Philippine, Russian journalists win 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for tackling corruption and misrule

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, who braved the wrath of the leaders of the Philippines and Russia to expose corruption and misrule, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, in an endorsement of free speech under fire worldwide. The two were awarded “for their courageous fight for freedom of expression” in their countries, Chairwoman… Read More Philippine, Russian journalists win 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for tackling corruption and misrule

Chinese police detains former journalist Luo Changping for alleged defamation of war heroes

A Chinese former journalist whose work exposed official corruption has been detained by police on suspicion of insulting “heroes and martyrs” of the Korean War after comments he made about a patriotic film, state media reported. According to screenshots of a social media post that can no longer be accessed, Luo Changping said Chinese people… Read More Chinese police detains former journalist Luo Changping for alleged defamation of war heroes

Nigerian security forces rescue 187 people abducted in northwest Nigeria

Nigerian security agents on Thursday rescued 187 people who had been abducted by armed gangs in the northwestern state of Zamfara, police said, after authorities launched a sweeping security operation against the kidnappers. Since December last year, Zamfara has been at the centre of often violent kidnappings by heavily armed bandits who have targeted schools,… Read More Nigerian security forces rescue 187 people abducted in northwest Nigeria

Several dead, injured following blast at mosque in northeastern Afghanistan

A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunduz province on Friday, killing scores of worshippers in the country’s third attack this week on a religious institution. Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack that state-run Bakhtar news agency said had killed 46 people and wounded 143. Two health officials said the death toll… Read More Several dead, injured following blast at mosque in northeastern Afghanistan

U.S. charges former Taliban commander Haji Najibullah for 2008 killing of U.S. troops

A former Taliban commander already in U.S. custody has been charged with murder and terrorism-related offenses in the deaths of three U.S. troops and an Afghan interpreter and the downing of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan in 2008, federal prosecutors in New York said on Thursday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said Haji Najibullah… Read More U.S. charges former Taliban commander Haji Najibullah for 2008 killing of U.S. troops

Russia charges cybersecurity executive Ilya Sachkov with treason

Russia has charged the chief executive of a leading Russian cybersecurity company with treason, local news agencies cited sources as saying on Thursday. Ilya Sachkov, founder and CEO of Group-IB, was arrested last week and put in custody for two months. Law enforcement officers searched his firm’s Moscow offices. read more He has been charged… Read More Russia charges cybersecurity executive Ilya Sachkov with treason

UN rights body agrees to appoint special investigator to probe Afghan war crimes

The U.N. Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to appoint a special rapporteur on Afghanistan to probe violations carried out by the Taliban and other parties to the conflict there. The vote on the resolution brought by the European Union was 28 states in favour with five against – including China, Pakistan and Russia –… Read More UN rights body agrees to appoint special investigator to probe Afghan war crimes

Brazilian police find Nazi memorabilia worth €3million at home of alleged pedophile

Police in Rio de Janeiro said on Wednesday they had found a haul of Nazi memorabilia and weapons worth an estimated 3 million euros at the home of a Brazilian man suspected of raping a minor. Rio’s civil police said they found more than 1,000 items at the home of the 58-year-old unnamed suspect, including… Read More Brazilian police find Nazi memorabilia worth €3million at home of alleged pedophile