Sri Lanka imposes curfew as economic protests turn violent

Police imposed an overnight curfew in several parts of Sri Lanka’s main city of Colombo early on Friday after protests over the government’s handling of the country’s worst economic crisis in decades turned violent, an official said. Hundreds of protesters gathered near President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s private residence in a Colombo suburb late on Thursday and… Read More Sri Lanka imposes curfew as economic protests turn violent

International Criminal Court to open office in Venezuela

International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan said on Thursday during a visit to Venezuelan capital Caracas that the court will open an office there, amid a preliminary investigation into alleged human rights violations by officials. Khan, who appearing on state television with President Nicolas Maduro, said his three-day visit to the South American country had… Read More International Criminal Court to open office in Venezuela

Russian President Vladimir Putin demands foreign clients pay for gas supply in local rouble currency

Russian President Vladimir Putin is demanding foreign buyers pay for Russian gas in roubles from Friday or else have their supplies cut, a move European capitals rejected and which Germany said amounted to “blackmail”. Putin’s decree on Thursday leaves Europe facing the prospect of losing more than a third of its gas supply. Germany, the… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin demands foreign clients pay for gas supply in local rouble currency

Eight peacekeepers dead as UN chopper crashes in eastern DR Congo

Eight peacekeepers were killed when a U.N. helicopter crashed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday amid rebel fighting, the United Nations said. The bodies of the peacekeepers have been taken to Goma and an investigation was underway into the circumstances of the crash, the United Nations said in a statement. They included six… Read More Eight peacekeepers dead as UN chopper crashes in eastern DR Congo

Ethiopia releases former Tigray government officials

Ethiopia has released several former government officials from prison, a lawyer working with them said. The group of ethnic Tigrayans included former members of the government-appointed administration and a member of the ruling party. The state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said on March 18 that at least eight officials had been arrested, but gave no… Read More Ethiopia releases former Tigray government officials

UK lawmaker Jamie Wallis announces gender identity change

A lawmaker in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party said on Wednesday he planned to change his gender identity to become Britain’s first openly transgender member of parliament, a decision he said followed a series of harrowing episodes in his personal life. Jamie Wallis, 37, who represents an area in Wales, said in a statement… Read More UK lawmaker Jamie Wallis announces gender identity change