Nine abducted as pirates attack oil vessel off Nigeria

Pirates attacked an oil production vessel off Nigeria in the early hours of Thursday and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals, the ship’s owner BW Offshore said. The Sendje Berge ship was undergoing maintenance when the attack happened, BW Offshore’s Chief Financial Officer Staale Andreassen said. The Oslo-listed company said none of the people remaining on the… Read More Nine abducted as pirates attack oil vessel off Nigeria

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell arrested for perjury, other charges

Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday on U.S. charges of luring underage girls so that Epstein could sexually abuse them. The arrest of the British socialite adds another twist in the mystery of Epstein, whose high-flying lifestyle included private… Read More British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell arrested for perjury, other charges

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune issues pardon to protest movement activists

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Wednesday issued his first pardon for members of the protest movement that toppled veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika last year, the presidency said. Elected last December, Tebboune has already urged protesters to opt for dialogue and promised appeasement measures to ensure stability in the OPEC member and gas-exporting country. He has… Read More Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune issues pardon to protest movement activists

Hong Kong police arrest hundreds protesting against controversial security law

Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested more than 300 people on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of sweeping security legislation introduced by China to snuff out dissent. Beijing unveiled the details of the much-anticipated law late on Tuesday after weeks of uncertainty, pushing China’s freest city… Read More Hong Kong police arrest hundreds protesting against controversial security law

Fox News fires anchor Ed Henry for sexual misconduct

Fox News said on Wednesday it had fired Ed Henry, co-anchor of “America’s Newsroom,” over claims of “willful sexual misconduct” involving a co-worker from years ago. The cable news network owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp said it received a complaint on June 25 from the lawyer of a former employee which prompted the network… Read More Fox News fires anchor Ed Henry for sexual misconduct

Former Pemex boss Emilio Lozoya to be extradited to Mexico for corruption trial

The former chief executive of Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, Emilio Lozoya, has agreed to be extradited from Spain to Mexico to stand trial on corruption charges, Mexican Attorney General Alejandro Gertz said on Tuesday. Lozoya, 45, who was once a close confidant of former President Enrique Peña Nieto, is wanted in his homeland… Read More Former Pemex boss Emilio Lozoya to be extradited to Mexico for corruption trial

South African court issues ruling that bans police raid without warrant

South African campaigners on Tuesday welcomed a court ruling that will make it harder for police to raid poor city dwellers’ homes, following recent protests over operations to enforce the coronavirus lockdown. The Johannesburg High Court ruling, which effectively bans police from raiding homes without a warrant, came after a series of often-violent raids on… Read More South African court issues ruling that bans police raid without warrant

Australia earmarks almost $1billion to boost cyber security defences

Australia will spend A$1.35 billion (an equivalent of $926.1 million) over the next 10 years to boost its cyber security defences, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday, as Canberra seeks to combat a wave of attacks. The announcement comes just weeks after Australia said a “sophisticated state-based actor” has been attacking all levels of… Read More Australia earmarks almost $1billion to boost cyber security defences