U.S. court jails Mexican megachurch leader Naason Joaquin Garcia on child sex abuse charges

The head of a Mexico-based evangelical megachurch that claims about 5 million followers worldwide was sentenced on Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom to 16 years and eight months in prison for sexually abusing three girls. Naason Joaquin Garcia, leader and self-styled apostle of the Guadalajara-based church La Luz del Mundo (Light of the World),… Read More U.S. court jails Mexican megachurch leader Naason Joaquin Garcia on child sex abuse charges

Thailand legalises growing and consumption of marijuana

Thailand legalised the growing of marijuana and its consumption in food and drinks on Thursday, the first Asian country to do so, with the aim of boosting its agriculture and tourism sectors but smoking pot is still against the law. Shoppers queued up at outlets selling cannabis-infused drinks, sweets and other items as advocates of… Read More Thailand legalises growing and consumption of marijuana

Court in Donetsk sentences two Britons and one Moroccan to death

Two Britons and a Moroccan who were captured while fighting for Ukraine were sentenced to death on Thursday by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), one of Russia’s proxies in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported. The court found the three men – Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner and Moroccan Brahim… Read More Court in Donetsk sentences two Britons and one Moroccan to death

Ukraine imposes sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin, top officials

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a decree imposing sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on Russian President Vladimir Putin and dozens of other top Russian officials, his website said on Thursday. The sanctioned officials included Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, veteran Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.… Read More Ukraine imposes sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin, top officials

UN General Assembly elects Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland to Security Council

The United Nations General Assembly elected Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday for two-year term starting on January 1, 2023. All five countries ran unopposed for a spot on the 15-member body, which is charged with maintaining international peace and security. They will replace India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico… Read More UN General Assembly elects Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland to Security Council