Nigerian judge strikes out homosexuality case against dozens of men

A judge in a Nigerian court on Tuesday threw out a case against 47 men charged with public displays of affection with members of same sex, ending what had widely been seen as a test of the country’s laws banning homosexual relationships. The Nigerian law banning gay marriage, punishable by up to 14 years in… Read More Nigerian judge strikes out homosexuality case against dozens of men

France urges its citizens to be cautious as anger surges in Muslim nations over cartoon row

France warned its citizens in several Muslim-majority countries to take extra security precautions on Tuesday as anger surged over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, and the head of Russia’s Chechnya region said Paris was pushing people towards terrorism. In Bangladesh, thousands of protesters marched through the capital, with some stamping on a poster of French… Read More France urges its citizens to be cautious as anger surges in Muslim nations over cartoon row

U.S. federal judge rejects government bid to drop Donald Trump from rape accuser’s defamation lawsuit

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a U.S. government request to drop Donald Trump as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit by a writer who said the president falsely denied raping her in a Manhattan department store a quarter century ago. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan refused to let the government substitute itself… Read More U.S. federal judge rejects government bid to drop Donald Trump from rape accuser’s defamation lawsuit

Nine shot dead, opposition presidential candidate detained ahead of elections in Zanzibar

An opposition presidential candidate in Zanzibar detained as he tried to vote early on Tuesday has been released, after nine people were shot dead by security forces ahead of Wednesday’s elections, according to his party. Zanzibar, an Indian Ocean archipelago, is a semi-autonomous state of the East African country of Tanzania and both are due… Read More Nine shot dead, opposition presidential candidate detained ahead of elections in Zanzibar

Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune hospitalised

Algeria’s president has been admitted to a specialised treatment unit in an army hospital, his office said on Tuesday, days before a critical referendum on changes he has pushed to the constitution. The statement from the presidency carried on Algerian state media did not specify if Abdelmadjid Tebboune had tested positive for the coronavirus, but… Read More Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune hospitalised