Ukrainian forces say they have repelled an attack on the country's second city Kharkiv after fierce clashes with Russian forces. Regional governor Oleh Synehubov said the city was now rid of Russian troops - after street-to-street fighting.Thousands spent the night in basements and shelters, with intense shelling described by one resident as "something like Star Wars above your head". "The wave of the blast was so strong that my ears popped," another said.

George Monbiot: There’s no solidarity in ‘sovereign citizen’ protests — only incoherent rage. Protests such as the Ottawa truck blockade are sweeping rich nations. But the movements are based on capitalist delusions. A protester walks in front of parked trucks as demonstrators continue to protest the vaccine mandates implemented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 8 February 2022 in Ottawa, Canada.

After the dramatic turn in events, with Russian President Vladimir Putin recognising the breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine followed by the sending in of Russian military forces, we are publishing a statement by the Russian IMT comrades, elaborated together with Marxists in Ukraine and the Donbas, in opposition to this inter-imperialist conflict. On 15 February, the Russian State Duma voted in favour of a proposal for immediate diplomatic recognition of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR).

Rasoul Bodaghi, one of the protesting teachers, was arrested: On December 11, Rasoul Bodaghi, a member of the executive board of the Teachers' Union and a member of the Coordinating Council of cultural union associations, was arrested. The reason for this arrest was the call for two days of strike and sit-in and one day of nationwide protest rally by the Coordination Council. Rasoul Bodaghi has already been in prison for seven years for defending teachers' rights.

Rasoul Bodaghi, a member of the board of directors of the Islamshahr Teachers' Trade Association and a representative of the association in the Coordinating Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, was violently arrested by the security forces on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at his home. During the arrest, security officers confiscated his communication devices and his wife's mobile phone, and shamelessly even denied Bodaghi the right to wear appropriate clothing.

The systemic oppression and persecution of worker activists and supporters of the Iranian labour movement continue. Leila Hosseinzadeh is a well-known social anthropology student and researcher at the University of Tehran and a supporter of the labour movement. According to the news published, including on the Telegram channel of the "Student Union Councils", Leila Hosseinzadeh was arrested on the Tuesday, December 7, 2021, coinciding with Student Day in Iran, while traveling in Shiraz.

The European Commission has accused Belarus's authoritarian leader of luring migrants with the false promise of easy entry to the EU as part of an "inhuman, gangster-style approach".At least 2,000 migrants are now at the Belarus border with Poland."Upon arrival they are being pushed to the border and forced to make an illegal entry into the European Union," said Commission spokesman Peter Stano.

Iran’s downing of Flight PS752 – and the justice that has yet to be served – must not be forgotten: Irwin Cotler is the international chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and a former federal justice minister. Amanda Ghahremani is an international human rights lawyer and a research associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University in Montreal. Alex Neve is a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and former secretary-general of Amnesty International Canada.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani leaves the country as Taliban edges closer to control of the nation: Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country Sunday, a senior Afghan official and a senior diplomatic source told CNN, as the Taliban engaged in talks with the government in the capital, Kabul, over who will rule the nation. Afghan Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah also confirmed Ghani had left in a video statement. It was not clear where Ghani was going.

Women's rights activist "surprised" at collapse of government and worries for the future: The rapid gains across Afghanistan by Taliban militants have stunned observers both at home and abroad. Mahbouba Seraj from the Afghan Women's Network told CNN she was "surprised" by how quickly the government collapsed. "In a matter of two days, four provinces of Afghanistan going into the hands of Taliban. And I was wondering what on earth could be doing that?

By The Visual Journalism Team: The resurgent Taliban have taken more territory in Afghanistan in the last two months than at any time since they were ousted from power in 2001. Over the last 20 years, the control map of Afghanistan has been an ever-changing canvas. Here, we look at the fluctuating picture of who controls which areas. It appears the Taliban have been emboldened in recent weeks by the withdrawal of US troops - retaking many districts from government forces.

Defendants allegedly planned to lure 3 people in Canada to Iran: A U.S. indictment says Iranian-American journalist and human rights activist Masih Alinejad was one of the targets in an alleged Iranian kidnapping plot. (Reuters/Toby Melville). The Canadian government said it "firmly condemns Iran for its pattern of intimidation and foreign interference" after U.S. authorities charged four individuals in an alleged Iranian plot to lure five individuals — including three who live in Canada — to Iran.

Racist abuse targets 3 English players who missed penalties against Italy: England's Bukayo Saka, centre, looks dejected after the team lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy via penalty shootout. (Carl Recine/Reuters). Three Black players who missed penalty kicks for England in the decisive European Championship shootout against Italy on Sunday night were subjected to racist abuse online, prompting the English Football Association to issue a statement condemning the language used against the players.

Bangladesh has a tragic history of industrial disasters, including factories catching fire with the workers locked inside. 52 Dead in Bangladesh Factory Fire as Workers Locked Inside. Firefighters work to douse a fire inside a food and beverage factory in Rupganj, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 9, 2021. Credit: AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu. A fire engulfed a food and beverage factory outside Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 52 people, many of whom were trapped inside by an illegally locked door, fire officials said Friday.