Hong Kong court jails eight pro-democracy activists over June 4 assembly

Eight Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were sentenced to up to 14 months in prison on Monday for organising, taking part in and inciting participation in a banned vigil last year for victims of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. The former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with the promise of wide-ranging freedoms,… Read More Hong Kong court jails eight pro-democracy activists over June 4 assembly

Filipino journalist Jess Malabanan killed in drive-by shooting

A Filipino journalist who formerly worked with Reuters has been killed in a drive-by shooting, authorities said on Thursday, one of more than a dozen journalists killed in the country in the past five years. Jesus “Jess” Malabanan, 58, who worked with the Manila Standard, among other news media, was shot dead late on Wednesday… Read More Filipino journalist Jess Malabanan killed in drive-by shooting

Three UN staff injured following attack in eastern DR Congo

Three United Nations staff members were injured when their vehicle came under fire in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, their agency said. Unidentified gunmen attacked a vehicle of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR in North Kivu province’s Lubero territory. The staff’s military escort, provided by U.N. peacekeepers, then accompanied them to safety, a… Read More Three UN staff injured following attack in eastern DR Congo

Seven UN peacekeepers dead, three injured following as convoy hits explosive device in central Mali

An explosion on Wednesday in central Mali killed seven United Nations peacekeepers and seriously wounded three others, the U.N. mission said on Twitter. A logistics convoy hit an improvised explosive device between the towns of Douentza and Sevare, an area where groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate. No group claimed responsibility on… Read More Seven UN peacekeepers dead, three injured following as convoy hits explosive device in central Mali

Malaysian court upholds conviction of former PM Najib Razak

A Malaysian court on Wednesday upheld former premier Najib Razak’s conviction on corruption charges over a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), dealing a blow to his hopes of a political comeback. Najib was appealing a 12-year prison sentence and $50 million fine imposed by Kuala Lumpur High Court last year… Read More Malaysian court upholds conviction of former PM Najib Razak

French police arrests one of suspected killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

French police on Tuesday arrested a suspected member of the hit squad that killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as the man was about to board a flight from Paris to Riyadh, French law enforcement sources said. Khashoggi’s fiancee welcomed the detention of the suspect and said he should be prosecuted for his role in the… Read More French police arrests one of suspected killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Twenty people charged for plot to assassinate Madagascar president

Twenty people, including two French nationals, were charged on Monday with plotting to kill Madagascar’s president and other offences as their trial began in the Indian Ocean island nation. Madagascar has a history of political violence. Former coup leader Andry Rajoelina, 44, was sworn in as president in 2019 after a hard-fought election and a… Read More Twenty people charged for plot to assassinate Madagascar president

U.S. revokes designation of Colombia’s FARC group as terrorist organization

The United States on Tuesday revoked its designation of the Colombian group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as a foreign terrorist organization five years after it reached a peace deal with the Colombian government. The 2016 peace accord ended the FARC’s part in the Andean country’s decades-old internal armed conflict, which has left millions… Read More U.S. revokes designation of Colombia’s FARC group as terrorist organization