Benin parliament approves legalisation of abortion

Benin’s parliament has voted to legalise abortion in most circumstances, the health ministry said on Thursday, becoming one of only a handful of African countries to do so. Abortion was previously legal only in cases of rape or incest, if the mother’s life was at risk, or if the unborn child had a particularly serious… Read More Benin parliament approves legalisation of abortion

Russian President Vladimir Putin approves week-long workplace shutdown following surge in coronavirus cases

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday approved a government proposal for a week-long workplace shutdown at the start of November to combat a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Coronavirus-related deaths across Russia in the past 24 hours hit yet another daily record at 1,028, with 34,073 new infections. Speaking at a televised meeting… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin approves week-long workplace shutdown following surge in coronavirus cases

Spanish court approves U.S. extradition request of former Venezuelan intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal

Spain’s High Court on Wednesday agreed to extradite former Venezuelan spymaster Hugo Carvajal to the United States, where he faces drug trafficking charges, after he was denied asylum in Spain, the court said in a statement. His lawyer Nielson Vilela said he did not expect an immediate extradition as Carvajal was a witness in other… Read More Spanish court approves U.S. extradition request of former Venezuelan intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal

Kuwait lifts coronavirus restrictions for vaccinated people

Kuwait has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated people, its prime minister, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, told a news conference on Wednesday. He did not give further details during the televised event. Kuwait airport will resume operating at full capacity from October 24, the cabinet spokesman told the same news conference. The Gulf country… Read More Kuwait lifts coronavirus restrictions for vaccinated people

Kenya lifts nationwide coronavirus curfew

Kenya lifted a nationwide curfew on Wednesday that has been in place since March 2020 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced. The East African nation, which has a population of 54 million, has recorded 252,199 infections since the pandemic erupted and 5,233 COVID-19 deaths, health ministry data shows. It has… Read More Kenya lifts nationwide coronavirus curfew

Kuwait’s Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah launches amnesty process for dissidents

Kuwait’s ruling emir on Wednesday paved the way for an amnesty to pardon dissidents, which has been a major condition of opposition lawmakers to end a months-long standoff with the appointed government that has held up planned fiscal reforms. Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah tasked the parliament speaker, the prime minister and the head of… Read More Kuwait’s Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah launches amnesty process for dissidents

Lebanon to hold legislative elections on March 27

Lebanon’s parliament voted on Tuesday to hold legislative elections on March 27, giving Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government only a few months to try to secure an IMF recovery plan amid a deepening economic meltdown. Lebanon’s financial crisis, which the World Bank labelled one of the deepest depressions of modern history, had been compounded by… Read More Lebanon to hold legislative elections on March 27

Turkey orders arrest of dozens over links to cleric Fethullah Gullen

Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of 158 suspects including 33 serving soldiers in an operation targeting people allegedly linked to a Muslim preacher who Turkey says was behind a 2016 failed coup, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. The investigation, stretching across 41 provinces, was part of a five-year-old crackdown against the network of… Read More Turkey orders arrest of dozens over links to cleric Fethullah Gullen