Nine arrested in London protests against increment of police powers

Police arrested nine people who took part in protests in London on Saturday demanding that the government reverse planned legislation that would increase police powers. More than 1,000 people marched through central London and chanted “Kill the Bill” outside government buildings, as well as dancing to music played from a bus. A police statement said… Read More Nine arrested in London protests against increment of police powers

Myanmar protesters maintain consistency three months following coup

Protesters against military rule marched in Myanmar on Saturday three months after a coup ended a democratic transition, with several small blasts compounding a sense of crisis that a U.N. envoy warned could bring state administration to a halt. The military has tried to end dissent and impose its authority on a people largely opposed… Read More Myanmar protesters maintain consistency three months following coup

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta lifts coronavirus lockdown

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday lifted the COVID-19 lockdown he imposed last month, allowing for a reopening of bars and restaurants, religious services and schools, as the rate of infections eases in the East African country. Curbs on travel in the capital Nairobi and four surrounding counties would be lifted, schools will be allowed… Read More Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta lifts coronavirus lockdown

Somalia’s lower parliament votes to cancel presidential term extension

Somalia’s lower house of parliament voted unanimously on Saturday to cancel a controversial two-year presidential term extension it approved last month, a move that might help defuse an armed stand-off in the capital Mogadishu. The vote was broadcast on Somali television and came shortly after President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed addressed parliament and said he was… Read More Somalia’s lower parliament votes to cancel presidential term extension

Kyrgyzstan accuses Tajikistan of military buildup near border

Kyrgyzstan accused neighbour Tajikistan on Saturday of building up troops and military equipment near their border, following clashes on Thursday in which 41 people were killed and more than a hundred wounded. Kyrgyzstan’s border guard service also said Tajik troops opened fire on Kyrgyz vehicles near one Kyrgyz village. Tajikistan made no comment, although a… Read More Kyrgyzstan accuses Tajikistan of military buildup near border

Kabul on high security alert as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan

Kabul security was ramped up on Saturday as the city braced for reaction from the insurgent Taliban as U.S. troops still present under President Joe Biden’s orders, beyond the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in 2020 with the Trump administration. An increased military presence and security at checkpoints were visible in the Afghan capital, and… Read More Kabul on high security alert as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan