U.S. judge sentences singer R. Kelly to thirty years imprisonment on sexual abuse charges

R. Kelly was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 years in prison, following the multiplatinum R&B singer’s conviction for exploiting his stardom and wealth over decades to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex. The sentence was imposed nine months after Kelly, 55, was convicted of racketeering and sex crimes, in a trial… Read More U.S. judge sentences singer R. Kelly to thirty years imprisonment on sexual abuse charges

U.S. judge sentences socialite Ghislaine Maxwell to twenty years imprisonment for sex trafficking

Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for helping the sex offender and globetrotting financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. The British socialite, 60, was convicted in December for recruiting and grooming four girls to have sexual encounters with Epstein, then her boyfriend, between 1994 and 2004. The monthlong trial… Read More U.S. judge sentences socialite Ghislaine Maxwell to twenty years imprisonment for sex trafficking

Germany to return stolen pre-colonial artefact to Cameroon

Germany will return agoddess statue that was stolen from Cameroon 120 years ago, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said on Monday, part of a growing trend to give back artefacts taken during the colonial era. The female figure, known as Ngonnso’, will be returned to the kingdom of Nso’ in northwestern Cameroon. It was taken… Read More Germany to return stolen pre-colonial artefact to Cameroon

Iran, Argentina submit applications to join BRICS group

Iran, which holds the world’s second largest gas reserves, has applied to join the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa that Beijing and Moscow cast as a powerful emerging market alternative to the West. The term BRIC was coined by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill in 2001 to describe the startling… Read More Iran, Argentina submit applications to join BRICS group

Twelve dead, scores injured following chlorine gas leak at Jordan’s Aqaba port

At least 12 people died and 251 were injured in a chlorine gas leak from a storage tank at Jordan’s Aqaba port, officials and state media reported on Monday. The leak came after a tank filled with 25 tonnes of chlorine gas being exported to Djibouti fell while being transported, officials said. A video posted… Read More Twelve dead, scores injured following chlorine gas leak at Jordan’s Aqaba port

Forty-nine dead following prison riot in southwestern Colombia

Forty-nine inmates died during an overnight riot in a prison in the southwestern Colombian city of Tulua, the head of the national prisons agency said early on Tuesday. “It is a tragic and disastrous event,” General Tito Castellanos, the head of the INPEC agency, told local Caracol Radio, adding that the prison had a total… Read More Forty-nine dead following prison riot in southwestern Colombia

G7 leaders agree to tackle Russian cyber attacks and disinformation

The Group of Seven leaders agreed on Tuesday to strengthen their countries’ defences against foreign disinformation and cyber attacks, including threats posed by Russia. “We also commit to further strengthening our internal security in light of transnational threats including those posed by Russia and other authoritarian regimes,” said the G7 communique at the end of… Read More G7 leaders agree to tackle Russian cyber attacks and disinformation

Russia sanctions, energy, food security among top topics at 2022 G7 Summit

Leaders of the Group of Seven rich democracies met for their three-day annual summit this week at a luxury castle resort in the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany. Here are some of the highlights on what the G7 agreed on Tuesday, the final day of the summit: RUSSIA SANCTIONS “We will explore further measures to… Read More Russia sanctions, energy, food security among top topics at 2022 G7 Summit