The Guardian • Issue #2090

GLOBAL BRIEFS

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  • Issue #2090

PAKISTAN: The Cabinet Committee on Energy has approved the beginning of the construction of an 80 km segment of the 800 km long pipeline from the Iranian border to Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar. The construction funds are provided by the government. The finished pipeline will be transporting natural gas from Iran to meet Pakistan’s energy needs. The two countries signed a 25-year gas deal back in 2013, but Pakistan was reluctant to work on the pipeline for several years as investors were not prepared to back the project due to sanctions against Iran as well as restrictions on dollar transactions.

GREECE: The anniversary of the country’s deadliest rail crash which killed 57 people, mainly students, was marked in Greece. A memorial service was conducted at the scene of the crash and church bells across the country were rung 57 times to honour the dead. It was also the day when one of the largest strikes in recent years took place. Public transport services were disrupted by the 24-hour strike organised by the largest public sector union ADEDY to press demands to further dismantle wage controls imposed during the country’s 2010-18 financial crisis. In a huge rally in Athens, tens of thousands of people marched towards the Parliament and then towards the headquarters of the ‘Hellenic Train’ company, carrying the banners of trade unions, unions of the self-employed, student unions, women’s associations and other mass organisations. The strike rallies took place in dozens of other cities around the country.

RUSSIA: The World Youth Festival was held from 1- 7 March in Russia’s Krasnodar Territory on the Black Sea. Twenty thousand youth leaders in business, media, international cooperation, culture, science, education, volunteering and charity, sports and social groups, as well as teenagers representing various children’s organisations and associations from 180 countries were able to discuss the most pressing international issues in an open and respectful environment.

CUBA: Cubans have staged massive rallies in solidarity with Palestine. Called by the union of Young Communists (UJC) and other social organisations, participants around the country demanded an end to the Israeli genocide against Palestinians. “Cuba, which will never be indifferent to the crime, joins the world day of support for the Palestinian people and demands an end to the Israeli genocide in Gaza. No more brutality, no more abuse, no more impunity,” said Cuban President Dίaz-Canel.

ALGERIA: Algeria has inaugurated a massive mosque built by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation. It is the largest mosque in Africa and features the world’s tallest minaret at 265 meters high. Known locally as Diamaa El-Djazair, the mosque is said to be the world’s third-largest after Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina. It can accommodate 120,000 people, it houses the Museum of Islamic civilisation, the Cultural Centre, a lecture hall, and a library. It took 7 years to build. An estimated 99 per cent of Algeria’s 44 million population are Sunni Muslims, the world’s largest branch of Islam.

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