Spain says Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont must stand trial in Spanish courts

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who was detained by Italian police in Sardinia, must face justice in Spain, the Spanish government said on Friday ahead of an extradition hearing. “Mr. Puigdemont must submit to the action of the courts, exactly like any other citizen,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s office said in a statement. Spain… Read More Spain says Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont must stand trial in Spanish courts

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Italy

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont was detained on Thursday by Italian police in Sardinia, his office said in a statement. Spain has accused Puigdemont, the former Catalan regional head, with sedition, claiming he helped organise a 2017 independence referendum deemed illegal by Spanish courts. In March, the European Parliament stripped Puigdemont of the immunity he… Read More Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Italy

U.S. authorities arrest senior manager of Russia’s Novatek gas company on tax fraud charges

Mark Gyetvay, a deputy head of Russian natural gas producer Novatek, has been arrested in the United States on tax charges related to $93 million hidden in offshore accounts, the Department of Justice said on Thursday. It said a federal grand jury in Fort Myers, Florida, returned an indictment on Wednesday charging Gyetvay, a Florida… Read More U.S. authorities arrest senior manager of Russia’s Novatek gas company on tax fraud charges

UK police arrest suspect in connection with murder of female teacher Sabina Nessa

British police said on Thursday they had arrested a suspect in the hunt for the murderer of a teacher who was killed in a London park as she made a five-minute walk from her home to meet a friend at a pub. Sabina Nessa, 28, left her home in south London just before 8:30 p.m.… Read More UK police arrest suspect in connection with murder of female teacher Sabina Nessa

Ukrainian lawmakers pass law restricting oligarchs from participation in politics

Ukraine’s parliament passed a law on Thursday to order “oligarchs” to register and stay out of politics, a day after an attempt to kill a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which officials said could have been a response to the reform. The law provides a definition for an oligarch and gives a body headed… Read More Ukrainian lawmakers pass law restricting oligarchs from participation in politics

Russian vodka brand NEFT expands business operations in Africa, launches its ‘NEFT Beyond Vodka’ in Nigeria

It was all glitz and glam as Russian vodka brand, NEFT, a premium vodka, officially introduced its award-winning NEFT Beyond Vodka in Africa with Nigeria being the flagship country at Shiro Restaurant, Lagos on Friday, 17th September 2021. Guests arrived at the occasion dressed to the nines in the all-black or all-white themed event. Deyemi… Read More Russian vodka brand NEFT expands business operations in Africa, launches its ‘NEFT Beyond Vodka’ in Nigeria

Taiwan formally applies to join Pacific trade pact

Taiwan has formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the official Central News Agency said on Wednesday, less than a week after China said it too had submitted an application. Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua will give details on Thursday, the agency quoted Deputy Economy Minister Chen Chern-chyi as saying.… Read More Taiwan formally applies to join Pacific trade pact

Northern Irish police arrest two more in connection with murder of journalist Lyra McKee

Northern Irish police on Wednesday arresed two more men in relation to the 2019 killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry, whose death caused outrage in the British-run province. The men, aged 24 and 29, were arrested under the Terrorism Act by officers investigating McKee’s murder, police said. The New IRA, one of a small… Read More Northern Irish police arrest two more in connection with murder of journalist Lyra McKee