Pope Francis thanks Italian health workers in first post-lockdown audience

Pope Francis on Saturday held his first audience for a group of people since Italy lifted its coronavirus lockdown, granting it to health workers from the Italian region most affected by the pandemic. “You were one of the supporting pillars of the entire country,” he told doctors and nurses from the Lombardy region gathered in… Read More Pope Francis thanks Italian health workers in first post-lockdown audience

Swiss prosecutors launch probe into alleged Glencore involvement in Congo corruption

Switzerland’s Attorney General’s Office (OAG) has opened a criminal probe into commodity miner and trader Glencore over allegations it failed to have measures in place to prevent corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Swiss-based, London-listed multinational, which is subject to various international inquiries, said it would cooperate with the probe, but declined… Read More Swiss prosecutors launch probe into alleged Glencore involvement in Congo corruption

Top French court upholds $56million fine imposed on Google over privacy breach

France’s top administrative court upheld a 50 million-euro fine (an equivalent of $56 million) imposed last year on Alphabet’s Google for breaching European Union online privacy rules, it said on Friday. Although representing a tiny fraction of Google’s financial resources, the penalty sent ripples through Silicon Valley and is still the biggest fine imposed for… Read More Top French court upholds $56million fine imposed on Google over privacy breach

Thousands protest in Mali demanding resignation of President Ibrahim Keita

Tens of thousands protested in Bamako on Friday demanding the Malian president resign or face civil disorder despite political concessions offered in response to mounting frustration over the many crises afflicting the west African nation. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, re-elected in 2018 for a second five-year term, is struggling with a years-long security crisis in… Read More Thousands protest in Mali demanding resignation of President Ibrahim Keita

North Korea gears to send propaganda leaflets into South Korea amid tensions

North Korea is gearing up to send propaganda leaflets over its southern border, denouncing North Korean defectors and South Korea, its state media said on Saturday, the latest retaliation for leaflets from the South as bilateral tensions rise. Enraged North Korean people across the country “are actively pushing forward with the preparations for launching a… Read More North Korea gears to send propaganda leaflets into South Korea amid tensions

China, India trade accusations on de facto border violation

India and China on Saturday each traded accusations that the other had violated their shared de facto border, an area that this week became the site of the deadliest clash in half a century between the two nuclear-armed giants. A day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to downplay Monday’s clash, which killed at… Read More China, India trade accusations on de facto border violation