Investigators seek to boost Kabuga case in Rwanda visit: prosecutor

Kigali (AFP) The lead prosecutor in the trial of alleged genocide financier Felicien Kabuga said Thursday his team is on a fact-finding mission in Rwanda to seek fresh evidence to bolster their case in an international court. Serge Brammertz, the chief prosecutor for the international tribunal handling the 1994 genocide trials, is leading an on-the-ground … Continue reading Investigators seek to boost Kabuga case in Rwanda visit: prosecutor

Arrest of Australia anti-lockdown activist sparks outcry

Melbourne (AFP) Australian police on Thursday defended arresting a pregnant woman in her home for a Facebook post promoting a rally against virus lockdowns, as footage of the incident went viral and triggered a civil liberties debate. The livestreamed video shows officers handcuffing the woman in front of her two children and has racked up … Continue reading Arrest of Australia anti-lockdown activist sparks outcry

Chinese activist loses legal battle over homophobic textbooks

Beijing (AFP) A Chinese LGBT activist has lost her legal bid to get a university textbook corrected for describing gay people as suffering from a "common psychosexual disorder". China stopped classifying homosexuality as a mental illness in 2001, but its mostly closeted LGBT population still encounters discrimination and lacks legal safeguards. LGBT activist Xixi had … Continue reading Chinese activist loses legal battle over homophobic textbooks

Philippines delays release of US marine in transgender killing

Manila (AFP) A US marine convicted of killing a transgender woman will stay in detention in the Philippines while a court reviews its earlier ruling to free him halfway into his 10-year jail term, officials said Thursday. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton has been in prison since the October 2014 killing of Jennifer Laude, whom … Continue reading Philippines delays release of US marine in transgender killing

Record CO2 emissions for Arctic wildfires: EU

Paris (AFP) This year's Arctic Circle wildfires, still ablaze, have already surpassed the record set in 2019 for CO2 emissions, adding to the carbon pollution humanity needs to curtail, the European Union's Earth observation programme said Thursday. Uncontrolled forest fires across one of the planet's coldest regions has sent a quarter of a billion tonnes … Continue reading Record CO2 emissions for Arctic wildfires: EU

Hurricane Nana makes landfall in Belize

Guatemala City (AFP) Central American countries were preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Nana, which hit the coast of Belize during Thursday's early hours. Nana, recently upgraded from a tropical storm, had made landfall between Dangriga and Placencia, towards the middle of Belize's coastline, about 60 kilometers south of Belize City, the US National Hurricane … Continue reading Hurricane Nana makes landfall in Belize

Hackers test defences of Trump campaign websites ahead of US election, security staff warn

LONDON (REUTERS) - Hackers have stepped up efforts to knock Trump campaign and business websites offline ahead of the US election, in what a security firm working for the campaign said could be preparation for a larger digital assault, according to emails seen by Reuters. The security assessment was prepared by staff at US cybersecurity firm Cloudflare, … Continue reading Hackers test defences of Trump campaign websites ahead of US election, security staff warn

Activists protest Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Berlin visit

BERLIN (AFP) - Exiled Hong Kong activist Nathan Law led a protest by several hundred demonstrators, including members of the Chinese Uighur minority, in Berlin on Tuesday (Aug 1) ahead of a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Speaking outside the Foreign Ministry, Mr Law called for more support from Berlin over a security law … Continue reading Activists protest Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Berlin visit

France’s Charlie Hebdo republishes Mohammed cartoons for trial start

PARIS (AFP) - French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the target of a massacre by Islamist gunmen in 2015, said on Tuesday (Sept 1) it was republishing hugely controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to mark the start of the trial this week of alleged accomplices in the attack. "We will never lie down. We will never give … Continue reading France’s Charlie Hebdo republishes Mohammed cartoons for trial start

Powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8 strikes near coast of northern Chile

SANTIAGO, CHILE (REUTERS) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck near the coast of Northern Chile on Tuesday (Aug 1), the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences said, and some damage and minor landslides were reported in areas near the epicentre, according to local media. A number of people living near the coast were evacuated as … Continue reading Powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8 strikes near coast of northern Chile

Russia’s coronavirus case tally passes 1 million as schools reopen

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia's coronavirus case tally passed the one million-mark on Tuesday (Aug 1) as schools and educational institutions reopened across the world's largest country with new mandatory safety precautions in place. Russia has the fourth-highest case tally in the world after the United States, Brazil and India, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking … Continue reading Russia’s coronavirus case tally passes 1 million as schools reopen

Jackie Chan’s luxury Beijing condos up for auction in ownership row

Beijing (AFP) Two luxury Beijing apartments seized from martial arts film star Jackie Chan will be put up for auction for around $10 million due to an ownership dispute, according to court documents seen by AFP. The action star, 66, best known for hit movies "Rush Hour" and "Police Story", sparked controversy in 2013 when … Continue reading Jackie Chan’s luxury Beijing condos up for auction in ownership row