China and Russia veto U.S. push for more UN sanctions on North Korea

China and Russia vetoed on Thursday a U.S.-led push to impose more United Nations sanctions on North Korea over its renewed ballistic missile launches, publicly splitting the U.N. Security Council for the first time since it started punishing Pyongyang in 2006. The remaining 13 council members all voted in favor of the U.S.-drafted resolution that… Read More China and Russia veto U.S. push for more UN sanctions on North Korea

Heavy fighting reported as Congolese army battle M23 rebels

Heavy fighting raged in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday between the army and M23 rebels, who are waging their most sustained offensive since a 2012-2013 insurrection that briefly overran the major city of Goma. The army recaptured its base in Rumangabo from the M23 but the rebels still appeared to control much of… Read More Heavy fighting reported as Congolese army battle M23 rebels

UK prosecutors file lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey on sexual abuse charges

Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said on Thursday actor Kevin Spacey had been charged with a number of sex offences including sexual assault against three men following an investigation by police in London. The Oscar-winning actor had been charged with four counts of sexual assault against the men, Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime… Read More UK prosecutors file lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey on sexual abuse charges

Spanish court dismisses appeal by singer Shakira in tax fraud case

A Spanish court has dismissed an appeal from Colombian singer Shakira and ratified a prior decision, which saw “sufficient evidence” to send her to stand trial over alleged tax fraud, a court document showed on Thursday. Prosecutors claim the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer failed to pay up to 14.5 million euros (an equivalent of $15.54… Read More Spanish court dismisses appeal by singer Shakira in tax fraud case

Russia threatens to expel Western reporters and media outlets if YouTube keeps blocking foreign ministry briefings

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that reporters from Western countries will be expelled from Russia if YouTube blocks access to its spokeswoman’s briefings. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who holds a weekly briefing on Russian foreign policy, including the country’s military intervention in Ukraine, said the foreign ministry had warned YouTube against blocking her content. “We… Read More Russia threatens to expel Western reporters and media outlets if YouTube keeps blocking foreign ministry briefings

Russia prepares law to seize control of subsidiaries of Western companies leaving country

Russia is advancing a new law allowing it to take control of the local businesses of western companies that decide to leave in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, raising the stakes for multinationals trying to exit. The law, which could be in place within weeks, will give Russia sweeping powers to intervene where… Read More Russia prepares law to seize control of subsidiaries of Western companies leaving country

Former British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie pleads not guilty to drug trafficking charges

Former British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to launder money and import cocaine to the United States, his attorney said on Wednesday, following his arrest in Miami. Fahie was ousted as the British overseas territory’s premier this month after the U.S. Department of Justice said he had agreed… Read More Former British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie pleads not guilty to drug trafficking charges