Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi tests positive for coronavirus

Italy’s former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has been admitted to hospital in Milan for further checks after testing positive for the new coronavirus, his Forza Italia party said on Friday. The party said his medical condition was not a cause for concern. The 83-year-old-media tycoon had been in isolation in his house in the town… Read More Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi tests positive for coronavirus

U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak to place over 2,000 workers on leave

U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak will furlough more than 2,000 workers as a result of the steep decline in travel demand from the coronavirus pandemic. House Transportation Committee chairman Peter DeFazio said the workers were notified this week they would lose their jobs. In May, Amtrak said it needed a new $1.475 billion bailout and disclosed… Read More U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak to place over 2,000 workers on leave

France begins trial of Charlie Hebdo terror attack accomplices

Fourteen alleged accomplices to the Islamist gunmen who attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015 went on trial on Wednesday, as the country recalled a dark episode that marked the onset of a wave of militant violence. French Prime Minister Jean Castex wrote in a tweet the simple words: “Always Charlie”. On January… Read More France begins trial of Charlie Hebdo terror attack accomplices

Russian court sentences two Jehovah’s Witnesses to four year imprisonment on extremism charges

A Russian court has sentenced two Jehovah’s Witnesses to four years in prison after finding them guilty of extremism, the religious group said on Wednesday. Russia’s Supreme Court branded the Jehovah’s Witnesses an “extremist” organization in 2017 and ordered it to disband. Since then the authorities have detained dozens of Jehovah’s Witnesses and convicted them… Read More Russian court sentences two Jehovah’s Witnesses to four year imprisonment on extremism charges

Dozens of Black franchisees file lawsuit against McDonald’s over discrimination

McDonald’s Corp has been sued by 52 Black former franchise owners who accused the fast-food giant of racial discrimination by steering them to depressed, crime-ridden neighborhoods and setting them up for failure. In a complaint seeking up to $1 billion of damages, the plaintiffs said McDonald’s has not offered profitable restaurant locations and growth opportunities… Read More Dozens of Black franchisees file lawsuit against McDonald’s over discrimination

German lawmakers launch probe into collapse of financial firm Wirecard

German lawmakers launched a parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of payments firm Wirecard on Tuesday in an effort to force the government to reveal more about a failure to avert the country’s biggest post-war corporate fraud. The investigation into the implosion of a company once seen as a German success story worth $28 billion will… Read More German lawmakers launch probe into collapse of financial firm Wirecard

Afghanistan releases almost 200 Taliban prisoners in bid to foster peace talks

Afghanistan has freed nearly 200 Taliban prisoners to spur long-delayed peace talks, as a team of negotiators readies to fly this week to Qatar’s capital, Afghan officials said on Wednesday. The prisoners formed part of a group of 400 jailed “hardcore” Islamist separatists whose stalled release had appeared set to delay talks between the government… Read More Afghanistan releases almost 200 Taliban prisoners in bid to foster peace talks