Dubai to kick off coronavirus inoculation with Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

Dubai will start inoculating people with the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech for free from Wednesday, the emirate’s government said, joining Saudi Arabia which last week became the first Arab country to begin using this vaccine. The move comes after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain earlier this month rolled out a… Read More Dubai to kick off coronavirus inoculation with Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

Hong Kong court grants media tycoon Jimmy Lai bail

A Hong Kong court granted HK$10 million (an equivalent of $1.3 million) bail on Wednesday to media tycoon Jimmy Lai, the highest profile pro-democracy activist charged under the city’s new national security law, on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces. Lai is one of the financial hub’s most ardent Beijing critics, while his Next Media… Read More Hong Kong court grants media tycoon Jimmy Lai bail

Turkish court sentences journalist Can Dundar to 27 years imprisonment in absentia on espionage charges

Turkish journalist Can Dundar was sentenced in absentia to 27 years and six months in prison for espionage and aiding an armed terrorist organisation, his lawyers said on Wednesday, calling the verdict politically motivated. Dundar, the former editor-in-chief of Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, and a colleague, Erdem Gul, were both sentenced in 2016 to five… Read More Turkish court sentences journalist Can Dundar to 27 years imprisonment in absentia on espionage charges

Ugandan police detain human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo on corruption charges

Police said they had detained a prominent Ugandan human rights lawyer and government critic over money laundering allegations, in what his organisation said was part of a crackdown on dissent ahead of elections next month. Nicholas Opiyo heads Chapter Four Uganda, a civil liberties watchdog that has often helped defend leaders and supporters of opposition… Read More Ugandan police detain human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo on corruption charges

South Korean court sentences wife of former justice minister to four years imprisonment for corruption

A South Korean court on Wednesday sentenced the wife of a former justice minister to four years in prison and nearly half a million dollars in fines in a family investment and university admissions case that led to her husband’s resignation last year. The Seoul Central District Court ruled that Chung Kyung-shim should face prison… Read More South Korean court sentences wife of former justice minister to four years imprisonment for corruption

U.S. President Donald Trump grants full pardon to former campaign aide George Papadopoulos, several others

President Donald Trump granted a full pardon on Tuesday to George Papadopoulos, a former campaign aide who pleaded guilty as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump also pardoned Alex van der Zwaan, 36, the Dutch son-in-law of Russian billionaire German Khan. Van der Zwaan was sentenced to 30… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump grants full pardon to former campaign aide George Papadopoulos, several others

Three police officers dead, one injured following shooting in central France

Three French police officers were shot dead when a man opened fire on them when they arrived at a house in a remote village in response to a call about domestic violence against a woman, police said on Wednesday. The man suspected of carrying out the attack has been found dead, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin… Read More Three police officers dead, one injured following shooting in central France

U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to not sign coronavirus relief bill, asks for increment of stimulus packages

President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to not sign an $892 billion coronavirus relief bill that includes desperately needed money for individual Americans, saying it should be amended to increase the amount in the stimulus checks. U.S. government operations are being funded on a temporary basis through December 28, waiting for the $1.4 trillion in… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to not sign coronavirus relief bill, asks for increment of stimulus packages