French court convicts former President Nicolas Sarkozy on corruption charges

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption on Monday and sentenced to three years in prison, a stunning fall from grace for a man who for five years bestrode the national and global stage. A Paris court found that Sarkozy, 66, had tried to bribe a judge after leaving office, and to… Read More French court convicts former President Nicolas Sarkozy on corruption charges

Russia accuses Twitter of violating law over failure to delete content

Russia’s communications regulator accused Twitter on Monday of violating Russian law, saying the social media platform had not complied with some of its requests to delete banned content. Roskomnadzor said Twitter had failed to delete 2,862 posts containing material linked to suicide, pornography and drugs since 2017. It could be fined heavily it found guilty… Read More Russia accuses Twitter of violating law over failure to delete content

Moldova approves use of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

Moldova’s medicines agency on Friday approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine while President Maia Sandu was accused by her Moscow-friendly predecessor Igor Dodon of blocking Sputnik’s use in the country, which Sandu’s office denied. Moldova’s Medicines and Medical Devices Agency authorised two vaccines registered for emergency use by the World Health Organization – Pfizer/BioNTech, and a… Read More Moldova approves use of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

Britain’s Captain Sir Tom Moore buried with military honours

A military guard of honour and Royal Air Force fly-past marked the funeral on Saturday of Captain Sir Tom Moore, the World War Two veteran who raised millions of pounds for Britain’s health service during the coronavirus pandemic. Moore died on February 2 after contracting COVID-19. In the run up to his 100th birthday last… Read More Britain’s Captain Sir Tom Moore buried with military honours

Archaeologists unearth ancient Roman ceremonial carriage near Pompeii

Archaeologists have unearthed a unique ancient-Roman ceremonial carriage from a villa just outside Pompeii, the city buried in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. The almost perfectly preserved four-wheeled carriage made of iron, bronze and tin was found near the stables of an ancient villa at Civita Giuliana, around 700 metres (yards) north of the… Read More Archaeologists unearth ancient Roman ceremonial carriage near Pompeii

Russian opposition commemorates anniversary of murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov

Several thousand people commemorated the anniversary of the 2015 murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow on Saturday, following a clampdown on protests over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. With a minimal police presence at the scene, opposition supporters laid flowers on the bridge in central Moscow where Nemtsov was… Read More Russian opposition commemorates anniversary of murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov

UK top court bars return of runaway schoolgirl who joined Islamic State

A UK-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State should not be allowed to return to Britain to challenge the government taking away her citizenship, because she poses a security risk, Britain’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday. Shamima Begum left London in 2015 when she was 15 and went to… Read More UK top court bars return of runaway schoolgirl who joined Islamic State

Greece to toughen laws on sex crimes following recent abuse reports

Greece will toughen laws to combat sexual abuse and protect minors, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday following a cascade of recent scandals in culture and sport. “Greek society underwent a shock when it began to learn about its hidden facades,” Mitsotakis told parliament. The measures he outlined include stricter penalties for crimes against… Read More Greece to toughen laws on sex crimes following recent abuse reports