Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei dies suddenly

Belarus’s long-standing foreign minister has died suddenly, the state news agency Belta reported on Saturday, two days before he was meant to meet his Russian counterpart. “Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei has passed away suddenly,” Belta reported without giving further detail. Makei had held his post since 2012. Makei, 64, attended a conference of the Collective… Read More Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei dies suddenly

UK to impose fines on tech companies that fail to remove self-harm content

Britain’s government intends to make it illegal to encourage others to harm themselves online and will fine social media companies that fail to remove such material, as part of a revamp of legislation governing online behaviour. Promoting suicide is already illegal, but Britain’s digital, culture, media and sport ministry said in a statement that it… Read More UK to impose fines on tech companies that fail to remove self-harm content

Thirteen missing as heavy rain triggers landslide on Italian island of Ischia

Thirteen people were missing on the Italian holiday island of Ischia after a landslide caused by heavy rain engulfed some buildings, the Ansa news agency reported on Saturday, citing the local police. The Italian fire brigade tweeted that a rainstorm that started at 0400 GMT caused flooding and landslides on the island. “Searches are underway… Read More Thirteen missing as heavy rain triggers landslide on Italian island of Ischia

Russian parliament approves bill banning ‘LGBT propaganda’

Russia’s parliament approved on Thursday a bill that widens a prohibition of “LGBT propaganda” and restricts the “demonstration” of LGBT behaviour, making any expression of an LGBT lifestyle almost impossible. Under the new law, which still needs the approval of the upper house of parliament and President Vladimir Putin, any action or information that is… Read More Russian parliament approves bill banning ‘LGBT propaganda’

IAEA issues warning following shelling of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is under Russian control, was rocked by shelling on Sunday, drawing condemnation from the U.N. nuclear watchdog which said such attacks risked a major nuclear disaster. More than a dozen blasts shook Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant on Saturday evening and Sunday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.… Read More IAEA issues warning following shelling of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Turkey conducts airstrikes on Kurdish militant bases in Syria and Iraq following Istanbul bombing

Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes on Kurdish militant bases in northern Syria and northern Iraq on Sunday, destroying 89 targets, Turkey’s defence ministry said, in retaliation for a bomb attack in Istanbul that killed six people one week ago. The strikes targeted bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish… Read More Turkey conducts airstrikes on Kurdish militant bases in Syria and Iraq following Istanbul bombing