Philippines suspends scrapping of pact on U.S. troops presence in country

The Philippines has again suspended a decision to scrap a crucial agreement governing the U.S. troop presence in the country, its foreign minister said on Monday, amid continuing maritime pressure from China. The Pentagon welcomed the announcement from Manila – the third suspension of the decision covering the two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that had… Read More Philippines suspends scrapping of pact on U.S. troops presence in country

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

International Criminal Court prosecutor requests permission to launch investigation into Philippines drug war killings

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court asked it on Monday for authorization to open a full investigation into drug war killings in the Philippines, saying crimes against humanity could have been committed. According to Philippines government data, from the time President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016 until the end of April this year,… Read More International Criminal Court prosecutor requests permission to launch investigation into Philippines drug war killings

Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda hospitalised

Zambia’s former president Kenneth Kaunda, 97, is receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness at a military hospital in the capital Lusaka, his office said on Monday. Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the southern African nation won its independence from Britain, until 1991. He is among the continent’s few surviving liberation heroes. His administrative assistant… Read More Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda hospitalised