Seven dead following gas explosion at gold mine in Zimbabwe

Seven people, including six foreign nationals, died when some gas cylinders exploded at the SAS gold mine in Zimbabwe’s Mazowe district on Thursday, police said. The six foreigners were Chinese, Mazowe lawmaker Fortune Chasi said. “When I got there, the police were collecting the bodies. Ministry of mines officials and other government officials were there… Read More Seven dead following gas explosion at gold mine in Zimbabwe

French court rules against lawsuit seeking tighter restrictions on porn sites

A French court on Friday, citing a legal technicality,rejected a claim brought by two children’s associations that aimed to tighten access to some of the world’s biggest porn websites. Through their complaint against France’s top telecom firms, the groups had hoped to block or further restrict children’s access to nine top porn sites, including PornHub… Read More French court rules against lawsuit seeking tighter restrictions on porn sites

Russia accuses three U.S. embassy staff of theft, asks for lifting of their immunity

Russia has asked the U.S. embassy in Moscow to lift the diplomatic immunity of three of its staff suspected of stealing things from a Russian citizen, the Interfax news agency quoted the foreign ministry as saying on Friday. If the United States refused to lift their diplomatic immunity, the three employees would have to leave… Read More Russia accuses three U.S. embassy staff of theft, asks for lifting of their immunity

At least fifteen injured as U.S. nuclear submarine hits object in Asia-Pacific region

A U.S. Navy submarine hit an “object” while submerged in the Asia-pacific region, but the incident did not result in any life-threatening injuries, the United States military said on Thursday. The incident took place on Saturday and the submarine’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not impacted and remain operational, the Navy said in a… Read More At least fifteen injured as U.S. nuclear submarine hits object in Asia-Pacific region

Czechs vote in parliamentary elections

Czechs began voting on Friday in a closely-fought parliamentary election, with Prime Minister Andrej Babis seeking a second term despite criticism that he mismanaged the pandemic, drove up the national debt and pursued his own business interests in office. Opinion polls put Babis’s populist ANO party only a few percentage points ahead of each of… Read More Czechs vote in parliamentary elections

Philippine, Russian journalists win 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for tackling corruption and misrule

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, who braved the wrath of the leaders of the Philippines and Russia to expose corruption and misrule, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, in an endorsement of free speech under fire worldwide. The two were awarded “for their courageous fight for freedom of expression” in their countries, Chairwoman… Read More Philippine, Russian journalists win 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for tackling corruption and misrule

Chinese police detains former journalist Luo Changping for alleged defamation of war heroes

A Chinese former journalist whose work exposed official corruption has been detained by police on suspicion of insulting “heroes and martyrs” of the Korean War after comments he made about a patriotic film, state media reported. According to screenshots of a social media post that can no longer be accessed, Luo Changping said Chinese people… Read More Chinese police detains former journalist Luo Changping for alleged defamation of war heroes

Japan’s new PM Fumio Kishida holds first talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday he had agreed in his first talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping since taking office on the need to work together on issues of shared concern. “I frankly raised concerns between both countries from my side, and I suggested we should continue dialogue in the future,”… Read More Japan’s new PM Fumio Kishida holds first talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping