U.S. federal judge rules that prohibition of nationals under felony indictment from buying firearms unconstitutional

A federal law prohibiting people under felony indictment from buying firearms is unconstitutional, a federal judge in Texas has concluded, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that significantly expanded gun rights. U.S. District Judge David Counts, an appointee of Republican former President Donald Trump, reached that conclusion on Monday in dismissing a federal indictment against… Read More U.S. federal judge rules that prohibition of nationals under felony indictment from buying firearms unconstitutional

Tigray regional forces say Eritrea launches offensive over border

Forces in Ethiopia’s Tigray region said troops from neighbouring Eritrea started a full-scale offensive on Tuesday and heavy fighting was taking place in several areas along the border. Two aid workers also reported intense fighting along the border, including shelling into a displaced persons camp on the outskirts of the village of Ziban Gedena. They… Read More Tigray regional forces say Eritrea launches offensive over border

Flemish Catholic bishops allow blessing of same-sex unions in defiance of Vatican ruling

Flemish Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday issued a document effectively allowing the blessing of same-sex unions, in direct defiance of a ruling against such practices by the Vatican’s doctrinal office. The document published on the website of the Bishops’ Conference of Belgium suggested a ritual that included a prayer and a benediction for stable same-sex… Read More Flemish Catholic bishops allow blessing of same-sex unions in defiance of Vatican ruling

Separatists in occupied Ukrainian regions to hold referendum between September 23 to 27

Two Russian-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine announced plans to hold referendums on joining Russia later this week and an ally of President Vladimir Putin said the votes would alter the geopolitical landscape in Moscow’s favour forever. The move, which seriously escalates Moscow’s standoff with the West, comes after Russia suffered a battlefield reversal in northeast… Read More Separatists in occupied Ukrainian regions to hold referendum between September 23 to 27

Russia’s parliament approves bill imposing stricter punishments for crimes during military mobilisation

Russia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a bill to toughen punishments for a host of crimes such as desertion, damage to military property and insubordination if they are committed during military mobilisation or combat situations. The bill, passed in its second and third readings on Tuesday by the lower house of parliament, the Duma, comes amid… Read More Russia’s parliament approves bill imposing stricter punishments for crimes during military mobilisation

European rights court rules against parents of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday against the parents of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, saying that Portugal had given them a fair hearing in their libel battle against a former Portuguese policeman. The police officer, Goncalo Amaral, who worked on the investigation into Madeleine‚Äôs disappearance in 2007, suggested in a book… Read More European rights court rules against parents of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann