Hong Kong police raid museum commemorating victims of 1989 Tiananmen crackdown

Hong Kong police on Thursday raided the premises of the closed June 4th Museum, dedicated to the victims of China’s 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The raid came hours after a dozen pro-democracy activists pleaded guilty of knowingly participating in an unauthorised assembly during last year’s June 4 anniversary,… Read More Hong Kong police raid museum commemorating victims of 1989 Tiananmen crackdown

Russia, Belarus agree to establish unified energy market and strengthen economic integration

The leaders of Russia and Belarus on Thursday agreed to set up a unified oil and gas market and to deepen economic integration in the face of what they regard as unjustified Western sanctions on both their economies. The agreement, reached after Kremlin talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, is… Read More Russia, Belarus agree to establish unified energy market and strengthen economic integration

Guinea military junta orders banks to freeze all government accounts

Guinea’s military junta, which seized power over the weekend, said on Thursday that it has ordered the central bank and other banks to freeze all government accounts. On Sunday a group of special forces soldiers said they ousted President Alpha Conde over concerns about poverty and endemic corruption. The banking freeze was aimed at “securing… Read More Guinea military junta orders banks to freeze all government accounts

First international commercial flight leaves Kabul airport since Taliban takeover

The first international commercial flight since the end of the chaotic Western airlift from Afghanistan last month departed from Kabul airport on Thursday, Qatar’s foreign minister said. A large group of foreigners were aboard the Doha-bound flight, Al Jazeera television reported. The Qatar Airways plane had arrived in Kabul earlier on Thursday carrying aid, it… Read More First international commercial flight leaves Kabul airport since Taliban takeover

Exiled former President Ashraf Ghani apologizes to Afghan people

Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled Kabul as Taliban forces reached the outskirts of the city last month, apologized on Wednesday for the abrupt fall of his government but denied that he had taken millions of dollars with him. In a statement posted on Twitter, Ghani said he had left at the urging of… Read More Exiled former President Ashraf Ghani apologizes to Afghan people

Two Afghan journalists beaten in Taliban custody for covering women protests in Kabul

Two Afghan journalists were beaten in police custody this week after covering a protest by women in Kabul where they were detained by the Taliban, their editor said. Zaki Daryabi, founder and editor-in-chief of the Etilaat Roz newspaper, shared images on social media of two male reporters, one with large, red welts across his lower… Read More Two Afghan journalists beaten in Taliban custody for covering women protests in Kabul

Iranian foreign minister meets Qatari counterpart amid nuclear deal tensions

Iran’s foreign minister met his visiting counterpart from U.S.-allied Qatar on Thursday, state media reported, as Tehran and Washington appear to be at an impasse over the fate of talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal. Iran on Wednesday warned Western states against rebuking it at the International Atomic Energy Agency after the U.N. atomic… Read More Iranian foreign minister meets Qatari counterpart amid nuclear deal tensions

German prosecutors raid finance, justice ministries in money laundering probe

German prosecutors raided the finance and justice ministries on Thursday as part of an investigation into the government’s anti-money laundering agency, putting the spotlight on Germany’s failings in tackling financial crime. The probe into the Financial Intelligence Unit, an agency of the finance ministry under Social Democrat chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz, is looking at whether… Read More German prosecutors raid finance, justice ministries in money laundering probe