Gunmen fatally shoot journalist Ernesto Mendez, three others in central Mexico

A journalist and three other people were killed when gunmen stormed into a liquor store that he owned in Mexico’s central Guanajuato state, local authorities said Wednesday. Ernesto Mendez, who headed local outlet “Tu Voz,” had previously received threats, human rights organization Article 19 said. In addition to his work as a journalist, Mendez was… Read More Gunmen fatally shoot journalist Ernesto Mendez, three others in central Mexico

U.S. congresswoman Jackie Walorski, three others dead following car crash

U.S. congresswoman Jackie Walorski and two members of her staff were killed in a head-on vehicle collision in Indiana on Wednesday, her office and local police said. Walorski, a Republican who represented Indiana’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, was traveling in a vehicle with the two others when another car veered… Read More U.S. congresswoman Jackie Walorski, three others dead following car crash

ASEAN chairman says bloc will reconsider Myanmar peace plan if executions continue

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be forced to reconsider a peace plan agreed with Myanmar if its military rulers execute more prisoners, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday. The 10-nation bloc, which is hosting a big international gathering this week, has pushed the Myanmar junta to follow a peace “consensus”… Read More ASEAN chairman says bloc will reconsider Myanmar peace plan if executions continue

Afghan Taliban leaders hold discussions over death of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

Top leaders of Afghanistan’s Taliban were holding discussions on Wednesday about how to respond to a U.S. drone strike in Kabul that the United States said killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, three sources in the group said. The United States killed Zawahiri with a missile fired from a drone while he stood on a… Read More Afghan Taliban leaders hold discussions over death of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

Switzerland adopts new EU sanctions on Russia

The Swiss government imposed further sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine on Wednesday, in line with the European Union’s latest measures on gold and gold products, the cabinet said. The government said that it had made two new exceptions with respect to transactions related to agricultural products and oil supplies to third countries,… Read More Switzerland adopts new EU sanctions on Russia

Israeli President Isaac Herzog calls for investigation into alleged sexual abuse of female prison guards

Israeli President Isaac Herzog called on Tuesday for an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of female guards by prisoners at a maximum security prison with the encouragement of their superiors. “Hearing the testimonies of the female prison wardens in recent days, I am filled with shock and pain, and I feel sick,” Herzog said… Read More Israeli President Isaac Herzog calls for investigation into alleged sexual abuse of female prison guards

Iran chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani heads to Vienna for nuclear pact talks

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani will travel to Vienna on Wednesday to hold talks for the revival of the 2015 nuclear pact, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson said, adding that Tehran is ready to reach a deal that guarantees its rights. “Bagheri Kani will leave Tehran in a few hours … In this round… Read More Iran chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani heads to Vienna for nuclear pact talks

Peru’s PM Anibal Torres announces resignation

Peruvian Prime Minister Anibal Torres suddenly resigned on Wednesday morning, amid widening criminal probes centered on President Pedro Castillo, who has grown increasingly isolated after one year in office. Torres said on Twitter his resignation was due to “personal reasons.” A lawyer, Torres was seen as one of Castillo’s most loyal allies. Castillo has overseen… Read More Peru’s PM Anibal Torres announces resignation