Virginia governor Ralph Northam signs law abolishing capital punishment

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation on Wednesday abolishing the state’s death penalty, following through on his promise to outlaw capital punishment in a state that has executed more prisoners than any other. At a ceremony at the Greensville Correctional Center, where the state houses its death row, the governor said the move would help… Read More Virginia governor Ralph Northam signs law abolishing capital punishment

Jordan police arrest dozens at Arab Spring anniversary protests

Jordanian riot police on Wednesday broke up protests in Amman and other cities called to mark the 10th anniversary of Arab Spring pro-democracy demonstrations, and authorities detained tens of activists, witnesses said. Police in Amman handcuffed several people who defied a government ban on protests and rounded up others who approached the Dakhiliya roundabout, witnesses… Read More Jordan police arrest dozens at Arab Spring anniversary protests

Myanmar junta releases hundreds arrested during protests crackdown

Myanmar’s junta freed hundreds of demonstrators arrested during its brutal crackdown on protests on Wednesday, while many businesses in Yangon remained shut and streets were deserted after anti-coup activists called for a silent strike. Several buses full of prisoners drove out of Yangon’s Insein jail in the morning, said witnesses, who included lawyers for some… Read More Myanmar junta releases hundreds arrested during protests crackdown

Pope Francis orders pay cuts for cardinals and clerics to save jobs of ordinary employees

Pope Francis has ordered cardinals to take a 10 percent pay cut and reduced the salaries of other clerics working in the Vatican in order to save jobs of ordinary employees as the coronavirus pandemic has hit the Holy See’s income. The Vatican said on Wednesday that Francis issued a decree introducing proportional cuts starting… Read More Pope Francis orders pay cuts for cardinals and clerics to save jobs of ordinary employees

Former Italian Prime Mimister Silvio Berlusconi hospitalized

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been in hospital since Monday and will not be able to attend any public events in the near future, two sources said on Wednesday. It was unclear why the 84-year-old media tycoon was hospitalized, but one source familiar with the matter said it was “nothing serious”. A source… Read More Former Italian Prime Mimister Silvio Berlusconi hospitalized

Ships in Suez Canal diverted to old channel after large container ship runs aground

Ships in the Suez Canal were being diverted to an older channel on Wednesday after a large container ship ran aground, blocking vessels passing through one of the world’s most important waterways, maritime sources and companies involved said. About 12% of world trade, by volume, passes through the canal connecting Europe and Asia, and the… Read More Ships in Suez Canal diverted to old channel after large container ship runs aground

Hong Kong activist Andy Li charged with foreign collusion under national security law

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Andy Li was charged on Wednesday with “conspiracy to commit collusion” with a foreign country to endanger national security, two days after he was released from a Chinese prison. At the city’s West Kowloon Court, the prosecutor told the judge that Li, who had been detained by Chinese authorities after trying… Read More Hong Kong activist Andy Li charged with foreign collusion under national security law

Tesla chief Elon Musk says vehicles can now be bought using bitcoin

Tesla Inc chief Elon Musk said on Wednesday the company’s electric vehicles can now be bought using bitcoin and the option will be available outside the United States later this year. “You can now buy a Tesla with bitcoin,” he tweeted on Wednesday, adding that bitcoin paid to Tesla will not be converted into conventional… Read More Tesla chief Elon Musk says vehicles can now be bought using bitcoin