05/04/2022, 11.30
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Pyongyang launches 'unidentified missile' into the Sea of Japan

Today's headlines: Human rights NGOs accuse Phnom Penh of "repression" of fundamental freedoms; Iranian sources report an attempt to assassinate Syrian President Assad; the opposition in Sri Lanka files a motion of no confidence in the prime minister and his government; Taiwan and Japan's armed forces are on alert after a Chinese fleet navigates straits; systematic arrests by Armenian police of those participating in protests. 


Pyongyang has launched an "unidentified missile" toward the Sea of Japan. It is the 14th demonstration of force since the beginning of the year and comes less than a week after the inauguration of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants to accelerate the development of the atomic arsenal "at the fastest possible speed". 


Three human rights organizations - Centre for Human Rights, Association pour les droits de l'homme et le développement au Cambodge, Solidarity Centre - published a report denouncing the "repression" of fundamental freedoms. In the document, attacked by the authorities of Phnom Penh, there are recorded more than "300 cases of abuses and violations" committed in all provinces.


Iranian sources report an attempt on the life of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The aim was to assassinate him on his arrival at the Hassan Mosque, in Damascus, on May 2, to participate in the Eid al-Fitr prayer. The Syrian pro-government daily al-Watan also intervened on the matter, trying to dismantle the story by talking about unfounded "rumors".


The opposition in Sri Lanka has presented a motion of no confidence in the government, in an attempt to oust the Prime Minister and his executive. Mahinda Rajapaksa is accused of having failed to ensure decent living standards to the population and plunged the country into a deep economic crisis. At least 225 votes in favor will be needed in Parliament to be approved.


The armed forces of Japan and Taiwan are on high alert after a flotilla of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (CPLA), led by the aircraft carrier Liaoning, was spotted sailing from the East China Sea to the Pacific. Taipei's military spokesman Sun Li-fang confirmed the attention with which the maneuvers are being followed, ready "appropriate response measures."


Moscow prepares a plan of integration of the occupied territories together with Crimea, as Oleg Krjuchkov, Russian delegate for information policy, informs. The project should be valid for at least eight years; several firms in the Rostov region are preparing symbols and documents of what should be called Gur (Gosudarstvo Ukrainsko-Russkoe, Russian-Ukrainian State).


The Armenian police began to systematically arrest those participating in protests organized by the opposition, in the capital Yerevan as well as in many other cities. One of the leaders of the demonstrators, Ishkan Sagatelyan, suggested that all drivers "drive at minimum speed" in order to block the roads and leave space for demonstrations of dissent.

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