A senior Russian lawmaker on Wednesday strongly rejected the U.S. military's claim that Russia has deployed fighter jets to Libya to support east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli.
He named names of police investigators and prosecutors. He accused them of using “Soviet style” extortion to turn witnesses against him. He even claimed that elderly Holocaust survivors were on his side, sympathizing with his plight.
David Rising, Associated Press | PostedMay 27th - 7:39am
Anti-Semitic crimes in Germany last year reached their highest level since the country started keeping statistics, amid an overall strong increase in right-extremist criminality that is a cause for “great concern,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Wednesday.
Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.N.’s top human rights body to launch an independent investigation into the Philippine government’s drug war that has left thousands dead, pointing in particular to its harmful effects on children.
Congress has voted to toughen the U.S. response to a Chinese crackdown on ethnic minorities, adding another factor to the increasingly stormy relationship between the two countries. The House has passed a bipartisan bill that would impose sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the mass detention of Uighurs and other ethnic groups in the western Xinjiang region. The measure already passed the Senate and needs a signature from President Donald Trump. He says he'll “very strongly” consider it amid U.S. anger over China’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak and tension over a Chinese plan to restrict civil liberties in Hong Kong.
Zen Soo, Associated Press | PostedMay 26th - 8:56pm
Thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at police in Hong Kong on Wednesday as lawmakers debated a bill criminalizing abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city.
Thirty people were deported to Haiti on Tuesday, but a former paramilitary leader accused of murder and torture was not among them as a result of recent discussions with U.S. officials, according to a Haitian government spokesman.
The Afghan government released hundreds of Taliban prisoners Tuesday, its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides.
Marcelo By Sousa and Diane Jeantet, Associated Press | PostedMay 26th - 8:06am
Brazilian police targeted a staunch opponent of President Jair Bolsonaro's push to lift measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in one of the world's disease hot spots, searching the residence of the Rio de Janeiro state governor on Tuesday.