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

Italy holds state funeral for ambassador and security official killed in Congo

Italy on Thursday held a state funeral on Thursday for its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and his bodyguard killed in an ambush that a cardinal said should prompt everyone to “hear the cry” of a people devastated by violence. Luca Attanasio, 43, and Vittorio Iacovacci, 30, were shot dead after being kidnapped… Read More Italy holds state funeral for ambassador and security official killed in Congo

Six dead following landslide at illegal gold mine in Indonesia

Rescue teams in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province searched for survivors on Thursday after a landslide in an illegal gold mining area killed six people, the search and rescue agency said. Teams comprised of police, military and the local disaster agency deployed heavy machinery to help the search in the village of Buranga after the landslide… Read More Six dead following landslide at illegal gold mine in Indonesia

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan warns of attempted coup as army demands his resignation

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan condemned what he said was an attempted coup after the army demanded he quit on Thursday, and told a rally of thousands of supporters that only the people could decide his future. The army’s demand, in a written statement, plunged the impoverished former Soviet republic of less than 3 million… Read More Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan warns of attempted coup as army demands his resignation

India, Pakistan agree to cross-border ceasefire in disputed Kashmir region

The militaries of India and Pakistan said in a rare joint statement on Thursday that they had agreed to observe a ceasefire along the disputed border in Kashmir, having exchanged fire hundreds of times in recent months. The nuclear-armed neighbours signed a ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region in… Read More India, Pakistan agree to cross-border ceasefire in disputed Kashmir region

Facebook bans Myanmar military from all its platforms with immediate effect

Facebook on Thursday said it had banned the Myanmar military from using its Facebook and Instagram platforms with immediate effect, as weeks of mass demonstrations continue in the Southeast Asian country after the military seized power. “Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated a need for this ban,” Facebook said in… Read More Facebook bans Myanmar military from all its platforms with immediate effect

German court sentences Islamic State recruiter Abu Walaa to over ten years imprisonment

A German court on Wednesday sentenced an Iraqi preacher to more than 10 years in prison after finding him guilty of taking part in planning an attack in Germany and collecting funds and fighters for the Islamic State militant group. Prosecutors had accused the 40-year-old preacher, identified as Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah A. in court documents,… Read More German court sentences Islamic State recruiter Abu Walaa to over ten years imprisonment

Ghana receives first delivery of coronavirus vaccines through COVAX programme

The World Health Organization’s global vaccine-sharing scheme COVAX delivered its first COVID-19 shots on Wednesday, as the race to get doses to the world’s poorest people and tame the pandemic accelerates. Almost a year after the WHO first described the novel coronavirus as a global pandemic, a flight carrying 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine… Read More Ghana receives first delivery of coronavirus vaccines through COVAX programme