U.S., EU, Britain and Canada impose new sanctions on Belarus

The United States and its allies, including the European Union, on Thursday imposed sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities in Belarus in a coordinated move to escalate punitive action against President Alexander Lukashenko and his government. The latest round of sanctions aim to significantly increase pressure on Lukashenko, who is accused of rigging the… Read More U.S., EU, Britain and Canada impose new sanctions on Belarus

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg to step down

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said on Thursday he will step down once his conservative People’s Party agrees on its next leader after Sebastian Kurz announced he was quitting the position earlier the same day. “I firmly believe that both positions – head of government and leader of the Austrian party with the most votes –… Read More Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg to step down

Libyan court reinstates presidential bid of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi

A Libyan court ruled on Thursday that the son of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi could run for president, his lawyer said, as arguments intensified over the conduct of an election aimed at ending a decade of turmoil. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s appeal against disqualification for the December 24 vote was delayed for days as fighters… Read More Libyan court reinstates presidential bid of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi

WTA suspends tournaments in China over worries about Peng Shuai

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) said on Wednesday it will suspend lucrative tournaments in China immediately due to concerns over the treatment of former doubles world number one Peng Shuai and the safety of other players. The decision, which was applauded by many current and former tennis players, could cost the U.S.-headquartered WTA hundreds of… Read More WTA suspends tournaments in China over worries about Peng Shuai

Four injured following explosion of WWII aircraft bomb in Germany

Four people were injured when an old aircraft bomb exploded at a bridge near Munich’s busy main train station on Wednesday, police said on Twitter, raising the number of wounded from three earlier. The Munich fire brigade said one of the people was seriously injured. More than 2,000 tonnes of live bombs and munitions are… Read More Four injured following explosion of WWII aircraft bomb in Germany

Dozens dead as boat carrying students capsizes in northern Nigeria

A boat carrying Nigerian students capsized in Kano state in northern Nigeria, killing at least 29, local officials said on Wednesday. The boat on the Watari dam was carrying roughly 40 students from an Islamic school, most of whom were under 18, and capsized around 5:30 local time Tuesday evening, a local government official said.… Read More Dozens dead as boat carrying students capsizes in northern Nigeria

Nigeria’s Lagos State rejects Lekki massacre report by judicial panel

Nigeria’s Lagos State rejected findings by a judicial panel that security forces carried out a “massacre” of unarmed protesters last year, maintaining that only one person suffered a gunshot wound, according to a paper issued by the government this week. The judicial panel, which submitted its full report last month, was tasked with investigating October… Read More Nigeria’s Lagos State rejects Lekki massacre report by judicial panel

U.S. revokes designation of Colombia’s FARC group as terrorist organization

The United States on Tuesday revoked its designation of the Colombian group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as a foreign terrorist organization five years after it reached a peace deal with the Colombian government. The 2016 peace accord ended the FARC’s part in the Andean country’s decades-old internal armed conflict, which has left millions… Read More U.S. revokes designation of Colombia’s FARC group as terrorist organization