French court convicts former President Nicolas Sarkozy on corruption charges

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption on Monday and sentenced to three years in prison, a stunning fall from grace for a man who for five years bestrode the national and global stage. A Paris court found that Sarkozy, 66, had tried to bribe a judge after leaving office, and to… Read More French court convicts former President Nicolas Sarkozy on corruption charges

Russia accuses Twitter of violating law over failure to delete content

Russia’s communications regulator accused Twitter on Monday of violating Russian law, saying the social media platform had not complied with some of its requests to delete banned content. Roskomnadzor said Twitter had failed to delete 2,862 posts containing material linked to suicide, pornography and drugs since 2017. It could be fined heavily it found guilty… Read More Russia accuses Twitter of violating law over failure to delete content

China pledges to provide Afghanistan with 400,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine

China has pledged to deliver 400,000 doses of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine to Afghanistan, Afghan officials said on Monday, in a boost for an immunisation campaign begun last week. “China’s ambassador to Kabul said in a meeting with health officials that his country would provide Afghanistan with 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine,” Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, the… Read More China pledges to provide Afghanistan with 400,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine

Myanmar court files new charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared at a court hearing via video conferencing on Monday as supporters marched in several towns and cities in defiance of a crackdown after the bloodiest day since the February 1 military coup. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of protesters in the main… Read More Myanmar court files new charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo urges citizens to ignore coronavirus conspiracy theories

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo urged citizens of the West African state on Sunday to ignore conspiracy theories surrounding coronavirus vaccines ahead of the launch of its nationwide inoculation campaign against the virus on Tuesday. “Fellow Ghanaians, I know there are still some who continue to express doubts about the vaccine, others have expressed reservations about… Read More Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo urges citizens to ignore coronavirus conspiracy theories

Kazakh police detain dozens at opposition rallies

Police in Kazakhstan detained dozens of opposition supporters on Sunday who took to the streets of major cities denouncing what they called political repression in the oil-rich Central Asian nation. The ruling Nur Otan party has dominated the political scene in the former Soviet republic for almost three decades while opposition movements, sidelined and with… Read More Kazakh police detain dozens at opposition rallies

At least two killed as security forces try to arrest Chadian opposition candidate Yaya Dillo

At least two people were killed after security forces went to arrest Chad’s opposition candidate Yaya Dillo at his home on Sunday morning, Dillo and the government said. Dillo, who plans to run against President Idriss Deby in a presidential election in April, said he was attacked at home by members of the presidential guard… Read More At least two killed as security forces try to arrest Chadian opposition candidate Yaya Dillo

South Africa signs deal to secure Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

South Africa has signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and will ease restrictions due to a decline in new cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. South Africa has been the hardest-hit on the continent by the pandemic, recording almost half of the COVID-19 deaths and more… Read More South Africa signs deal to secure Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine