UN calls for ‘swift return’ to democracy in Burkina Faso Jan 26, 2022 0 0 12345 dpaGeneva The UN’s human rights office has demanded the restoration of democracy in Burkina Faso after the army overthrew the government, suspended the constitution and closed the West African nation’s borders.“We urge a swift return to constitutional order,” a spokesperson for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday in Geneva.She also called for the army to release democratically-elected President Roch Marc Kaboré and other officials who they detained.The turmoil in the West African state erupted on Sunday with reports of soldiers at barracks in the capital Ouagadougou and two northern cities staging a mutiny.The government initially denied that coup was under way and said that everything was under control.But by Monday afternoon Kaboré had been taken to a military camp and Burkina Faso’s new junta leaders said his government had been overthrown.Earlier the US State Department and the EU called for the immediate release of Kaboré and other government officials. They also called on all sides to remain calm and seek dialogue, a spokesperson in Washington said, adding that the military should respect the constitution and the civilian leadership of the country.Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign affairs envoy, made a similar appeal to the military. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Mali junta orders Danish special forces to leave Jan 26, 2022 0 0 From Istanbul to Athens, heavy snowfall causes travel chaos Jan 26, 2022 0 0 19 killed in club fire sparked by fighting in Indonesia’s West Papua province Jan 26, 2022 0 0 Weather exacerbates humanitarian situation in north-western Syria dpa Berlin The humanitarian situation for hundreds of thousands of refugees in north-western Syria has worsened due to fresh snowfall. Around the cities of Idlib and Aleppo, thousands of tents were damaged or .. Millions in Central Asia without electricity after technical problem Moscow Millions of people in the central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan were left without electricity after a major technical outage on Tuesday. The Kazakh Energy Ministry said an important .. Xi meets Bach, promises ‘simple, safe’ Olympics dpa Beijing Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, pleding that the upcoming Beijing Winter Games will be a success despite the coronavirus .. Red Cross: Humanitarian aid in Yemen increasingly difficult Berlin The Red Cross has warned that the humanitarian aid situation is deteriorating in Yemen because of a lack of funding and access to people in need. “Access to the displaced and to the different groups is more and more .. Israeli experts recommend fourth vaccine dose for everyone over 18 Tel Aviv An Israeli government panel of experts on Tuesday recommended expanding eligibility for an extra vaccine booster to everyone aged 18 and up. The recommendation for a fourth dose applies to any adult so long as at .. Australian government secures Aboriginal flag copyright SydneyThe Australian government has completed a deal to obtain the copyright of the Aboriginal flag, making it freely available for public use for the first time. It comes after a long-running “free the flag” campaign .. Iran gets UN voting rights back dpa New York Iran has paid part of its debt to the United Nations off and had its voting rights in the UN General Assembly reinstated.The leadership in Tehran transferred more than 18 million dollars to the ..