Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye issues pardon to four jailed journalists

Four Burundian journalists arrested in 2019 and jailed in January for offences including undermining state security have been granted a presidential pardon. “Under the terms of the present decree, the convicted prisoners Ndirubusa Agnès, Harerimana Égide, Mpozenzi Terence are granted a complete remission of the freedom-depriving sentence,” President Evariste Ndayishimiye said in a decree. The… Read More Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye issues pardon to four jailed journalists

Pakistani court orders immediate release of men involved in 2002 murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl

A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the immediate release of four men accused of orchestrating the 2002 kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, including the main suspect earlier sentenced to death for masterminding the killing. In April the same court – the Sindh High Court – commuted the death sentence of the main… Read More Pakistani court orders immediate release of men involved in 2002 murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl

UK parliament to vote on Brexit trade deal on December 30

Britain’s parliament will vote to approve a trade deal with the European Union on December 30, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday following the announcement of an agreement with Brussels. He said the deal would be available for scrutiny, “followed by a parliamentary vote, I hope, on December the 30th”. Britain clinched a narrow… Read More UK parliament to vote on Brexit trade deal on December 30

At least twenty dead as migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

At least 20 African migrants died when their boat sank off Tunisia on Thursday as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa, a Tunisian security official said. The coastguard rescued five people and was searching for about 20 others who were still unaccounted for, the official said. The coastline near… Read More At least twenty dead as migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

Ethiopian military kill forty-two people involved in deadly village massacre

Ethiopia’s military has killed 42 armed men who took part in a massacre in western Benishangul-Gumuz region, state-affiliated Fana TV reported on Thursday. Soldiers seized bows and arrows and other weapons from the men who were involved in Wednesday’s dawn attack, Fana said, citing regional officials. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday he had… Read More Ethiopian military kill forty-two people involved in deadly village massacre

U.S. President Donald Trump grants pardons to former aides Paul Manafort and Roger Stone

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted pardons to former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former adviser Roger Stone, sweeping away the most important convictions under the long-running Russia election probe. Trump also issued a pardon for Charles Kushner, a real estate developer and the father of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Trump, taking advantage of… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump grants pardons to former aides Paul Manafort and Roger Stone

China launches antitrust investigation into tech giant Alibaba Group

China has launched an antitrust investigation into Alibaba Group and will summon the tech giant’s Ant Group affiliate to meet in coming days, regulators said on Thursday, in the latest blow for Jack Ma’s e-commerce and fintech empire. The probe is part of an accelerating crackdown on anticompetitive behaviour in China’s booming internet space, and… Read More China launches antitrust investigation into tech giant Alibaba Group

Exiled Minsk archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz returns to Belarus

Minsk’s exiled Catholic archbishop has returned to Belarus after Pope Francis successfully lobbied Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko to allow him back, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday. Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz angered Lukashenko by defending the rights of anti-government protesters and was denied entry in August as he tried to return from a ceremony in… Read More Exiled Minsk archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz returns to Belarus