Guinea opposition parties reject proposed transition timeline

Guinea’s main opposition parties have rejected the ruling military junta’s proposed 39-month democratic transition timeline, they said in a statement on Wednesday. Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, head of the junta that took power in a coup last September, said this month it would probably take more than three years for the West African country to transition… Read More Guinea opposition parties reject proposed transition timeline

Russia vows response to Finland NATO membership application

Finland said on Thursday it would apply to join NATO “without delay”, with Sweden expected to follow, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine looked set to bring about the very expansion of the Western military alliance that Vladimir Putin aimed to prevent. The decision by the two Nordic countries to abandon the neutrality they maintained throughout… Read More Russia vows response to Finland NATO membership application

North Korea test-fires three ballistic missiles towards sea off east coast

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles toward the sea off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea said, in the latest such move by the isolated country racing to advance its weapons programmes on the day it first reported a COVID-19 outbreak. Japan’s coastguard confirmed the launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea, citing… Read More North Korea test-fires three ballistic missiles towards sea off east coast

UK reaches new security agreements with Sweden and Finland

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday said he had agreed new deals with Sweden and Finland to bolster European security, pledging to support both countries’ armed forces should they come under attack. Johnson signed the new declarations, described by Britain as “a step-change in defence and security cooperation”, during visits to both Sweden and… Read More UK reaches new security agreements with Sweden and Finland

Greece parliament approves bill banning LGBTQ conversion therapy

Greece on Wednesday banned conversion therapy for minors, a practice aimed at suppressing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity and which the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community worldwide, as well as health experts, have condemned as harmful. Under the bill, which Greece’s parliament approved, psychologists or other health professionals need a person’s explicit… Read More Greece parliament approves bill banning LGBTQ conversion therapy

North Korea orders national lockdown following report of first coronavirus outbreak

North Korea reported its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and ordering a national lockdown, with state media saying an Omicron variant had been detected in the capital, Pyongyang. North Korea had never confirmed a COVID infection before Thursday although South Korean and U.S. officials have said there could have… Read More North Korea orders national lockdown following report of first coronavirus outbreak

Jailed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili transferred to private clinic for medical treatment

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was transferred to a private medical facility for treatment on Thursday after his health significantly deteriorated in prison following two hunger strikes. A lawyer for Saakashvili said his legal team was aware that he had been transferred to a clinic in the capital Tbilisi but said it had not received… Read More Jailed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili transferred to private clinic for medical treatment