TSA will require masks on planes, buses and trains through September 13

[ad_1] Americans will have to keep wearing masks on all public transit including planes, trains and buses, the federal Transportation Security Authority (TSA) announced Friday.  The prior mandate, which applies to all public transportation, was set to expire in May.  Last week, officials said they were debating whether or not to reinstate a mask mandate […]

Covid India: Second wave ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’

[ad_1] India’s Covid second wave is being driven by a ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’ strain of virus that has pushed hospitals ‘beyond crisis point’ in just a matter of weeks, a top medic has warned. Dr Zarir Udwadia, a physician in hard-hit Mumbai and a government advisor, said India is now […]

How deadly is India’s Covid variant and is it REALLY behind explosion of cases?

[ad_1] India‘s coronavirus variant may not be fully to blame for the country’s devastating second wave, according to scientists who say a ‘perfect storm’ of Covid complacency, a disregard for social distancing and lack of preparedness by the Government has fuelled the crisis.  Doctors on the frontline claim the B.1.617 strain is responsible for the raging […]

US vaccination sites closing down in at least seven states amid falling demand

[ad_1] At least seven vaccination sites across the U.S. are closing amid falling demand for COVID-19 shots.   A Kaiser Family Foundation report warned this week that the U.S. is approaching a ‘tipping point’: most people who were eager to get vaccinated already have been.  As of Friday, just shy of 42 percent of Americans – […]

TSA is debating whether to extend mask mandate on public transportation

[ad_1] TSA is debating whether to extend mask mandate on planes, buses and other public transportation before rule ends next month An official told CNN that the TSA is consulting experts on whether to extend the federal mask  mandate for public transit  The three-month Biden administration order was issued in February and is set to expire […]

US Soccer scraps anthem-kneeling policy

[ad_1] More than 70 percent of the members of US Soccer’s ruling body voted to scrap the policy requiring players to “stand respectfully” during the song. About 30 percent voted to keep the policy in place. “We know that this is a very divisive issue within our country and throughout the world,” US Soccer President […]

Myanmar’s UN ambassador fired after anti-coup speech as military intensifies crackdown on protesters

[ad_1] State television MRTV announced Kyaw Moe Tun’s removal on Saturday evening local time, saying he had “abused the power and responsibilities of a permanent ambassador” and that he “betrays the country.” Speaking to Reuters following his firing, Kyaw Moe Tun said that he “decided to fight back as long as I can.” The announcement […]

Opinion: Obama and Springsteen’s podcast reveals a key problem

[ad_1] The podcast’s release comes in the midst of a bit of controversy caused by the musician half of the duo (Springsteen’s Super Bowl ad for Jeep had been pulled after news broke that he had been charged with a DWI; that charge has been dropped and the ad returned to airwaves). But even before […]

Myanmar’s UN ambassador pleads for immediate global action to help overturn coup

[ad_1] Kyaw Moe Tun, remaining loyal to the civilian government ousted on February 1, delivered a dramatic speech while addressing the assembly on Friday. “We need further strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people and […]

Questions grow about discrimination’s role in the hurdles Biden’s nominees are facing

[ad_1] It’s not yet possible to make hard data comparisons with past administrations, in part because the confirmation process is ongoing and in part because Biden’s picks have been more diverse overall. But there is a growing sense of frustration about the obstacles that some of these nominees are facing. “The principle here is — […]

Proud Boys leader has no sympathy for lawmakers targeted by Capitol riot

[ad_1]  ”I’m not gonna cry about people who don’t give a crap about their constituents. I’m not going to sympathize with them,” Enrique Tarrio says.   More than a dozen people affiliated with the often violent, far-right  “Western Chauvinist” group have been charged for their roles in the insurrection, so CNN sat down with Tarrio to hear if he had any explanation or justification […]

The week in 43 photos

[ad_1] Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More […]

Acting Capitol Police chief will tell lawmakers intelligence failed to predict scope of Jan. 6 attack

[ad_1] Acting US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said Wednesday that the agency had taken action ahead of the Jan. 6 riot based on intelligence that extremists planned to participate in the preceding rally and planned to be armed, but that the intelligence failed to predict the scope of the attack, which would ultimately overwhelm officers when […]

Your top questions about Covid-19 and vaccines

[ad_1] How long will immunity last after getting a Covid-19 vaccine? Vaccine transmission treatment & prevention work/life family What are the side effects of the vaccines? Some vaccine trial volunteers have reported feeling flu-like effects after getting the shots. Don’t freak out if this happens to you, health experts say. “These are immune responses, so […]

Democrats and GOP at odds over scope of commission to investigate Capitol riots

[ad_1] Republicans are balking at a plan put forward by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to create an outside commission with more Democrats than Republicans, and one whose mandate they say would go beyond just the security failures of the January 6 insurrection. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday that Pelosi’s […]

The New York Times paints a grim picture of its own workplace culture

[ad_1] In a note signed by Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger, CEO Meredith Kopit Levien and Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Times leadership said the result of an eight-month investigation of its own workplace “calls for us to transform our culture.” They likened that plan to the company’s shifts to being digital-first and subscription-first — efforts that […]

Opinion: The truly shocking failures on the day rioters stormed the Capitol

[ad_1] There was no shortage of finger-pointing and blame-passing, but one big takeaway was clear: We’ve barely scratched the surface of what happened on one of the most ignominious days in American history. Republicans have tried to cast the January 6 attacks as an unfortunate incident, a moment when emotions ran high, many otherwise decent […]

Grand jury votes not to indict officers in Rochester death of Daniel Prude

[ad_1] “Daniel Prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis and what he needed was compassion, care, and help from trained professionals. Tragically, he received none of those things,” James said in a statement. “We concluded that there was sufficient evidence surrounding Mr. Prude’s death to warrant presenting the case to a grand […]

Ron Johnson used the Capitol attack hearing to push a ridiculous conspiracy theory

[ad_1] It shouldn’t surprise you one bit, then, that Johnson used his time in the first public Senate hearing on the Capitol attack to spread a single eyewitness account suggesting that there were professional provocateurs seeded in the crowd on January 6 that led the largely peaceful gathering to turn violent. Johnson read excerpts from […]

LVMH buys 50% stake in Jay-Z’s Champagne brand

[ad_1] LVMH, which owns Dom Pérignon and Moët & Chandon, has taken a 50% stake in Jay-Z’s Champagne brand Armand de Brignac, also known as “Ace of Spades.” The terms of the deal were not disclosed. LVMH recently revealed tennis champion Naomi Osaka as its new brand ambassador. During the US open, Osaka was praised […]

Soccer: US women’s team ‘past the protesting phase’ of anthem debate

[ad_1] The entire US team, clad in their warmup jackets with the words “Black Lives Matter” on the front, stood for the national anthem ahead of their SheBelieves Cup game on Sunday after some had knelt in the tournament opener last Thursday. US defender Crystal Dunn said no vote was taken to stop the kneeling […]

Haaland expected to face contentious confirmation hearing over Interior nomination

[ad_1] The Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico is a historic pick and would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary if confirmed by the Senate. But Democrats and White House officials told CNN that they anticipate the hearing could get tense, and some Republicans have already spoken out against what they call her “extreme” and […]

Loretta Lynch completes Syracuse University report on campus police after student protests and racist incidents

[ad_1] University Chancellor Kent Syverud announced Lynch’s independent review of campus public safety in February 2020, in the wake of student protests over the university’s handling of racist incidents on campus. The former attorney general currently serves as a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Students’ complaints often extended to the campus […]

What Matters: What America’s next pandemic year will look like

[ad_1] As we enter our second year with Covid, it’s becoming more and more clear that it will take more time to get back to how life looked in February of 2020. There will be permanent changes to the way we interact, work, travel, eat and learn. When you find yourself wondering, as I often […]

Merrick Garland’s 2-day confirmation hearing to be Biden’s attorney general starts Monday morning

[ad_1] Now Garland gets another chance to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m. ET on Monday, the first day of a two-day hearing, but this time he’s appearing for a different role as President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Justice Department. While Garland is expected to face pointed questions over multiple […]

Myanmar military warns protesters could suffer ‘loss of life’ ahead of planned mass strike

[ad_1] “It is found that protesters have raised their incitement towards riot and anarchy mob on the day of 22 February. Protesters are now inciting the people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, to a confrontation path where they will suffer the loss of life,” the State Administration Council — the name for the military junta […]

Beijing’s 2008 Olympics were a soft power victory for China, but 2022 may be another story

[ad_1] Remembered today as an event in which record-breaking sporting achievements were matched only by the spectacular pageantry and organization of the Games, the success of the Beijing Olympics was no sure thing. China had never hosted the Olympics before, and in the run-up to the 2008 Games — held under the slogan “One World, […]

Protests in Haiti as political standoff continues

[ad_1] “Those of us fighting, who want another Haiti, a Haiti pearl of the Antilles, say no to the dictatorship,” one protester told Reuters in capital city Port-au-Prince, where Haitian opposition and civil society groups had called the demonstration. Another criticized the United States and international organizations for supporting the President. At the heart of […]

Pablo Hasel protests rock Catalonia for fifth day

[ad_1] Thousands gathered in Barcelona on Saturday, including families and elderly protesters at the city’s Plaça Universitat, where a rally began peacefully. After passing another square, called Plaça Urquinaona, police began beating protesters, Berta Galofré Pons, a 23-year-old political scientist, told CNN. Footage from the Barcelona protests on Saturday shows multiple scuffles between demonstrators and […]

Violent protests over rapper’s arrest and accusations of police brutality rock Catalonia for fifth day

[ad_1] Thousands gathered in Barcelona on Saturday, including families and elderly protesters at the city’s Plaça Universitat, where a rally began peacefully. After passing another square, called Plaça Urquinaona, police began beating protesters, Berta Galofré Pons, a 23-year-old political scientist, told CNN. Footage from the Barcelona protests on Saturday shows multiple scuffles between demonstrators and […]

Myanmar police open fire on protesters in Mandalay leaving at least two dead, say reports

[ad_1] Stringers for CNN confirm that live rounds and tear gas were used to disperse people at an anti-coup protest in the city. In video seen by CNN, a large crowd of people can be seen running away from police and taking cover. In other footage, a person can be seen being stretchered away by […]

Why Britain’s anti-immigration politicians are opening the doors to thousands of Hong Kongers

[ad_1] Full of bravado and often clad in black, the 21-year-old oversaw a group of 60 combative front-liners who embraced confrontational tactics against the police while demanding greater democracy in the former British colony. Today, he is applying for asylum in the United Kingdom, and separated from his family in Hong Kong where he feels […]

Woman shot in the head during Myanmar protest dies, the first known fatality of the ongoing unrest

[ad_1] She is the first known casualty of the ongoing protests. Mya Thweh Thweh Khine had been in critical condition since February 9, when she was shot at a protest in Naypyidaw. At the time, a source with direct information about the victim said she was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound in the […]

Myanmar coup: Celebrities opposing military junta added to arrest list

[ad_1] One of Myamar’s highest-paid actresses, she has been offering financial help to striking staff who have given up their jobs to take part in the growing civil disobedience movement, known as CDM. But on Thursday, the Myanmar Academy Award winner and her director husband, Na Gyi, went into hiding after his name appeared on […]

Norway, the UK and Canada are not climate champions. They are climate hypocrites. Here’s why

[ad_1] Many countries produce fossil fuels despite committing to combat climate change. But Canada, Norway and the UK stand out because they are doing that while positioning themselves as climate champions. “The UK is leading the world in the fight against climate change,” a spokesperson from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, […]

Rihanna Savage X Fenty photo and Ganesha pendant spark backlash in India

[ad_1] Written by Oscar Holland, CNN Rihanna is facing accusations of cultural appropriation and religious insensitivity after she posted a topless image of herself wearing a pendant depicting the Hindu god Ganesha. The photo, which appeared on her Twitter and Instagram accounts Tuesday, shows the singer in a pair of lavender satin boxers by her […]

When the Dalai Lama dies, his reincarnation will be a religious crisis. Here’s how it will happen

[ad_1] The best-known living Buddhist figure in the world said that when he turned 90 years old, he would decide whether he should be reincarnated — potentially ending a role that has been key to Tibetan Buddhism for more than 600 years, but in recent decades has become a political lightning rod in China. While […]

Hundreds arrested in fresh Belarus protests against Lukashenko

[ad_1] Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 18:45 More than 300 people were detained in the Belarusian capital on Sunday, where crowds of people took to the streets for the 18th consecutive weekend, demanding the ouster of the country’s authoritarian leader who won a sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged. Thousands of […]

Military officer elected head of Mali’s interim legislature

[ad_1] Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 14:31 Mali’s interim legislature on Saturday elected Colonel Malick Diaw, a member of the military junta that toppled president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August, as its president.  The 121-seat body known as the National Transition Council was meeting for its inaugural session in the capital Bamako, and is a key […]

Iran’s Supreme Court to retry three on death row over anti-govt protests

[ad_1] Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:50 Iran’s supreme court said Saturday it will review the cases of three young men sentenced to death over links to deadly November 2019 protests after a request from their lawyers. Numerous calls had spread online after the verdict was announced, calling for a halt for executions in Iran, with […]

Cliff Joseph, Artist, Activist and Therapist, Dies at 98

[ad_1] Cliff Joseph, an artist raised in Harlem who in the 1960s and ’70s led protests against major New York museums to advocate for the inclusion of Black artists, and who later pioneered the practice of multiculturalism in the field of art therapy, died on Nov. 8 in a hospital in Chicago. He was 98. […]

‘We’re not Hungary, Turkey or somesuch’: Macron rejects ‘illiberal’ accusations

[ad_1] Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 22:39 French President Emmanuel Macron, in a more than two-hour-long, wide-ranging interview on Friday with the online media outlet Brut, rejected accusations his government had taken an illiberal turn with a contested bill to protect police officers and a crackdown on Islamist groups. The interview, broadcast live by the video-based […]

Iraqi activists go underground after wave of attacks by pro-Iran militias

[ad_1] There has been a wave of kidnappings, torture and killings of high-profile anti-government activists in Iraq in recent months. Protesters and experts blame pro-Iran militias within the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a paramilitary organisation created in 2014 to combat the Islamic State group. The Popular Mobilisation Forces have been accused of numerous instances of violence against […]

Hong Kong media mogul and activist Jimmy Lai detained on fraud charges

[ad_1] Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 05:56 Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was remanded into custody on Thursday after being charged with fraud, the latest in a string of prosecutions brought against high-profile Beijing critics and democracy campaigners. Lai, 73, is the owner of Hong Kong’s best-selling Apple Daily, a popular tabloid that is unashamedly […]

Ethiopia grants UN access to deliver humanitarian aid to Tigray region

[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 14:15 Ethiopia has granted the United Nations full access to deliver aid to the northern region of Tigray, following weeks of lobbying amid military operations there, according to an agreement seen Wednesday by AFP. The agreement, signed by Ethiopia’s peace minister, allows for “unimpeded, sustained and secure access for humanitarian […]

Hong Kong dissident Joshua Wong and two others jailed for democracy protests

[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 09:15 Leading Hong Kong dissident Joshua Wong was jailed alongside two other young activists on Wednesday for taking part in last year’s huge democracy protests as the crackdown on Beijing’s critics gathers pace. Wong, 24, was prosecuted alongside fellow activists Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow over a rally last summer […]

French interior minister outlines proposals for police reform amid outcry

[ad_1] Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 12:03 Amid a wave of anger and street protests in France over police violence, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin outlined proposals for police reform before a National Assembly committee on Monday evening. President Emmanuel Macron‘s ruling party earlier agreed to completely rewrite a draft plan that would have curbed the right […]

French parliament drops draft law curtailing right to film police

[ad_1] Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 16:58 The French parliament has dropped a controversial bill that would have curbed the right to film police officers in action, the speaker of parliament and MP from French President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party announced on Monday. “The bill will be completely rewritten and a new version will be submitted,” […]

Virus surge leads to curfew in San Francisco

[ad_1] A San Francisco street usually filled with cable cars is seen empty on March 18, 2020, when the city was under a shelter-in-place order due to the coronavirus pandemic A surge in coronavirus cases will put San Francisco under a curfew beginning on Monday and trigger other restrictions related to the virus, the city […]

Sao Paulo, Rio up for grabs as Brazilians vote in local election run-offs

[ad_1] Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 14:26 Brazil’s biggest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, began electing their next mayors Sunday as the country held municipal run-offs, the last polls before far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is up for re-election in 2022. In Sao Paulo, Brazil‘s economic capital, centrist incumbent Bruno Covas faces leftist challenger Guilherme […]

Paris prosecutor speaks on brutal police beating of Black man

[ad_1] Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 16:31Modified: 29/11/2020 – 16:35 Four police officers detained after a video appeared to show them beating and racially abusing a music producer in Paris were brought before a judge on Sunday, according to sources close to the investigation. Watch FRANCE 24’s coverage of Paris prosecutor Rémy Heitz’s update on the next stage […]

Rockets target Eritrea capital after Ethiopia declares victory in Tigray

[ad_1] Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 15:10 Rockets launched from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region targeted the capital of Eritrea several hours after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared military operations in the region were over, diplomats told AFP on Sunday. It remained impossible to independently verify whether the regional capital Mekele was completely under federal government […]

Prizewinning photojournalist injured covering Paris protest

[ad_1] Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 09:25Modified: 29/11/2020 – 09:29 A press freedom group has denounced the “unacceptable” injury of an award-winning Syrian photojournalist during a Paris protest against police brutality. Ameer Alhalbi, a freelance photographer who worked for Polka Magazine and AFP, was covering the demonstrations over the weekend opposing police violence and the French […]

Los Angeles orders more restrictions as coronavirus surges

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Los Angeles County announced a new stay-home order Friday as coronavirus cases surged out of control in the nation’s most populous county, banning most gatherings but stopping short of a full shutdown on retail stores and other non-essential businesses. The three-week “safer at home” order takes effect Monday. It came […]

Europe virus toll crosses 400,000, shops reopen in France

[ad_1] Shoppers flocked to the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris as it reopened on Saturday Coronavirus deaths topped 400,000 Saturday in Europe, the world’s second worst-hit region, as parts of the continent began to reopen shops for the holiday season. But across the Atlantic fearful US shoppers turned to online outlets for a massive […]

UK appoints vaccines minister to oversee COVID inoculations

[ad_1] Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing a mask because of the coronavirus, has a close look at a sample at the Lateral Flow Testing Laboratory during a visit to the Public Health England site at Porton Down science park near Salisbury, southern England, on Friday Nov. 27, 2020. (Adrian Dennis/Pool via AP) The British […]

Dozens arrested in London anti-lockdown protests

[ad_1] Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 17:38 Police in London said on Saturday that they had made over 60 arrests and expected that figure to rise, as they tried to break up anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protests.  The police said that the arrests had been made for different offences including breaching coronavirus restrictions. England‘s current lockdown ends on Dec. 2. Earlier police […]

Anger at police beating galvanises French protests against security bill

[ad_1] Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 09:52 Dozens of rallies are planned on Saturday against a proposed French law that critics say will undermine the media’s ability to scrutinise police behaviour, with the country shaken by footage showing officers beating and racially abusing a black man. French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said images of police […]

LA residents face off against officers evicting homeless families from state-owned houses on Thanksgiving

[ad_1] Issued on: 27/11/2020 – 17:55 Residents and protesters in Los Angeles, California confronted law enforcement officers violently evicting homeless and housing-insecure families from state-owned houses at night on November 25 and 26. The families, members of a local housing activist group, argued that they were using the homes to “shelter in place” as Covid-19 […]

They Beat Back the Virus (Again and Again and Again)

[ad_1] HONG KONG — First, it was travelers and university students bringing the coronavirus back to Hong Kong from Europe and the United States. Then, sea crews and bar patrons were the ones spreading infections. In the latest wave, a large cluster appears to have started in ballroom dancing halls that are popular with older […]

French govt indicates possible backtrack on controversial ‘police filming’ law

[ad_1] Issued on: 27/11/2020 – 00:05 French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday that the government would review the wording of a controversial draft law that would place restrictions on citizens filming the police and publishing the images. In the wake of a new scandal over police brutality that has led to fresh pressure to […]

Military’s Role in Vaccine to Be Strictly Behind the Scenes

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — When President Trump talks about efforts to deliver the coronavirus vaccine to millions of Americans eager to return to their normal lives, he often says he is “counting on the military” to get it done. Mr. Trump has given the impression that troops would be packing up vials, transporting them from factories […]

Three French police officers suspended over beating of Black man in Paris studio

[ad_1] Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 20:52 French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin on Thursday ordered the suspension of three police officers involved in a brutal beating of a music producer in a Paris studio over the weekend. Footage of the incident, showing police officers repeatedly punching the Black man using truncheons, was posted by a news […]

The Reigning Queen of Pandemic Yoga

[ad_1] What she meant, she went on, was that her videos weren’t only about self-love. They reject the idea that sitting in front of a computer is the fastest route to becoming ruinously estranged from your body, like those gamers you occasionally read about who are found dead after going days without food or water. […]

Brazil police arrest supervisor in deadly beating of Black man in Carrefour supermarket

[ad_1] Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 04:43 Brazilian police on Tuesday arrested the supervisor of a Carrefour supermarket in Porto Alegre where security guards beat a black man to death, and accused her of collaborating with the killers. Supervisor Adriana Alves Dutra had the authority to stop the guards from beating 40-year-old Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas […]

French parliament gives initial approval to controversial security bill

[ad_1] Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 18:56Modified: 24/11/2020 – 19:32 A draft law that would make it a crime to circulate an image of a police officer in certain circumstances passed the first hurdle in France’s parliament on Tuesday despite protests from rights activitsts and journalists. Opponents say the law – steered through parliament by tough-talking […]

American Medical Association, the nation’s largest group of doctors, deems racism a ‘public health threat’

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain As the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten hard-hit minority communities, the nation’s largest association of doctors has passed a policy that recognizes racism as a public health threat. The new policy recognizes racism as a social determinant of health and highlights the health disparities and lack of access to health […]

Anger mounts over police use of excessive force to clear Paris migrant camp

[ad_1] Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 14:24 French police on Tuesday faced accusations of a “scandalous” use of excessive force after they fired tear gas to disperse a camp pitched by homeless migrants in Paris.  Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin acknowledged that images showing the clearance late on Monday were “shocking” and asked the city’s police chief […]

Turkey protests German search of Libya-bound ship

[ad_1] Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 07:24 Turkey protested to Germany and the EU on Monday after German forces belonging to an EU military mission boarded and tried to search a Turkish cargo ship that they suspected of taking weapons to Libya illegally.  Soldiers from the frigate Hamburg, part of an EU mission enforcing a UN arms […]

Police use tear gas to disperse refugees living in migrant camp in central Paris

[ad_1] Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 03:41 Police used tear gas as they dismantled a new migrant camp in the centre of Paris set up to house hundreds of refugees evacuated from makeshift suburban shelters without being relocated. Volunteers had helped set up around 500 blue tents at the Place de la Republique in the heart of the […]

Guatemala’s Congress suspends budget approval after weekend protests in capital

[ad_1] Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 22:51 Guatemala’s legislature on Monday backed away from approving a business-friendly 2021 budget after demonstrators in the Central American nation torched the Congress building and demanded the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei in weekend protests. A lack of resources for battling the coronavirus pandemic as well as anger over the […]

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong to plead guilty at trial over protest involvement

[ad_1] Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 04:37 Prominent Hong Kong dissident Joshua Wong announced he and two other leading activists will plead guilty at the opening of a trial over their involvement in last year’s protests on Monday, adding he expects to be jailed. Hong Kong was convulsed by seven straight months of huge and often […]

US hopes to start Covid-19 vaccinations by mid-December, says health official

[ad_1] The United States hopes to begin coronavirus vaccinations in early December, a top government health official said Sunday, the latest positive news to emerge even as cases surge across the worst-hit nation and elsewhere around the globe.  The United States hopes to begin coronavirus vaccinations in early December, a top government health official said Sunday, […]

More protests in Brazil after black man killed by supermarket security guards

[ad_1] Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 01:12 New demonstrations against racism took place Sunday outside Carrefour supermarkets in Brazil to protest the death of a black man beaten to death by white guards at a Porto Alegre store branch. A video taken Thursday night in the southern city showed 40-year-old welder Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas repeatedly […]

Hundreds arrested in fresh Belarus demonstrations over presidential elections

[ad_1] Issued on: 22/11/2020 – 21:04 The Belarusian human rights group Viasna says that more than 300 people were arrested and many of them beaten by police during protests calling for the country’s authoritarian president to resign. The demonstrations that attracted thousands were the 16th consecutive Sunday of large protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. There […]

New French law banning images of police sparks civil rights concerns, protests

[ad_1] Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 17:39 France’s parliament voted to approve a controversial law Friday that will ban the publication of images of on-duty police officers as well as expand the use of surveillance drones and police powers. Journalists’ groups, human rights activists and unions – including Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International’s French branch – organised protests in Paris and other French cities on […]

Rights groups, press freedom advocates protest against French security bill

[ad_1] Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 16:22 Thousands protested in Paris and other French cities Saturday against a security bill that would outlaw the publication of images of on-duty police officers. The government says the law is aimed at protecting officers from retribution while critics say it would violate press freedom and the ability to document […]

Protests erupt in Brazil after supermarket security guards beat Black man to death

[ad_1] Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 11:00 The death of a black man beaten by white security guards at a supermarket sparked protests across Brazil Friday as the country celebrated Black Consciousness Day. A video of Thursday night’s incident in the southern city of Porto Alegre captured on a witness’s mobile phone was broadcast on social […]

Armed men in T-shirts enforce the law, raise election violence fears in Uganda

[ad_1] Uganda this week witnessed its worst violence in a decade when demonstrators took to the streets to protest opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine’s arrest. The ferocity of the violence and the state’s use of armed plainclothesmen raised alarm bells as President Yoweri Museveni, Africa’s longest-serving leader, faces a popular challenger in the January election. […]

Armenia hands over Aghdam to Azerbaijan as part of Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

[ad_1] Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 15:49 Azerbaijan’s president declared Friday that his forces have taken control of the Aghdam region, a territory ceded by Armenia in a cease-fire agreement that ended the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. The truce, brokered by Russia last week, stipulated that Armenia hand over control of some areas its holds outside Nagorno-Karabakh’s […]

More than a dozen killed in Uganda protests over arrest of opposition leader

[ad_1] Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 00:57 Sixteen people have been killed in two days of violent clashes between Ugandan security forces and supporters of detained opposition leader Bobi Wine, police said Thursday, as tensions flared two months before a presidential election. Ugandan security forces fired teargas and rubber bullets at angry protesters who set fires, […]

French interior minister under fire after mooting curbs on press at protests

[ad_1] Issued on: 19/11/2020 – 16:10 Under fire from press freedom groups over a draft law seeking to limit the filming of police officers on duty, France’s interior minister has drawn further ire by telling journalists wishing to cover demonstrations to alert authorities beforehand.  Gerald Darmanin told a press conference Wednesday that such prior declarations […]

How giant rubber ducks became shields for Thai pro-democracy protesters

[ad_1] Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 17:39 On November 17, Thai pro-democracy protesters faced off against royalist demonstrators and the police in violent clashes near the country’s riverside parliament in Bangkok. Fifty-five people were injured in the clashes. A curious addition to the protest were large, inflatable rubber ducks, used by protesters as safety shields as […]

Journalists, human rights groups protest new French security bill banning images of police

[ad_1] Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 09:22Modified: 18/11/2020 – 09:32 French lawmakers on Tuesday began debating a bill that could ban dissemination of images of police officers’ faces, triggering protests in Paris and other French cities against the potential loss of a check against abuses of power. France‘s security forces have long faced accusations of using […]

Peru’s interim president sworn in, calls for calm after deadly protests

[ad_1] Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 02:57 Peruvian lawmaker Francisco Sagasti was sworn in as interim president on Tuesday, voted for by Congress in an effort to return stability to a country that has seen deadly protests and the departure of two presidents over the last week. Sagasti, a legislator from the centrist Purple Party, is […]

‘Legitimising’ violence? Macron takes on the Anglo-American press

[ad_1] Even as France grapples with concurrent health, economic and security crises, President Emmanuel Macron has taken time out of his busy schedule to criticise the English-language press for its coverage of his fight against “Islamist separatism”, accusing British and US media of “legitimising violence”. In November 2016, just days before officially launching his run for the Élysée Palace, Emmanuel Macron lamented the French habit of […]

Police open fire on femicide protest in Mexico

[ad_1] Issued on: 11/11/2020 – 21:01Modified: 17/11/2020 – 16:52 Several people were injured when police opened fire during a protest against femicide in Cancun, Mexico on November 9. People across the globe expressed shock and horror as news of the crackdown spread across social media.  The protest was called after three femicides in Quintana Roo: […]

French bill banning images of police worries activists and journalists

[ad_1] Issued on: 17/11/2020 – 12:25 French lawmakers will begin debating a controversial bill on Tuesday that proposes a ban on the publication of images showing law enforcement officers. The bill has drawn sharp criticism from media outlets and activist groups who say it would violate principles of press freedom and the public’s right to be informed. The […]

Peru’s Congress picks centrist lawmaker Francisco Sagasti as president

[ad_1] Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 21:57 Peru’s Congress on Monday chose a 76-year-old former World Bank official as the South American country’s new president, the third in a week.  Francisco Sagasti was elected as lawmakers met to try to find a way out of a political crisis, sparked by the impeachment of one popular president […]

Nigerian soldiers assault civilians with flogging and forced hair-cutting

[ad_1] Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 19:53 Viral images posted to Twitter on November 1 and 2 show Nigerian military officers assaulting civilians in the Beere area of Ibadan: flogging a woman for “indecent dressing” and forcibly cutting the hair of at least six men while taking their money. Oyo state government officials claim to have […]

Syria’s veteran foreign minister Walid Muallem dies at 79

[ad_1] Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 17:17 Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, a stalwart of Bashar al-Assad’s regime who held his job through a decade of conflict and several reshuffles, died Monday at the age of 79.  The veteran diplomat was hit with US and European sanctions early on in the conflict that has torn Syria […]

Pro-Europe challenger Maia Sandu poised to become Moldova’s next president

[ad_1] Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 09:11 Pro-European challenger Maia Sandu has won the second round of Moldova’s presidential election and is well ahead of the pro-Russian incumbent with almost all ballots counted, according to the central election commission. The former prime minister was leading Sunday night with 57 percent of the votes over Igor Dodon’s […]

Peru’s interim president resigns after massive protests

[ad_1] Issued on: 15/11/2020 – 18:36 Peru’s interim president, Manuel Merino, resigned on Sunday, less than a week into his new administration, after protests calling for his removal left two dead and dozens injured, plunging the country into yet another political crisis.  “I want to let the whole country know that I’m resigning,” Merino said […]

Peru in political crisis amid mass protests over president’s impeachment

[ad_1] The head of Peru’s congress demanded the “immediate resignation” of acting President Manuel Merino on Saturday after at least three people were killed during demonstrations in the capital Lima. Protesters were calling for the reinstatement of popular ex-president Martin Vizcarra, who was impeached on November 9. At least three people were killed in Lima […]

Armenians begin mass exodus from Nagorno-Karabakh ahead of Azerbaijan handover

[ad_1] Issued on: 15/11/2020 – 10:54 Armenia on Sunday was due to begin handing over disputed territory to Azerbaijan as part of a peace accord that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Residents of the Kalbajar district in Azerbaijan that was controlled by Armenian separatists for decades began a mass exodus […]

Austria shuts schools, most stores, to curb spread of virus

[ad_1] Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz makes an address behind a plexiglass shield, at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. The Austrian government has moved to restrict freedom of movement for people, in an effort to slow the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) Austria announced Saturday that it is […]

Virus curbs tighten in Europe as global deaths top 1.3 mn

[ad_1] The Italy region of Tuscany is just one part of Europe that will see new anti-coronavirus restrictions A swathe of new restrictions to curtail a second wave of coronavirus infections were announced or came into force from Austria to Greece, Italy to Portugal on Saturday as the global death toll climbed above 1.3 million. […]

France records sharp rise in Covid-19 deaths as Europe tightens restrictions

[ad_1] Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 20:13 The number of confirmed new Covid-19 cases and deaths in France rose sharply in the last 24 hours, according to French health ministry data published Saturday as a number of European countries announced new restrictions to stem a deadly second wave. France registered 32,095 new Covid-19 cases over the […]

Pompeo arrives in France at start of awkward Europe and Middle East tour

[ad_1] Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 15:48 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in France Saturday at the start of a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East, a trip that is certain to be awkward since all the countries on his schedule have congratulated Joe Biden over his victory in the US presidential […]

French security bill proposes to outlaw dissemination of ‘malicious’ images of police

[ad_1] Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 18:13 A new French security bill proposes to forbid the dissemination for “malicious purposes” of images of police officers doing their jobs. Supporters of the legislation say it would protect officers from malevolent personal attacks using social media. Detractors say it threatens to make it harder for journalists and NGOs […]