U.S., UK, Australia and Canada announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

Canada joined Australia, Britain and the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on Wednesday, with China calling the boycotts “political posturing” and a smear campaign. The United States was the first to announce the boycott this week, saying on Monday its government officials would not attend February’s Beijing Olympics… Read More U.S., UK, Australia and Canada announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

Hong Kong court convicts three pro-democracy activists over June 4 assembly

A Hong Kong court found three prominent pro-democracy activists guilty on Thursday of unauthorised assembly over a June 4 vigil last year to mark Beijing’s 1989 crackdown on protesters in and around Tiananmen Square. Hong Kong has traditionally held the world’s largest annual June 4 vigils, as part of wide-ranging freedoms promised when it returned… Read More Hong Kong court convicts three pro-democracy activists over June 4 assembly

Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore fires PM Christophe Dabire amid escalating security crisis

Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore fired his prime minister on Wednesday amid an escalating security crisis that has killed thousands and led to street protests calling for his ouster. Burkina Faso, one of West Africa’s poorest nations, has been beset by attacks carried out by groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State since 2016,… Read More Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore fires PM Christophe Dabire amid escalating security crisis

Three UN staff injured following attack in eastern DR Congo

Three United Nations staff members were injured when their vehicle came under fire in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, their agency said. Unidentified gunmen attacked a vehicle of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR in North Kivu province’s Lubero territory. The staff’s military escort, provided by U.N. peacekeepers, then accompanied them to safety, a… Read More Three UN staff injured following attack in eastern DR Congo

Seven UN peacekeepers dead, three injured following as convoy hits explosive device in central Mali

An explosion on Wednesday in central Mali killed seven United Nations peacekeepers and seriously wounded three others, the U.N. mission said on Twitter. A logistics convoy hit an improvised explosive device between the towns of Douentza and Sevare, an area where groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate. No group claimed responsibility on… Read More Seven UN peacekeepers dead, three injured following as convoy hits explosive device in central Mali

Malaysian court upholds conviction of former PM Najib Razak

A Malaysian court on Wednesday upheld former premier Najib Razak’s conviction on corruption charges over a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), dealing a blow to his hopes of a political comeback. Najib was appealing a 12-year prison sentence and $50 million fine imposed by Kuala Lumpur High Court last year… Read More Malaysian court upholds conviction of former PM Najib Razak

Peru Congress rejects motion to begin impeachment of President Pedro Castillo

Peru’s Congress voted against a motion to start an impeachment process against President Pedro Castillo on Tuesday, giving the under fire leftist leader some breathing room. The unicameral legislature vote saw 46 lawmakers in favor and 76 against the motion, with four abstentions. It had needed 52 votes to pass, which would have forced an… Read More Peru Congress rejects motion to begin impeachment of President Pedro Castillo