Catalan leader Peres Aragones seeks amnesty, negotiation for referendum on independence bid

A pardon for jailed Catalan separatist leaders would be a welcome “first step”, but the path to resolving the region’s political conflict with Madrid lies through talks on allowing a vote on independence, the head of the regional government said. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has indicated in recent weeks he is preparing to pardon… Read More Catalan leader Peres Aragones seeks amnesty, negotiation for referendum on independence bid

International Criminal Court prosecutor requests permission to launch investigation into Philippines drug war killings

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court asked it on Monday for authorization to open a full investigation into drug war killings in the Philippines, saying crimes against humanity could have been committed. According to Philippines government data, from the time President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016 until the end of April this year,… Read More International Criminal Court prosecutor requests permission to launch investigation into Philippines drug war killings

Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi goes on trial

Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi went on trial on Monday, appearing unwell as the first witnesses took the stand in cases against her of illegally possessing walkie-talkie radios and breaking coronavirus protocols, her lawyer said. Suu Kyi, 75, faces a slew of charges since being overthrown by the army in a February 1… Read More Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi goes on trial

Three soldiers killed as armed men ambush patrol convoy in northern Ivory Coast

Three Ivorian soldiers were killed on patrol near the border with Burkina Faso on Saturday when one of their vehicles hit an improvised explosive and the convoy was ambushed, Ivory Coast’s defence ministry said in a statement. The soldiers were on a reconnaissance mission near the northeastern town of Tehini when they fell victim to… Read More Three soldiers killed as armed men ambush patrol convoy in northern Ivory Coast

Two Americans plead guilty to aiding former Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn flee Japan

A U.S. Special Forces veteran and his son pleaded guilty in Tokyo on Monday to charges that they illegally helped former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan hidden in a box aboard a private jet in December 2019. Chief judge Hideo Nirei, one of three judges presiding over their first court appearance,… Read More Two Americans plead guilty to aiding former Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn flee Japan

Former Myanmar coronavirus vaccination programme chief arrested

The former head of Myanmar’s COVID-19 immunisation programme has been arrested and faces charges of high treason for colluding with opponents of the military authorities, state media reported on Monday. Myanmar’s healthcare system and coronavirus prevention measures have collapsed since the army seized power on February 1 and overthrew elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi,… Read More Former Myanmar coronavirus vaccination programme chief arrested

Former Jordanian royal court chief Bassem Awadallah faces trial over alleged plot to destabilise monarchy

Jordan’s military court will start the trial next week of a former royal court chief and a minor royal on charges of agitating to destabilise the monarchy, state media said on Sunday. Prosecutors last week referred to court the case of Bassem Awadallah, an ex-royal court chief and finance minister who played a big role… Read More Former Jordanian royal court chief Bassem Awadallah faces trial over alleged plot to destabilise monarchy

Greek court jails four Afghan migrants over Moria refugee camp blaze

Four Afghan asylum-seekers were sentenced to 10 years in prison in Greece on Saturday for their part in a fire that destroyed the Moria migrant camp last year, in a case that highlighted the chronic refugee problem on Europe’s borders. The men, charged with arson with risk to human life over the fire on the… Read More Greek court jails four Afghan migrants over Moria refugee camp blaze