BANJUL — The Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow has appointed 11 ministers to his government, his spokesperson Halifa Sallah announced this Tuesday.
“I am not mandated to reveal the names [of the appointees],” Sallah said at a press conference. “What the president wanted is for you to know that he has fulfilled his promise. The people appointed will be sworn in tomorrow and you will know them.” (Gambia-Minister-Appointment)
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BRUSSELS — The lawmakers in charge of Development and Foreign Affairs of the European Union (EU) voted for a joint resolution on Tuesday, expressing deep concerns over the U.S. decision to ban entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The U.S. administration’s ban could “seriously undermine current global efforts towards a fair international sharing of responsibilities for refugees”, said the resolution. (EU-US-Muslim-Ban)
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UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations on Tuesday expressed “grave concern” over the situation in eastern Ukraine.
The members of the Security Council expressed “grave concern” about the dangerous deterioration of the situation in the eastern Ukraine and its severe impact on the local civilian population, says a UN Security Council press statement.und the world who are in the process of being resettled to the United States. (UN-Ukraine-Concern)
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JERUSALEM, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) — Israel approved on Tuesday the construction of 3,000 housing units in West Bank settlements, amidst a spate of settlement expansion in the wake of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
According to a statement from Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the approval is “part of returning to normal life” in the West Bank, after some construction projects were put on hold during the term of Barack Obama’s administration. (Israel-West Bank-Settlement)
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TOKYO — The organizer of the 8th Asian Winter Games (AWG) in Sapporo is making new arrangement on the hotel for Chinese athletes who were previously scheduled to stay in scandal-hit APA hotel, an official of the organizer confirmed to Xinhua on Tuesday.
Following “receiving instructions from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)”, the AWG organizing committee is at present coordinating the change of accommodation for Chinese athletes from APA hotel in Sapporo to other hotels, Suziki Yasushi, an official with the accommodation security section of the organizing committee told Xinhua through telephone. (AWG-Chinese athlete-Hotel) Enditem