At least five dead, dozens injured as police open fire on protesting workers in Bangladesh

At least five people were killed and dozens injured in Bangladesh on Saturday after police opened fire on a crowd of workers protesting to demand unpaid wages and a pay rise at a Chinese-backed power plant, officials and police said. Police opened fire after about 2,000 of the protesters began hurling bricks and stones at… Read More At least five dead, dozens injured as police open fire on protesting workers in Bangladesh

Czech expels Russian diplomats over alleged Russian link to 2014 ammunition depot explosion

The Czech Republic is expelling 18 Russian diplomats over suspicions that Russian intelligence services were involved in an ammunition depot explosion in 2014, Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek said on Saturday. A diplomatic source cited by Interfax suggested the expulsions could prompt Russia to shut the Czech Republic’s embassy in Moscow.… Read More Czech expels Russian diplomats over alleged Russian link to 2014 ammunition depot explosion

U.S. deports Rwandan woman Beatrice Munyenyezi over 1994 genocide role

A Rwandan woman who was deported by the United States after serving a prison term for lying on her naturalisation application faces seven charges related to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, authorities in Kigali said. During the genocide between April and July of 1994, some 800,000 people were slaughtered, mainly from the ethnic Tutsi minority… Read More U.S. deports Rwandan woman Beatrice Munyenyezi over 1994 genocide role

Russia briefly detains Ukrainian diplomat for alleged attempted espionage

Russia’s FSB security service briefly detained a Ukrainian diplomat in St Petersburg, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said on Saturday, in the latest flare-up of tensions between the neighbouring countries. Interfax news agency earlier reported the FSB as saying Oleksandr Sosoniuk was taken into custody when he tried to obtain classified information from Russian law enforcement databases… Read More Russia briefly detains Ukrainian diplomat for alleged attempted espionage

Three astronauts return from International Space Station

Three members of the International Space Station’s crew returned safely to Earth on Saturday on a Russian Soyuz craft, Russia’s Roscosmos space agency reported. The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, a microbiologist who in 2016 became the first person to sequence DNA in space, and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov… Read More Three astronauts return from International Space Station

Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra banned from public office over vaccine scandal

Former Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra has been banned from holding public office for 10 years in a unanimous vote by the country’s congress after he allegedly jumped the queue to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vizcarra was found guilty of influence peddling, collusion and making false declarations in relation to Peru’s VIP Vaccines scandal which saw… Read More Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra banned from public office over vaccine scandal

Myanmar junta releases thousands of prisoners for New Year

Myanmar’s junta released 23,184 prisoners from jails across the country on Saturday under a New Year amnesty, a Prisons Department spokesman said, though few if any democracy activists arrested since a February 1 coup were thought to be among them. Saturday is the first day of the traditional New Year in Myanmar and the last… Read More Myanmar junta releases thousands of prisoners for New Year