Northern Irish police arrest four over murder of journalist Lyra McKee

Northern Irish police said on Wednesday they had arrested four men in relation to the 2019 killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry, whose death sparked outrage in the British-run province. The men, aged 19, 20, 21 and 33, were arrested under the Terrorism Act by officers investigating McKee’s murder, police said. The New IRA,… Read More Northern Irish police arrest four over murder of journalist Lyra McKee

UK lawmakers ban Chinese envoy from parliament events over sanctions row

The Chinese ambassador to Britain has been banned from attending an event in the British parliament because Beijing imposed sanctions on lawmakers who highlighted alleged human right abuses in Xinjiang. China placed the sanctions on nine British politicians, lawyers and an academic in March for spreading what it said were “lies and disinformation” the over… Read More UK lawmakers ban Chinese envoy from parliament events over sanctions row

British communications firm OneWeb launches satellites into orbit in global internet services push

British-based firm OneWeb launched 34 satellites into orbit from a cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, expanding its in-orbit constellation to 322 satellites, it said on Wednesday. The satellites lifted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome at 1807 GMT on Tuesday, it said in a statement. OneWeb plans to launch a total of 648 low earth orbit satellites to… Read More British communications firm OneWeb launches satellites into orbit in global internet services push

Thai court approves bail request of four protest movement leaders

A court in Thailand granted bail on Wednesday to four leaders of an anti-government protest movement, their lawyer said, after more than a month in pre-trial detention over unrest at recent demonstrations against the prime minister. The student-led rallies have gathered steam since late June, when the movement that sought army-backed premier Prayuth Chan-ocha’s removal… Read More Thai court approves bail request of four protest movement leaders

South Korea successfully tests submarine-launched ballistic missile

South Korea successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on Wednesday. It is the first country without nuclear weapons to develop such a system as it aims to better counter North Korea’s growing capabilities. South Korea’s missile test came the same day as North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast,… Read More South Korea successfully tests submarine-launched ballistic missile

Hong Kong court jails nine activists for unauthorised Tiananmen vigil

Nine Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were sentenced to between six and 10 months in prison on Wednesday for taking part in an unauthorised assembly at last year’s vigil for the victims of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on protesters. The former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with the promise of wide-ranging… Read More Hong Kong court jails nine activists for unauthorised Tiananmen vigil

North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles

North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, ratcheting up regional tensions just days after testing a cruise missile with possible nuclear capabilities. Pyongyang has been steadily developing its weapons programme amid a standoff over talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals… Read More North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles

Former Angolan leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos returns to country following 30-month exile

Angola’s former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos returned home on Tuesday for the first time since he went into exile in Barcelona in April 2019, the official Angola Press News Agency reported. Dos Santos stepped down four years ago after nearly four decades as president of Africa’s second biggest oil producer, making him one of… Read More Former Angolan leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos returns to country following 30-month exile