Russia charges ex-journalist Ivan Safronov with treason

Russia has charged former military journalist Ivan Safronov with state treason, accusations that have sent a chill through Russia’s media community which has protested against what it said is his unfair treatment. The move came on Monday, following the arrest…

US to resume federal executions after 17-year hiatus

The United States federal government is set to carry out the first federal execution in 17 years on Monday, despite the objection of the family of the victims and after a volley of legal proceedings over the coronavirus pandemic. Daniel…

War crimes prosecutors question Kosovo leader Thaci in The Hague

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has arrived for questioning by war crimes prosecutors in The Hague for the first time, saying that “nobody can rewrite history” over his role in the 1990s war. Thaci was indicted by a special tribunal in…

Bahrain court upholds death sentence against two men in 2014 case

Bahrain’s top court has upheld death sentences against two men convicted of bombing a convoy and killing a police officer, as human rights groups said their conviction was based on confessions extracted through torture. Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa lost their final…

Thousands protest in Russia’s far east against governor’s jailing

Thousands of protesters have gathered for a third consecutive day of protests in Russia’s far east against the jailing of a provincial governor accused of involvement in multiple murders. Monday’s demonstrators in Khabarovsk on the border with China rejected the…

Russia’s Arctic region declares emergency after second fuel spill

Authorities in the Taimyr District of Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Region have announced a state of emergency following a fuel spill by a subsidiary of the mining company Nornickel, the second in three months. About 44 tonnes of aviation fuel leaked from a…

China sanctions US politicians in retaliation for Uighur measures

China has announced retaliatory sanctions against a group of United States politicians, including Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, days after Washington blacklisted a number of Chinese politicians for alleged human rights abuses of the Uighur minority. Hua Chunying, a…

Four soldiers killed in Azerbaijan-Armenia border clashes

Four Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed as troops from Azerbaijan and Armenia have clashed on their border in a new escalation of their decades-long territorial dispute. Three of the soldiers were killed on Sunday and one on Monday in the…

Amnesty says coronavirus has killed at least 3,000 health workers

More than 3,000 healthcare workers are known to have died of the new coronavirus, according to Amnesty International, as it raises concerns about unsafe working conditions, low pay, long hours and violence against medical workers in some countries. In a new…

Calls for calm as Mali gov’t criticised for response to protests

International and regional powers have expressed deep concern over a deepening political crisis in Mali, condemning the use of lethal force against anti-government demonstrators and appealing for restraint. Bloody protests broke out in the capital, Bamako, on Friday and Saturday,…