Overseas Chinese step up protests as calls mount for change

Overseas Chinese step up protests as calls mount for change

TORONTO/HONG KONG, Nov 30 (Reuters) – From Sydney to Toronto, mainland Chinese have stepped up protests this week, with demands to end the world’s most stringent COVID-19 restrictions evolving into calls to “free China” and for President Xi Jinping to step down. Overseas-based Chinese and their supporters rallied in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York … Read more

Buffalo supermarket shooter pleads guilty to terrorism, murder

Buffalo supermarket shooter pleads guilty to terrorism, murder

Nov 28 (Reuters) – An avowed white supremacist pleaded guilty on Monday to first-degree murder and other state charges in a mass shooting in May that killed 10 people at a supermarket in an efficiently Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, prosecutors said. At a hearing at Erie County Court, Payton Gendron, 19, pleaded guilty … Read more

Iran’s Khamenei praises Basij forces for confronting ‘rioters’

Iran’s Khamenei praises Basij forces for confronting ‘rioters’

DUBAI, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday Iran’s Basij militia forces have sacrificed their lives in what he called riots, the wave of protests sparked by the death in custody of a young Iranian Kurdish woman in September. The protests that began after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini … Read more

World Cup marred by ‘terrible situation’ for migrant workers, Dier says

World Cup marred by ‘terrible situation’ for migrant workers, Dier says

AL WAKRAH, Qatar, Nov 19 (Reuters) – England defender Eric Dier described the “terrible situation” for migrant workers in Qatar as “disappointing” and said the issues surrounding the World Cup in the Gulf state had dampened the players’ excitement before the showpiece event. Qatar has faced intense criticism from human rights groups over its treatment … Read more

Canada’s spy agency investigating Iranian death threats

Canada’s spy agency investigating Iranian death threats

OTTAWA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Canada’s spy agency is investigating reports from people who are living in the country who have received “credible” death threats from Iran, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) said in a statement. The threats are “designed to silence those who speak out publicly” against Iran, the statement said. CSIS is … Read more

They call it ‘The Hole’: Ukrainians describe horrors of Kherson occupation

They call it ‘The Hole’: Ukrainians describe horrors of Kherson occupation

Residents describe detention, torture and death in Kherson Nine-month occupation ended on Friday as Russians retired Among those detained were suspected resistance fighters Russia denies mistreating detainees UN officials say both sides have abused prisoners of war KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Residents in Ukraine’s southern city of Kherson call the two-storey police station … Read more

Georgia judge overturns state’s six-week abortion ban

Georgia judge overturns state’s six-week abortion ban

Nov 15 (Reuters) – A Georgia law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy cannot be enforced, a state judge ruled on Tuesday, handing a victory to Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups that challenged the restriction when it took effect this summer. Judge Robert McBurney of the Superior Court of Fulton County said … Read more

Both Russia and Ukraine tortured prisoners of war, UN says

Both Russia and Ukraine tortured prisoners of war, UN says

UN team interviewed more than 100 prisoners on each side ‘Vast majority’ of Ukrainians allege mistreatment by Russians Examples include dog attacks, electric shocks, sexual violence On Ukraine, ‘credible allegations’ of summary executions Monitoring team intends to visit Kherson next GENEVA, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday that … Read more

Cuba agrees to accept US deportation flights as border crossings rise

Cuba agrees to accept US deportation flights as border crossings rise

WASHINGTON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Cuba has agreed for the first time since the pandemic to accept US deportation flights carrying Cubans caught at the US-Mexico border, three US officials told Reuters, giving US authorities a new but limited tool to determine record numbers of Cuban border crossers. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has … Read more

FTC watching Twitter security execs exits with ‘deep concern’

FTC watching Twitter security execs exits with ‘deep concern’

Nov 10 (Reuters) – The US Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday it was watching Twitter with “deep concern” after the social media platform’s top privacy and compliance officers quit, potentially putting it at risk of violating regulatory orders. The company’s chief security officer Lea Kissner on Thursday in a tweet said that she quit. … Read more