Iran retrieves oil cargo confiscated by U.S. near Greek island

An Iranian-flagged tanker has retrieved an oil cargo which the United States had confiscated and is set to leave Greece, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday. The seizure from the Lana, formerly the Pegas, prompted Iranian forces in May to seize two Greek tankers in the Middle East Gulf which have not yet… Read More Iran retrieves oil cargo confiscated by U.S. near Greek island

Legal team of U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner files appeal against Russian narcotics conviction

The defence team of Brittney Griner, the U.S. basketball star jailed for nine years in Russia on drugs charges, appealed on Monday against her conviction for narcotics possession and trafficking. Griner was convicted on August 4 in a verdict that U.S. President Joe Biden called “unacceptable”. Washington says she was wrongfully detained and has offered… Read More Legal team of U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner files appeal against Russian narcotics conviction

Iran says it does not bear any responsibility for attack on novelist Salman Rushdie

No one has the right to level accusations against Iran over Friday’s attack on Salman Rushdie, for which he and his supporters are solely to blame, the foreign ministry in Tehran said on Monday. The novelist, who has lived under threat for decades since enraging clerical authorities in Iran through his writing, is recovering after… Read More Iran says it does not bear any responsibility for attack on novelist Salman Rushdie

U.S. delegation visits Taiwan amid China tensions

A U.S. lawmaker delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a two-day visit during which they will meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the second high-level group to come amid continued military tensions with the island’s giant neighbour China. Beijing, which claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, has been holding military drills around the island… Read More U.S. delegation visits Taiwan amid China tensions

Eleven dead, sixteen injured as rival cartels clash in Mexican border city of Juarez

Hundreds of Mexican soldiers were sent to the border city of Juarez Friday after a prison face-off between members of two rival cartels caused a riot and shootouts that killed 11 people, most of them civilians, authorities said. Los Chapos, members of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel formerly led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and local… Read More Eleven dead, sixteen injured as rival cartels clash in Mexican border city of Juarez

Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez announces resignation following corruption allegations

Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez on Friday said he would resign and withdraw his candidacy for the presidency, after being blacklisted by the United States for alleged “significant” acts of corruption. Velazquez denied the accusation but said that, to protect his party, he would submit his resignation next week. “I speak with the calm that… Read More Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez announces resignation following corruption allegations

Novelist Salman Rushdie hospitalised following stabbing incident in New York

Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist who spent years in hiding under death threats from Iran because of his writing, was stabbed in the neck onstage at a lecture in New York state on Friday and airlifted to a hospital, police said. He was alive and “getting the care he needs,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul… Read More Novelist Salman Rushdie hospitalised following stabbing incident in New York

UAE court lifts jail sentence of U.S. lawyer Asim Ghafoor

A United Arab Emirates court has lifted a prison sentence but upheld a conviction on money laundering charges for U.S. citizen and civil rights attorney Asim Ghafoor, who was detained while transiting through Dubai last month, a lawyer for Ghafoor said on Wednesday. The court ordered Ghafoor to pay a 5 million dirham (an equivalent… Read More UAE court lifts jail sentence of U.S. lawyer Asim Ghafoor