Dozens detained in anti-mobilisation protests across Russia

More than 109 people were detained across Russia at protests against mobilisation on Wednesday, a rights group said, hours after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s first military draft since World War Two. The independent OVD-Info protest monitoring group said it was aware of detentions in at least 15 different cities. Unsanctioned rallies are illegal under… Read More Dozens detained in anti-mobilisation protests across Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi

French President Emmanuel Macron held face-to-face talks with his Iranian counterpart President Ebrahim Raisi on Tuesday with the French leader saying he hoped to be able to “discuss all subjects”. The meeting is Raisi’s first head-to-head with a major Western leader since he was elected last year. It comes amid a complete stalemate to revive… Read More French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi

Burundi swears in Gervais Ndirakobuca as new prime minister

Burundi’s parliament on Wednesday swore in a new prime minister a week after President Evariste Ndayishimiye warned that some unnamed people were plotting to overthrow his government. In a tweet parliament said it had unanimously voted to approve Gervais Ndirakobuca, previously minister for security and internal affairs, following his nomination by Ndayishimiye. Ndirakobuca, who replaces… Read More Burundi swears in Gervais Ndirakobuca as new prime minister

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday he had discussed Russian aggression in Ukraine during more than five hours of talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and raised concerns over Beijing’s alignment with Moscow. Both diplomats described their first in-person talks since October as “candid”, with the meeting taking place a day… Read More U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

UK PM Boris Johnson apologises for 1971 Belfast killings

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday apologised “unreservedly” on behalf of the British government for the deaths of 10 innocent people killed in a 1971 incident in Belfast during a British Army operation. A judge-led inquiry on Tuesday found that British soldiers unjustifiably shot or used disproportionate force in the deaths of nine of the… Read More UK PM Boris Johnson apologises for 1971 Belfast killings

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed agrees not to extend presidential term

Members of Somalia’s opposition on Wednesday refused to withdraw from fortified positions in the capital after the president tried to defuse an armed standoff by promising to appear before parliament to debate a proposal to extend his term by two years. The proposal has split some security forces along clan lines and forced between 60,000… Read More Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed agrees not to extend presidential term

Myanmar military sentences nineteen to death over killing of officer

Nineteen people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for killing an associate of an army captain, the military owned Myawaddy TV station said on Friday, the first such sentences announced in public since a February 1 coup and crackdown on protesters. The report said the killing took place on March 27 in the North… Read More Myanmar military sentences nineteen to death over killing of officer

New Zealand’s Catholic Church formally apologises to sexual abuse survivors

New Zealand’s Catholic Church formally apologised on Friday to the survivors of abuse within the church and said its systems and culture must change. Cardinal John Dew, who is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wellington and Metropolitan of New Zealand, made the apology at the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care on behalf of the… Read More New Zealand’s Catholic Church formally apologises to sexual abuse survivors