UK court set to begin hearings of U.S. extradition bid of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Almost a decade after his WikiLeaks website enraged Washington by leaking secret U.S. documents, a London court will begin hearings on Monday to decide whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States. A hero to admirers who say he has exposed abuses of power, Assange is cast by critics as a dangerous enemy… Read More UK court set to begin hearings of U.S. extradition bid of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

French ice federation president resigns amid sexual abuse scandal

French ice sports federation president Didier Gailhaguet resigned from his position on Saturday amid the sexual abuse scandal in figure skating. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu on Monday asked Gailhaguet to resign after several figure skaters claimed they were raped or sexually assaulted when they were minors by former coaches. “I have taken with dignity,… Read More French ice federation president resigns amid sexual abuse scandal

Two dead, dozens injured as high speed train derails in northern Italy

A high-speed train derailed in the northern Italian province of Lodi in the early hours of Thursday, killing its two drivers and interrupting traffic on the busy line between Milan and Bologna, officials said. Video from the scene showed that the front engine and at least one passenger wagon had skipped the tracks, flipping onto… Read More Two dead, dozens injured as high speed train derails in northern Italy

Twenty-one dead, several trapped following avalanche in eastern Turkey

An avalanche in eastern Turkey killed at least 21 people, including military police and civilians who were working to rescue victims of an earlier snowslide, the local governor said on Wednesday. Mehmet Emin Bilmez, governor of the eastern province of Van, said some 30 people had been pulled out from under the snow. More people… Read More Twenty-one dead, several trapped following avalanche in eastern Turkey

British model Naomi Campbell honored with the Global Advocacy Award in New York

British supermodel, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Naomi Campbell, was recently honored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with the Global Advocacy Award at the 19th annual Greater New York Gala, which was held on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 at the New York Marriott Marquis, New York. Campbell was recognized based on her global relief efforts which… Read More British model Naomi Campbell honored with the Global Advocacy Award in New York

Russian cabinet resigns following President Vladimir Putin’s proposal of constitutional changes

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes on Wednesday that would give him scope to extend his grip on power after leaving the presidency, and picked a new prime minister after Dmitry Medvedev and his cabinet stepped down. Most importantly, Putin suggested diminishing the powers of the presidency and beefing up those of the prime… Read More Russian cabinet resigns following President Vladimir Putin’s proposal of constitutional changes

Pope Francis names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

Pope Francis on Wednesday named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican’s diplomatic and administrative nerve center. Italian lay woman Francesca Di Giovanni, 66, will assume a newly-created post in a division known as the Section for Relations with States where she takes the rank of… Read More Pope Francis names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post