Nicaraguan police brutalises journalists in crackdown on independent media

Nicaraguan police on Saturday beat at least seven journalists with batons, including one of the country’s best known editors, in an escalating crackdown on independent media in the aftermath of protests against President Daniel Ortega. Earlier this week police occupied the offices of prominent editor Carlos Fernando Chamorro, along with buildings used by several civil… Read More Nicaraguan police brutalises journalists in crackdown on independent media

Twelve killed, dozens missing as insurgents attack soldiers in Borno State

At least 12 Nigerian soldiers were killed and dozens of others are missing after fighting with Islamists in the northeastern state of Borno, three military sources said on Sunday, one of the largest known losses of life by the army in the last month. The army said it repelled the attack in which it said… Read More Twelve killed, dozens missing as insurgents attack soldiers in Borno State

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko names head of independent Orthodox church following split from Russia

Ukraine chose the head of a new national Orthodox church on Saturday, marking an historic split from Russia which its leaders see as vital to the country’s security and independence. President Petro Poroshenko said 39-year-old Metropolitan Epifaniy of the Kiev Patriarchate church had been chosen as head of the church by a council, comparing the… Read More Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko names head of independent Orthodox church following split from Russia

Thousands take to the streets to protest new labor law in Hungary

Thousands of Hungarians thronged the streets of Budapest on Sunday in the fourth and largest protest in a week against what they see as the increasingly authoritarian rule of right-wing nationalist Viktor Orban. Braving sub-zero temperatures, setting off flares and waving Hungarian and European Union flags, about 10,000 demonstrators walked from historic Heroes’ Square toward… Read More Thousands take to the streets to protest new labor law in Hungary