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World in Focus: Sputnik’s Daily Current Affairs Program | 04/01/17

Today’s headlines include: Oxfam warn that 800,000 Haitians could be facing starvation unless aid is provided now; UK’s Ambassador to the EU has resigned, resulting in critics stating that the Government’s Brexit plans are in turmoil; and, a Human Rights Watch report accuses Israeli officials of encouraging security forces to kill Palestinians.

Hundreds of thousands of survivors of Hurricane Matthew — that devastated the Caribbean country of Haiti 3months ago — now face starvation if the international community doesn’t move quickly to provide immediate aid. That is the stark warning from Oxfam, who are warning over 800,000 Haitians may be left without food unless efforts are stepped up.

The UK's ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, has resigned leading to calls that the country’s Brexit plans are in turmoil.

Libyan opposition leader Khalifa Haftar has said that he has been given guarantees by the Russian government that they will call for the arms embargo on Libya to be overturned. We ask what impact this could have on the balance of power on the ground between the UN-backed Government of National Accord and the Haftar-led opposition.

A report by Human Rights Watch has accused Leading Israeli officials of encouraging soldiers and police officers to kill Palestinians suspected of attacks. However, the findings come as an Israeli military court today convicted a soldier of manslaughter after being videoed shooting dead an unarmed man.

In the final days of 2016, the embattled administration of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela released more so-called “political prisoners”…  But with his opponents claiming another 100 still incarcerated, what impact will this latest round of releases have on the country’s bitterly divided politics?

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