U.S. envoy visits Afghanistan to for talks on peace process

The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad held discussions on Monday with a senior Afghan official in Kabul over ways to accelerate the peace process, before heading to Qatar, where negotiations with Taliban representatives are ongoing. U.S.-brokered peace talks between the Afghan government and the militant group began in September but progress has slowed… Read More U.S. envoy visits Afghanistan to for talks on peace process

Serbia donates coronavirus vaccines to Bosnia’s Muslims, Croats

Former wartime enemy Serbia donated 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Bosniak-Croat region of neighbouring Bosnia on Tuesday, allowing it to launched its inoculation campaign. The Bosniak-Croat Federation, one of Bosnia’s two autonomous entities alongside the Serb Republic, has ordered 1.2 million doses under the global COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme, and nearly 900,000 from the… Read More Serbia donates coronavirus vaccines to Bosnia’s Muslims, Croats

Gunmen fatally shoot three female media workers in eastern Afghanistan

Three female media workers were shot dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, government officials said, amid a wave of killings that is spreading fear among professional workers in urban centres. Local broadcaster Enikaas TV said the three women were its employees. Government sources said the women were killed on their way… Read More Gunmen fatally shoot three female media workers in eastern Afghanistan

U.S. imposes sanctions on two military leaders of Yemen’s Houthi movement

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two military leaders of the Iran-backed Houthi movement in Yemen, accusing them of prolonging the country’s civil war and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis. The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said it blacklisted Mansur Al-Sa’adi, the Houthi naval forces chief of staff, and Ahmad ‘Ali Ahsan al-Hamzi,… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on two military leaders of Yemen’s Houthi movement

Russian court orders remand of former journalist Ivan Safronov till May

A Russian court on Tuesday ordered former journalist Ivan Safronov to be kept in custody until May 7 on charges of treason, the court’s press officer said. Safronov, who left journalism and began working at Russia’s space agency in May, was detained by security agents outside his flat on July 7 and accused of passing… Read More Russian court orders remand of former journalist Ivan Safronov till May

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy receives coronavirus vaccine to reassure sceptics of safety

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had a coronavirus vaccine shot during a visit to the frontline in the eastern Donbass region on Tuesday, hoping to reassure sceptics that the vaccine is safe and effective. Lagging behind the rest of Europe, Ukraine has only just started vaccinating its 41 million people after receiving its first batch of… Read More Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy receives coronavirus vaccine to reassure sceptics of safety

Belarusian court sentences journalist to six months imprisonment for role in protests coverage

A Belarusian court sentenced a journalist to six months in prison on Tuesday for divulging medical secrets, after she had contradicted official statements about the death of a protester who the authorities suggested was drunk at the time. Katerina Borisevich from the local news outlet TUT.BY had reported that there was no alcohol in the… Read More Belarusian court sentences journalist to six months imprisonment for role in protests coverage