Catalan leader Peres Aragones seeks amnesty, negotiation for referendum on independence bid

A pardon for jailed Catalan separatist leaders would be a welcome “first step”, but the path to resolving the region’s political conflict with Madrid lies through talks on allowing a vote on independence, the head of the regional government said. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has indicated in recent weeks he is preparing to pardon… Read More Catalan leader Peres Aragones seeks amnesty, negotiation for referendum on independence bid

Thousands of Hungarians protest against PM Viktor Orban’s crackdown on LGBTQ rights

Thousands of Hungarians protested outside Parliament in Budapest on Monday against legislation that would ban discussions of homosexuality or gender change in schools as Prime Minister Viktor Orban prepares for contested 2022 elections. Protesters waved the rainbow flag, some visibly agitated. “This is horrible and inhumane,” said kindergarten assistant Dominika Pandzsa. “They are trying to… Read More Thousands of Hungarians protest against PM Viktor Orban’s crackdown on LGBTQ rights

Jailed Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich appears at news conference, opposition queries authencity

Jailed Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich appeared at a news conference in Minsk on Monday saying he felt fine and had not been beaten, in what the opposition said was another public appearance made under duress. Protasevich sat alongside four officials, two of whom were in uniform, saying he had not been made to cooperate with… Read More Jailed Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich appears at news conference, opposition queries authencity

Northern Ireland leader Arlene Foster formally announces resignation

Northern Ireland’s biggest parties have up to seven days to agree to go back into government with each other after the Democratic Unionist Party’s Arlene Foster formally notified the assembly of her resignation as the British region’s First Minister on Monday. The DUP is set to nominate social conservative Paul Givan to take over, but… Read More Northern Ireland leader Arlene Foster formally announces resignation

U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit of Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska against U.S. over sanctions

A U.S. judge has dismissed Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s lawsuit against the United States over sanctions imposed on the billionaire, saying his numerous claims challenging Washington’s actions lacked merit. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta wrote on Sunday night that Deripaska failed to make a persuasive case against the U.S. Treasury Department and its Office… Read More U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit of Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska against U.S. over sanctions

NATO designates China as presenting systemic challenges in alliance communique

NATO leaders designated China as presenting “systemic challenges” in a summit communique on Monday, taking a forceful stance towards Beijing at Joe Biden’s first summit with an alliance that Donald Trump openly disparaged and ridiculed. The new U.S. president has urged his fellow NATO leaders to stand up to China’s authoritarianism and growing military might,… Read More NATO designates China as presenting systemic challenges in alliance communique

Swiss voters reject new carbon emissions law

Swiss voters rejected a trio of environmental proposals on Sunday, including a new law intended to help the country meet its goal for cutting carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. A new CO2 law was narrowly rejected, with 51.6% of voters opposing it in a nationwide referendum conducted under the country’s system… Read More Swiss voters reject new carbon emissions law

China denounces G7 statement over criticism on several issues

China denounced on Monday a joint statement by the Group of Seven leaders that had scolded Beijing over a range of issues as a gross interference in the country‚Äôs internal affairs, and urged the grouping to stop slandering China. The G7 leaders on Sunday took China to task over human rights in the heavily Muslim… Read More China denounces G7 statement over criticism on several issues