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

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

Russian forces kill Chechen militant commander Aslan Byutukayev linked to 2011 Moscow airport bombing

Russian forces have killed a Chechen separatist guerrilla commander believed to have been involved in a deadly bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport in 2011, authorities said on Wednesday. Aslan Byutukayev was one of six militants killed during a special operation in the village of Katyr-Yurt, about 1,500 km (930 miles) south of Moscow, Chechen regional… Read More Russian forces kill Chechen militant commander Aslan Byutukayev linked to 2011 Moscow airport bombing

Thai government files defamatory complaint against opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit over vaccine criticism

Thailand’s government on Wednesday filed a criminal complaint of defaming the monarchy against banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, after he criticised its COVID-19 vaccine strategy. The move could mark the highest-profile lese majeste case since a wave of anti-government protests emerged last year and extended to criticism of King Maha Vajiralongkorn over accusations of meddling… Read More Thai government files defamatory complaint against opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit over vaccine criticism

U.S. President Donald Trump grants pardons to rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black

Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black were among the beneficiaries of Donald Trump’s wave of pardons in his last day in office on Wednesday, befitting a president who made his name in New York’s tabloids and on reality TV. While the more than 140 people granted clemency included former aide Steve Bannon and major Republican… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump grants pardons to rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black

U.S. President Donald Trump grants pardon to former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had given a full pardon to a former Google engineer sentenced for stealing a trade secret on self-driving cars months before he briefly headed Uber Technologies Inc’s rival unit. Anthony Levandowski, 40, was sentenced in August to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty in March. He… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump grants pardon to former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski

Iraq tightens security on Syria frontier in bid to curb influx of Islamic State militants

Iraq is tightening security along its 600 km (400 mile) border with Syria to curb the movement of Islamic State militants, drug smuggling and other illegal activities. Iraqi commanders on Monday toured the remote desert frontier controlled by various different forces, including the Iraqi military, Iran-aligned militias, the Syrian army, anti-Damascus rebels, and U.S.-backed Kurdish… Read More Iraq tightens security on Syria frontier in bid to curb influx of Islamic State militants