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POST TIME: 19 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
NEWS IN BRIEF

NEWS IN BRIEF

West backs Georgia opposition protests
AFP, Tbilisi
 
The United States and European Union expressed solidarity yesterday with Georgia’s anti-government protesters who took to the streets after the ruling party backtracked on promises of electoral reforms. In the biggest anti-government protest in years, more than 20,000 demonstrators rallied on Sunday outside the parliament building in the capital Tbilisi urging the government to resign and calling for new legislative elections.

 

Loyalists sweep Belarus vote
AFP, Minsk

Candidates loyal to Belarus’s authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko have swept to victory in a parliamentary election, results showed Monday, with the opposition failing to take a single seat. Critics had already denounced Sunday’s vote as a fraud and said it was rife with violations, despite Lukashenko’s recent efforts to reach out to the West.

Pope to visit Hiroshima on anti-nuclear weapon mission
AFP, Vatican City

Pope Francis, who years ago hoped to be a missionary in Japan, travels to the sites of the world’s only atomic attacks this week seeking a ban on nuclear weapons.  The Argentine pontiff, 82, flies to Asia on Tuesday, where he will first visit Thailand and then Japan, including the two cities destroyed by devastating US nuclear attacks during the Second World War.