Ayman al-Zawahiri: from Cairo physician to al Qaeda leader

Joined Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager From a respected Cairo family Took over al Qaeda after death of bin Laden Wielded influence as ideologist, strategist Lacked bin Laden’s charisma DUBAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda leader after years as its main organizer and strategist, but his lack … Read more

Who is Viktor Bout, arms dealer linked to swap for Americans held by Moscow?

Bout dubbed ‘the merchant of death’ and ‘sanctions buster’ Was among the most wanted men in the world before the 2008 arrest Clients included rogue states, warlords in Asia, Africa Likely had ties to Russian intelligence, experts say Moscow has long sought his release from a long US jail term LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – … Read more

In fighting gun crime, Canada has an American problem

OTTAWA/TORONTO, July 27 (Reuters) – A Texas man bought dozens of guns from licensed dealers in the state before illegally reselling at least 16, US officials say. Twelve were traced to crimes committed in America. The other four were traced to crimes in Canada. The case of the 31-year-old, indicted last month on charges that … Read more

Myanmar executes four democracy activists, UN rights expert ‘outraged’

Executed includes democracy figure, former lawmaker Activists had been sentenced in January after a closed-door trial Death sentences a vile attempt to instil fear – UN experts July 25 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military authorities have executed four democracy activists accused of helping carry out “terror acts”, state media said on Monday, the Southeast Asian nation’s … Read more

In occupied south Ukraine, some fear a return to Soviet times under Russia

KYIV, July 21 (Reuters) – In Nova Kakhovka, a city in southern Ukraine occupied by Russian troops five months ago on the first day of its invasion, the signs of creeping annexation by Russia are mounting and some residents fear a return to Soviet times . A statue of Russian Communist leader Vladimir Lenin, erected … Read more

Britain kicks off post-Brexit ‘transformation’ of finance

UK seeks to preserve London’s financial standing after Brexit Regulators to focus on competitiveness, not just stability Capital rules for insurers to be relaxed to boost investment Zahawi pauses plan for more government oversight of regulators LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – British financial regulators will have to promote the global competitiveness of the country’s financial … Read more

As pressure mounts, Biden acts to deter wrongful detentions of Americans abroad

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at deterring and punishing wrongful detention of US citizens abroad by authorizing government agencies to impose sanctions and other measures. The move came amid growing pressure on Biden from families of hostages and detainees, most recently on the case of … Read more

Forty-five nations pledge to coordinate evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

EU countries, US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia in deal Commit 20 million euros to assist International Criminal Court Aim is to avoid overlapping investigations in Ukraine Meeting overshadowed by missile strike in Ukraine’s west THE HAGUE, July 14 (Reuters) – The United States and more than 40 other countries agreed on Thursday to coordinate investigations … Read more

Explainer: What happens if Germany’s Russian gas flows stop

FRANKFURT, July 11 (Reuters) – Germany, the world’s fourth-largest economy, is preparing for all scenarios including a complete stop to Russian gas supplies once a regular 10-day maintenance period on the giant Nord Stream 1 pipeline ends. Maintenance on the pipeline, which carries Russian gas directly into Germany, began on July 11 but Berlin is … Read more

Mourners throng Abe’s wake as his party secures dark Japan election win

Ruling coalition increases majority in upper house vote Hundreds pay respects to slain ex-premier at temple Abe shot Friday in crime that stunned nation Controversial church says suspect’s mother is a follower TOKYO / NARA, July 11 (Reuters) – Mourners streamed into a temple in Tokyo to pay their respects to Japan’s slain former premier … Read more