Sex, lies and video cams: Andrew Tate turned women into slaves, prosecutors say

BUCHAREST, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The woman from Moldova thought it was love. Internet celebrity Andrew Tate had offered her a new life. They’d even discussed marriage. He asked for only one thing: absolute loyalty. “You must understand that once you are mine, you will be mine forever,” Tate told her on Feb. 4 last … Read more

Former Wagner commander: ‘I am sorry for fighting in Ukraine’

Former Wagner commander escaped Russia to Norway 26-year-old took part in the fighting near Bakhmut Says he was scared of being executed by his own side Wants to testify about crimes in Ukraine OSLO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – A former commander of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group who fled to Norway told Reuters he wanted to … Read more

Myanmar junta extends emergency as coup anniversary marked by ‘silent protest’

Junta extends state of emergency, says elections must be held ‘Current situation is under unusual circumstances,’ acting president says Streets deserted in some Myanmar cities for silent protest Protesters hold rallies in Thailand and the Philippines Feb 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta extended the country’s state of emergency by another six months, the acting president … Read more

In Mexico, a reporter published a story. The next day he was shot dead

MEXICO CITY, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Just after sunset on Thursday, February 10th, two men in a white Dodge Ram pickup pulled up in front of Heber Lopez Vasquez’s small radio studio in southern Mexico. One man got out, walked inside and shot the 42-year-old journalist dead. Lopez’s 12-year-old son Oscar, the only person with … Read more

Thousands march on Peru’s capital as unrest spreads, building set ablaze

LIMA, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters in Peru, many from the country’s heavily indigenous south, descended on Lima, the capital, on Thursday, angered by a mounting death toll since unrest erupted last month and calling for sweeping change. Police estimated the march at around 3,500 people, but others speculated it attracted more than … Read more

Iran executes British-Iranian national, UK condemns ‘barbaric’ act

Alireza Akbari was a former Iranian deputy defense minister Arrested in 2019, he was accused of spying for Britain UK’s Sunak calls it ‘a callous and cowardly act’ Britain had said Iran must not follow through with sentence DUBAI/LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Iran has executed a British-Iranian national who once served as its deputy … Read more

Scale of alleged torture, detentions by Russian forces in Kherson emerges

KHERSON, Ukraine, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Oksana Minenko, a 44-year-old accountant who lives in the Ukrainian city of Kherson, said she was repeatedly detained and tortured by occupying Russian forces. Her husband, a Ukrainian soldier, died defending Kherson’s Antonivskyi bridge on the first day of full-scale war, she said. During several interrogations in the spring, … Read more

How India’s ruling party is tightening its grip on Kashmir

Over a million could vote in local polls for the first time BJP aims to take control of assembly from Muslim parties Pakistan accuses India of marginalizing Kashmir’s Muslims JAMMU/SRINAGAR, India, Jan 12 (Reuters) – For the first time in her life, Asha, a street cleaner in the Indian city of Jammu, will be allowed … Read more

New Year’s Eve spurs hope in China, censors target online COVID content

WUHAN/BEIJING, Dec 31 (Reuters) – New Year’s Eve in China prompted an outpouring of reflection online, some of it critical, about the strict zero-COVID policy the country adhered to for almost three years and the impact of its abrupt reversal this month. The sudden change to live with the virus has prompted a wave of … Read more

US plans to expand border expulsions for Cubans, Nicaraguans and Haitians

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – The Biden administration is planning to use pandemic-era restrictions to expel many Cuban, Nicaraguan and Haitian migrants caught at the southwest border back to Mexico, while simultaneously allowing some to enter the United States by air on humanitarian grounds, according to three US officials familiar with the matter. This latest … Read more