Saturday, December 3, 2022

Ukraine war: Russian anger as Pope labels ethnic groups ‘cruel’

Russia has hit out at comments from the Pope that some minority groups of soldiers have behaved worse than others in the invasion of Ukraine. The "cruellest" troops are generally Chechens and Buryats, Pope Francis...

China Covid: Heavy police presence after days of protests

Protests against Covid restrictions which erupted over the weekend appear to have died down, as a heavy police presence is reported in Chinese cities. Large barriers have gone up along the main protest road in...

World’s longest-serving president to continue 43-year-rule

The world's longest-serving president has won re-election in Equatorial Guinea to continue presiding over his authoritarian regime. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 80, secured almost 95% of votes, officials announced six days after the vote. "The results...

Malawi’s Vice-President arrested for corruption

Malawi's Vice-President Saulos Chilima has been arrested on allegations that he accepted money in exchange for awarding government contracts, the country's anti-corruption agency says. He is accused of receiving $280,000 (£230,000) from a British businessman...

Notorious Kenya policeman to be charged with murder

A Kenyan policeman who gained notoriety after mobile phone footage showed him gunning down two men in 2017 is to be charged with murder. Kenya’s police watchdog, the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA), says it...

Gunman kills up to 10 in Virginia Walmart store

A gunman has killed up to 10 people in a Walmart supermarket in Chesapeake, in the US state of Virginia, police say. A man believed to be the store manager opened fire then turned the...

Indonesian quake kills scores and injures hundreds  

An earthquake on the main Indonesian island of Java has killed scores of people and injured hundreds, say officials. The 5.6 magnitude quake struck Cianjur town in West Java, at a shallow depth of 10km...

Ukraine war: Sunak pledges £50m in first visit to Kyiv

Rishi Sunak has pledged £50m in defence aid to Ukraine as he met President Volodymyr Zelensky in his first visit to Kyiv since becoming prime minister. Mr Sunak said it was "deeply humbling" to be...

France halts aid to Mali over Russia ties

France has suspended development assistance to Mali after finalising its move to end its 10-year military presence in the country, a foreign ministry source told the AFP news agency. French media quoted the foreign affairs...

Ex-UK ambassador to be freed in Myanmar amnesty

Myanmar's military is to release 6,000 prisoners including a former UK ambassador, a Japanese filmmaker and an Australian adviser to the country's ousted leader. Ex-diplomat Vicky Bowman and Toru Kubota were jailed earlier this year...