Rodrigo Duterte and Xi Jinping Agree to Reopen South China Sea Talks
Jane Perlez, THE NEW YORK TIMES
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines met with China’s leader, Xi Jinping, on Thursday, as part of a state visit that the United States is watching closely for further signs of a warming relationship. No major agreements were announced, but the two sides said they would resume talks on their disputes in the South China Sea.
Medicine Shortages in Cuba Worsen
Aurelio Pedroso, HAVANA TIMES
A problem that has begun to worry the Cuban people: the absence of many medicines in our pharmacies. This situation has led to the absence of imported cancer drugs as well. In August, shortages of 68 medicines were recorded. “What’s happening today is that we don’t have the funds to pay our debts on time” so that suppliers will continue sending the raw materials and finished medicines, Rita Maria Garcia Almaguer, BioCubaFarma’s Operations manager added.
Crimean Tatars: Lawyer May Face Criminal Charges for Defending Political Prisoners
UNREPRESENTED NATIONS AND PEOPLES ORGANIZATION
Nikolai Polozov, a Russian lawyer often defending political prisoners, may now face charges himself for “insulting a representative of authority”. Polozov represented Crimean Tatar leaders Ahtem Çiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, both unjustly imprisoned as a result of their advocacy for the Tatar people. According to Polozov, the Russian Government wishes to use allegations against him to discourage the defence of Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian political prisoners.
US, South Korea Agree to Establish Channel on North Korea Human Rights
Elizabeth Shim, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
The United States and South Korea plan to establish a channel of communication on North Korea human rights, US and South Korean officials said Wednesday. Talks focused primarily on the need to strengthen the security alliance that includes applying “extended deterrence” against a nuclear North Korea. North Korea continues to operate prison camps where basic rights are violated and Kim Jong-un deploys forced laborers overseas to earn foreign currency for the regime.
Cadavers Explode in Venezuela’s Neglected Morgues
Orlando Alvedano, PANAMPOST.COM
Several patients of the University Hospital Antonio Patricio de Alcalá (Huapa) had to evacuate after a body exploded in the morgue after two days of decomposition. The incident was reportedly caused by faulty storage facilities. “It’s not the first time that a body exploded,” said one worked. The staff working in the hospital and the morgue complained that unhealthy conditions there are a serious problem, because patients are exposed to toxic fumes and the stench of decomposing corpses. In addition, the site lacks basic products for disinfection.