Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says new decree to free thousands of federal prisoners

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday a new presidential decree would liberate thousands of federal prisoners in special circumstances, including torture victims. The decree would free by Sept. 15 federal prisoners of any age who were accused of any crime if they had been victims of torture, Lopez Obrador said in a… Read More Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says new decree to free thousands of federal prisoners

Equatorial Guinea detains French military helicopter

France said on Thursday one of its military helicopters carrying six soldiers had been detained after landing in Equatorial Guinea, in a diplomatic incident that demonstrated the strained ties between Malabo and Paris. The helicopter landed in Equatorial Guinea’s mainland port of Bata on Wednesday evening, hours after a French court upheld a guilty verdict… Read More Equatorial Guinea detains French military helicopter

U.S. approves sale of heavy lift helicopters to Israel

The U.S. State Department said on Friday it has approved the potential sale of 18 CH-53K heavy lift helicopters to Israel in a deal valued at up to $3.4 billion. The package would include engines, navigation systems, weaponry, support equipment, spares and technical support. Lockheed Martin Corp and General Electric Co are the prime contractors… Read More U.S. approves sale of heavy lift helicopters to Israel

U.S. imposes sanctions on Cuban police, leaders over protests crackdown

The United States imposed sanctions on the Cuban police force and two of its leaders on Friday in response to the Havana government’s crackdown on protesters as President Joe Biden prepared to meet Cuban American leaders at the White House. The U.S. Treasury Department said the sanctions were a reaction to “actions to suppress peaceful,… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on Cuban police, leaders over protests crackdown

U.S. begins airlift of Afghan workers who worked with troops during mission

Some 200 Afghans were set to begin new lives in the United States on Friday as an airlift got under way for translators and others who risk Taliban retaliation because they worked for the United States during its 20-year war in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. The operation to evacuate U.S.-affiliated Afghans and family members comes… Read More U.S. begins airlift of Afghan workers who worked with troops during mission

U.S. halts proposed arms sale to Nigeria over concerns on human rights

U.S. lawmakers have put on hold a proposal to sell almost $1 billion of weapons to Nigeria over concerns about possible human rights abuses by the government, three sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The proposed sale of 12 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters made by Bell and related equipment worth $875 million is… Read More U.S. halts proposed arms sale to Nigeria over concerns on human rights

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani approves electoral law for first legislative election

Qatar’s emir approved laws on Thursday for the Gulf Arab state’s first legislative election in October, when Qataris will elect two-thirds of the advisory Shura Council, his office said. The election, plans for which were first approved in a 2003 constitutional referendum, is being held before the capital Doha hosting the World Cup soccer tournament… Read More Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani approves electoral law for first legislative election

At least one dead following attack on UN compound in western Afghanistan

“Anti-government elements” in Afghanistan attacked the main U.N. compound in the capital of the western province of Herat on Friday and at least one security guard was killed, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said. The attack, involving rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire, happened hours after Taliban fighters penetrated deep into Herat city, and there… Read More At least one dead following attack on UN compound in western Afghanistan