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

Tunisian parliament holds online session in defiance to President Kais Saied

Tunisian members of parliament defied President Kais Saied on Wednesday by holding their first full session since last summer when he suspended the chamber and moved to one-man rule. Some 120 MPs attended the online session and were expected to hold a vote against the “exceptional measures” Saied has used since July to brush aside… Read More Tunisian parliament holds online session in defiance to President Kais Saied

Afghanistan Taliban ban women from flying without male chaperone

The Taliban have told airlines in Afghanistan that women cannot board domestic or international flights without a male chaperone, two sources said on Sunday. The move comes after the Taliban backtracked on their previous commitment to open high schools to girls, a u-turn that shocked many Afghans and drew condemnation from humanitarian agencies and foreign… Read More Afghanistan Taliban ban women from flying without male chaperone

U.S. Florida governor Ron DeSantis signs bill limiting LGBTQ instruction in schools

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a Republican-backed bill that bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity for many young students, drawing swift criticism from companies, Democrats and advocacy groups. The legislation, referred to by its opponents as the “don’t say gay” bill, has stirred national controversy and got attention during Sunday’s… Read More U.S. Florida governor Ron DeSantis signs bill limiting LGBTQ instruction in schools