Russian police detain scores of protesters demanding release of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny

Police detained over 1,000 people across Russia on Saturday and used force to break up rallies around the country as tens of thousands of protesters demanded the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, whose wife was among those detained. Navalny had called on his supporters to protest after being arrested last weekend as he returned… Read More Russian police detain scores of protesters demanding release of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posts Trump-like image with drone, threatens revenge

The website of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone alongside a threat of revenge over last year’s killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack. The image first appeared on a Persian-language Twitter feed that carried… Read More Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posts Trump-like image with drone, threatens revenge

China passes law that allows coast guard fire at foreign vessels if necessary

China passed a law on Friday that for the first time explicitly allows its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels, a move that could make the contested waters around China more choppy. China has maritime sovereignty disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with several Southeast Asian countries in the South China… Read More China passes law that allows coast guard fire at foreign vessels if necessary

Swiss court sentences Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz to five years imprisonment on corruption charges

In a landmark verdict in one of the mining world’s most high profile legal cases, a Swiss criminal court found Israeli businessman Beny Steinmetz guilty of corruption and forgery on Friday and sentenced him to five years in jail with a sizeable fine. The ruling after a two-week trial is a blow for Steinmetz, a… Read More Swiss court sentences Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz to five years imprisonment on corruption charges

U.S. President Joe Biden seeks five-year extension of New START arms treaty with Russia

U.S. President Joe Biden will seek a five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia, the White House said on Thursday, in one of the first major foreign policy decisions of the new administration ahead of the treaty’s expiration in early February. “The President has long been clear that the New START… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden seeks five-year extension of New START arms treaty with Russia

At least thirty-two dead following twin suicide bombing at market in Baghdad

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack in a crowded Baghdad market on Thursday, killing at least 32 people in Iraq’s first big suicide bombing for three years, authorities said, describing it as a possible sign of the reactivation of Islamic State. Islamic State claimed early on Friday that two of its men blew themselves… Read More At least thirty-two dead following twin suicide bombing at market in Baghdad

U.S. President Joe Biden announces return to global climate pact

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced America’s return to the international Paris Agreement to fight climate change, the centerpiece of a raft of day-one executive orders aimed at restoring U.S. leadership in combating global warming. The announcements also included a sweeping order to review all of former President Donald Trump’s actions weakening climate change… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden announces return to global climate pact

China imposes sanctions on former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, several others

With hours left in Donald Trump’s presidency, China’s foreign ministry took aim at its chief U.S. antagonist, “lying and cheating” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and said it would seek cooperation with the incoming administration of Joe Biden. Pompeo, who has unleashed a barrage of measures against China in his final weeks in office, delivered… Read More China imposes sanctions on former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, several others