Israel condemns 'hypocrisy' of UN rights council on Gaza

Israel condemns 'hypocrisy' of UN rights council on GazaIsrael condemned the “hypocrisy and absurdity” of the UN Human Rights Council after it voted Friday to send war crimes investigators to probe the shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces. “Israel totally rejects the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council, that once again has proven itself to be a body made up of a built-in anti-Israeli majority, guided by hypocrisy and absurdity,” the Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement.


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Pakistan condemns ex-PM Sharif over comment on attack on India

Pakistan condemns ex-PM Sharif over comment on attack on IndiaBy Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s top civil and military leaders on Monday condemned a suggestion by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Islamist militants who killed 166 people in India in 2008 had crossed the border from Pakistan. The comments – in which Sharif implied he was removed from office by the Supreme Court last year for trying to end military support for anti-India militants – led to an uproar in Pakistan, where criticizing the military is increasingly considered a “red line” that cannot be crossed.


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US condemns China for 'Orwellian nonsense' after Beijing writes to 36 airlines over Taiwan references

US condemns China for 'Orwellian nonsense' after Beijing writes to 36 airlines over Taiwan referencesThe White House on Saturday harshly criticised China’s efforts to require foreign airlines to change how they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, labeling the effort “Orwellian nonsense.” In a statement, the White House said the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration sent a letter to 36 foreign air carriers, including a number of US carriers, demanding changes. The carriers were told to remove references on websites or in other material that suggests Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are part of countries independent from China, US and airline officials said. Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue, with China considering the self-ruled, democratic island a wayward province. Hong Kong and Macau are former European colonies that are now part of China but run largely autonomously. “The United States strongly objects to China’s attempts to compel private firms to use specific language of a political nature in their publicly available content,” the White House said in its statement. “We call on China to stop threatening and coercing American carriers and citizens.” The White House said that President Donald Trump “will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens. … This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies.” At a glance | The One China policy The flap comes on the heels of trade talks with China. On Friday, Trump tweeted that he would meet with US trade officials after China meetings. “It is hard for China in that they have become very spoiled with US trade wins! Trump wrote. A spokesman for Airlines for America, a trade group representing United Airlines, American Airlines and other major carriers, said on Saturday, “We are continuing to work with US government officials as we determine next steps.” American Airlines Group Inc confirmed earlier Saturday that it had received the demand. In January, China demanded an apology from Delta Air Lines for listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website. Also in January China suspended Marriott International Inc’s Chinese website for a week to punish the world’s biggest hotel chain for listing Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as separate countries in a customer questionnaire. US-China Relations | What US presidents have said on Taiwan The apparent intensification of efforts to police how foreign businesses refer to Chinese-claimed territories – even if only in pull-down web menus – underscores just how sensitive the issue of sovereignty has become in a China that is increasingly emboldened on the international stage. China’s aviation authority also said in January it would require all foreign airlines operating routes to China to conduct comprehensive investigations of their websites, apps and customer-related information and “strictly comply with China’s laws and regulations to prevent a similar thing from happening.” In a statement in January, Delta apologised for making “an inadvertent error with no business or political intention,” saying it recognised the seriousness of the issue and had taken steps to resolve it.


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UN condemns Israel's use of 'excessive force' in Gaza

UN condemns Israel's use of 'excessive force' in Gaza“Every week, we witness instances of use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a statement. “Warnings by the United Nations and others have seemingly gone unheeded, as the approach of the security forces from week to week does not seem to have changed,” he added. Most of the Palestinians killed by Israel since the start of “March of Return” protests were shot by snipers on the border, while a few others were killed by Israeli artillery or air strikes.


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