U.S. senators urge President Joe Biden to impose more sanctions on Myanmar military junta

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday urged the Biden administration to slap more sanctions on the military junta in Myanmar, including choking revenues to a state energy company, in response to its coup and violent crackdown on protesters. Senators Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, and Marco Rubio, a Republican, and four others urged Secretary… Read More U.S. senators urge President Joe Biden to impose more sanctions on Myanmar military junta

U.S. appeals court reject Ghislaine Maxwell’s bail request

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s request for bail, as she prepares for trial on charges she procured teenage girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. In a brief order, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that to the extent Maxwell is being deprived of sleep in… Read More U.S. appeals court reject Ghislaine Maxwell’s bail request

Nigerian lawmakers call for action on nation’s security crisis

Nigeria’s parliament called on the presidency, armed forces and police to address the country’s mounting security crisis on Tuesday, with the lower house urging President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency. The resolutions come as a wave of violence and lawlessness sweeps across Africa’s largest economy. Security forces, including the military deployed across… Read More Nigerian lawmakers call for action on nation’s security crisis

Israeli security forces shoot down Hezbollah drone at border with Lebanon

Israeli forces shot down a drone belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah group that crossed into northern Israel from Lebanon on Tuesday, the Israeli military said. In a statement, the military said that earlier in the day troops had located another Hezbollah drone that had been shot down along the border with Lebanon several weeks ago.… Read More Israeli security forces shoot down Hezbollah drone at border with Lebanon

Iran calls for prisoner exchange with U.S. as nuclear talks continue

Iran on Tuesday renewed a call for a prisoner exchange with the United States as the longtime foes continue talks with world powers over a possible U.S. return to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear accord with world powers. The powers sought on Tuesday to speed up efforts to bring Washington and Tehran back into compliance with the… Read More Iran calls for prisoner exchange with U.S. as nuclear talks continue

Teenage Jordanian boxer Rashed Al-Swaisat dies from brain injury

Teenage Jordanian boxer Rashed Al-Swaisat has died in hospital more than a week after he sustained a brain injury at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) world youth championships in Poland. The 19-year-old Al-Swaisat was taken to hospital on April 16 where he underwent emergency brain surgery after he collapsed during the third round of his… Read More Teenage Jordanian boxer Rashed Al-Swaisat dies from brain injury

France calls for civilian national unity government in Chad

France on Tuesday moved away from backing a civilian-military transition in Chad calling for a civilian national unity government to be put in place to run its former colony until elections within 18 months. After President Idriss Deby’s death, a military council headed by his son, Mahamat Idriss Deby, seized power and said it would… Read More France calls for civilian national unity government in Chad