Chinese astronauts board nation’s space station in historic mission

Three Chinese astronauts arrived on Wednesday at China’s space station for the first in-orbit crew rotation in Chinese space history, launching operation of the second inhabited outpost in low-Earth orbit after the NASA-led International Space Station. The spacecraft Shenzhou-15, or “Divine Vessel”, and its three passengers lifted off atop a Long March-2F rocket from the… Read More Chinese astronauts board nation’s space station in historic mission

Singapore decriminalises gay sex, limits prospect of same-sex marriage legalisation

Singapore’s parliament on Tuesday decriminalised sex between men, but, in a blow to the LGBT community, also amended the constitution to prevent court challenges that in other countries have led to the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The moves come as other parts of Asia, including Taiwan, Thailand and India are recognising more rights for the… Read More Singapore decriminalises gay sex, limits prospect of same-sex marriage legalisation

Jury convicts Oath Keepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes of sedition in U.S. Capitol attack plot

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, and another leader of the right-wing group, were found guilty on Tuesday of seditious conspiracy for the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters, an important win for the Justice Department. The verdicts against Rhodes and four co-defendants, after three days of deliberations by the 12-member jury, came… Read More Jury convicts Oath Keepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes of sedition in U.S. Capitol attack plot

Arab Monetary Fund signs $1billion agreement to support Yemeni economic reforms

The Arab Monetary Fund has signed a $1 billion agreement to support Yemen’s economic reform programme to its Saudi-backed government, Saudi state media said on Sunday. The new package by the Abu Dhabi-based fund, which includes countries from the Middle East and North Africa, will provide support for the Yemeni government’s efforts to stabilise the… Read More Arab Monetary Fund signs $1billion agreement to support Yemeni economic reforms

Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei dies suddenly

Belarus’s long-standing foreign minister has died suddenly, the state news agency Belta reported on Saturday, two days before he was meant to meet his Russian counterpart. “Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei has passed away suddenly,” Belta reported without giving further detail. Makei had held his post since 2012. Makei, 64, attended a conference of the Collective… Read More Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei dies suddenly

UK to impose fines on tech companies that fail to remove self-harm content

Britain’s government intends to make it illegal to encourage others to harm themselves online and will fine social media companies that fail to remove such material, as part of a revamp of legislation governing online behaviour. Promoting suicide is already illegal, but Britain’s digital, culture, media and sport ministry said in a statement that it… Read More UK to impose fines on tech companies that fail to remove self-harm content

DR Congo schedules presidential and parliamentary elections for December 2023

Democratic Republic of Congo said it will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on December 20, 2023, kicking off a year of complex preparations in the vast Central African country, large parts of which are overrun by militia violence. Announcing the date at a ceremony in Kinshasa on Saturday, the electoral body, CENI, outlined several challenges,… Read More DR Congo schedules presidential and parliamentary elections for December 2023

Vatican accuses China of violating pact on installation of bishops

The Vatican on Saturday accused Chinese authorities of violating a bilateral pact on the appointment of bishops by installing one in a diocese not recognised by the Holy See. A statement said the Vatican learned with “surprise and regret” that the bishop of another district had been installed as auxiliary, or assistant, bishop in Jiangxi.… Read More Vatican accuses China of violating pact on installation of bishops