U.S. President Joe Biden holds first phone call with China’s President Xi Jinping amid tense relations

U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held their first telephone call as leaders, with Biden saying a free and open Indo-Pacific was a priority and Xi warning confrontation would be a ‘disaster’ for both nations. Biden also underscored his “fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair practices, its crackdown in Hong… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden holds first phone call with China’s President Xi Jinping amid tense relations

Russian police detain hundreds protesting against jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Riot police broke up protests across Russia on Sunday in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, detaining more than 4,500 people who had braved the bitter cold and the threat of prosecution to demand he be set free. In a massive show of force, police imposed a sweeping security lockdown in the heart of Moscow,… Read More Russian police detain hundreds protesting against jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

WhatsApp faces legal petition in India over new privacy policy

WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy verges on user surveillance and threatens India’s security, a petition filed in an Indian court said on Thursday, presenting another legal challenge for the Facebook Inc-owned messenger. California-based WhatsApp said on January 4 it reserved the right to share some data including location and phone number with Facebook and its units… Read More WhatsApp faces legal petition in India over new privacy policy

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signs decree increasing minimum wage by 5%

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that he would sign a decree later on Wednesday raising the national minimum wage by 5.26% to 1,100 reais (an equivalent of $211.80) per month beginning on January 1. Bolsonaro said on Twitter that he would make the change via a temporary decree that requires Congressional approval to take permanent… Read More Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signs decree increasing minimum wage by 5%

Ukrainian deputy PM says engine problems, human error cause of military plane crash

A combination of factors including engine problems and human error caused the Ukrainian military plane crash that killed 26 people in September, the deputy prime minister said on Wednesday, announcing the results of an investigation. The Antonov An-26 aircraft transport plane carrying air force cadets crashed and burst into flames near a highway in northeastern… Read More Ukrainian deputy PM says engine problems, human error cause of military plane crash

Several dead, injured following nationwide protests against police brutality in Nigeria

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari promised on Monday that the government would bring police officers responsible for misconduct to justice, after nearly a week of sustained protests against police brutality that were met by a harsh response. Police opened fire with live ammunition on Monday against anti-police demonstrators in the Surulere district of Lagos, marchers said.… Read More Several dead, injured following nationwide protests against police brutality in Nigeria

Four injured, suspect arrested following stabbing incident in Paris

Four people were stabbed on Friday near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris that was attacked by Islamist militants over five years ago, Prime Minister Jean Castex said, and police said a suspect had been arrested. A police source had earlier said that two of the four wounded had life-threatening… Read More Four injured, suspect arrested following stabbing incident in Paris

Thousands rally to protest against government in Thailand

Thousands of protesters in Thailand’s capital demonstrated against the government of former coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Saturday, with many also demanding reforms to the powerful monarchy. “Down with feudalism, long live the people,” was one of the chants. Protests have been building since mid-July to call for the removal of the… Read More Thousands rally to protest against government in Thailand