laws of war over the past year, including committing what appear to be new war crimes."

India: 9th round of Govt-farmer meeting ends inconclusive

New Delhi, Jan 15 (PTI) Protesting farmer unions stuck to their demand for a complete repeal of three contentious farm laws at their ninth round of talks with three central ministers while the government asked them to be more flexible in their approach and expressed willingness for necessary amendments, as the two sides decided to meet again on January 19.

Farmer leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan told reporters after the meeting that the unions urged the government to repeal the three laws, but the Centre was unwilling to do so.

India: Farmers from Kerala join protest against agri laws

Jaipur, Jan 16 (PTI) Around 400 farmers from Kerala have joined the ongoing agitation near the Rajasthan-Haryana border against three new farm laws.

A group of farmers from Kerala came to Alwar's Shahjahanpur on Friday to participate in the sit-in launched by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha against the Centre's farm laws, former CPI (M) MLA Amra Ram said.

India: 63-year-old BJP leader arrested for sexually assaulting minor children in UP’s Jalaun

Jalaun (UP); 16 January 2021 (UMMN): A 63-year-old BJP leader has been arrested on Wednesday on charges of sexual exploitation of two children.

Ram Bihari Rathore, the vice-president of the Bhartiya Janata Party’s  Koanch tehsil unit and a former lekhpal’ (revenue record keeper) of the Uttar Pradesh government, may have sodomised more than 36 children as news on social media suggests.

Yemen's Houthis won't abandon peace efforts over US designation, says chief negotiator

14 Jan 2021; MEMO: Yemen's Houthi movement will not walk away from peace talks with the United Nations and Saudi Arabia despite the US decision to designate the Iran-aligned group as a foreign terrorist organisation, the Houthi chief negotiator told Reuters.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the designation, which will trigger sanctions against the movement and three of its leaders, will come into effect on Jan. 19 at the end of the Trump administration's term.

Indian farm bills have potential to represent step forward for agri reforms: IMF

Washington, Jan 15 (PTI) The IMF believes the farm bills passed by the Indian government have the potential to represent a significant step forward for agricultural reforms, but a social safety net is needed to protect those who might be adversely impacted during the transition to the new system, a spokesperson of the global lender said here.

Gerry Rice, Director of Communications at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said the new measures will reduce the role of the middlemen and enhance efficiency.

US rejects UN plea to reverse Yemen rebel terror designation

United Nations, Jan 15 (AP-PTI) The UN chief and top officials urged the United States on Thursday to reverse its decision to declare Yemen's Iran-backed rebels a terrorist group to prevent massive famine and death in the conflict-torn Arab nation but the Trump administration in its final days stood by its action.

The US deputy ambassador, Richard Mills, told the Security Council the U.S. has listened to warnings of the terrorist designation's humanitarian impact and will take measures to reduce the impact on aid deliveries and commercial imports.

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